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Beyond Standard

Hiromi Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Since the release of Another Mind, Hiromi Uehara’s 2003 debut on Telarc, a division of Concord Music Group, the Japanese composer/pianist has electrified audiences and critics on both hemispheres with a creative energy that defies the conventional parameters of jazz and pushes musicianship and composition to unprecedented levels of complexity and sophistication.

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  • Audio CD (31 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc Jazz & Blues
  • ASIN: B00168X0RK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,496 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Intro: Softly As In A Morning Sunrise0:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Softly As In A Morning Sunrise 7:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Clair de lune 7:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Caravan 8:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Ue Wo Muite Aruko 8:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. My Favorite Things 7:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Led Boots 6:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. XYG 6:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. I've Got Rhythm 5:510.99  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

With her usual trio now bumped up by the presence of guitarist David Fiuczynski (in their 'Sonicbloom' format), Hiromi Uehara continues the work of her previous album, Time Control, but this time it's cover versions all the way. The precocious pianist is undeniably, stunningly talented and though her brand of flash ivory tickling is jaw-dropping to behold it's often a little hard to process in digital form.

Beginning with a crackly segue into her own Time's Up and thence into Softly As In A Morning Sunrise, the album yields a fairly disparate selection of standards (Caravan, I've Got Rhythm) and more wayward choices (Jeff Beck's Led Boots?!?). Each one is given the usual fusion-in-a-flurry treatment that the Japanese keyboardist and her crew mete out. Depending on how flashy you like your jazz this is either good or bad.

Not unsurprisingly Sonicbloom's version of the only Japanese song ever to gain a US number one, Ue Wo Muite Aruyko, fares best of all here. Its cute melody resists too much mangling. Elsewhere the mix can be a little too rich, with Tony Grety's rubbery fretless interjections being a little too intrusive and Fiuczynski's flanged tones a little too retro in feel, especially when dissecting Debussy's Clair De Lune. However the re-versioned-for-four-piece, XYG (previously XYZ) is cleverly accomplished.

But that's the problem; too much on display here is merely clever without really giving the listener space or time to savour what's occurring. Maybe it's time for that solo album. --Chris Jones

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I got this album, Beyond standard, after hearing Hitomi play live. She is a tremendously energetic performer and whilst it is true the visual side of her performance is lost from the CD the playfulness, creativity and sheer talent of the whole band, but Hitomi in particular, shine through. The ability to switch tempo, beat, style, and dynamics is something that any "jazz head" will appreciate. Just listen to I've got Rhythm to hear a plethora of ideas that showcase this extraordinary talent. Naming this album Beyond Standard is an injustice to the talent on offer, something like Beyond Exceptional would be much more fitting. You owe it to yourself to add this to your collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lively & exciting release from Ms Uehara 13 Nov 2008
Format:Audio CD
Beyond Standard

Japanese born keyboardist/pianist Hiromi Uehara and her group Sonicbloom release an album of exciting jazz titled Beyond Standard.

After the brief intro of the track "Softly As In Morning Sunshine" you are then catapulted into the full 7 minutes of an uptempo and lively track.

"Clair De Lune" is a nice breezy track with some fine guitar playing which sits well with Ms Uehara's piano playing. The classic jazz standard "Caravan" is a given a fast paced twist again with Hiromi's exciting piano skills. "Ue Wo Muite Arukio" has a nice jazz-funk feel to it.

Another classic included is the song "My Favourite Things". Hiromi's playing is at the forefront but allows the rest of the trio to put their fine musicianship on this cover. "Led Boots" and "XYG" bring a nice mix of jazz, funk & rock to the album. The final track on the CD, "I've Got Rhythm" has Hiromi displaying her exciting and fast paced piano playing style.

With 8 of the 9 tracks ranging between 6 to 8 minutes Hiromi and her trio don't leave you short-changed! This is an excellent, enjoyable and lively jazz release. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Touched by Genius 6 Aug 2013
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In a word, ASTONISHING. This young lady is a recent discovery for me, but what a find! I've been a piano jazz fan since my teens and I reckon I've heard most of the exponents of the art, but I think Hiromi Uehara takes this music to another level. The speed and dexterity of her solo version of Gershwin's 'I Got Rhythm' which closes the disc is simply jaw-dropping. All the tracks are standards (Jeff Beck's 'Led Boots' anyone?) but none of them is doing business as usual. I played this disc twice in quick succession and it sounded different altogether on repeat hearing. My particular favourites, beside the Gershwin, would have to be 'XYG' and 'Softly as in a Morning Sunrise', but the whole disc is a revelation and I look forward to hearing a lot more from this artist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great album 29 Jan 2013
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I love Hiromi, her way of playing, her choices of repertoire, her personality. Looking forward to her next concert in Paris.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great album, ruined by electric guitar 24 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
I don't know who's playing electric guitar on this album, but they've gone a long way to ruining it for me. Take track 2, softly as in a morning sunrise. Starts brilliantly, a fresh and funky approach to this standard. But then piano and guitar start trading measures, and the track is ruined by an out of tune, nasty schoolboy distorted guitar sound. Yuck. Same for a few other tracks on the album. Such a pity
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