Shanachie, 2016, CD
Jazz Ruler Type: Pop+Jazz
O’s Notes: Contemporary jazz pianist Keiko Matsui reinvigorates her signature sound with this flowing, energetic release. She assembles a fine team including guitarist Ramon Stagnero, Gregoire Market (harmonica) and percussionist Luis Quintero. All of the songs were composed by Matsui; arranged and produced by bassist Carlitos Del Puerto. Most of the tunes are upbeat but the ballads are also good, including strings. There’s love in the air on“Journey To The Heart, a dedication Keiko’s late father.