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HIROMI UEHARA

Jazz Rock/Fusion • Japan


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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.

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3.93 | 32 ratings
Another Mind
2003
3.89 | 20 ratings
Brain
2004
3.34 | 25 ratings
Spiral
2006
4.36 | 125 ratings
Time Control
2007
3.57 | 30 ratings
Beyond Standard
2008
3.81 | 16 ratings
Place To Be
2009
3.88 | 74 ratings
Voice
2011
4.00 | 14 ratings
Move
2012
3.75 | 7 ratings
Alive (The Trio Project featuring Anthony Jackson and Simon Phillips)
2014

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

4.00 | 4 ratings
Duet (Chick Corea & Hiromi)
2009

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4.00 | 1 ratings
Hiromi Live in Concert
2009
4.00 | 2 ratings
Hiromi's Sonicbloom Live in Concert
2009
4.67 | 3 ratings
Solo Live at Blue Note New York
2011
5.00 | 1 ratings
Hiromi: Live In Marciac
2012

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 Alive (The Trio Project featuring Anthony Jackson and Simon Phillips) by UEHARA, HIROMI album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.75 | 7 ratings

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Alive (The Trio Project featuring Anthony Jackson and Simon Phillips)
Hiromi Uehara Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

3 stars I am travelling through the world of music. Every day there are new pieces that I achieve and try to understand. Quite recently did I begin to investigate new produced record and still active artist, when I before just listened to old bands.

Hiromi Uehara is a japanese jazz musician who has made a lot of praised music since a young age and now 2014 she and bassist Anthony Jackson and the drummer Simon Philips made "Alive" which is Hiromi's ninth studio record. Before me five others have rated the record and given it as many stars as posible.

The record contains nine tracks and everyone is long lasting so the listening time is 75 minutes of music. The music is varied and uses a lot of thoughts that evolves into interesting pieces. The best song in my opinion, in "Warrior" which is both very jazzy and very rocky and gives of glimpses of other progressive rock(9/10). Also "Alive" and "Wanderer" do I like with a lot of craziness and love for melodic streams(8/10). The other songs have parts that I like but I have hard to realy understand them.

Well, I am quite new to jazz rock I don't think I am a good judge to say this record är related to other records in the same genre. I can just judge from my own experience and then I most say taht I liked a lot here,a nd I liked the spirit and craziness here and there. Though are my experiences still too vague and the music perhaps too jazzy. I credit the record and suppose that others will like it even more. Three stars!

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 Time Control by UEHARA, HIROMI album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.36 | 125 ratings

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Time Control
Hiromi Uehara Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by siLLy puPPy

5 stars Although HIROMI UEHARA looks like a J-pop star posing on the cover of her first album as "Hiromi's Sonicbloom," the fact is she is one extremely talented virtuoso piano player who keeps extremely good company with her peers. I am in agreement with everyone else who thinks that this is some of the freshest contemporary jazz-fusion gracing the planet these days. TIME CONTROL is supposedly a concept album about time but since it totally instrumental who would ever know! I guess it's all those time signature changes that not only keep this album bopping and hopping but the entire theme as well.

I see this as an all encompassing celebration of all things jazz with many things prog rock and some classical and avant-garde thrown in for good measure. The brilliance is not only that every member is a virtuoso on their respective instrument but also that the interplay between these musicians is outstanding and impeccable. The trio of HIROMI (piano), Martin Valihora (drums) and Tony Grey (bass) found the addition of David Fiucynski on guitar to add a whole wealth of sounds to the former trio's soundscape. He is a self-described jazz musician who doesn't like to play jazz, so he takes all that jazz training and adds a wealth of funk, microtonal and ethnic inspiration to the mix.

HIROMI started playing piano at the age of 5 and was under the tutelage of Chic Corea so it's no wonder that there is a strong classic 70s jazz-fusion sound as the template here, but how these musicians improvise is where the magic lies on this one. It is thrilling and chilling and there isn't a dull moment on the whole thing. With all this talent it would be wrong to assume that every moment is about trading off solos. There is plenty of nice and slow breathing periods to let the music regenerate its intensity. My first HIROMI experience but certainly not my last.

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 Move by UEHARA, HIROMI album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.00 | 14 ratings

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Move
Hiromi Uehara Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Warthur
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4 stars Hiromi Uehara's Trio Project takes a simple acoustic jazz trio lineup of piano, guitar and drums and applies this to complex, prog-influenced jazz fusion with - on Move, at least - influences detectable from the likes of Magma and Univers Zero. The acoustic instrumentation allows Hiromi and her capable assistants to apply a wide emotional range to the material; though they can shred like the most furious of their influences, they can explore gentler and more soothing textures more easily thanks to their choice of instruments and the production here.

