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Hiromi: Spark

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Rock musicians get that they are entertainers. Too often, jazz musicians don’t. Hiromi gets it. “All the people I respect in music have been aware of producing themselves: Miles Davis. Herbie Hancock. Pat Metheny,” she has said. “They are very focused on atmosphere.”

Hiromi produces herself. Her concerts have as many melodramatic crescendos as coliseum rock. It is impossible to take your eyes off her, a small sprite with big hair, as she whips around the stage, throwing herself upon her keyboards, furiously attacking them. She usually plays to large, loud, adoring crowds.

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