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Ryo Okumoto
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Coming Through
Review by Lorraine Kay
One of the most sought-after musicians in the prog-rock scene and then some, keyboardist Ryo Okumoto has earned a global reputation performing with some of the biggest names in music, including Kitaro, Natalie Cole, Phil Collins, Aretha Franklin, and Roberta Flack.
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Concert Reviews
Ryo Okumoto - Live in N. Hollywood, CA, July 2006
Review by Lorraine Kay
As if he doesn't already have a full plate, Spock's Beard keyboardist Ryo Okumoto has added to his list of things to do - "build a new band and call it Code Red."
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Interviews
Ryo Okumoto
Interview by Lorraine Kay
Interview with Ryo Okumoto From 2006
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Ryo Okumoto
Interview by Grant Hill
Interview with Ryo Okumoto from 2013
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