The best example of this is on the "Suite Escapism" triptych ("sweet escapism", geddit?), in which the furiously busy Reality and gentle, dreamlike Fantasy are brought together in a balanced way on In Between. It's an extremely good fusion release which makes it clear that Hiromi might just be one of the most exciting talents in jazz today - not to mention one of the few taking jazz fusion into new, uncharted territory.

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 Time Control by UEHARA, HIROMI album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.36 | 125 ratings

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Hiromi Uehara Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Warthur
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5 stars Hiromi Uehara's "Sonicbloom" albums feature her expanding the sound of her usual trio by adding David Fiuczynski on fiery electric guitar. This in turn allows Hiromi to really draw on the rock and prog influences which colour her fusion work, as demonstrated in the first Sonicbloom album, Time Control. Taking in influences from Zappa to Gentle Giant to the jazzier Canterbury outfits, Uehara keeps things rooted in fusion territory by focusing mainly on the piano and introducing more modern keyboard instruments only sparingly. The end result, then, refreshes the fusion sound of yesteryear with a healthy influsion of recent developments in more purist jazz piano circles, resulting in a unique and engaging sound. On balance, I think Hiromi might be the best-kept secret in fusion today.

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 Another Mind by UEHARA, HIROMI album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.93 | 32 ratings

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Another Mind
Hiromi Uehara Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by snobb
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4 stars review originally written for www.jazzmusicarchives.com

Hiromi's smokin' debut album's fusion opened her the doors to big halls around the Europe (and around the world as well). I can hardly think about another piano-based jazz trio (ok,with some support of guest musicians here)with such energetic level!

All compositions are muscular,groovy with no even a traces of relaxed feel.In fact, Hiromi's influence here is rock,but music played is jazz. For sure,some great additional drive comes from fusion guitarist David Fiuczynski (the future member of Hiromi's fusion band Sonicbloom), but even trio themselves are elastic and radiating demonic energy.

Compositions on this album all are Hiromi's originals,they are usually carefully composed but always have enough space for improvisation. If you will remove all that energetic field from her songs,you will find there post-bop or even swing! But in muscular (not heavy) clothes all album sounds as one stadium concert program.

Hiromi's debut (at her 23) demonstrates excellent musical techniques and compositor's abilities. The only thing could make this album even better - bigger musical freedom on the account of energy,but it is question of taste for sure.

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 Hiromi: Live In Marciac by UEHARA, HIROMI album cover DVD/Video, 2012
5.00 | 1 ratings

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Hiromi: Live In Marciac
Hiromi Uehara Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Fido73

— First review of this album —
5 stars Awsome DVD concert from Hiromi and her trio project. The first two songs are great interpretation but there is not enough camera close-up at Hiromi, I whant to see her hand on the piano, whitch we see a lot on the Solo Live At Blue Note DVD. But when Voice starts, everything is perfect. Voice contain the best crescendo I've heard in a log time, Simon Phillips, what a drummer!!! His use of the drum to build the crescendo is perfect. The way he plays his china symbal at the end of the crescendo is amazeing (I always liked the china symbal since One Red Nightmare of King Crimson) If Voice is not enough already, she's killing us with the next two songs, Flashback and Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 8, Pathetique. The Pathetique is full of nuance and emotion, I cried the first time I saw it, that's how intense it is! She finish the show with two songs from her first album, Dancando No Paraiso and Joy. Another highlight of this concert that is, in my opinion almost perfect. So if your are a fan of or new to Hiromi it's a essential part of every DVD collection. 5 Stars.

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 Voice by UEHARA, HIROMI album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.88 | 74 ratings

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Voice
Hiromi Uehara Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Fido73

5 stars It's funny because Time Control by Hiromi is part of the best, or most important, album in my life but, although Voce is not in there, it's my favorite album of her. Any album that start with a song like Voice deserve to be listen at least once in the life of a prog/jazz fan because, it's so that, meaning, good prog/jazz music, all in one song. Definitely one of the best piece of music Hiromi wrote.

Then comes Flashback, with this king of Emerson riff that is so well executed that it can't be anything but infectious.

The third track on the album, the funky Now or Never, is the first inclution of synth, Nord Lead 2, and although it's only use in the motif that is heard trought the song, it's not out of place, it hadds to the funkyness of the song.

Temptation is one of the most beautiful ballad Hiromi has wrote, a well deserved break from the crazyness of the first 3 songs. The piano solo in that song is nothing sort but of amazing, full of feeling and really shows how emotional Hiromi can be.

Labyrinth had been previously heard on the Stanley Clark Band album. This version, is not so different for the previous version, but more close to the sound of the overall album.

Desire is another funky track with good use of the synth on the rhythm. I like the way she plays funky grooves with some prog riff trown in and mix it with jazz, another good recipes for good music.

Haze is her required solo piece of the album, she always play a solo piece on her album, but usually at the end. Haze is another amazingly emotional ballad. A very beautiful piece.

