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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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4.02 | 35 ratings
Another Mind
2003
3.88 | 23 ratings
Brain
2004
3.32 | 27 ratings
Spiral
2006
4.46 | 129 ratings
Time Control
2007
4.00 | 28 ratings
Beyond Standard
2008
3.72 | 18 ratings
Place To Be
2009
3.87 | 85 ratings
Voice
2011
3.89 | 18 ratings
Move
2012
3.19 | 18 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 | 5 ratings
Duet (Chick Corea & Hiromi)
2009

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4.00 | 1 ratings
Hiromi Live in Concert
2009
4.85 | 4 ratings
Hiromi's Sonicbloom Live in Concert
2009
4.67 | 3 ratings
Solo Live at Blue Note New York
2011
4.42 | 3 ratings
Hiromi: Live In Marciac
2012

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 Hiromi's Sonicbloom Live in Concert by UEHARA, HIROMI album cover DVD/Video, 2009
4.85 | 4 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.

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 Beyond Standard by UEHARA, HIROMI album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.00 | 28 ratings

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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.

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 Time Control by UEHARA, HIROMI album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.46 | 129 ratings

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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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 Alive (The Trio Project featuring Anthony Jackson and Simon Phillips) by UEHARA, HIROMI album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.19 | 18 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
4.46 | 129 ratings

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Time Control
Hiromi Uehara Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by siLLy puPPy
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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
3.89 | 18 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
4.46 | 129 ratings

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Time Control
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
4.02 | 35 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
4.42 | 3 ratings

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Hiromi: Live In Marciac
Hiromi Uehara Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Fido73

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
3.87 | 85 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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