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Another Mind

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. XYZ
  2. Double Personality
  3. Summer Rain
  4. Joy
  5. 010101 (Binary System)
  6. Truth And Lies
  7. Dacando No Paraiso
  8. Another Mind
  9. The Tom And Jerry Show


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 9, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B00008RV1Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,915 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Jan P. Dennis on May 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I hate to take on George Colligan, a jazz pianist for whom I have the absolute highest respect, and someone who has made some very fine recordings for the Dutch CrissCross label and Spanish Fresh Sounds label. But what's going on in his review of this disc, professional jealousy? Sounds like it to me. And it's perfectly understandable that an artist possessed of true genius who finds himself playing second fiddle to someone who--let's be honest, here--really doesn't understand jazz as Colligan does would react as he does. But that doesn't make it OK.
...Phenomena like Hiromi--players with monster chops and only a sketchy concept of True Jazz--are going to come along. Perhaps they will even be snatched up by major labels while musicians possessing actual genius--musicians like George Colligan--will be relegated to marginal labels like Fresh Sounds...Does that make Hiromi bogus, a one-star artist, as Colligan in his review rates her? The answer is a resounding NO! OK, there's a bit of flash and empty virtuosity in her stuff. Nevertheless, SHE CAN PLAY. Check out her way bloozy number, "Joy." Plus, she's got a generous dollop of funk in her (see "010101"). Do you deny it, George? If she can't play, why would someone like Ahmad Jamal praise her up one side and down the other? Are you saying, George, that Ahmad Jamal, a pianist of the absolute highest standing in the jazz world, has sold out his opinion, that he doesn't really mean what he says when he lavishes praise on Hiromi?
Bottom line: I have listened to this disc numerous times, and I find it to be perfectly creditable. Yes, Hiromi needs seasoning and depth. Yes, she is probably where she is as much from hype and good looks as she is from strictly jazz pianism.
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Having had the chance to go to school with Hiromi and talk to her about her music, I know that she would certainly agree with the (misinformed) one-star review about one thing: she doesn't play "Jazz" with a capital J. Her goal in playing and composing is not to fit into a certain style, but to bridge many. The one thing she strives for is sharing her incredible energy with the listener. Sure the music is based more on arrangement than improvisation. Sure it doesn't contain a noticeable amount of bop influences. But that's not what it's for. It's sad that the system of music labeling we have now puts this squarely in the jazz realm, because this music is for everyone. Don't let anything stop you from getting this album and seeing her live, the pure energy and emotion in her music will take you away from these petty categorizations.
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After reading the reviews..., it seems clear to me that artists like hiromi who try to change music, to break boundaries or simply to play a little differently from the mainstream have to deal with the ears and minds of an audiance that may or may not be ready for it.
Clearly, Hiromi does not play Jazz in the straight ahead/ swing/ traditional sense of it....But neither does Chick Corea. Does this make Chick a poor piano player? I guess not. The story really is that Hiromi is different. May we like it or not, she is different. Jamal and Anthony Jackson both seem to agree that indeed, she is a phenomenon, and YES, SHE CAN PLAY THE PIANO!!! Whatever her style of music might be called, yes, she really IS astonishing.
Another Mind is the work of a 23 year old prodigee who has so much to offer....I'm alerady looking forward to her 2nd CD!
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I really have to laugh at some of the negative reviews of Hiromi. Seems like some people just want to put her in a box and say play THIS like THIS. What exactly is the problem with her doing what she's doing? So she might not be a jazz purist, BIG DEAL!! You stuffy types need to get over yourselves already. If she lacks soul or that extra something then give her time, she's still quite young and will only get better. The talent IS there! Does Ahmad Jamal not know a good piano player when he hears one?

If Hiromi wants to add some electronic keys to her sound, let her, it's HER music. I don't think they detract from her sound. There are plenty of artists out there playing pure traditional jazz for the ones who want to walk around with their snobby attitudes. Dennis Chambers is one of the best drummers around and I've heard some people complain that he can't swing. Yeah, and?!?!?!?!

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Okay, if you can't quite make out this CD or this musician the first time you put this on please try and listen again. And you will soon discover someone unique and very enjoyable to listen to.. Yes, it seem at times like getting a shot of espresso first thing in the morning but this is what makes Hiromi so exciting. She is intuiative and loaded with talent. In track #3 she does slow down a little, almost improvisational but oh oh soo alluring. Most of the tracks are 6 to 11 minutes long which gives it that slow cooked goodness to it. I beg you not to dismiss this little gem, give it a couple of days and listen to it again. I bet you'll be hooked. The CD liner notes has a lot of nice, personal obeservation from the musician herself and a brief musical background, she list the musician who inspired her most and modestly thanked her piano teacher for her encouragement to persue jazz, she seemed endearing. I really recommend this first, debut CD, I am sure we'll be hearing more from her.
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