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Spiral

Hiromi

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Album Review

With the release of Spiral, the award-winning pianist/composer Hiromi Uehara stands at the threshold of limitless possibility. Her third trio recording in as many years finds her in the familiar company of drummer Martin Valihora and bass player Tony Grey, but the CD itself goes beyond expectations. It features all original compositions, including the 28-minute"Music for a Three-Piece Orchestra," a suite of four tracks — "Open Door/Tuning/Prologue," "Déjà Vu," "Reverse," and "Edge" — that spotlight Hiromi's formidable technique and impressive compositional skills. The suite was inspired by Hiromi's desire to expand the sound of her trio into orchestral spaces and to give her listeners an intense listening experience. By contrast, the highly energetic "Return of Kung-Fu World Champion" captures the essence of the trio in a smaller, jazz-rock fusion format that kicks with the same excitement as a martial arts tournament. The title track "Spiral" alternates between improvisation and carefully crafted jazz elements, while the delicate comping chords heard on "Love and Laughter" are a sure indication of jazz giant Ahmad Jamal's positive influence as a mentor. Both songs beautifully captivate and induce your imagination to spiral toward the trio's interplay, flurry of notes, and aural qualities. Overall, Spiral exceeds the standards set by Hiromi's previous releases, Another Mind and Brain, and should garner her a wider audience. [This Hybrid Disc edition features discreet, multi-channel surround in addition to both standard stereo and SACD-stereo playback.]

Customer Reviews

Consistently Incredible

Hiromi Uehara composes on the spot, as opposed to improvising. Every show is a tanscendental experience, and this album captures that experience as well as her last two recorded ventures. The live experience of seeing this girl play is next level, though. Don't miss out one of the brightest minds in modern jazz. Her first album went gold while she was still in school! I mean, who does that?

Excellent

Hiromi has exceeded her previous albums with this. Although "Love and Laughter" is a simple cliche jazz song, every other peice boasts unheard creativity unseen in most contemporary jazz. Each track contains its own personality, especially the title track. The 3 piece orchestra suite is fantastic, and a new, but VERY pleasing, event by Hiromi. Each track gives the image of the trio playing it live. Hiromi is at it agian.

AWESOME!

I just love this album, I keep listening to it over and over again. Truly great. Her technical skill is only eclipsed by her feeling.

Biography

Born: 1979 in Shizuoka, Japan

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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...
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