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Full Moon & the Shrine
     

Full Moon & the Shrine

by Keiko Matsui
 
Keiko Matsui is the Stevie Nicks of contemporary jazz. In her photos, she always appears pale, out of a mist, like a fairy goddess or angel. Her creative and long popular blend of classical piano, aggressive jazz/funk, orchestral grandeur, and sonic elements from her native Japan allows her to create both poignant ballads and more

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Keiko Matsui is the Stevie Nicks of contemporary jazz. In her photos, she always appears pale, out of a mist, like a fairy goddess or angel. Her creative and long popular blend of classical piano, aggressive jazz/funk, orchestral grandeur, and sonic elements from her native Japan allows her to create both poignant ballads and more aggressive fusion statements. Over the course of her last few albums, Matsui's Lindsey Buckingham -- always at her side, pushing her performance harder and higher -- has been seductive saxman Paul Taylor. On this ethereal mind trip, Full Moon and the Shrine (Countdown/Unity), she doesn't let Taylor stray too far. He's there matching her note for note, dancing skyward like Fred and Ginger under the swirling synth orchestral flavors and snappy hip-hop loops of Derek Nakamoto. On the dramatic "Bonfire of the Piano," Matsui textures Taylor's rich soul with her high register melody, which plays over a brooding low-register harmony line. Matsui always seems a bit torn between perfect R&B/pop melodies and film score auditions, but the one constant is her reliance on a wide range of machine generated and live percussion.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/07/1998
Label:
Countdown
UPC:
0608631777522
catalogNumber:
17775

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Performance Credits

Keiko Matsui   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards
Bernie Dresel   Percussion,Drums
Kazu Matsui   Shakuhachi
Derek Nakamoto   Synthesizer,Bass,Keyboards
Paul Taylor   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Molly Pasutti   Vocals

Technical Credits

John Patitucci   Bass Samples
Ken Deranteriasian   Engineer
Abraham Laboriel   Bass Samples
Kazu Matsui   Producer
Marcus Miller   Bass Samples
Derek Nakamoto   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Rhythm Loops
Joel Stoner   Engineer

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