Premiere: Keiko Matsui’s ‘Euphoria’


Keiko Matsui’s new album, Euphoria, comes out March 31.

(Photo: Courtesy Shanachie)

Pianist and composer Keiko Matsui plans to release her 30th album, called Euphoria (Shanachie), on March 31. DownBeat got an early listen to this star-studded affair, which includes Randy Brecker, Mike Stern, Grégoire Maret, John Beasley, Joel Ross, Lalah Hathaway and Kirk Whalum.

Check out the title track, featuring Ross on vibes and arranged by Beasley, by clicking on the image below.

Click on the image to hear Keiko Matsui's "Euphoria."
Click on the image to hear Keiko Matsui’s “Euphoria.”

“This album is about the hope that we all carry inside of us,” said Matsui, who has worked with everyone from Miles Davis and Stevie Wonder to Bob James and Hugh Masekela. “I have this dream where we can each cherish our own happiness and learn to accept and care for one another. When I tour around the world and witness how my music cuts through our differences and connects everyone, it makes me feel euphoric.” DB

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