Strings of My Soul

Strings of My Soul

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by Tak Matsumoto
     
 

Renowned as Asia's only Gibson signature artist and a Grammy-winning guitarist for and producer of the Japanese rock band B'z, Tak Matsumoto had only one prior U.S. solo release before the explosive rock instrumental date Strings of My Soul. The fact that Hana came out in 2003 meant that in 2012,See more details below

Overview

Renowned as Asia's only Gibson signature artist and a Grammy-winning guitarist for and producer of the Japanese rock band B'z, Tak Matsumoto had only one prior U.S. solo release before the explosive rock instrumental date Strings of My Soul. The fact that Hana came out in 2003 meant that in 2012, he was essentially a fresh artist for jazz fusion and rock instrumental fans stateside -- and he makes a dynamic "first" impression working with a mix of top Japanese musicians and American contemporary jazz greats like Ricky Lawson, Larry Carlton (an elegant, lilting duet on the classic "Sukiyaki"), and guitarist and album co-producer Paul Brown. The overall soaring, melodic, and alternately blistering and restrained result compares favorably to some of Neal Schon's best solo work -- but with a distinct Eastern edge courtesy of the texturing in of the Chinese fiddle-like erhu played magnificently by Chen Min on the moody, hypnotic "Hana" and the power ballad "Koi-Uta," which features a soaring electric guitar-erhu duality. There are moments when the crackling rock energy simmers down to a vibe that would fit comfortably in the smooth jazz format, but even on those, Matsumoto's precision and intimacy (with the expectation of powerful explosions in the distance) are awe-inspiring. The set of mostly originals closes with infectious, atmosphere-laden takes on two long-beloved classics, "My Favorite Things" and "Romeo & Juliet," which includes a waltz-like interlude between the familiar heartbreaking melodies.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/07/2012
Label:
335 Records
UPC:
0885767061682
catalogNumber:
1208
Rank:
236401

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tak Matsumoto   Primary Artist,Guitar
Steve Vai   Vocals
Larry Carlton   Guitar
Josh Freese   Drums
Ricky Lawson   Drums
Jeff Lewis   Trumpet
Roberto Vally   Bass
Sean Hurley   Bass
Hideo Yamaki   Drums
Victor Reyes   Saxophone
Marco Basci   Organ,Electric Piano
Chen Min   Erhu
Koichi Osamu   Bass
Hiroyuki Nomura   Trombone
Dax Reynosa   Background Vocals
Paul Brown   Guitar,Percussion
Kobayashi Futoshi   Trumpet
Vagabond Suzuki   Bass
Akira Onozuka   Organ,Piano,Electric Piano
Sam Drysdale   Vocals
Kazuki Katsuta   Saxophone
Takushi Tohyama   Trumpet
Hiiro Strings   Strings
Maho Furukawa   Choir, Chorus
Shinozaki Strings   Strings
Koji "Kitaro" Nakamura   Bass
Tama Music Strings   Strings

Technical Credits

Nino Rota   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements
Tak Matsumoto   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Dax Reynosa   Composer
Paul Brown   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Hachidai Nakamura   Composer
Rokusuke Ei   Composer
Katsumi Yokoyama   Web Design
Robert Williams   Producer
T2O   Arranger
Daisuke Ikeda   Arranger
Masato Sakamaki   Management
Hideyuki Terachi   Arranger
Syohei Kusunose   Management
Katsunori "Hakkai" Hatakeyama   Guitar Techician
Norihisa Matsuda   Guitar Techician
Hiroyuki Kobayashi   Engineer
Tetsuo Ueda   Art Direction
Takuma Osaki   Visual Direction
Jiro Kikuchi   Management
Yoshihiko Okawara   Management
Akihito Tokunaga   Arranger

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