NEW JAZZ FROM JAPAN

November 4, 2011 – 4:36 am

Every year the Tokyo Jazz Festival showcases the best of Japanese jazz with the best international acts. That’s fusion.

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HIROMI: THE TRIO PROJECT
Featuring Anthony Jackson and Simon Phillips
Salzburg 2011 [No label, 1CD]

Live at Jazz-Herbst, Große Universitätsaula, Salzburg, Austria, Oct 28, 2011. Ex stereo DVB-S broadcast.

Although her promo pictures portray her as a sophisticate, on stage Hiromi Uehara is a bundle of white hot energy. While she holds up grand old pianist Oscar Petersen as her favourite jazzman, her youthful impetuousness betrays her desire to swing.

On this set, all but one track are from her 2011 release, Voice. Almost all are played at a breakneck speed, with relief coming from Anthony Jackson’s bass solos. It’s as though young Hiromi can’t sit still but must go all out to show her dexterity, determined to move the crowd with “shock and awe”.

Hiromi has the band to do just that. British drummer Simon Phillips is of Toto fame and a seasoned session and live drummer with The Who, Judas Priest, David Gilmour, Jack Bruce to name but a few. Phillips was in the quartet with Jeff Beck, Stanley Clarke and Tony Hymas for a Japan tour in 1978. Phillips drummed and co-wrote tracks for Beck’s There And Back album.

We found this on the net about her bassist: “Anthony Jackson has been a distinctive voice on the electric bass ever since he entered the scene in New York City. He began learning the piano as a teen before switching to the guitar, and finally picking up the bass after being influenced by legendary Motown bassist James Jamerson. He has had more than 3,000 recording sessions with more than 500 albums.” From the way he plays, it’s all true.

This is an excellent recording shared by unclewolfi at Dime. Big thanks.

The inclusion of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 8 and Gershwin’s I Got Rhythm show the length, breath and depth of this young Japanese artist. She plays her piano like a dervish. Yet she’ll win you with not only her music but that charming smile.
- Professor Red

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Track 01. Delusion (Uehara) 10:07* (13.9MB)
Track 02. Announcement by Hiromi 01:07 (1.5MB)
Track 03. Labyrinth (Uehara) 7:41* (10.5MB)
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Track 04. Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 8, Pathetique 12:25* (17.9MB)
Track 05. I Got Rhythm (Gershwin) 10:15 (14.0MB)
Track 06. Flashback (Uehara) 11:25* (15.6MB)

* from her latest album, Voice. With thanks to Akiyama for identifying the tracks.

Lineup:
Hiromi Uehara - piano
Anthony Jackson - bass
Simon Phillips - drums

In 2011, Hiromi released her first album as The Trio Project called Voice. It teamed her with longtime pals Anthony Jackson and Simon Philips. This trio is currently touring Europe to promote the new album. Buy Voice here.

  1. 7 Responses to “NEW JAZZ FROM JAPAN”

  2. Fans of Hiromi and jazz might also enjoy the two most recent albums from bassist Stanley Clarke, “The Stanley Clarke Trio” and “The Stanley Clarke Band.” Both feature Hiromi on piano. Recommended.

    Thanks BigO

    By aking on Nov 4, 2011

  3. hey bigo, i wasn’t real familiar with haromi, but this show isn’t too bad. she can play.

    i remember on the ornette-carnegie hall show it has a contrabass guitar player on it too. i don’t remember if it’s anthony jackson, though.

    thanks,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Nov 4, 2011

  4. hey bigo, i played this again walking. i think, it’s good. now i probably wouldn’t have taken a chance and bought and album by her, but for a free show yes. people may overlook it cause it’s not cecil taylor or yosuke yamashita, but, i would say fans of the carla bley banana 5tet shows you offered two years ago or bill evans trio style will probably like it.

    best,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Nov 4, 2011

  5. hey this must be good because Ed Saad so !

    [sorry couldn`t help it!] LOL

    By sluggo on Nov 4, 2011

  6. Thanks for sharing! Sorry the title track’s not included, my favorite from the original disc, but what you’ve given us is gold! A million thanks!

    Anthony Jackson’s been one of my favorite bassists since the Ojays’ “For The Love Of Money”, a song remembered for his legendary bassline. His work with Al DiMeola, Steely Dan and Chaka Khan is also magnificent.

    I’m going to seek out those Stanley Clarkes too!
    Joe G

    By joe gumbo on Nov 7, 2011

  7. Hiromi plays at breathtaking speed. Great music, great line up! Thank you for this!
    cheers Tony

    By tony lauber on Nov 10, 2011

  8. Thanks for the great Hiromi!

    Craig

    By Craig on Feb 1, 2012

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