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Cherry Blossom

  • 1. Rainy Season
    2. Sail South
    3. Walking on the Bridge
    4. Crescendo
    5. She Prays to the Wind
    6. Cherry Blossom
    7. Frontier
    8. Foot Steps
    9. Dawn Opener
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 17701

  • Credits
    ProducerKazu Matsui; Keiko Matsui
    EngineerDennis Moody; Rob Chiarelli; Robert M. Biles

    Personnel: Keiko Matsui (keyboards); Arnold McCuller (vocals); Jon Clark (saxophone, English horn); Gerald Albright, Sam Riney, Steve Tavaglione (saxophone); Clay Jenkins, Bill Armstrong (trumpet); Alex Iles (trombone), Kazu Matsui (shakuhachi flute); Derek Nakamoto, Gary Stockdale (synthesizer); Jorge Strunz, Anas Allaf (acoustic guitar); Ron Komie (guitar); Richard M. Schmidt (steel guitar); Brad Cumming, John Pena, Jimmy Johnson (bass); Ed Smith, Bernie Dresel (drums); Lenny Castro (percussion).
    Recorded at Milagro Sound, Aire L.A. Studios, Glendale, California; Pacique Studio, North Hollywood, California; The Club House, Burbank, California.
    Recorded in 1993. Includes liner notes by Mark Ruffin.
    Personnel: Keiko Matsui (keyboards); Arnold McCuller (vocals); Ron Komie (guitar); Anas Allaf, Jorge Strunz (acoustic guitar); Richard M. Schmidt (steel guitar); Kazu Matsui (shakuhachi); John Clark (recorder, English horn, saxophone); Jonathan Clark (recorder, saxophone); Gerald Albright, Sam Riney, Steve Tavaglione (saxophone); Clay Jenkins, Bill Armstrong (trumpet); Alexander Iles (trombone); Derek Nakamoto, Gary Stockdale (synthesizer); Ed Smith, Bernie Dresel (drums); Lenny Castro (percussion); Rob Chiarelli (programming, drum programming); Alfie Silas, Yvonne Williams (background vocals).
    Audio Mixers: Craig Burbidge; Rob Chiarelli.
    Recording information: Aire L.A. Recording Studios, Glendale, CA; Club House Studio, Burbank, CA; Milagro Sound Recorders, Glendale, CA; Pacifique Recording Studios, North Hollywood, CA; The Club House Studio, Burbank, CA.
    Photographer: Katsuhiro Ichikawa.
    Arrangers: Derek Nakamoto; Gary Stockdale; Keiko Matsui.
    Smooth jazz pianist Keiko Matsui had a radio hit with "Walking on the Bridge," a propulsive original featuring Gerald Albright's spirited sax playing and Matsui's own jaunty piano solo. The rest of 1992's CHERRY BLOSSOM is just as strong. Matsui exudes confidence, taste, and whimsy in her playing and compositions. The complex "Crescendo" and stately title track betray a classical influence, while "She Prays to the Wind," with a passionate lead vocal by session singer Arnold McCuller, has a Latin pop feel. The 2003 re-release contains a bonus track, "Crescent Night Dreams," a gentle meditation for solo piano.

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