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The Road...

Keiko MatsuiAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 25, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shanachie
  • ASIN: B004DK4AL8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,020 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2011 album from the Jazz pianist. With The Road Keiko Matsui brings her legions of fans on an exotic, sensual journey with influences and grooves from all over the planet. Keiko Matsui's brilliant compositions and exquisite performances fuse jazz, R&B and spiritual as only she can.

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Wait January 25, 2011
By James
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I should begin by saying I am a huge Keiko Matsui fan. I have been looking forward to this release for a very long time and finally, after an almost 4 year wait, we have the new CD, The Road... In fact, I've been anticipating it so much that even though I pre-ordered the CD thru Amazon, I purchased the MP3 album this morning so I could spend the day listening to it waiting for the CD to arrive. It's been playing virtually non-stop for 12 hours, so I feel as though I've experienced it enough to write a solid review.

The more I listened to The Road... the more I realized there are two very defined parts to the album. In the past, it isn't unusual for back-to-back releases by Keiko to be very similar in style and theme. Deep Blue and The Ring / Sapphire and Dream Walk quickly come to mind as examples. The first four songs could easily have appeared on Moyo. They're similar in style and sound and almost feel as though they could have been recorded at the same time as the songs on Moyo. Not that that is a bad thing; not by a long shot. Moyo is a terrific album and the new songs (Secret Pond, Falcon's Wing's, Nguea Wonja, Bohemian Concerto) all stand up very well on their own. To me, Falcon's Wing is the standout of the four. It is easily the best song on the CD.

It's the final five songs (Embrace & Surrender, Awakening, Touching Peace, Affirmation, & The Road...) that we really get a glimpse of what has been going on in Keiko's life the past 4 years as she traveled down her "Road...". I think even the order of the songs offer us insight to her journey as she finds her way through her "hardship" (as she stated in the liner notes).
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Matsui's Musical Road... January 25, 2011
By dwood78
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After nearly 4 years, Keiko Matsui finally releases a new album. This is her 2nd post-Kazu recording (& 22nd overall release in America). Like her previous album, "Moyo" this one also has a number of guest musicians. Some had appeared in her previous recordings like drummer Vinnie Colaiuta (Matsui's 2 MCA recordings in the late 1980s), guitarist Alberto de Almar ("The Ring"), & Cameroonian-born musican/vocialist Richard Bona ("Moyo". While others appearing in her songs for the 1st time. Unlike that album, however the horn players are present on just 3 tracks, as opposed to almost half the songs of "Moyo." Thus more room to hear Matsui's piano playing, which is what made me a fan of hers in the 1st place.

Starting with the opener, this album takes us on her musical road, which is, in the words of the great Duke Ellington "beyond category." Her classical roots are present in "Secret Pond" & "Falcon's Wing." "Bohemian Concerto" while not really a concerto pre se is a wonder to the ears. Here Matsui is playing with the present of strings, guitar & accordion as accompaniment (the song is named after a historical region in the Czech Republic).

The African favor that was in "Moyo" is also present here with "Nguea Wonja" (which translates to "take pride in the road you are traveling on your journey"). Co-written by Bona, this track reminds me of West Africa's highlife music, very upbeat & happy. "Embrace & Surrender." on the other hand is more of a straight-ahead jazz ballad with a touch of the blues while "Touching Peace" is a very laid-back song. A chance for Matsui to show off her new age side.

The 3 tracks with a horn player present are also well done.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Giant Step by Keiko-sama January 30, 2011
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I have been waiting for the real Keiko to come out from behind the layers of over-production that have hidden her genius up to now. The Road is all I had hoped for. She is passionate and assured, front and center, and plays only acoustic piano. Her mastery of the superior expressive power of the piano is so impressive that I hope she never lets her fingers touch another electronic keyboard. The first thirty minutes of the album pay for all, while the rest is for those who miss her traditional sound. Even the cover photo is special: she looks like a real adult woman, not some precious Japanese doll. This is where to start if you haven't met Keiko-sama, and a not-to-miss for her fans.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good to see you back, Keiko January 25, 2011
By Dave R.
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Just downloaded and listened to this first new release in 4 years from Keiko, and this review is pretty much what you would expect regarding this always-consistent artist: Keiko's in excellent form on her keyboards, as always. The arrangements are mostly strong, although I found some of the attempts in 2 or 3 of the songs to branch out beyond her comfort zone to be a little forced...not horribly so by any means, I just prefer her "usual" arrangements, is all...YMMV.

I also was tempted to (but did not) dock this album a star just to ask "What the heck were the stylists thinking on that cover photo?"...she looks ridiculous in that photo for a now 40+ year old woman.

Still, this is a nice long-awaited new release, and certainly recommended for fans of her past work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keko Matsou August 24, 2011
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I have some earlier cd's of hers, and it was nice to hear how she has grown. Her music is calming and relaxing and it's also good road music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As expected
Published 1 month ago by Francis M. Myers
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This woman is incredible!
Published 3 months ago by Frank F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy listening!
Keiko consistently delivers above par keyboard arrangements with great collaborators! I have long preferred keyboardist, now being thrilled to include Keiko on my list of... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dolores Lyons
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. One of Keiko bests
Been a fan for a long time and this album does not disappoint. Keiko's music is still one of my favorite.
Published 6 months ago by G. Yim
5.0 out of 5 stars In person
I purchased this CD then saw her live in Washington DC at a jazz club! She if really good, and the music is so moving! She is an artist not to be missed. Enjoy
Published 6 months ago by Susan E Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Fan
I love Keiko's music so much any album she has I'm willling to buy. This album was not a dissappointment.
Published 8 months ago by BBook
5.0 out of 5 stars #1 fan
This Lady Is Phenomenal. I Have Admired Her Music For More Than Ten Years. Whenever I Hear That She Is Performing Close To My State I Try PerformTo Hear Her Perform She Is On Your... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ms. B
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Moving CD
Love it! Had to fill in my collection of CD's from Keiko and I was not disappointed! What a talented Artist.
Published 12 months ago by Loren Grant
5.0 out of 5 stars The Road
I just love Keiko Matsui. Have several other CDs of hers. Her music is so soothing to listen to. I enjoyed all the tracks on this CD. She is an extremely talented artist.
Published 16 months ago by Sassys
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful music
Have been a fan of Keiko Matsui for years. This album has two songs with wonderful jazz saxaphone addtions. Will lift your spirits.
Published 17 months ago by Drusilla
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