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Hiromi Uehara is a jazz fusion artist based in Shizuoka, Japan. Her style brings a wholly new approach to jazz fusion, as her prog influence is derived primarily from such artists as King Crimson, Gentle Giant, and Frank Zappa rather than earlier jazz fusion artists. Her music is almost orchestral in scope, and each of the musicians she plays with has a virtuosic grasp of their instrument, allowing for each instrumentalist to have an approximately equal role in the direction of the music. Her music is more melodious than traditional jazz fusion but with an equally complex sense of rhythm. Time signature changes are not in short supply here.

Hiromi performed for the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra at age 14 and later wrote jingles for Nissan and other Japanese companies before becoming a professional jazz musician. She could be considered the protégé of Chick Corea, having met him when she was 17. She has performed with Chick on numerous occasions since then.

Hiromi produced her first album, Another Mind, in 2003, and has produced four others since that time.

Thanks to auralsun for providing this biography.

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4.02 | 44 ratings
Another Mind
2003
3.90 | 32 ratings
Brain
2004
3.38 | 34 ratings
Spiral
2006
4.30 | 239 ratings
Hiromi's Sonicbloom: Time Control
2007
3.97 | 34 ratings
Hiromi's Sonicbloom: Beyond Standard
2008
3.92 | 24 ratings
Place To Be
2009
4.07 | 85 ratings
The Trio Project: Voice
2011
4.08 | 29 ratings
The Trio Project: Move
2012
3.75 | 34 ratings
The Trio Project: Alive
2014
4.01 | 74 ratings
The Trio Project: Spark
2016

HIROMI UEHARA Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 9 ratings
Duet (Chick Corea & Hiromi)
2009

HIROMI UEHARA Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.00 | 2 ratings
Hiromi Live in Concert
2009
4.48 | 9 ratings
Hiromi's Sonicbloom Live in Concert
2009
4.67 | 3 ratings
Solo Live at Blue Note New York
2011
5.00 | 2 ratings
Hiromi: Live In Marciac
2012
4.00 | 3 ratings
Move: Live in Tokyo
2014

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 The Trio Project: Spark by UEHARA, HIROMI album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.01 | 74 ratings

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The Trio Project: Spark
Hiromi Uehara Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Walkscore

4 stars Hiromi's music and musicianship is always of very high quality, and all her albums are worth picking up. This is Hiromi's latest, and like the previous three albums, features her 'Trio Project' with Anthony Jackson on bass and Simon Phillips on drums (Hiromi plays the piano and occasionally a synth). By now, her Trio Project albums all reveal a kind of formula, with the more difficult and progressive-rock oriented songs more concentrated nearer the beginning, coupled with a few quieter pieces, blues, and shuffles which are usually found in the latter half of the album (and usually one song features a humourous-sounding synth-lead). This album is no different in that respect (although it seems some of these tunes are their most-ever difficult to play - the display of virtuosity is clear). I myself prefer either her progressive-tinged pieces, or her quieter evocative pieces/solos, which I find to be more musical than her blues and shuffles (which is not to say that I don't like the latter styles, just that her forte is the former). This album I find to be a bit less musical overall than her other Trio Project albums (my favourite is 'Move'), as well as her more musical albums before the Trio Project (my favourite is 'Brain', but 'Spiral' is also great). This one seems a bit more formulaic than previous albums, and while there are some great tunes (eg "Dilemma", "Wake Up and Dream" and the title track), none of the songs quite reach the heights of 'Brain', 'Voice' or 'Move', or even her previous album 'Alive'. Saying this, the music is still very high quality, and if you like great drumming, you will be particularly pleased with this album. While I find the piano could be higher up in the mix on a number of the tunes, Phillips drums are right up front, the pieces are quite difficult to play and Phillips drumming is mesmerizing it is so good (just like Hiromi's playing in that respect). Phillips also gets in some great solos on this album, and even though I find the shuffles less musical, on this album you can't help but marvel at Phillip's amazing drumming on the key one ("What will be will be"). Like the other Trio Project albums, Jackson's work is also very solid, although he is not in the spotlight much (with very few solos). On balance, an excellent album although not quite as good as the first two Trio Project albums ('Voice', 'Move'), or her two best albums before the Trio Project ('Brain', 'Spiral'). I give this album 8.2 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to 4 PA stars.
 The Trio Project: Voice by UEHARA, HIROMI album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.07 | 85 ratings

