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  • Audio CD (23 Jun. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B00JKJ0YOE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,585 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Alive
  2. Wanderer
  3. Dreamer
  4. Seeker
  5. Player
  6. Warrior
  7. Firefly
  8. Spirit
  9. Life Goes On

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'Alive' is Hiromi's ninth CD as a leader and heralds the return of the Japanese pianist/composer's Trio Project, featuring contrabass guitarist Anthony Jackson (Steely Dan, Paul Simon, The O'Jays and Chick Corea) and drummer Simon Phillips (Toto, The Who, Judas Priest, David Gilmour and Jack Bruce).

This terrific triad, which DownBeat magazine proclaimed as "one of the most exciting groups working in any genre today", formed in 2011 and recorded their first CD, 'Voice', that year, followed by 'Move' in 2013. On 'Alive', Phillips' powerful, yet poetic percussion and Jackson's flowing, glow-in-the-dark basslines beautifully buoy and support Hiromi's ingenious and impassioned improvisations. Her evocative and expansive compositions evoke the myriad moods and mysteries of life and reveal the soulful, syncopated simpatico of her thrilling threesome.

As evidenced by this impressive recording, Hiromi's astonishing artistry is very much 'alive': It breathes, grows, adapts and, more importantly, it evolves. Hiromi's evolution has been fuelled by her ever-evolving gifts as a pianist, improviser, composer, bandleader and - most of all - listener. "My listening skills have improved", she says. "Over the years, I've learned how to listen more carefully, and respond musically to what is happening in the moment. That's what makes my trio shine as a team."

Personnel: Hiromi (piano), Anthony Jackson (contrabass guitar), Simon Phillips (drums)

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Another excellent trio album from Hiromi and her regular trio. You have all the same elements as the other albums and all concerned play their hearts out. The array of musical influeneces is mind boggling from Jazz to Rock and many stops in between. My only criticism here is that this album offers nothing new from the previous two. Other contemporary trios like Bad Plus, Phronesis and others are constantly re-inventing themselves to add variation to their music but Hiromi does not seem to be.
However, it does remain one lively, exciting, rocking good trio album. If you enjoyed "Move" and "Voice" then snap this one up without delay.
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Hiromi has come up with more intricate interplay with Simon and Anthony on this album. The tracks are all intense and vibrantly alive with room for improvisation. Composition wise not quite at the same level as 'Move'. The stand out track is the piano solo 'Firefly', which demonstrates Hiromi's great touch and proves she can excel on slow numbers as well as frenetic ones.
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The level of talent on display here is monstrous. But this is not an empty virtuosicity, the whole record is jam-packed full of vital energy - a trio in which player is constantly pushing the other musicians and clearly enjoying every moment.

If you haven't heard her I whole heartedly recommend this album. If you already love her this will remind you why,

I've already got tickets to see her on the 18 Nov at the Royal Festival Hall, London. Cannot wait!
http://www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk/events/info/hiromi-the-trio-project
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On form again and perhaps this is her best so far. The last 2 albums were not up to her standards. I was preferring her solo work over the new trio. Here she is back and the tremendous trio is working well.
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The trouble with this album is Simon Philips drumming is SO good you may find yourself asking 'why bother' and snapping your own drumsticks in two with frustration :)
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These premium musicans can really handle their instruments, so thats not an issue.
Some of the songs reminds me of old ELP, other songs have a kind of jazzy feel to it.
Sometime piano and drums make some speedy passages who could be more in the same time.
To me its interesting to hear a classical traint pianist play jazz.
I think Hiromi on this album add something to the scene, but she has a way to go concerning the feel that makes jazz to be jazz.
She has a fluently technic and timing thats impressiv to listen to.
Simon Phillips is still a great drummer and Antony Jackson is to my tast a little low in the mix, but his performance is exelent.
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