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Walls of Akendora [CD+DVD]

Keiko Matsui, 松居慶子Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 5, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: Narada
  • ASIN: B0007X9U4W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,249 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Overture For The City
2. Crystal Shadow
3. Mountain Shakedown
4. Canvas
5. Akendora's Clock
6. Walking Through It
7. Blue Butterfly
8. Gentle Sands
9. Walls Of Akendora
10. Bay Of Destiny

Editorial Reviews

'Walls of Akendora' is Keiko's latest recording of all new material. It showcases her signature jazz style on ten tunes that range from the classically inspired to the bold & brassy. Narada. 2005.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For The Piano Lover ! August 7, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Oh, Wow!

This is a cd that will be liked by all who enjoy George Winston, Mehdi, Danny Wright,David Lanz, or even Jim Brickman. It is the very essence of good new age. So tranquil, yet so spirited, this cd is a refreshing break from my well-worn collection, I just keep wanting to listen to it over and over again. I am amazed!

It reminds me somewhat of Kevin Kern, but still very unique. This is music to the soul. Absolutely relaxing, as well.

ALSO RECOMMENDED: Mehdi ~ Instrumental Heaven Volume 7 ..Truly a Gem...Samples are at SoothingMusic,Com...Just Listen.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
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Keiko Matsui has done an absolutely wonderful work with Walls of Akendora. But let's step back a bit to do some history before coming back to this wonderful album.

Keiko is a virtuoso piano player that mixes many contemporary jazz, electronica and some hints of new age to create beautiful music that is very distinct to anything else. So, please do not expect Chris Botti or Kenny G on piano. She has created a wonderful instrumental style of her own.

Keiko does an awesome job mixing both traditional instruments as well as electronic music with her world class piano. The results are very elegant music compositions that are very dynamic and carry you through a range of sensations and emotions effortlessly.

It is very hard to try to describe Keiko's music in its entirety. If you want to try some tracks, try the following and decide for yourself: "Overture for the City", "Mountain Shakedown" and "Walking through it".

The DVD adds a very nice touch as you can see Keiko's down to earth personality as she travels the world. A very nice addition to this great album.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A TALE OF 2 CD'S, WELCOME BACK KEIKO! April 14, 2005
Format:Audio CD
For those of you like me that missed the Keiko Matsui from the 90's, with all of those melodies and jazzy funk that would become immediately ingrained in your memory banks, I have semi-good news: The horns and funky percussions are back. The bad news is maybe with too much of a vengeance. Starting from track #1, the songs are loud. Whistles blowing, drums banging, in one song I swear I even heard a fax machine going off. It's almost like she said, okay, you want loud, I'll give you loud! On the plus side, the songs are catchy, with my favorite tracks being 1, 4, and 8. Having possessed this CD for only 5 days, I am already humming the melodies- a great sign. Now the best news: cd#2-she has included a dvd that showcases earlier recorded songs. This DVD is better than the BET DVD, but falls short of the "Light Above The Trees" DVD. That is untoppable. Included in CD/DVD #2 is a video movie of Keiko's "What I did on my trip to South Africa, Eastern Europe, USA, and points elsewhere". For her to share this trip with her fans is one reason why she has such a loyal following: she shows a human side and really seems to care about her fanbase (which is smart, why alienate the hands that feed?). I particularly loved the scene when she is leaving a seemingly depressed area of South Africa clad in a full length mink coat due to unusually cool temps. (PETA people disregard this last sentence). To watch Keiko interact with the citizens of other countries, especially the South Africans, truly endears you to her. It doesn't hurt that she is also extremely attractive in the looks department. Keiko is indeed the best ambassador that Japan has blessed the world with since baseballs' Kaz Matsui. In Summary, this is the best CD/DVD since 2000, before Deep Blue. It deserves heavy FM airplay, and a place in your CD player.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous June 1, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Keiko Matsui has always been my favorite modern jazz artist. It seemed to me that once Dreamwalk was released, she began to lose a lot of the flair in her music style she once had. Then, we begin to see releases like Whisper from the Mirror and Deep Blue. For many--myself included--this was a huge deviation from the traditional formula that made Keiko's music: even with the release of Wildflower, it seemed that we would no longer hear the upbeat, catch tunes we were once used to. This new experimentation with smooth jazz infused with a touch of new age wasn't particularly unwelcome for me, but more of a disappointment because her style of music was slowly falling into the new age category.

But then Walls of Akendora is released. The album is upbeat, catchy, and everything else Matsui's music once was. The bonus DVD, was certainly welcome, and helped make the purchase seem more worthwhile--especially seeing that the recording itself is only about 45 minutes. One of the things I find unique about this album is that there aren't any re-writes or new veresions of previous songs she's performed; rather, all the material is new and unique. If it hadn't been for the bonus DVD, I likely wouldn't have bought this album until it turned up in a local used bookstore, but, having listened to this CD in its entirety, it was worth every cent buying it new, and I'd buy another one even if it didn't have the bonus. This is an excellent recording and is a must-have for Keiko-aficcionados and even to those who don't own one of her recordings.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars could have been 5 stars August 4, 2007
Format:Audio CD
If I had known that this cd was "copy controlled" I wouldn't have bought it. I like her music but I'm only able to play this cd on a sony walkman player, I refuse to install third party software to be able to play it on my computer, can't even put the music in my Ipod. There are ways to circumvent the copy control but I shouldn't have to jump through hoops to be able to play this without installing some unknown software.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I have conflicting thoughts...
Disclaimer: I am an enthusiastic follower of the 1998-2002 era of Keiko's music. There are certain specific songs I enjoy from before that time, but I don't listen to those earlier... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kathy-W
5.0 out of 5 stars Walls of Akendora
I like this CD as most of Keiko's CDs. If you like Keiko you will like this CD. It is beautiful and well put together.
Published 15 months ago by Roy Kallas
4.0 out of 5 stars Got it because its Keiko Matsui
The Owl is her best. This is okay. I have all her CDs. Each are unique and inspiring. I enjoy her style and approach.
Published 17 months ago by Carol Cox
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Keiko As Always/DVD is Crap!
The CD is great...She's gone in a slightly more Jazz direction, which is something a little new for her. Don't buy this for the bonus DVD solely...It is Crap! Read more
Published on September 15, 2012 by Tekrad
4.0 out of 5 stars Smooth jazz.
As the 1 star reviewer states, this CD has too much electronic orchestration! This CD is OK.
Published on September 8, 2009 by J. Herrmann
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful as expected
Keiko Matsui's music constantly has me saying, "she's so good!" as I listen to her CDs, and this one is no exception. Read more
Published on May 21, 2007 by Phil Kasiecki
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok.....but
I decide to try this album based on all the great reviews. The music is essentially just Jazz with piano; nice but nothing new. Read more
Published on January 1, 2007 by LeMilicien
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Great music and great video! A little different from her other albums - even better I think.
Published on March 10, 2006 by Jeff Speed
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds of Heaven
WOW! Ms Matsui has really done it. I have all of her CD's and this is the BEST. She covers the full range of sounds- hard beat to soul renching soft. Read more
Published on October 5, 2005 by Kenneth Cowan
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great CD
Keiko never bores me, nor do I get tired of listening to her music. I'll add this to my collection of all her CDs and enjoy it just as much as those. Read more
Published on September 20, 2005 by D. Casto
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