A master of the shakuhachi (a Japanese traditional bamboo flute), New Age artist Kazu Matsui was born in Tokyo on June 5, 1954. After spending the mid-1970s travelling through Europe and India, he studied ethnic arts at UCLA, returning to Tokyo to teach Educational Theories at Toyoeiwa Woman's University. Matsui concurrently mounted his music career with sessions including Danny O'Keefe's 1979 LP The Global Blues, subsequently appearing on sessions headlined by Ry Cooder and Joni Mitchell.
Kazu Matsui started his "Kazu Matsui Project" in 1981 and released 7 albums.
"Pioneer" his latest realease offers 10 unreleased track in smooth jazz vein and a selection of hits he made through the years with artist such as Robben Ford, Philip Ingram, Carl Anderson, Jeff Day, Tom Funderburk and many other great artist from albums "Marine Fantasia", "Time no longer" and "Love's a Heartache".
Tracklist: Love Is Gone, Sentimental Slow Song, Afternoon Delight, I Close My Eyes, Love Is Where You Find It, See You There, Romantic Notion, Ariana, Castles, Overture, Standing on the Outside, Standing in the Wings, Sail to the Sun, Sunset and the Minstrel, Farther On & Direction You Take