Pictured in United Recording's renowned Studio A are (l-r) Keiko Matsui, recording artist, pianist, producer; Randy Waldman, arranger; Jimmy Johnson, bass; Steve Sykes, recording engineer; Bud Harner, producer, Vinnie Colaiuta, drums; Scott Moore, United Recording engineer; Paul Jackson Jr., guitar; and Luis Conte, percussion. Photo by David Goggin.

Hollywood, CA (March 11, 2019)—Pianist, composer and humanitarian Keiko Matsui recorded her new album Echo, marking her 28th recording as band leader, at United Recording in Hollywood.

Matsui co-produced the album, released in February, with Grammy-nominated producer Bud Harner. The album showcases an all-star line-up of artists including bassists Marcus Miller, Jimmy Johnson and Kyle Eastwood; saxophonist Kirk Whalum; vocalist Gretchen Parlato; guitarists Robben Ford and Paul Jackson, Jr.; drummer Vinnie Colaiuta; percussionist Luis Conte; and Matsui's accomplished touring band, Jimmy Branly, JP Mourao and Rico Belled.

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"I would like my music to be a conduit for peace, kindness, love and light. This album is my attempt to capture all of these elements within the vibration of sound," shared Matsui. "My sole desire is to write songs that create a feeling of oneness. This music is a reflection of my thoughts and life and right now, I am drawing my road towards happiness and truly learning about what it means to be happy."

Co-producer Harner added, "I love working at United Recording. We've done Keiko's last two albums here. It's a pleasure to have the advantage of classic gear, vintage mics, accommodating staff and a vibrant recording environment."

Matsui took her first piano lesson at the age of five and made her U.S. recording debut in 1987 with the recording A Drop of Water. Her 1996 album, Dream Walk, remained on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz chart for over 15 months, further establishing her reputation as a leading composer and pianist.

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