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The Trio Project: Voice
Hiromi Uehara Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Warthur
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4 stars This album saw Hiromi debut her current recording unit, the Trio Project, with Anthony Jackson and Simon Phillips joining her on bass and drums respectively. Naturally, the spotlight is largely on Hiromi's piano and keyboard performances. Whilst subsequent albums would have a more prominent progressive rock influence, here it seems scaled back somewhat, the band focusing on delivering what comes across as an ECM-style jazz sound with enough fusion influences to avoid things becoming excessively dry. It's a good listen, but the unit would undertake more ambitious excursions on later albums, and is therefore worth a listen eventually but doesn't need to be your top priority when it comes to exploring Hiromi's work.
 The Trio Project: Spark by UEHARA, HIROMI album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.01 | 74 ratings

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The Trio Project: Spark
Hiromi Uehara Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Hydenseek

5 stars I met Hiromi by chance. I was strolling along the web looking for "I don't remember what" when I bumped into the picture of a crazy haired laughing Japanese pianist. I couldn't help throwing a glance at Wikipedia: "Hiromi Uehara is a Jazz composer and pianist? known for her virtuosic technique, energetic live performances and blend of musical genres such as post-bop, progressive rock, classical and fusion in her compositions. "I love Bach, Oscar Peterson e Franz Liszt" - she said of herself ? "but also Ahmad Jamal e Sly & the Family Stone, Dream Theater and King Crimson". Progressive rock! A visit to Progarchives was then necessary. Hiromi's fourth album "Time Control" is here considered essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music! I had to listen to her, so I immediately opened YouTube and watched a few live performances: she blew my mind! In less than a week I watched all her YouTube videos and listened to some of her records. Time Control is essential, but Spark, well, Spark is different, maybe not an immediate record, but? something more. If Time Control is a prog album, Spark sounds different, if Time Control is jazz, undoubtedly Spark is more jazz, if Time Control is classical, no one can deny that Spark is more than classical. In few words Spark raises the bar: the title track starts with a 40 second piano classical tiny tune that leaves space to a prog-what-er-rock phrase which turns jazz before you can imagine. In less than two minutes Hiromi's Trio Project has declined all musical modern genres. "I don't care about genres" - tells Hiromi, Ok, anything will happen in the next 7 minutes: anything at any moment. Hiromi, Anthony Jackson (!!!) and Simon Phillips (!!!) think music at the speed of light and at the same speed conduct you anywhere? As Hiromi herself explains "When you feel a serious Spark for something, this will put you in an emotional and irrational state of mind, as In a Trance, and you want to be Take(n) Away, to the Wonderland, there are moments of Indulgence and of Dilemma, but What Will Be, Will be? You just have to Wake up and Dream? and All's Well, that ends well. Easy to say? Maybe! Easy to understand? I'm not so sure? I had to listen to it many times, well, I couldn't help doing so?she (they) put a spell on me. I saw the light, it was so fast, just as only the light can be, I fear I'll never recover. If you kind of love jazz or feel open minded, this is the record to buy. Probably Hiromi's bands' best record.
 The Trio Project: Alive by UEHARA, HIROMI album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.75 | 34 ratings

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The Trio Project: Alive
Hiromi Uehara Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by steelyhead

3 stars Lot of Jazz not enough Rock in this Fusion

Someone recommended me this CD of a new Japanese keyboard player so I obliged and purchased It. It is an excellent CD if you are into jazz (which I am not) She is a very talented player, surprising in her ideas and the music flows naturally but a little more rock could have been good.

The songs are outstanding and the influences abound from Keith Emerson (Alive) to Supertramp (Seeker) in a jazzy environment.

So if you are in the mood, just throw your shoes away and chill some white wine while you relax with this music. Three stars easily.

