Yoshiaki Miyanoue is a Tokyo-based guitarist who has released several acclaimed albums over his 25-year career. Miyanoue is heavily influenced by Wes Montgomery’s music, and his 1977 debut album, Song for Wes (King Record), was recorded to commemorate the legendary artist. The album featured drummer Philly Joe Jones, who was on a visit to Japan at the time as a member of the Bill Evans Trio. His other albums include, Touch of Love (Bap Record), in which the great organist Jimmy Smith joined as a guest player; Tribute to Wes Montgomery (King Record) featuring jewels culled from his live recordings; and Foxy Eyes (Toshiba EMI) showcasing Miyanoue alongside a string orchestra. In releasing his album Riviera (Columbia Records) in 1981, he named his own group “Smokin’.” Over the last three decades, Smokin’ has played at jazz nightclubs in Tokyo and toured all over the nation.