Keiko Matsui


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Collection is a rather unusual CD sampler in that the dozen selections by keyboardist Keiko Matsui are drawn from just two releases: Northern Lights and No Borders. As it turned out, those were Matsui's only MCA sets, and they led to her becoming a major star in the pop/jazz world. Music-wise, the tunes on this CD are generally quite lightweight. Matsui's dense keyboards make the better selections seem quite haunting, but much of the playing does not rise above the level of mood music, as if the oversized rhythm section were waiting for the main soloist to show up. The musicianship is excellent on this CD, and the electronics have not dated too much, but overall, this can just be classified as superior background music.

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