Matsumoto, Tak - Hana

Year of Release: 2003
Label: Favored Nations
Catalog Number: FN 2250-2
Format: CD
Total Time: 47:42:00

Tak Matsumoto is a Japanese electric guitar player, and is considered Japan's hottest guitarist, as it can be read on the CD.

His style is warm and catchy, and very versatile, too. In fact, he plays on this album a lot of different pieces that take in the various points of view in the genre. Even if every song has a touch of a Japanese sound, which I believe is inevitable. Some tracks have a pop mark, while others have influences from other genres, like jazz, blues, and fusion. Moreover, there is a cover of "Little Wing," one of the most famous pieces by Jimi Hendrix. This version is very similar to the original; the most important difference is that you can find programmed drums on it that makes the song more tasteful. This fact isn't surprising, because I think every guitar player has been influenced by Jimi.

It's no use declaring that Matsumoto has a great technique, and that he is a good producer, too - it's quite evident. The sound is always very clear and the instruments are very well balanced.

To conclude, if you like instrumental albums or a guitar hero album, this is perfect for you.

Matsumoto is also one half of the duo B'z

Koi-Uta (4:08) / #1090 - Asian Sun (3:53) / Hana (5:42) / Machi (4:27) / Blue - Midousuji Blue (3:42) / Red Sky (4:35) / Little Wing (3:28) / Romeo & Juliet (4:34) / Hallelujah (1:15) / Engaged (4:43) / You Know.... (4:38) / 2011 (1:35) / Bonus track" Trinity (3:42)

Vagabonde Suzuki - bass
Hideo Yamaki - drums
Hirotaka Izumi - piano
Takashi Matsumoto - guitar
Chen Min - erhu
Akihito Tokunaga - bass
Maho Furukawa - chorus
Keiko Utoku - chorus
Hirotaka Izumi - acoustic piano
Liou Chin-Ling - voice
Akira Onozuka - acoustic piano, Hammond B-3

Thousand Wave (1988)
Wanna Go Home (1992)
Rock'n Roll Standard Club (1996)
Thousand Wave Plus (1996)
The Changing (ep) (1999)
Knockin' "T" Around (1999)
Dragon From The West (ep) (2002)
Hana (2002/2003)
The Hit Parade (2003)
TMG - TMG 1 (2004)
House Of Strings (2004)
Ultraman Original Soundtrack (2005)
Theatre Of Strings (2005)

TMG - Dodge The Bullet (DVD) (2004)

Genre: Rock

Origin JP

Added: August 24th 2003
Reviewer: Davide Guidone
Artist website:
Hits: 531
Language: english


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