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

9 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

For her sophomore “Trio Project” album with contrabass guitarist Anthony Jackson (Paul Simon, Chick Corea, Al di Meola) and drummer Simon Phillips (Toto, Jeff Beck, The Who), virtuoso pianist and keyboardist Hiromi Uehara explores new textures and tones. Writing nine strong original compositions that serve as the score to a typical workday, Hiromi flexes her often-overlooked compositional muscles. Move opens with some fleet and flawless three-way interaction on the kinetic title track, with Hiromi making a funky declaration on her first solo. Continuing her theme of writing the soundtrack to a typical 24-hour cycle, “Brand New Day” sparkles thanks in large part to Phillips’ delicate yet steady-ride cymbal work. The three-movement, 20-minute “Suite Escapism” ambitiously spans tempos and moods, while Hiromi adds some of her trademark attitudinal keyboard playing to the feel-good, samba-drenched “Margarita.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

For her sophomore “Trio Project” album with contrabass guitarist Anthony Jackson (Paul Simon, Chick Corea, Al di Meola) and drummer Simon Phillips (Toto, Jeff Beck, The Who), virtuoso pianist and keyboardist Hiromi Uehara explores new textures and tones. Writing nine strong original compositions that serve as the score to a typical workday, Hiromi flexes her often-overlooked compositional muscles. Move opens with some fleet and flawless three-way interaction on the kinetic title track, with Hiromi making a funky declaration on her first solo. Continuing her theme of writing the soundtrack to a typical 24-hour cycle, “Brand New Day” sparkles thanks in large part to Phillips’ delicate yet steady-ride cymbal work. The three-movement, 20-minute “Suite Escapism” ambitiously spans tempos and moods, while Hiromi adds some of her trademark attitudinal keyboard playing to the feel-good, samba-drenched “Margarita.”

TITLE TIME
8:32
7:01
7:24
7:28
5:32
6:36
7:52
7:29
11:26

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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