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Hiromi Uehara - Hiromi's Sonicbloom: Time Control CD (album) cover


Hiromi Uehara


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.28 | 340 ratings

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5 stars I have known this album for quite some time, and it did impress me a lot, but for some reason I "forgot" to post a review. Better later than never.

In the 21st century it must be very hard for a newcomer into the world of jazz fusion to establish themselves as an original artist, who nevertheless follows the general philosophy of the sub-genre, all the while being different enough to be noticed without sticking out the wrong way.

Hiromi's Sonicbloom doesn't seem to have a slightest problem with executing this delicate task to the exacting standards of fusion. There is one important way in which the Time Control (and a few other albums by Hiromi's band) is even better than the sub-genre classics: Hiromi does her flamboyant piano thing with greater animation and grooving than let's say Chick Corea used to in his time, and she doesn't seem to "piano down" her band members. You can clearly hear very competent guitar riffs, intricate bass lines and fantastic drumming as well as you can hear the piano and the keyboards instruments.

Hiromi's Sonicbloom also has the distinction of being a truly international collective that recruited its members from 4 countries on 3 continents, yet crystallized into a real band in Boston MA. Good for them, and good for all of us!

five stars without hesitation. A very enjoyable album to listen to.

Argonaught | 5/5 |


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