Categories:
Cart 0

Your cart is empty

Keiko Matsui|The Ring

The Ring

Keiko Matsui

Available in
16-Bit CD Quality 44.1 kHz - Stereo

Unlimited Streaming

Listen to this album in high quality now on our apps

Start my trial period and start listening to this album

Enjoy this album on Qobuz apps with your subscription

Subscribe

Enjoy this album on Qobuz apps with your subscription

Digital Download

Purchase and download this album in a wide variety of formats depending on your needs.

For those who like a little mysticism and classical influence in their smooth jazz, Japanese-born composer and keyboardist Keiko Matsui has long been the ticket. She was Billboard's number one Independent Contemporary Jazz Artist in 1997 and is the top New Adult Contemporary female instrumentalist of her time. In the early days (she's up to 14 albums now), Matsui did it with a mix of thunderous film score-like sweeps, elegant and jazzy piano command, and a guest sax solo here and there to score some radio hits. On The Ring, she continues her recent trend of all those same elements and gorgeous melodies without concern for pop airplay considerations. Her producer/husband Kazu Matsui provides some trip-hoppy rhythmic foundations behind the gently hypnotic opening track ("Steps of Maya," inspired by Mayan culture and also a tribute to the Matsuis' daughter Maya), but the tune is mostly meditational until it breaks for a lush, experimental solo in the middle. The piano motif of "Venus of the Sea" works well as a catchy hook, and the tune falls somewhere between the esoteric and pure pop, with tighter, gentle funk rhythms, nature sounds, and a jazzy ambience. Alberto de Almar's graceful flamenco guitar helps introduce and provide harmony for the pure atmospheres of "Moon Circle," while "Prism" gets back in the groove for one of the disc's most exotic trips -- including a rising synth brass section and multiple synth sounds and dramatic use of the keyboard's lower scales. The title track gets away from the clever blends of melody, rhythm, and special effects for a more straightforward, film score-like presentation. "White Owl" takes the same idea to its dramatic orchestral limit. Matsui's goal here was to create music for healing amidst a chaotic world, but she does more than soothe the soul as she continues to follow her muse to unexpected places.
© Jonathan Widran /TiVo

More info

The Ring

Keiko Matsui

launch qobuz app I already downloaded Qobuz for Windows / MacOS Open

download qobuz app I have not downloaded Qobuz for Windows / MacOS yet Download the Qobuz app

You are currently listening to samples.

Listen to over 90 million songs with an unlimited streaming plan.

Listen to this playlist and more than 90 million songs with our unlimited streaming plans.

From kr125,00/month

1
Steps Of Maya
00:05:45

Derek Nakamoto, Percussion, Programmer, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Bass (Vocal) - Keiko Matsui, Composer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rich Denhart, Producer, Executive Producer - Alberto De Almar, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kazu Matsui, Producer, Musician, AssociatedPerformer - Cristihan Gutterre, Producer, Executive Producer - Yasufumi Sugawara, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Takahiro Natori, Programmer - Kunihiko Aoto, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Akihiko Takenaka, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2002 Narada Productions, Inc ℗ 2002 Narada Productions, Inc.

2
Venus Of The Sea
00:04:27

Derek Nakamoto, Percussion, Programmer, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Bass (Vocal) - Keiko Matsui, Composer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rich Denhart, Producer, Executive Producer - Alberto De Almar, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kazu Matsui, Producer, Musician, AssociatedPerformer - Cristihan Gutterre, Producer, Executive Producer - Yasufumi Sugawara, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Takahiro Natori, Programmer - Kunihiko Aoto, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Akihiko Takenaka, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2002 Narada Productions, Inc ℗ 2002 Narada Productions, Inc.

3
Moon Circle
00:04:51

Derek Nakamoto, Percussion, Programmer, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Bass (Vocal) - Keiko Matsui, Composer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rich Denhart, Producer, Executive Producer - Alberto De Almar, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kazu Matsui, Producer, Musician, AssociatedPerformer - Cristihan Gutterre, Producer, Executive Producer - Yasufumi Sugawara, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Takahiro Natori, Programmer - Kunihiko Aoto, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Akihiko Takenaka, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2002 Narada Productions, Inc ℗ 2002 Narada Productions, Inc.

4
Prism
00:04:56

Derek Nakamoto, Percussion, Programmer, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Bass (Vocal) - Keiko Matsui, Composer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rich Denhart, Producer, Executive Producer - Alberto De Almar, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kazu Matsui, Producer, Musician, AssociatedPerformer - Cristihan Gutterre, Producer, Executive Producer - Yasufumi Sugawara, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Takahiro Natori, Programmer - Kunihiko Aoto, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Akihiko Takenaka, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2002 Narada Productions, Inc ℗ 2002 Narada Productions, Inc.

