East West

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Japanese bred artists like Hiroshima and Keiko Matsui have made an attractive blend of Eastern and Western elements work in the smooth jazz realm. Kerry Moy goes a step further on his aptly titled Noteworthy Records debut East West. Invoking the slow building atmospheric new age rock jams popularized by Tangerine Dream, the guitarist on tracks like "The Art of War" featuring the gentle harp-like koto sounds of Hiroshima's June Kuramoto and "Blue Samarai" explores the power of electric guitar-oriented rock in a meditational setting, almost as if Led Zeppelin dropped in at a Zen-Buddhist service and then the disciples all got up and danced. On the eight minute opening ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Japanese bred artists like Hiroshima and Keiko Matsui have made an attractive blend of Eastern and Western elements work in the smooth jazz realm. Kerry Moy goes a step further on his aptly titled Noteworthy Records debut East West. Invoking the slow building atmospheric new age rock jams popularized by Tangerine Dream, the guitarist on tracks like "The Art of War" featuring the gentle harp-like koto sounds of Hiroshima's June Kuramoto and "Blue Samarai" explores the power of electric guitar-oriented rock in a meditational setting, almost as if Led Zeppelin dropped in at a Zen-Buddhist service and then the disciples all got up and danced. On the eight minute opening track "Ming Dynasty," Moy-who is Chinese-layers a swirling mix of classical guitar, wordless vocal chanting by Kimaya Seward and Michael Paulo's silky soprano sax and flute over a throbbing hip-hop groove. Though the mystical, new agey elements dominate, Moy and Paulo who co-produced have pop foremost on their minds on the laid back "The Peaceful Warrior," which features a casual acoustic guitar-alto call and response conversation throughout. The genre is better known for its accessiblity than spirituality, and it's inspiring to see how Moy integrates the two so seamlessly.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/3/1998
  • Label: Noteworthy
  • UPC: 783481970221
  • Catalog Number: 9702
  • Sales rank: 371,037

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ming Dynasty (7:57)
  2. 2 The Art of War (6:35)
  3. 3 Sands of Time (7:24)
  4. 4 Blue Samurai (3:27)
  5. 5 The Nikkei (5:00)
  6. 6 The Peaceful Warrior (6:27)
  7. 7 Buddah's Way (4:58)
  8. 8 Yangtze River (5:40)
  9. 9 Jasmine Flower (6:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kerry Moy Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Classical Guitar
Michael Paulo Synthesizer, Flute, Keyboards, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Jessica Williams Vocals
Dwayne Smith Electric Bass
Bob Birch Electric Bass
Lenny Castro Percussion
Kimo Cornwell Piano
David Enos Electric Bass
June Kuramoto Koto
Land Richards Drums
Freddie "Ready Freddie" Washington Electric Bass
Kimaya Seward Vocals
Mark Vincent Acoustic Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Technical Credits
Michael Paulo Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Adam Yurman Illustrations
David Bard Mastering
Kerry Moy Producer, Executive Producer
Alfi Gunawan Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD

    Thanks for the opportunity to enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Suprisingly amagingly great!

    I did not know what to expect when my husband picked this title for me. It was wonderful. It is the perfect blend of contemporary jazz and some eastern sounds that produce a soothing, romantic CD. This is the kind of music you hear on the radio during Sunday Jazz brunch and want to record it so you can unwind to this type of music all week long. The tracks are soothing, yet energizing. It is the perfect end of day unwinding music. I can't wait fo the next CD!

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