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...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.Read more ›
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!
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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Another Mind begins a trio of fantastic albums by Hiromi and her crew. "Another Mind" "Brain" and "Spiral" mix traditional virtuosity with a synthesizer... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Chris
She plays in another world, her style is tough to name. Its fast, delicate, dynamic, well paced. If you haven't seen her play, look up a youtube of her. Amazing. Truly.Published on June 2, 2013 by Mossback
...so I had to see her for myself. I worship this woman. Hiromi moves from 11/8 acid jazz to straight-ahead traditional jazz progressions to synth funk seamlessly, and most... Read morePublished on May 9, 2009 by Scot
Her music with more guitar of late around 2006/7 is stronger as just piano trios are rather limited these days unless they're EST(Esbjorn Svensson)Nevertheless switches to one hand... Read morePublished on September 23, 2007 by Mrs. Julia A. Parfitt
This is the artist for whom I have awaited a very long time. Hiromi has brought something exciting and fresh to a type of music that has ossified itself into near irrelevance. Read morePublished on September 2, 2006 by John Carroll
She's technically skilled, no doubt about it, but like some others have pointed out her style lacks something, call it soul or maturity, or something. Maybe with time... Read morePublished on February 8, 2006 by Kozmik