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Jazz, Contemporary
June 23, 2014

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'Alive' is Hiromi's ninth CD as a leader and heralds the return of the Japanese pianist/composer's Trio Project, featuring contrabass guitarist Anthony Jackson (Steely Dan, Paul Simon, The O'Jays and Chick Corea) and drummer Simon Phillips (Toto, The Who, Judas Priest, David Gilmour and Jack Bruce).

This terrific triad, which DownBeat magazine proclaimed as "one of the most exciting groups working in any genre today", formed in 2011 and recorded their first CD, 'Voice', that year, followed by 'Move' in 2013. On 'Alive', Phillips' powerful, yet poetic percussion and Jackson's flowing, glow-in-the-dark basslines beautifully buoy and support Hiromi's ingenious and impassioned improvisations. Her evocative and expansive compositions evoke the myriad moods and mysteries of life and reveal the soulful, syncopated simpatico of her thrilling threesome.

As evidenced by this impressive recording, Hiromi's astonishing artistry is very much 'alive': It breathes, grows, adapts and, more importantly, it evolves. Hiromi's evolution has been fuelled by her ever-evolving gifts as a pianist, improviser, composer, bandleader and - most of all - listener. "My listening skills have improved", she says. "Over the years, I've learned how to listen more carefully, and respond musically to what is happening in the moment. That's what makes my trio shine as a team."

Personnel: Hiromi (piano), Anthony Jackson (contrabass guitar), Simon Phillips (drums)

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(4 stars) The great contrabass player and often unsung drummer stretch out as equal soloists. Jackson's playing underpins and provides a brilliant counterpoint to the piano solos...Phillips' tone is beautifully clear, his playing as sensitive as it is dynamic...a project fuelled by optimism and energy in equal measure.

Jazz Journal, (Francis Graham-Dixon), November 2014

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Key Value
Catalogue number TEL3530702
Barcode 0888072353077
Number of items 1
Packaging type Jewel Case
Imported No
Bass Guitar Anthony Jackson
Drums Simon Phillips
Weight 94g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 142mm x 10mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Alive -
2. Wanderer -
3. Dreamer -
4. Seeker -
5. Player -
6. Warrior -
7. Firefly -
8. Spirit -
9. Life Goes On -