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Spiral [Limited Edition]

Hiromi Audio CD
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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: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Telarc Jazz & Blues
  • ASIN: B000CRR3L0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,443 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Spiral 9:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Music for Three-Piece-Orchestra: Open Door - Tuning - Prologue10:13Album Only
Listen  3. Music for Three-Piece-Orchestra: Déjà vu 7:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Music for Three-Piece-Orchestra: Reverse 5:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Music for Three-Piece-Orchestra: Edge 5:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Old Castle, by the river, in the middle of a forest 8:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Love and Laughter 8:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Return of Kung-Fu World Champion (Bonus Track) 9:39£0.79  Buy MP3 


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'Spiral' is the highly anticipated follow-up to 'Brain', the Japanese piano sensation's 2004 album, which received outstanding reviews from the jazz press and was supported by extensive touring which included sold-out dates at the Brecon Jazz Festival and Ronnie Scott's. It is another brilliant showcase for the pianist's imaginative compositions and thunderous playing that fuses elements of jazz, classical and avant-garde into an intense listening experience. 'Spiral' offers a glimpse into the highly creative inner world of a gifted young pianist/composer whose roots are in jazz but whose potential is unlimited. Mentored by giants like Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal and Chick Corea, Hiromi turns tradition on its head and plunges into a universe of new ideas.

Also includes a bonus limited edition DVD of her energetic performance of "Kung Fu World Champion" (recorded live in Japan).

Recorded 2005

Personnel: Hiromi - (piano), Tony Grey - (bass), Martin Valihora - (drums)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Album 25 Jan 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is a first class recording by someone who is clearly developing into a top standard jazz artist. I saw them play live a month or so ago and was impressed by the incredible amount of energy she put into the performance and that comes accross in this recording as well. The whole CD has an energy to it that makes you want to keep listening again and again.

The band she has put together are excellent, the drummer especially is very skilled (not to say the bass player is not) and the whole thing feels very 'tight'.

So, if it's that good, why not five stars? Well, I can't help but feel that she will continue to improve and will deliver even better on her next album, so I need some room for that eventuality when it is released! Also, and this is a minor point, it starts to feel a bit 'samey' in places. A bit more variation would have helped, but don't let that put you off.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 29 Mar 2014
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Another great album from Hiromi, more examples of her great piano skills. I can't wait for another album she does not disappoint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PREDICTED REVIEW 20 Jan 2006
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I haven't even got this yet but I know it's going to be absolutely fantastic!!!! Counting down the days!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice fresh new music 24 Jan 2006
By Jonathan Guarriello - Published on Amazon.com
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I just recently picked up a copy of Hiromi's Spiral and I am hooked! For one thing it is awesome to see young players like Hiromi and her bassist and drummer playing all original music. All the songs on spiral are penned by the pianist. I like the way the songs are very composed but don't get robotic sounding. I think she has toned down her chops and focused more on the songs,but this doesn't mean that she doesn't rip on this one. My favorite tracks are spiral the first track,and #3 Edge. I really like The Return of the Kung Fu Champion,which is the only track on this album where she uses electronic keyboards. I like her use of the synths. I don't think its fair to her to compare her synth sounds with 70's fusion. As much as I love Chick Corea I think most of the synth sounds he used on mid 70's RTFE albums like Where Have I known you before, No Mystery and Romantic Warrior where really chessey. This album has definite cross over appeal because the tunes are catchy and they blend classical,jazz and funk fusion. Tony Grey the bassist on this is the man. I think he's headed for bass great status. The drummer Martin Valihora is killer nuff said buy this record you won't be disappointed!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Future of Piano Jazz 27 Jun 2006
By Jim Newsom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When the NPR Piano Jazz Christmas came to the Attucks Theatre in Norfolk in December, 2004, youthful pianist/composer Hiromi Uehara ignited what were otherwise fairly sedate proceedings with her musical instincts, rock star looks and physical approach to performance. With this, her third album, she pushes the boundaries of piano trio jazz into unexplored territory, creating a vibrant blend of jazz, classical, pop and rock that is beautiful, expressive, punchy, melodic, rhythmically variegated, fiery and fresh. At the ripe young age of 26, she already has her own idea of what the future of jazz should look like, and it's an alluring vision. The centerpiece of this all-original outing is the four-part "Music for Three-Piece-Orchestra," a rich suite encompassing quiet classicism, gentle lyricism, controlled furor and Emerson, Lake & Palmer prog-rock. The closing "Return of King-Fu World Champion" takes the ELP connection one step further with Tarkus-like synth and clavinet. The bonus DVD provides a brief sample of Hiromi's exciting live presence. --Jim Newsom

Originally published in Port Folio Weekly - February 28, 2006

Copyright 2006 Port Folio Weekly. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Amazing! 9 April 2008
By Jay Paul - Published on Amazon.com
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I was doing a little research for a radio show on music coming out of Japan and stumbled across this CD. What luck! This is the best new pianist I've heard in many years! I'm not alone in thinking this: At seven Hiromi was accepted as a student at the Yamaha School of Music in her native Japan; at 14 she went to play with the Czech Philharmonic; at 17 Chick Corea invited her to play with him! (The influence is obvious in some of her other work.) At 20 Hiromi came to the USA and attended Berklee School of Music, graduating in 2004.

Since then there have been four Hiromi CDs that I know about, and they're all utterly amazing, though each is a bit different. I think Spiral is a bit truer to the jazz genre (and was awarded a Grand Prize by Swing Journal). It features Tony Grey on Bass & Martin Valihora on drums. Her first two CDs are wildly and wonderfully energetic (and one, Brain, also won Swing Journal's Album of the Year in 2005), and her new CD Time Control is reminiscent of the best work of Chick Corea & Return to Forever. In fact, in Japan one can buy her latest CD "Duet" featuring a live performance Featuring Hiromi with Chick Corea! Pricey though...

Now keep in mind... Hiromi has done all this and yet the bio on her web site says she was born in 1979. So at this writing she's still not even 30 years old!

My recommendation? Buy all of her CDs and cherish them.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rising Star 30 Jan 2006
By Dunbarton Oakes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Hiromi Uehara may not be a household name but with each succeeding recording she proves herself a sophisticated composer and an astonishing and eclectic pianist. Her style, while incorporating elements from Ellington to Bad Plus, is unique. She criss-crosses stylistic boundries on Spiral, keeping the sound interesting on every track - all originals. With the exception of Return of Kung-Fu World Champion, she stays away from the electronics that were more present in Brain and somewhat in Another Mind. Infact Kung Fu...is the barrier to a 5-star rating. At times, Uehara sounds a bit like Michel Petrucciani when she sticks to the acoustic piano, though she refrains from being as showy as the French great. Tony grey on bass and drummer, Martin Vailhora round out an outstanding trio.
1.0 out of 5 stars RATING ONLY BECAUSE THERE IS NO DVD INCLUDED 13 July 2014
By Rodney Blackwell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
THIS RATING IS ONLY BECAUSE THERE IS NO DVD AS STATED IN THE 'LIMITED EDITION' CD. I BUY EVERYTHING THIS WONDERFUL LADY DOES. SHE IS MY ALL TIME FAV PIANIST ( AND I HAVE BEEN A PIANIST FOR 50 YEARS ) , BUT I WAS EXPECTING A DVD. THE MUSIC HOWEVER IS WONDERFUL AS USUAL. SHE IS AMAZING.
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