 Hiromi's Sonicbloom: Time Control by UEHARA, HIROMI album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.30 | 239 ratings

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Hiromi's Sonicbloom: Time Control
Hiromi Uehara Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by marcobrusa

5 stars I love Hiromi. I started with this album. It has guitar and that attracted me, however, the most important thing about this excellent album is that Hiromi created beautiful compositions and she is an outstanding piano player. Before listening to this album i had very little interest in jazz. Hiromi made feel interested in jazz. And that is because she mixed it with other ingredients. Listen to that piano, those grooves! Sentimental songs are lovely too. Everything is very well made and produced except that personally i think the drums lack hi end. An album that opened my mind to jazz for being accesible, groovy, funny and sentimental.
 Hiromi's Sonicbloom Live in Concert by UEHARA, HIROMI album cover DVD/Video, 2009
4.48 | 9 ratings

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Hiromi's Sonicbloom Live in Concert
Hiromi Uehara Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

4 stars It's very entertaining to to watch this female pianist play at a very fast tempo, jumping up with a big smile on her face. The music is a jazz rock that display some pure jazz passages with some more rock oriented music. Each musician at some point show some impressive skill with some groovy rhythms, especially David Fiuczynski on the twelve strings guitar. All the songs are above the ten minutes mark delivering some furious rock passages that are mixed with some more relaxed and jazz ones. But what's the difference between this kind of jazz and others jazz rock ensemble is the fast moving play of Hiromi Uehra who let us speechless with her talent and how every notes comes out easily.
 Hiromi's Sonicbloom Live in Concert by UEHARA, HIROMI album cover DVD/Video, 2009
4.48 | 9 ratings

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Hiromi's Sonicbloom Live in Concert
Hiromi Uehara Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by VOTOMS

5 stars Review n° 220

Hiromi Uehara - Hiromi's Sonicbloom Live in Concert DVD

OK, if you are goin' to buy only one DVD in your entire ridiculous life, you should get this superb show. Don't think twice, just get it. If you never heard of this beautiful lovely crazy jap, you must know that even Chick Corea called her to play and record with him. Now, this is what I call playing with passion. As the music progresses, you're able to witness your own body chilling, a perfect resonance rising together with the song and the musician's strong feeling ascension. The facial expressions of Hiromi and the guys are intense, they're living what they're playing for real. About the virtuocity level of them, Hiromi is the most impressive and skillful piano/keys/synth player from the late years. There is an all-star line-up starring the fusion senior who's played on more than 100 albums David Fiuczynski (Screaming Headless Torsos), the bass master Tony Grey and the Slovak jazz drummer Martin Valihora. This is music for musicians, as any prog should be. Don't miss this fusion masterpiece.

 Hiromi's Sonicbloom Live in Concert by UEHARA, HIROMI album cover DVD/Video, 2009
4.48 | 9 ratings

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Hiromi's Sonicbloom Live in Concert
Hiromi Uehara Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Fido73

5 stars Amazing DVD from an amazing show by an equally amazing Jazz piano player and her band. I saw her during this particular tour, supporting Time Control, and it's by far the best show I've seen in my life. This DVD might not be that show, but it's an equally great show. The only little problem with this DVD is that it does not contain Time Difference, the first song off Time Control. It's one of her best song and was amazing when she played it during the show I've been. But aside from that it's perfect. It start with Deep into the Night, my favourite song of her, and Hiromi and her band plays it amazingly. With only Note From The Past, a japanese only release track, and Return of the Kung-Fu World Champion, from Spiral. All the other song played in this DVD are from Time Control. It's a shame that Note From The Past wasn't on the domestic release of Time Control, because It's one of the best song played in that show. Just watching Hiromi doing her magic on the Piano and Keyboard during the song, give me goosebumps. All the musician of her band are at their best. You have to if you're playing with such a complete musician and piano player. A must DVD from a must artist in the field of Jazz and Jazz Rock/Fusion. 5 Stars nothing less.
 Hiromi's Sonicbloom: Beyond Standard by UEHARA, HIROMI album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.97 | 34 ratings

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Hiromi's Sonicbloom: Beyond Standard
Hiromi Uehara Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Fido73

5 stars Her previous album, Time Control, and this one, Beyond Standard, have been made under her Jazz Rock/Fusion band, Hiromi's Sonicbloom. The only big difference this time, except for 1 song, she didn't write the music but, like the title of the album say's, it's Jazz standard, but played version Hiromi. So, although she didn't write the material, it sound like her. When the album came out and saw that she didn't wrote most of the material on the album, I was kind of disappointed a little. But my fear vanished as soon as the first note of Softly As In A Morning Sunrise started to play. Wow! The beauty of her piano playing the first theme of the song is mesmerizing. And then we have a amazing bass solo from the incredible Tony Gray, and it's perfect for a perfect track.

