In a way this is almost a distillation of Hiromi up to this point. Sure she's done trio's before, but there's something trimmer, tighter and even more perfect about it this time around.
Quite frankly this is magnificent, Hiromi's talent and virtuosity is spellbinding, without being cold and vulgar (Lang Lang I'm looking at you) and yes she can play quietly and beautifully as well as loud and fast.
Anthony Jackson's bass backs Hiromi up perfectly, and although Steve Smith is playing a majority of the live dates, Simon Phillips is certainly no slouch either, and the drumming here is exquisite, not least the frantic double-pedalling that pops up from time to time.
Stand-out tracks include the opening title track, Labyrinth (a previous version of which having appeared on the Stanley Clarke band album, though for my mind this one's better) and Devotion (which feels like an album closer proper before the perhaps a bit too abrupt change of pace with the Beethoven Pathetique Sonata version). Special mention to the solo piano track Haze which is almost restrained. Almost.
I love this album so much I bought 10 copies and gave them out to my friends.
In the words of the great lady herself: "Music purifies every emotion and makes them positive. Anything pathetic, all worries, and all sadness." Indeed, Hiromi, indeed.