Another Mindby Hiromi
On the back of the CD case is a photo that is basically a heads-up as to what you can expect from this debut album by 23-year-old jazz pianist Hiromi Uehara. She is standing outside wearing a black dress and a strange yellow-and-white wrap. Her face is turned up to the sky, her eyes and mouth closed, her jaw clenched; her arms are held straight down by her sides with her fingers splayed wide. It's a stance that bespeaks intense energy and a certain defiance. Most of the music contained in the CD seems to have been made in a similar attitude, for better and, occasionally, for worse. Uehara plays with an almost demonic energy and amazing stamina; on a program that consists entirely of original compositions, most of them delivered in a standard piano trio format, she zips from style to style with a sense of urgency that borders at times on the manic. Her propulsive "XYZ" opens the album with churning intensity; "Double Personality" finds her alternating between nearly harmolodic free improvisation and carefully composed modern jazz; "Joy" offers a gentle breath of fresh air before she resumes her headlong musical charge. The album ends with a bonus track, an unaccompanied piano piece called "The Tom and Jerry Show," which alternates between loopy, Carl Stalling-esque avant-gardism and high-speed ragtime. By the end of this album you'll be tired, but it's a good tired. Heaven only knows what her next album will sound like, but the laws of physics would seem to dictate that she'll have to slow down a bit.
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Performance CreditsHiromi Primary Artist
David Fiuczynski Guitar
Anthony Jackson Bass
Jim Odgren Alto Saxophone
Dave Dicenso Drums
Hiromi Uehara Piano,Keyboards,Soloist
Mitch Cohn Bass
Technical CreditsAhmad Jamal Producer,Engineer
Richard Evans Producer
Michael Bishop Engineer
Robert Woods Executive Producer
Anilda Carrasquillo Art Direction
Hiromi Uehara Liner Notes
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Hiromi is by far the best jazz pionist no one is listening to. I have been studying jazz for years and I have no problem ranking her up there with the greats.
She is sensational! So much of modern jazz and improvisation is cluttered with higher, faster, louder. Melody and line have been missing for so long. Hiromi returns to melody and makes it central in all of her tunes. The energy, technique, and soul in each note is amazing for such a young artist. If you haven't listened to her, start now! You will not be disappointed.