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Album Review

One of the spiritual minded, jazz meets mystical keyboardist's best early efforts, helping her bridge from pure Eastern tinged new age music into gently funky smooth jazz. With styles ranging from R&B (the Eric Marienthal punched "Light in the Rain") and fusion, to Medieval Folk music ("In the Mist," "Three Silhouettes"), and her trademark new age ("The Wind and the Wolf"), there are certainly no borders on this collection. Matsui's sense of melody keeps on growing, her improvisational soloing is spectacular (especially on "Kappa"), yet doesn't alienate her powerful core of backing musicians, including guitarist Robben Ford and violinist Subramanium. Husband Kazu Matsui's production is once again impeccable, as is his playful and wistful shakuhachi flute playing. Phil Ayling's recorder and oboe on the medieval tunes are also highlights. Keiko's beautiful writing however, is what holds the marvelous collection together.

Customer Reviews

No Borders

Very spiritual and moving album!! Kappa is one of my favorites on this album, but the entire album is awesome!!


The whole album is awesome, it takes you places that you thought you couldn't go and more. My favorite "The Wind and the Wolf". It like I still haven't awakened from my dream, and don't want to. Matsui instrumental tenacity and technique is like a heroin addict just when you try to leave she keeps pulling you back.

great album

I bought this about 7 or 8 years ago, while browsing through cds without an idea on what to get. This got my attention and wasn't sure about it at first, even refusing to play it for the longest time. Then I decided to play it again one random day and it slowly grew on me. I'm hoping to buy some more of her cds. No stand out tracks to me, all of them are wonderful. it's like trying to compare apples to oranges here. the cd overall is wonderful, perfect for background music to enjoy while reading a book, or reviewing the cd.


Born: Tokyo, Japan

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Fusion/new age keyboard player Keiko Matsui grew up in Tokyo and took her first piano lesson at the age of five. Influenced by Stevie Wonder and Rachmaninov as well as early fusion masters Maurice Jarre and Chick Corea, Matsui began composing while in junior high but studied children's culture at the Japan Women's University (Nihon Joshidaigaku). She moved to the Yamaha Music Foundation in Tokyo after graduation and formed Cosmos, recording four albums with the new age group. Her first album as a...
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