Keiko Matsui is a master on the piano or the keytar, and she’s demonstrated her technical skills both on record and onstage-especially during her remarkable four-hand piano gigs with Bob James. But throughout her distinguished career, Matsui hasn’t been overly concerned with garnering recognition for her virtuosity. The Tokyo-born artist, although often placed in the contemporary-jazz category, has always been more about inspiration and hope. Her lovely runs on the ivories have shuttled her to the top of the new-age charts. Matsui’s last CD, Moyo (Heart and Soul), featured collaborations with top jazz stars, a world-music vibe and a certain edginess and aggression; it was Matsui’s debut as a solo producer, following her separation from musical partner and husband Kazu Matsui.
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