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Hiromi & Edmar Castañeda: Live in Montreal (Telarc)

If you saw those two names paired and immediately thought, “What an odd collaboration,” join the club. Hiromi, the firebrand Japanese pianist, all flying hair and flamboyant physicality, and Edmar Castañeda, the equally virtuosic yet relatively reserved Colombian harpist: What could they say to each other? Plenty, as it turns out. Recorded at the 2017 … Read More “Hiromi & Edmar Castañeda: Live in Montreal (Telarc)”

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Hiromi: Spark

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 … Read More “Hiromi: Spark”

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Hiromi: Alive

If there’s a drawback to all-star groups, it’s that they have little to prove. Which may explain why it took a few years for Japanese pianist Hiromi to find the formula for her vaunted Trio Project, with bassist Anthony Jackson and drummer Simon Phillips, to gel like her gifted 2004-2009 trio with younger fellow Berklee … Read More “Hiromi: Alive”

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Hiromi: Move

For better and for worse, Hiromi plays like a prodigy, coloring the listener’s first and second impressions in neon with her dazzling technique. Dense arpeggios circle with a gale force, yet the pianist’s crisp intonation never turns them to porridge. Dynamic tremolos rise and fall with a seething intensity that can abruptly turn whimsical. Euro-classical … Read More “Hiromi: Move”

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Hiromi: Live in Marciac

Japanese pianist Hiromi left fans perplexed when she disbanded her trio with fellow Berklee alumni Tony Grey (bass) and Martin Valihora (drums) after several standout releases. Yet that trio, often augmented by guitarist David Fiuczynski, built its incredible rapport over time. Such appears to be the case with Hiromi’s latest trio featuring veteran all-stars Anthony … Read More “Hiromi: Live in Marciac”

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Hiromi: Voice

From Hiromi’s recording debut in 2003, it has been evident that she possesses special piano chops. She can execute extreme complexity with breathtaking speed and precision. She also has eye-catching charisma, her rhythm sections have rock-band attitude, and her concerts generate cathartic energy. The pianist’s large following transcends the jazz audience, especially in Japan. But … Read More “Hiromi: Voice”

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Hiromi: Place To Be

If you’ve seen Hiromi Uehara in concert, you’ve been waiting for this moment-her first solo album. Hiromi, as she’s known, has released five previous albums under her own name, but on each of them she’s been backed by a modern-fusion group-electric guitar, electric bass, drums-and she plays synthesizer as well as piano. The highlight of … Read More “Hiromi: Place To Be”

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