Championed in his homeland as the most renowned guitarist in all of Asia, Tak Matsumoto is primarily revered as chief songwriter, GRAMMY WINNING guitarist and producer of the Japanese rock band, B’z. His newest solo album “Strings Of My Soul” is a self-selected “best-of” record mixing Jazz, Blues, and Rock. Tak re-recorded all the previously released tracks, and wanted to cover “SUKIYAKI” for a while, he finally made it happened with the special guest appearance of 4-time Grammy Winner Larry Carlton.
Counting a legacy of 12 albums, “B’z” truly means big business! With combined sales totaling over 80 million units in Japan alone, Tak’s artistic vision has easily made them Japan’s best-selling band in history. As a soloist, 2002 served as a landmark year for Tak with the Japanese release of his much heralded instrumental albums, Hana and “Dragon from the West”. Hana garnered rave reviews for its powerfully flowing melodies evocative of scenic horizons of the Orient. The album’s bonus track, “Trinity,” finds Tak stretching the boundaries of “rock” guitar, blending different tastes in the melodies while retaining the same distinctive Japanese spirit.
“To begin with, the idea of making this album was to make an album with all of my favorite songs I’ve encountered during my solo career. Not just a best-of album, but I wanted to try playing them again with my current style. More like “A new album of myself”.
Tak first teamed up with 335 Records in 2010 when he released “Take Your Pick”, a collaboration with Larry Carlton. This release would prove to be a knock-out and went on to win the Grammy for “Best Pop Instrumental Album” at the 53rd annual Grammy awards earning Tak not only his first nomination, but first win.