Alive (feat. Anthony Jackson & Simon Phillips) by Hiromi on Apple Music

9 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Here on Hiromi’s third studio album in four years with contrabass guitarist Anthony Jackson and drummer Simon Phillips, the trio are in an expansive mood, with only three tunes that are less than eight minutes long. Highlights include the driving uptempo title track and “Warrior,” which both have the kind of attack you’d expect from a fusion band despite the fact that Hiromi stays on acoustic piano throughout this album. Also notable is the upbeat and episodic “Life Goes On,” which moves through a series of interrelated ideas with an amiable ease. The simple melody, straightforward structure, and blues flavor of “Seeker” would to seem to indicate a cover, but it isn’t. The solo piano piece “Firefly” is a delicate waif of a song, illustrating the expansiveness of her language. And while the great Ahmad Jamal has mentored her, the pianist gives a sly reference to Monk’s “While You Needn’t” in the opening of “Player.” Filled with dazzling musicianship and wicked compositional twists, Alive gives Hiromi’s fans exactly what they want while never being less than herself.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Here on Hiromi’s third studio album in four years with contrabass guitarist Anthony Jackson and drummer Simon Phillips, the trio are in an expansive mood, with only three tunes that are less than eight minutes long. Highlights include the driving uptempo title track and “Warrior,” which both have the kind of attack you’d expect from a fusion band despite the fact that Hiromi stays on acoustic piano throughout this album. Also notable is the upbeat and episodic “Life Goes On,” which moves through a series of interrelated ideas with an amiable ease. The simple melody, straightforward structure, and blues flavor of “Seeker” would to seem to indicate a cover, but it isn’t. The solo piano piece “Firefly” is a delicate waif of a song, illustrating the expansiveness of her language. And while the great Ahmad Jamal has mentored her, the pianist gives a sly reference to Monk’s “While You Needn’t” in the opening of “Player.” Filled with dazzling musicianship and wicked compositional twists, Alive gives Hiromi’s fans exactly what they want while never being less than herself.

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9:04
8:59
8:32
7:25
9:12
8:59
7:31
8:15
6:49

About Hiromi

Pianist and composer Hiromi Uehara was born in Shizuoka, Japan, in 1979. At the age of six she started playing piano. Within a year, she was a student of the Yamaha School of Music, whose progressive approach to musical training allowed the young student to shape her technical skills, writing, and performing. After relocating to the United States in 1999, she continued her studies at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, where she received a full scholarship. It was there that Hiromi developed her varied musical taste, encompassing everyone from J.S. Bach to Sly & the Family Stone. While at Berklee, she also had the opportunity to play with jazz piano legends Oscar Peterson, Chick Corea, and her mentor, Ahmad Jamal. In 2003, Hiromi recorded her first disc, Another Mind, on the Telarc label, produced by Jamal. Brain was released a year later, followed by the pianist's third trio album for Telarc, Spiral, in 2006. For her next album, Hiromi augmented her trio with avant-fusion guitarist Dave Fiuczynski, releasing Time Control in early 2007. Beyond Standard, a thematic continuation of Time Control, was also recorded with her Sonicbloom trio and released a year later. The solo piano set Place to Be followed in 2010.

For 2011's electro-acoustic Voice, Hiromi formed the Trio Project with bassist Anthony Jackson and Simon Phillips. 2012 saw the issue of the Live at Marciac DVD. After a break and festival appearances, Hiromi & the Trio Project returned to the studio and delivered Move in 2013; it was followed by the all-acoustic Alive in the summer of 2014, and a world tour. The Trio Project band returned to recording in 2015, emerging from the studio with The Spark in April, 2016. ~ Al Campbell

  • ORIGIN
    Shizuoka, Japan
  • BORN
    1979

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