Delusion is my favorite track on the album, a perfect piece of music, I love you Hiromi :) and to think that she's only in her 30's wow! So much incredible piece of musc and album are awaiting us fans, in the future.

Beethoven's Piano sonata is a strong way to finish the album after the powerful Delusion. I always liked the Pathetique Sonata by Beethoven, so to hear it played Jazz by Hiromi and her trio, is very cool.

In the end, a must have for Jazz, Jazz Rock/Fusion, prog fan. Nothing under 5, definetly a musical masterpiece of the 21st century.

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 Solo Live at Blue Note New York by UEHARA, HIROMI album cover DVD/Video, 2011
4.67 | 3 ratings

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Solo Live at Blue Note New York
Hiromi Uehara Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Fido73

5 stars Amazing from beginning to end, this solo concert by Hiromi is one of the best show I've seen on DVD. First I have to state that I've been playing music, piano, guitar and bass, since the age of 8 and as a musician, Hiromi represent all that I like about music and how music should be played. I have seen her 5 times and I have seen her during this solo tour.

The fact that it's only her playing this time, means that we can finally see her in action, without having tha camera on a another musician like the bassist or drummer. Her solo album is very good but, in concert, it's way better, in fact it's so good that I can't play the album anymore, I only listen to this DVD, so it plays a lot ;)

The show start strong, with BQE, the cressendo at the beginning is incredible! After that it never stop, emotion after emotion, all the note she plays are filled with feeling and power, a feast for the ear and the heart, my favorite food! Everithig in here is good but the last three song, Pachelbel's Canon, Viva! Vegas part 1, 2, 3 and Place To Be, contain the most amazing Jazz piano playing I have ever heard and seen in my life, apart from when I saw her in concert. I can understand that it might not be a live DVD for everybody but, if you like Jazz piano or Hiromi, look no further.

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 Another Mind by UEHARA, HIROMI album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.93 | 32 ratings

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Another Mind
Hiromi Uehara Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by darkshade
Collaborator Jazz Rock/Fusion Team

4 stars This album is very good. A great debut from Hiromi. Though there is more piano than keyboards here than say, Time Control, this is still a worthy addition to anyone who enjoys Classic Fusion, especially the kind from the 2000s.

Things start right off with XYZ, a very fast paced number, with some nice odd time signature riffs (one in 9/8 if I'm not mistaken) This leads into some very nice piano work by Hiromi; she is probably one of the fastest pianists you will ever hear.

The second track Double Personality features some nice sax work by Jim Odgren, something not heard much on Hiromi's albums. The thing I like about this album is the approach to fusion, not relying on keyboards and their effects, but using them sparingly and relying on the naked piano, but you don't even think of this when listening, just "This is great jazz/fusion music!"

Dave "Fuze" Fiuczynski also appears on this album as a guest. He would later join Hiromi's Sonicbloom for the albums "Time Control" and "Beyond Standard". Dave's wild guitar playing throws some of the music back to the 70s fusion sound, but since he usually plays a fretless guitar, it gives it a more modern twist, with Hiromi and bassist Mitch Cohn going crazy behind him.

There are also some wacky keyboard grooves which sometimes make you feel like you're inside a computer, but this album contains some of Hiromi's more beautiful compositions (which she would expand on, on her follow-up "Brain")

Get this if you have any interest in jazz, fusion, modern prog-jazz, etc... This is a nice slice of 2000's fusion. Not as good as Time Control (her best album IMO) but an excellent release nonetheless. Enjoy!

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 Voice by UEHARA, HIROMI album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.88 | 74 ratings

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Voice
Hiromi Uehara Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by darkshade
Collaborator Jazz Rock/Fusion Team

5 stars This album is great. I like all of Hiromi's albums, but this one, along with her classic album "Time Control", is among the best fusion albums you'll come across this side of the 21st century. Besides the fact that she is a virtuoso pianist, she also knows how to write a tune, catchy melodies, and top that off with some of the best jazz piano playing ever. She does dabble with keyboard sounds on all her albums, this album is no exception. Thing is, don't expect too much, as this is mostly a piano-dominated record, with bass and drums backing her up. But as I said, her piano playing is great, and there are some tracks that are just so beautiful, it may make you cry ;) Cuts like "Temptation" really bring out her soul and contain some gorgeous playing from her.

But this is a fusion album, and the record starts off with the title song, in progressive rock fashion, piano riffs galore. The next track is a reprise of a tune from her other masterpiece album "Time Control", something she's been doing for most of her catalog. So she has the 'rock' mentality for sure, she just doesn't need guitars or keyboard effects to achieve what she needs to. I will admit, I do somewhat miss her quartet that is on Time Control and Beyond Standard, but since this is labeled as a "Trio Project" hopefully they'll return on a future album. Get this album, one of the best modern jazz/fusion albums, and nice to hear such a good album coming out in a year like 2011.

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