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Japan has produced an impressive assemblage of jazz pianists, from Toshiko Akiyoshi and Makoto Ozone. And now, well into the change of the 21st century, the pianist/composer Hiromi is the latest in that line of amazing musicians. Ever since the 2003 release of her debut Telarc CD, Another Mind, Hiromi has electrified audiences and critics east and west, with a creative energy that encompasses and eclipses the boundaries of jazz, classical and pop parameters, taking improvisation and composition to new heights of complexity and sophistication. Her latest album, the vivid solo piano outing Spectrum, offers a dazzling evocation of the vibrant array of colors that imbue her music. With her 2009 solo debut Place to Be, Hiromi decided to go it alone once a decade in order to capture the ways in which her experiences and personal growth had shaped her sound during the preceding years


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Music From Hiromi, Usein Bekirov, Mohini Dey And David Binney

Read "New Music From Hiromi, Usein Bekirov, Mohini Dey And David Binney" reviewed by Len Davis

The latest release from Hiromi Sonic Wonderland, from Ukraine Drummer Usein Bekirov with Randy Brecker and Hadrien Feraud Sato, bassist from Spain Vincen Garcia Why Not his new single and Mohini Dey with more from her latest. Drummer Nicolas Viccario from Metropolitan Souk with pianist Ruslan Sirota and bassist Hadrien Feraud. Polish guitarist Apotolis Anthimos Come ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Pianist's Aziza Mustafa Zadeh, Hiromi, Erik Escobar, Lydian Nadsharawam and Cameron Graves.

Read "Pianist's Aziza Mustafa Zadeh, Hiromi, Erik Escobar, Lydian Nadsharawam and Cameron Graves." reviewed by Len Davis

Music from piano players including Aziza Mustafa Zadeh, Lydian Nadhaswaram, Erik Escobar, Cameron Graves and Hiromi. New releases, from Spanish bassist Vincen Garcia, Sherinian/Phillips Live, Polish guitarist Apostolis Anthimos and Pete McCann from Without question. Playlist Aziza Mustafa Zadeh “Dangerous Piece" from Always (Columbia) 00:00 Lydian Nadshawaram “Spot" from Chromatic Gramatic (Amly) 06:49 Erik ...


Article: Live Review

Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival 2023

Read "Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival 2023" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga Springs, New York June 25-26, 2023 It seems routine over more than four decades to say that “this year's" edition of Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival was a good one. Maybe you said it last year, maybe you'll say it next year.


Article: Live Review

2023 American Pianists Awards

Read "2023 American Pianists Awards" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

2023 American Pianists Awards Indianapolis, Indiana April 20-22, 2023 The mission of the American Pianists Association is “to discover, promote and advance the careers of young, American, world-class jazz and classical pianists." One of the major activities in that mission is the bi-annual competitions run by the Association, alternating classical and jazz ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Billy Cobham from Power Play, Bunny Brunel and Dwiki Dharwarman

Read "Billy Cobham from Power Play, Bunny Brunel and Dwiki Dharwarman" reviewed by Len Davis

Music from 1986 from Billy Cobham, bassist Bunny Brunel from Invent Your Future, Chris Minh Doky live in Europe, from Indonesia keyboardist Dwiki Dharmawan, plus Gary Husband, Hiromi and the late Japanese drummer Kozo Suganuma.Playlist Billy Cobham “Summit Afrique" from Power Play (GRP) 00:00 Bunny Brunel “Fickle Funk" from Invent Your Future (Nikaia) 06:29 ...


Article: Profile

Remembering Ahmad Jamal: Finished But Not Never

Read "Remembering Ahmad Jamal: Finished But Not Never" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Ahmad Jamal, the quiet pioneer of jazz piano has died aged 92, after a battle with prostate cancer. He passed away on Sunday, 16 April, according to a statement from his daughter, Sumayah Jamal. In a career that spanned the 1940s to the 2020s, Jamal always followed his own musical instincts. He was one ...


Article: Interview

Ahmad Jamal: Forward Momentum

Read "Ahmad Jamal: Forward Momentum" reviewed by Ian Patterson

In memory of the venerable Ahmad Jamal. This article was first published on All About Jazz on July 6, 2010. Ahmad Jamal, possibly the most influential of living jazz pianists, turned 80 years young on July 2, 2010. It is however, business as usual and instead of celebrating at home in his slippers, Jamal ...


Article: Profile

Blue Note Tokyo: Still Holds Praise From Jazz Musicians & Fans Alike

Read "Blue Note Tokyo: Still Holds Praise From Jazz Musicians & Fans Alike" reviewed by Doug Hall

Opened in 1988, the Blue Note Tokyo nightclub has a long-established history of providing top-tier jazz performances and holds a special place in the veins of many renown jazz artists. Over several decades, the A-list of jazz performances include Sarah Vaughan, Oscar Peterson, Tony Bennett, Chick Corea, Stan Getz, McCoy Tyner, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe ...


Article: Multiple Reviews

Ahmad Jamal: Emerald City Nights: Live at the Penthouse (1963-1964) and (1965-1966)

Read "Ahmad Jamal: Emerald City Nights: Live at the Penthouse (1963-1964) and (1965-1966)" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Let's entertain the undisputed truth that Ahmad Jamal, all ninety-two years of him, is quite possibly the coolest cat on a warming planet and these companion double sets Emerald City Nights: Live at the Penthouse (1963-1964), and Emerald City Nights: Live at the Penthouse (1965-1966) take on a rather folklorish, must-have status. With ...


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