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New albums from Art Hirahara, Krzysia Górniak and Kate Amrine

Read "New albums from Art Hirahara, Krzysia Górniak and Kate Amrine" reviewed by Bob Osborne

There are excellent newly released albums on this week's show from guitarist Krzysia Górniak and trumpeter Kate Amrine. I am also featuring the fantastic new release from pianist Art Hirahara and music from other projects by the artists involved with that album. In between some archive cuts with classic jazz from across the years. Playlist Art Hirahara “Like Water" from Balance Point (Posi-tone) 00:00 Melissa Aldana “El Castillo de Velenje" from Visions (Motéma Music) 09:07 Rudy ...

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Art Hirahara: Balance Point

Read "Balance Point" reviewed by Kyle Simpler

There are times in life when many of us try to find a sense of stability in an uncertain world. New York-based pianist Art Hirahara refers to this as homeostasis, or “a sense of balance within ourselves regardless of what is happening around us." With Balance Point, his fifth release for Posi-Tone Records, Hirahara uses the idea of homeostasis as his central concept. He presents his own “transformative journey," inviting listeners come along for the ride. Balance Point ...

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Art Hirahara: Central Line

Read "Central Line" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The central meaning behind pianist Art Hirahara's Central Line is simple to suss out. In literal terms Hirahara is referencing the Chuo-Sen (Central Line) subway line, a means for establishing his own relationship to the jazz world in Tokyo. But the message of the album runs deeper than that, tapping into the central lines that link person to place, past to present, culture to culture, and musician to musician. This is an exploration and manifestation of those lines that bind, ...

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Art Hirahara: Libations & Meditations

Read "Libations & Meditations" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Pianist Art Hirahara's latest release on the Posi-Tone label is, as the title implies, music to drink in and think in. It's a collection of aural offerings tied to Hirahara's experiences coping with the loss of his father, but it's not a somber program. In fact, quite the opposite. The first three numbers--a brief, up-tempo display of pianistic agility ("With Two Ice Cubes"), a piece born with pulsation that travels to a joyous space ("Father's Song"), and a number that ...

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Art Hirahara: Noble Path

Read "Noble Path" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Art Hirahara has gained the most notice for his work on saxophonist Fred Ho's adventurous outings, but the pianist's own music, while occasionally outward bound, often has a more immediately accessible sound to it. Featuring eight pieces from Hirahara's pen and four newly arranged classics, Noble Path is a piano trio record that's both commonplace and unique. The album can seem like a standard trio affair because few pieces veer too far off the road and the material is delivered ...


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