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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Matsui's major label debut combines everything from chamber like organ effects "The Ruins of Sonora" to punchy sax driven pop "Mountain Shakedown" to orchestral film score sweeps "The Gate" in expanding her palette further beyond Eastern sounds. Poetic, image laden pieces dominate, but her chops as a keyboardist are tested on more exotic solos. It's another all star affair, with Eric Marienthal, Brandon Fields, Robben Ford, Abe Laboriel, Paul Jackson, Jr. and Grant Geissman pushing Matsui into the big leagues of pop jazz. There's even a slight Latin excursion. The vocals this time are handled by Howard Smith and Phyllis St. James.
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Matsui's major label debut combines everything from chamber like organ effects "The Ruins of Sonora" to punchy sax driven pop "Mountain Shakedown" to orchestral film score sweeps "The Gate" in expanding her palette further beyond Eastern sounds. Poetic, image laden pieces dominate, but her chops as a keyboardist are tested on more exotic solos. It's another all star affair, with Eric Marienthal, Brandon Fields, Robben Ford, Abe Laboriel, Paul Jackson, Jr. and Grant Geissman pushing Matsui into the big leagues of pop jazz. There's even a slight Latin excursion. The vocals this time are handled by Howard Smith and Phyllis St. James.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/25/1997
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 076732627426
  • Catalog Number: 6274

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Keiko Matsui Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Piano
Robben Ford Guitar, Electric Guitar
Phyllis Saint James Choir, Chorus
Gino d'Auri Acoustic Guitar
Clay Jenkins Trumpet
Matt Bissonette Bass
Teddy Castellucci Guitar
Brandon Fields Saxophone
Michael Fisher Percussion, Saxophone
Grant Geissman Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Mark Hatch Trumpet
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar, Electric Guitar
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Bass
Eric Marienthal Flute, Saxophone
Kazu Matsui Shakuhachi
Judd Miller EWI
Derek Nakamoto Synthesizer
Art Rodriguez Drums
Amy Shulman Harp
Leslie Smith Choir, Chorus
Gary Stockdale Synthesizer
Carmen Twillie Choir, Chorus
Carlos Vega Drums
Tom Walsh Drums
Ken Wild Bass
Leland Sklar Bass
Robert Crosby Flute, English Horn, Oboe, Recorder, Saxophone
Jerry Folsom French Horn
Judy Miller Evi
Howard Smith Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Steven Holtman Trombone
Jimmy Johnson Bass
Technical Credits
Keiko Matsui Arranger, Liner Notes
Vinnie Colaiuta Contributor
Jeff Day Composer
Steve Hall Mastering
Alan Hirshberg Engineer
Derek Nakamoto Arranger
Gary Stockdale Arranger, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Kathleen Covert Art Direction
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