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Altair & Vega
     

Altair & Vega

by Bob James
 
Bob James and Keiko Matsui's Altair & Vega is a solo piano album performed by a duo, and for the most part, that means what it sounds like, two jazz pianists seated together at one keyboard playing four-handed parts. On the James-composed title track (which refers to two stars that pass each other only once a year), previously

Overview

Bob James and Keiko Matsui's Altair & Vega is a solo piano album performed by a duo, and for the most part, that means what it sounds like, two jazz pianists seated together at one keyboard playing four-handed parts. On the James-composed title track (which refers to two stars that pass each other only once a year), previously recorded and released on the 2001 James album Dancing on the Water, Matsui takes the upper part of the piano and James the lower part in a piece that sounds more new age than jazz. Matsui's "Frozen Lake" (which finds them separating to their own keyboards, James' is a digital one) leans even more in that direction, suggesting the sound of David Lanz or George Winston (or the two together). James' "Divertimento," for which they are back on the same piano bench, is a lively piece based on Haydn, while Matsui's "Midnight Stone" and "Invisible Wing" again bring in new age elements, the latter also showing a classical influence. The album's real tour de force is the 13-minute, jointly written "Forever Variations" (a take-off from Matsui's "Forever Forever"), which is full of fast, dense passages that take four hands to play. At the end, Bach's familiar "Chorale from Cantata BWV 147" is given an unusually melancholic treatment in James' arrangement, serving as a coda. The wonder is that the two busy pianists don't get in each other's way in this music, but the album is the culmination of years of playing together, in the studio and on concert tours, so a lot of preparation went into these performances, resulting in an accomplished recording of some intricate keyboard playing.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/27/2011
Label:
Ent. One Music
UPC:
0099923212522
catalogNumber:
2125
Rank:
49709

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob James   Primary Artist,Soloist,Piano (Grand)
Keiko Matsui   Piano,Soloist

Technical Credits

Bob James   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Adaptation
Keiko Matsui   Composer
Ray Noble   Composer
Jay Ashby   Camera Operator
Johann Sebastian Bach   Composer
Ken Freeman   Producer,Engineer
Paul Grosso   Creative Digital Reinforcement
Marion Orr   Producer,Management
Jay Dudt   Engineer
Jack Leitenberg   Management
Jerry Hughes   Director
Dino DiStefano   Camera Operator
Sean Marlowe   Art Direction
Keith Seymour   Camera Operator

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