Japanese pianist Keiko Matsui is a gentle person, she grows as an artist to a radiant personality, when she performs live. Tokyo born Keiko Matsui devotes her life to her favorite instrument, the piano. Since her fifth birthday she loves and performs this piece of equipment. Classified as New Age or Smooth Jazz musician, she always expands her work to other genres. Blending Eastern and Western influences she has found her own style presented in numerous solo albums.
For the very first time, the magic of Keiko Matsui's live concert performance has been captured on this recording. Iconic keyboardist/composer Keiko Matsui has been wowing audiences around the world. Billed as “The Soul Quest Tour,” Keiko’s dynamic performances have been filling concert halls and garnering standing ovations and rave reviews. On this magical night in Tokyo, fellow Smooth Jazz superstars Kirk Whalum, Chuck Loeb and Tom Braxton joined Keiko to make musical history! This brilliantly captured album features some of Keiko’s biggest radio hits such as “Black Lion” and “Dream Seeker” as well as signature treasures “Deep Blue”, “Forever, Forever” and much more.
Live In Tokyo leans hard on Soul Quest (Shanachie, 2013), with seven of the 13 tracks coming from that album where Matsui fully embraced her smooth jazz following. The Keiko Matsui Sound formerly represented an East-meets-West hybrid of classical, New Age and jazz with a Japanese flourish provided by ex-husband Kazu Matsui's shakahuchi. That part of sound vanished eight years ago after they divorced. A different sort of soul quest began which took Keiko Matsui to Africa and that lid a creative spark in the brilliantly underrated Moyo.
Keiko Matsui is usually classified as a jazz musician, which tends to mean that she doesn't get very good reviews, since she is reviewed by jazz critics, while her music actually is best described as a hybrid consisting of equal parts pop, jazz, and new age…