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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)
Top Customer Reviews
However, it does remain one lively, exciting, rocking good trio album. If you enjoyed "Move" and "Voice" then snap this one up without delay.
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Dynamic and powerful artist who rewrites what a jazz piano trio is meant to sound like. Fantastic recording quality on all the instruments.Published 7 months ago by Groove Merchant
I really like this album, if you like trio played jazz with great musicians: then this is for you. Check out Hiromi on youtube.Published 16 months ago by M. Fredriksson