The Piano

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Since she emerged in the late '80s, many of the acclaimed Japanese composer/keyboardist's most popular contemporary jazz hits featured either a very prominent sax melody or a great deal of exotic percussion and Eastern-flavored instrumentation. Since signing with Narada Jazz in 2000, Matsui's work has drawn more from her classical piano background, featuring intricate percussion but none of the pop-soul sax textures that defined her early work. This beautiful recording, licensed by Shout! Factory from a previous Japanese release, should fascinate longtime fans who wondered what her most compelling work would sound like as new age solo piano works. A few tracks, most ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Since she emerged in the late '80s, many of the acclaimed Japanese composer/keyboardist's most popular contemporary jazz hits featured either a very prominent sax melody or a great deal of exotic percussion and Eastern-flavored instrumentation. Since signing with Narada Jazz in 2000, Matsui's work has drawn more from her classical piano background, featuring intricate percussion but none of the pop-soul sax textures that defined her early work. This beautiful recording, licensed by Shout! Factory from a previous Japanese release, should fascinate longtime fans who wondered what her most compelling work would sound like as new age solo piano works. A few tracks, most notably "Whisper From the Mirror" and "Between the Moons," feature some electronic percussion accompaniment, but in general, the tracks are all about her lovely melodies, dramatic chordings, wistful melodies, and the intimacy of the ivories. As on all Matsui projects, there's a perfect balance of elegant romance "Beyond the Light," "Forever, Forever" and jazzy drama. It's a whole new way to experience an artist whose melodies sound timeless regardless of their presentation. The Piano is one of six hard-to-find Matsui recordings being repackaged and re-released with the original Japanese bonus tracks on Shout! Factory.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/6/2003
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • UPC: 826663243826
  • Catalog Number: 32438
  • Sales rank: 9,336

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Presence of the Moon (2:47)
  2. 2 Water Lily (2:43)
  3. 3 Whisper from the Mirror (4:39)
  4. 4 Between the Moons (5:31)
  5. 5 Light Above the Trees (6:57)
  6. 6 Doll (2:14)
  7. 7 Beyond the Light (2:48)
  8. 8 Trees (3:32)
  9. 9 Forever, Forever (4:21)
  10. 10 See You There (4:16)
  11. 11 Dawn (1:54)
  12. 12 Distance (0:54)
  13. 13 Be With Me (2:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Keiko Matsui Primary Artist, Piano
Technical Credits
Keiko Matsui Arranger
Kazu Matsui Producer
Derek Nakamoto Arranger, Programming
Akihiko Takenaka Mastering
Dale Voelker Graphic Design
Mark Ruffin Liner Notes
Cristihan Gutterre Executive Producer
Hiroumi Sako Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hauntingly beautiful

    This has to be Keiko Matsui at her best. Each song is unique, yet astounding; you can listen to them when you are sad or are in need of comfort, and the melodies will perfectly match your feelings. This is a wonderful compilation, and is well worth listening to. I highly recommend it.

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