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The Kazu Matsui Project – Standing In The Wings [1985]

kazu matsui - standing in the wingsCountry Japan          

Style AOR

Rating 85/100

Band Members Chris Farren,Tommy Funderburk,Andrea Robinson – Lead Vocals, Carlos Rios,Dann Huff,Bruce Gaitsch,I. Noro,G. Geissman – Guitars, Steve Wood,Martin Lund,B. Finch,Gery Stober – Keyboards, Randy Waldman – Pianos, Jimmy Johnson,Leon Gear,David White,Fredy Washington Jr. – Bass, Vince Colaiuta,Moyes Lucas,Gregg Bissonette – Drums, Mike Fisher,Ed Mann – Percussion: , Kazu Matsui – Shakuhachi (japanese flute), Maxi Anderson,Marlena Jeter,Phillip Ingram,Darryl Phinnesee – Backing Vocals

Tracks 01. Don’t Look Back (lead vocal:Chris Farren), 02. Standing In The Wings (lead vocal:Tommy Funderburk), 03. That Girl (lead vocal:Chris Farren), 04. Desire [Short Road To Heaven] (lead vocal:C. Farren), 05. Doctor O’Mein (lead vocal:Tommy Funderburk), 06. Head Above Water (lead vocal:Tommy Funderburk), 07. Into The Nightfall (lead vocals:C. Farren & A. Robinson)

Profile Born and raised in Tokio, after high school KAZU MATSUI moved to Los Angeles, studying music & philosophy. Since the early eighties, he begins a musical venture as THE KAZU MATSUI PROJECT, recording & producing many good ‘Adult Contemporary Music’ albums, recruiting awesome session players like Steve Lukather, Robben Ford, Jeff Porcaro, Abraham Laboriel, Bill Champlin, Jennifer Warnes to name a few.

For his 5th recording, Kazu has called the best of the best: Chris Farren, Tommy Funderburk, Andrea Robinson, Dann Huff, Bruce Gaitsch, Greg Bissonette (check the personnel). Chris Farren steals the disc with deep and soulful interpretations. And Funderburk… simply one of the best voices in AOR history. In my top 10 of all time. The songs: awesome pure eighties AOR fm-radio style.

I can’t recommend you this album enough, a pleasure from start to finish. One bad thing only: too short. If you don’t like this, you don’t like AOR music. Japan only release. A Must Have.


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