Doll [Bonus Tracks]

Doll [Bonus Tracks]

by Keiko Matsui

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Doll [Bonus Tracks]

This pop-jazz recording by Japanese pianist/keyboardist Keiko Matsui is actually better than many comparable contemporary jazz recordings. The melodies are catchy and charming but rather low-key, most of the pieces are quite atmospheric ("1942, From Russia" sounds like a piece from a Hollywood epic), and several unusual moods (for pop-jazz, that is) are explored. Matsui's piano playing is interesting and adds further substance to the music. The other musicians include various session players (Michael Landau, Lenny Castro, Eric Marienthal) and a few guests like Keiko's husband, shakuhachi player Kazu Matsui (who also produced), and singer Philip Bailey (who appears on one of the two vocal tracks). [The Japanese edition includes three bonus tracks: solo acoustic piano renditions of "Water Lily," "Doll," and "Morning Walk," which, while not particularly essential, offer a different, moodier approach to the music.]

Product Details

Release Date: 07/29/2003
Label: Shout Factory
UPC: 0826663017823
catalogNumber: 30178

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Keiko Matsui   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Soloist
Philip Bailey   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Warren Hill   Saxophone
Akira Jimbo   Drums
Sid Page   Strings
Clay Jenkins   Trumpet
Robert Becker   Strings
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Rob Chiarelli   Drum Loop
Luis Conte   Percussion
June Kuramoto   Koto
Michael Landau   Guitar
Kazu Matsui   Shakuhachi
Derek Nakamoto   Synthesizer
Rachel Robinson   Strings
Thom Rotella   Acoustic Guitar
Fernando Saunders   Bass,scat
Bob Wackerman   Bass
Larry Corbin   Strings
Molly Pasutti   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Suzie Katayama   Cello,Conductor

Technical Credits

Keiko Matsui   Composer
Michael Becker   Engineer,Percussion Programming
Rob Chiarelli   Programming
Jeff Day   Composer,Lyricist
Kazu Matsui   Producer
Derek Nakamoto   Arranger,Engineer,String Arrangements,drum programming
Joel Stoner   Engineer
Suzie Katayama   String Arrangements
Jonathan Widran   Liner Notes
Dale Voelker   Graphic Design
Brockmann   Engineer

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