Yukiko Matsuyama's newest release, Crème Brulée, is a joyful blend of Smooth Jazz and World Music that will excite & delight! Japanese Koto with traditional western instruments. The Koto Yuki Band beautifully executes 10 original compositions by Matsuyama. Greg Vail's soulful sax blends joyously with Yukiko's Koto. Note: this is not your traditional "relaxation / meditation" Koto CD. You'll find yourself taking this one with you in the car, on bike rides, and wherever you want to feel the positive vibrations of happy music. The band features Diana Dentino - piano & keyboards, Greg Vail - sax & flute, Vince VanTrigt - bass, Mike Bennett - drums & percussion, with help from Daniel Mulliken - cello, David Brock - violin & viola, Chris Darrow - guitar, Dave Wood - guitar, & Michael Kotzen - cajon. Additional info: Greg Vail - An extraordinary contemporary jazz musician, Greg has toured & recorded with some of the hottest names in jazz & pop including Natalie Cole, Michael McDonald, Al Jarreau, Rick Braun, Peter White, Josh Groban, Smokey Robinson, Earth Wind & Fire & Greg Adams. Diana Dentino - Arranger for Crème Brulée CD has performed live and/or recorded with a variety of artists including Peabo Bryson, Kitaro, James Ingram, Jeffrey Osborne, George Duke, Oleta Adams, Sheena Easton, John Secada, Jody Watley, Regina Belle, Deniece Williams, Jennifer Paige, Kilauea, and Jon Anderson. Mike Bennett - A student of World rhythms, equally adept at drums & hand percussion. Recent tours include World Music group Benise & a world tour with Hillary Duff.