5
The Next Plateau
00:05:20

Derek Nakamoto, Percussion, Programmer, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Bass (Vocal) - Keiko Matsui, Composer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rich Denhart, Producer, Executive Producer - Alberto De Almar, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kazu Matsui, Producer, Musician, AssociatedPerformer - Cristihan Gutterre, Producer, Executive Producer - Yasufumi Sugawara, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Takahiro Natori, Programmer - Kunihiko Aoto, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Akihiko Takenaka, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2002 Narada Productions, Inc ℗ 2002 Narada Productions, Inc.

6
Messenger
00:05:14

Derek Nakamoto, Percussion, Programmer, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Bass (Vocal) - Keiko Matsui, Composer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rich Denhart, Producer, Executive Producer - Alberto De Almar, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kazu Matsui, Producer, Musician, AssociatedPerformer - Cristihan Gutterre, Producer, Executive Producer - Yasufumi Sugawara, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Takahiro Natori, Programmer - Kunihiko Aoto, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Akihiko Takenaka, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2002 Narada Productions, Inc ℗ 2002 Narada Productions, Inc.

7
Deity In The Silence
00:04:08

Derek Nakamoto, Percussion, Programmer, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Bass (Vocal) - Keiko Matsui, Composer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rich Denhart, Producer, Executive Producer - Alberto De Almar, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kazu Matsui, Producer, Musician, AssociatedPerformer - Cristihan Gutterre, Producer, Executive Producer - Yasufumi Sugawara, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Takahiro Natori, Programmer - Kunihiko Aoto, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Akihiko Takenaka, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2002 Narada Productions, Inc ℗ 2002 Narada Productions, Inc.

8
The Ring
00:05:55

Derek Nakamoto, Percussion, Programmer, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Bass (Vocal) - Keiko Matsui, Composer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rich Denhart, Producer, Executive Producer - Alberto De Almar, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kazu Matsui, Producer, Musician, AssociatedPerformer - Cristihan Gutterre, Producer, Executive Producer - Yasufumi Sugawara, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Takahiro Natori, Programmer - Kunihiko Aoto, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Akihiko Takenaka, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2002 Narada Productions, Inc ℗ 2002 Narada Productions, Inc.

9
White Owl
00:04:46

Derek Nakamoto, Percussion, Programmer, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Bass (Vocal) - Keiko Matsui, Composer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rich Denhart, Producer, Executive Producer - Alberto De Almar, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kazu Matsui, Producer, Musician, AssociatedPerformer - Cristihan Gutterre, Producer, Executive Producer - Yasufumi Sugawara, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Takahiro Natori, Programmer - Kunihiko Aoto, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Akihiko Takenaka, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2002 Narada Productions, Inc ℗ 2002 Narada Productions, Inc.

10
Precious Time
00:03:47

Derek Nakamoto, Percussion, Programmer, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Bass (Vocal) - Keiko Matsui, Composer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rich Denhart, Producer, Executive Producer - Alberto De Almar, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kazu Matsui, Producer, Musician, AssociatedPerformer - Cristihan Gutterre, Producer, Executive Producer - Yasufumi Sugawara, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Takahiro Natori, Programmer - Kunihiko Aoto, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Akihiko Takenaka, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2002 Narada Productions, Inc ℗ 2002 Narada Productions, Inc.

Album Description

For those who like a little mysticism and classical influence in their smooth jazz, Japanese-born composer and keyboardist Keiko Matsui has long been the ticket. She was Billboard's number one Independent Contemporary Jazz Artist in 1997 and is the top New Adult Contemporary female instrumentalist of her time. In the early days (she's up to 14 albums now), Matsui did it with a mix of thunderous film score-like sweeps, elegant and jazzy piano command, and a guest sax solo here and there to score some radio hits. On The Ring, she continues her recent trend of all those same elements and gorgeous melodies without concern for pop airplay considerations. Her producer/husband Kazu Matsui provides some trip-hoppy rhythmic foundations behind the gently hypnotic opening track ("Steps of Maya," inspired by Mayan culture and also a tribute to the Matsuis' daughter Maya), but the tune is mostly meditational until it breaks for a lush, experimental solo in the middle. The piano motif of "Venus of the Sea" works well as a catchy hook, and the tune falls somewhere between the esoteric and pure pop, with tighter, gentle funk rhythms, nature sounds, and a jazzy ambience. Alberto de Almar's graceful flamenco guitar helps introduce and provide harmony for the pure atmospheres of "Moon Circle," while "Prism" gets back in the groove for one of the disc's most exotic trips -- including a rising synth brass section and multiple synth sounds and dramatic use of the keyboard's lower scales. The title track gets away from the clever blends of melody, rhythm, and special effects for a more straightforward, film score-like presentation. "White Owl" takes the same idea to its dramatic orchestral limit. Matsui's goal here was to create music for healing amidst a chaotic world, but she does more than soothe the soul as she continues to follow her muse to unexpected places.
© Jonathan Widran /TiVo

About the album

Improve album information

Qobuz logo Why buy on Qobuz...