K eyboardist and composer Hiromi Uehara's zero-compromise approach to jazz and fusion has garnered her a significant global fan base that straddles myriad demographics. Jazz-rock, straightahead jazz, and progressive rock fans of all ages relate to her diverse, engaging, and high-energy output, not to mention her exuberant stage presence. At 28, the Japanese-born, Brooklyn-based virtuoso was born well after the heydays of those genres, yet her sound is an expert distillation of those influences combined with a modern, worldly approach. Fiuczynski, bassist Tony Grey, and drummer Martin Valihora comprise her high-caliber band Sonicbloom and play a major role in defining her sound.
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Share this page. Tracklistings come from MusicBrainz. You can add or edit information about Another Mind at musicbrainz. Find out more about our use of this data , and also our policy on profanity. Find out more about our use of this data. Debut album from young Japanese pianist presents an original take on technoflash Peter Marsh Instrumental virtuosity in jazz is a bit like athletic prowess; there are those coming up through the ranks who can break previous records with ease.
As Roger Bannister's four minute mile is a distant memory, so the dexterity of past jazz masters is threatened daily by young turks posessed of more licks than a hyperactive Labrador.
And here's another one Surrounding herself with a cast of young, gifted musicians and a slightly older one in the shape of the great bassist Anthony Jackson , 24 year old Hiromi Uehara's music is audacious, hyperactive stuff. Sticking mainly to acoustic piano, her approach is reminiscent of Oscar Peterson on steroids. Few of the instrument's 88 keys remain untouched for long. Things kick off with "XYZ", which announces itself with a count-in that the Ramones would be proud of. The energy level is pretty full on throughout as the players negotiate tricky time signatures, undertaken at fingerbreaking speeds.
For about half the album, Hiromi's compositional sense and the crisply delivered pyrotechnics of her partners particularly drummer Dave DiCenso manage to keep proceedingsfromdescending into amerely technical exercise, but there are some exceptions. Jim Odgren's alto is too much in thrall to Dave Sanborn to offer anything much and Dave Fuczyinski's guitar pyrotechnics are grim in the extreme. After this eleven minute earbashing, Odgren'sshiny tonesteers "Summer Rain" towards smooth jazz territory and all seems lost.
However, things take a turn for the better with the cryptic, synth driven funk of " binary system ". Anthony Jackson's low, warm growl works a treat here, and the remainder of the album offers a more coherentview of Hiromi's musical vision.
Ultimately if you're like me, you might find yourself more in more in awe of the players technical audacity than anything else, but there's no doubt that Hiromi's is a name to watch. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Licence. If you choose to use this review on your site please link back to this page. This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving. Home Clips. Hiromi Another Mind Review Album. Released 22 April Links Wikipedia article on Another Mind Reviews available at www.
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Another Mind is the debut release from Hiromi Uehara , a jazz and jazz fusion pianist. It was released in and received the award for foreign jazz album of the year in the Japan Annual Gold Disc Awards. Peter Marsh of BBC stated "Surrounding herself with a cast of young, gifted musicians and a slightly older one in the shape of the great bassist Anthony Jackson , 24 year old Hiromi Uehara's music is audacious, hyperactive stuff. Sticking mainly to acoustic piano, her approach is reminiscent of Oscar Peterson on steroids. Few of the instrument's 88 keys remain untouched for long. Calder of PopMatters stated "he name that comes to mind is tsunami, or some other earthquake and volcano jargon term.
Hiromi, whose full name Hiromi Uehara is a Japanese pianist who became famous not only for its breathtaking virtuosity, but also the vigor and enormous empathy to music is already playing. This lovely Japanese woman living on the edge of jazz, progressive rock and classical music. Like many others began to devote Hiromi piano quite early, starting at age 5. At just 14, he has performed with the Czech Philharmonic, about three years later, thanks to a certain degree of courage and chance meeting with Chick Corea. This meeting proved to be crucial, not only because the next day it was invited to the podium, but also in terms of its musical future.