CD Review: Keiko Matsui — Soul Quest

I must be entering my dotage! Just the term smooth jazz is usually enough for my brain’s gear selector to change channels. For me, that type of jazz was not an option. Too wishy-washy, de-knackered, char-acterless, etc.
Welcome, again, to the review pages of The Jassman, Keiko Matsui. Her latest CD Soul Quest is a stunner.
The jacket trumpets: Keiko soars to new heights with this brilliant al-bum. Her most deeply moving and personal offering yet. Give that man a Bell’s!
The ten tunes are all original Matsui + friends recordings.
The list of musicians is impressive featuring Chuck Loeb (guitars, key-boards), Kirk Whalum (tenor and soprano saxophones), Marcus Miller (bass) among others.
The tune stingo is particularly interesting in that it is a tribute to, (who else?) Sting.
Keiko’s piano artistry is well complemented by her clear and well-enunciated singing.
All in all, a great album and almost wholly responsible for converting this curmudgeonly jazz fan to (some) smooth jazz artists.
Did I hear some murmur, ‘Kenny G next?’.
That’ll be My Fair Lady likely!
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You will not be disappointed.