an artist appears with talent that transcends the scope of normality
and now we have this phenomenal new pianist named Hiromi Uehara
on the music seen with unheralded momentum fusing the gap of jazz,
classical and rock. At 24 “Hiromi” makes her debut
on Telarc Jazz titled “Another Mind” produced by
legendary pianist Ahmad Jamal & Richard Evans. During
her early childhood she started playing piano at the age of 6, at this
time Hiromi’s piano teacher Noriko Hikida had a very
unusual vocal approach to teaching using this method (Play Red,
meaning “needs to sound like Dad, next Play Warm and Slow
“needs to sound like Mom”). Hiromi said, “my
teacher taught me to play music from my heart, not just technically.
She always sang melody along with my piano playing so that I could
sing these lines in my heart”! Hiromi’s talent exceeds
her youthfulness as an artist, yes; Hiromi’s intensive piano
training and other musical influences are apparent here on her debut
titled “Another Mind”.
Players: Mitch Cohn ~ Bass, Dave DiCenso ~ Drums, with quests
Anthony Jackson ~ Bass, Jim Odgren ~ Alto Saxophone, Dave Fiuczynski ~
Guitar, Hiromi Uehara ~ Piano, produced by Richard Evans & Ahmad
in Hiromi’s liner notes: (in reference to her musical style):
“I want my piano trio to sound different, “Bigger” … The
opening track titled “XYZ” on “Another Mind” is
an example of Hiromi’s musical concept accelerating with
complex execution, a fusion of classical and jazz in a trio setting
making her piano on “XYZ” sound “Bigger” then
life featuring the talents of band mates Cohn ~ Bass and DiCenso
Personality” the next track sounds like Hendrix meets, Oscar
Peterson (her all time favorite jazz pianist) sandwiched into a
provocative exploration of fusion featuring guitarist David
Fiuczynski along with alto saxophonist Jim Odgren. Hiromi
clearly focuses on her technical prowess only wavering occasionally
with melodic interventions.
a quartet, setting pianist Hiromi’s gives us a track called
“Summer Rain” fusing the accessible sax flavorings of Odgrens’s.
“Summer Rain” highlights a complex yet listener friendly
hooks and grooves of contemporary jazz.
switches gears compositionally with
apiece dipped in the blues called “Joy”. I can undoubtedly
hear why Ahmad Jamal is so attracted to her playing without any
hesitation Hiromi takes care of business by flawlessly running
chords, and scales in perpetual motion. Hiromi’s solos are
eloquent yet filled with an abundance of improvisional bliss and
alluring soulful-ness that Ahmad can respectfully admire.
(Binary System)” immediately falls into a funk laced groove;
Hiromi’s electric keyboard accents this track with a funky
accordion appeal. Hiromi, changes gears with a short acoustic
trio swing; the melodies are graciously sharp in order to return with
funk filled chops of her electric keys. The title of this selection is
clear evidence that the structure of this composition flip-flops “010101”
within the tapestry of the binary code.
playing style adapts to change rapidly in within the contents of her
composition stylings therefore; “Truth and Lies” is one of
the most listen able yet challenging tracks on this recording. She
runs the keys softly with unyielding propose, in a moments notice she
attacks the solo vivaciously while engaging in the spirit of piano
No Paraiso” is an introduction to Hiromi’s appetite for
Latin Jazz.Hiromi approaches this composition with
reverie executing each note harmonically within the rim of mesmerizing
echoes in a cathedral like tone (bigger) as the intro of the title
track “Another Mind” begins, her band mates Cohn and
DiCenso converge into a moments of inspiration anchoring the
compelling energy of pianist Hiromi.
Tom and Jerry Show” the last selection that appears on “Another
Mind” is a solo piano piece that captures the essence of Hiromi’s
humor and technical chemistry as a pianist melting them into the voice
technical brilliance and heartfelt artistry cascades seamlessly
throughout this project; therefore, she’s accomplishes her mission
by sounding “Bigger” while collectively drawing the
listener into relishing her improvisational
scores that are impeccability delicious. A
word of Caution here, “Another Mind” is not for the
faint of heart, or one that is fearful of musical improvisation. If
you’re into a fusion of jazz spiced with a potpourri of classical
overtures with rock solid passages this record is undoubtedly for you.
Hiromi’s talent exceeds the avenues of identifiable measure;
this wonderfully gifted piano prodigy is blessed with an amazing
repertoire of chops that could very well be savored for years to come.