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Since the beginning of the decade she has supported her impressive body of studio work with an ambitious tour schedule and her new recording sets out to chronicle just a few of the many places and moments where she has experienced the almost mystical exchange between performer and audience.
This includes the frenetic "BQE" (Brooklyn-Queens Expressway) which opens the recording, a reprise of "Sicilian Blue" from the CD with Stanley Clarke and the spirited "Berne, Baby, Berne!", a nod to Marian's Jazzroom a club in Bern, Switzerland. By way of contrast there is a playful take on Pachelbel's Canon, the three-part "Viva! Vegas" suite and the melodic title track which closes the set.
In addition to being a musical travelogue Hiromi's new CD is also a personal milestone as it was recorded just three days before her thirtieth birthday in March 2009. There's no doubt that she has now established herself as one of the most vibrant performers on today's jazz scene and 'Place To Be' will only continue to enhance her reputation with both fans and critics alike.
I'm giving 3 stars only, because the CD was not in good conditions ( it made a lot of annoying noise when turning inside Cd Player). Read morePublished 18 months ago by carlos m. ferreira