Then we have Debussy's Clair De Lune. If the auteur of the track wasn't mention, I wouldn't have been able to know who wrote the track. Debussy Jazz? Yep, and it work well.

Next we have some Juan Tizol / Duke Ellington, Caravan, with some great Nord Lead passage and lot's of guitar.

Ue Wo Muite Aruko is a Japanese traditional song, best groove so far, very Funk Jazz, another amazing track.

My Favorite Things might be the most covered song in all the Jazz and Hiromi makes no exception. I was apprehensive of that one, but great variation, and she manage to infuse a big part of her personality in it.

Led Boots is a great Jazz Rock song from the Jeff Beck album Wired, and she does it justice and manage to pull it off once more.

XYG is the only Hiromi composition from the album and a song that was previously recorded as a Trio piece on her first album. This time she re-recorded the song, but as a Quartet, with David Fiuczynski adding a lot to the track with great Guitar parts.

The last song is a solo piece, like all her previous album, there is always a solo track, and the one in Beyond Standard doesn't disappoint, I've Got Rhythm from Gershwin, played like no one has done before, one of her most impressive piano playing ever!!!! A perfect end to another perfect album from one of my biggest inspiration in music, Hiromi Uehara. Another 5 stars, Essential: a masterpiece of jazz rock/fusion music.

 Hiromi's Sonicbloom: Time Control by UEHARA, HIROMI album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.30 | 239 ratings

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Hiromi's Sonicbloom: Time Control
Hiromi Uehara Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Fido73

5 stars The second most important album of my life after Björk Homogenic. Surprising for a guy who has grown-up with a big dosage of pure prog like Genesis, Yes, KIng Crimson, to have Bjök and Jazz pianist Hiromi has his 2 greatest inspiration? At least to me it somewhat is. I have discovered Hiromi through a jazz magazine, on a article on the best Jazz Rock album of all time. There was a part on the best new artist in Jazz and Jazz Rock/Fusion, she had just release her second album, Brain, and I decided to give it a try, and bought a copy. As soon as I heard the first song, I already knew I would love it, what a great album. I immediately bought he first album and a another winner here. But when Spiral her third album was release, I was disappointed by it, it's good but not 4 stars+ material. I kind of forget her and went to other genre of music like Björk for instance.

In 2007, I suffer a big depression and one morning, I woke up with the desire to end it all, but a voice in me said that I should go take a walk to my local record store, when i'm down it always calm me down, being in a record store. So I went for the store and when I got to the Jazz section, I saw that a new album by Hiromi at been release that day. It said Hiromi's Sonicbloom, weird, is it what I think it is? Yep, I turn the album over and saw that she added a guitarist, David Fiuczynski, to her usual mix of Tony Grey on Bass and Martin Valihora on Drums. Since she had started her career, Hiromi was 80% Jazz, 20% Fusion. Being a big Fusion fan, and having a new album by an artist that you like coming out in 2007, with not just a Jazz album, but a Jazz Rock at that! I bought it and went to my bedroom, put my headphones, put the CD in the player, lied down on my bed and press play? To paraphrase Björk, in the song Headphones, she sing "My Headphones save my life", it's true, it did, during the song Deep Into the Night, I started to cry like I never did in my life, that song, from that album, save my life, in this particularly gloomy day. It's THE Jazz Rock/Fusion of the new millennium. She's it, one of the most brilliant young artist in Jazz and music in general. All of her album after that one are amazing, but my personal favourite, and I did review it, is Voice.

If you are a fan of Jazz Rock/Fusion, and you still haven't heard her music, don't wait a minute, and get Time Control quick, it's a definitive masterpiece of Jazz Rock + it's all been recorded live in the studio, no overdubs!!!!! 10 Stars Essential: a masterpiece of Jazz Rock music for the 21st century.

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