"Too many notes," Emperor Joseph II was reported to have said to Mozart about The Marriage of Figaro. And "Too many notes?" is the first question I had as soon as the first track of this (beautiful) CD started. Indeed great virtuosity from young jazz pianist Hiromi, but musical ideas are never hidden under "too many notes". It just take some repeated listening to discover and appreciate them. In this solo acoustic piano album, Hiromi reminds me (once in a while) of the solo piano style of Uri Caine and Stefano Bollani (not the ECM solo work but the earlier and more sparkling Label Bleu releases). Some other times Hiromi reminds me of Cyrus Chestnut and Benny Green (both released works on the same label Telarc), as well as of Jason Moran. Anyway, this is a very interesting, funny, original and enjoyable jazz release, totally worth your listening time if your are into contemporary jazz piano. Recorded sound is just perfect (warm, perfectly defined, no harshness, great dynamics), as you expect from an audiophile label such Telarc. Enjoy!