Deep Blue

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Keiko Matsui's last album, 2000s Whisper From the Mirror, was picked up and reissued by the Narada label in 2001, and Narada is also releasing her 12th album, Deep Blue. It's an appropriate match-up for the Japanese pianist, since Narada is known primarily as a new age label, and, though her records are being released on its Narada Jazz imprint, "new age" is actually the best category to place her in. From the start of her career, Matsui has been shelved under "jazz," but that has always been more a marketing ploy than anything else, and never more so than on Deep Blue. Her compositions are melodic tunes, many of which sound like songs without lyrics, while others seem...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Keiko Matsui's last album, 2000s Whisper From the Mirror, was picked up and reissued by the Narada label in 2001, and Narada is also releasing her 12th album, Deep Blue. It's an appropriate match-up for the Japanese pianist, since Narada is known primarily as a new age label, and, though her records are being released on its Narada Jazz imprint, "new age" is actually the best category to place her in. From the start of her career, Matsui has been shelved under "jazz," but that has always been more a marketing ploy than anything else, and never more so than on Deep Blue. Her compositions are melodic tunes, many of which sound like songs without lyrics, while others seem like soundtrack excerpts from a film not yet made. Matsui does solo within the tunes on occasion, but her improvisations -- if that is even what they are -- tend to explore further melodic developments rather than really take off. And the supporting instruments are just that -- percussion, string, and keyboard elements that support the composition. The music is said to be inspired by North Africa and the Mediterranean, another clue to its real intent. Jazz musicians rarely bother to make such extra-musical programming remarks, while classical, soundtrack, and new age composers do it all the time. As usual with Matsui's recordings, much of Deep Blue is attractive and engaging, and the bright pianism is consistently pleasing in its expression of flowing melodies. That it doesn't really belong in the category to which Matsui has somehow been assigned does nothing to diminish its appeal.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/17/2001
  • Label: Narada
  • UPC: 724381026403
  • Catalog Number: 10264
  • Sales rank: 35,390

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Deep Blue (4:47)
  2. 2 Water for the Tribe (5:08)
  3. 3 Across the Sun (4:37)
  4. 4 Trees (4:33)
  5. 5 Mediterranean Eyes (4:15)
  6. 6 Rose in Morocco (4:11)
  7. 7 Moonflower (2:58)
  8. 8 Crescent Night Dreams (4:43)
  9. 9 To the Indian Sea (4:30)
  10. 10 Mystic Dance (3:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Keiko Matsui Primary Artist, Piano, Keyboards
Kazu Matsui Shakuhachi
Derek Nakamoto Synthesizer
Technical Credits
Craig Burbidge Engineer
Steve Hall Mastering
Kazu Matsui Producer
Derek Nakamoto Arranger, Programming, Engineer
Wesley Van Linda Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent.

    I bought this album as an enlightenment to myself. And it was a very good cd. I play it whenever I need some relaxation or for any occasion. Keiko Matsui has made the best album there is. Go get it!

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    Posted September 12, 2010

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