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Thursday, 17th February 2011
In Japan Entertainment News,

Japanese musicians succeed at Grammys

Guitarist Takahiro Matsumoto has received a Grammy for best pop instrumental album at the recent awards.

He is part of the popular Japanese duo B'z and his winning album, Take Your Pick, is a collaboration with American jazz fusion guitarist Larry Carlton - with each musician playing six tracks each.

"I had never told anyone until now, but the Grammys was one of my dreams and a big goal," Mr Matsumoto told Kyodo News following the award ceremony at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

He added: "Larry Carlton and I performed freely and got along well, and I was reminded of how good the harmonies of guitars feel."

Other Japanese Grammy winners included classical pianist Mitsuko Uchida who picked up an award for best instrumental soloist performance with orchestra and the best contemporary jazz album award went to the Stanley Clarke Band, which includes Japan-based jazz pianist Hiromi Uehara.

Written by Mark Smith.