Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

263

Hiromi: Time Control

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count
"It is time to be out there...in many different ways.
- from Hiromi's liner notes to Time Control.

It's true. She can easily take Best of the Year honors with this album, but Hiromi is still an unknown quantity. Many have yet to hear the exciting and creative sounds that come from this talented pianist and her fiery band.

In guitarist David Fuczynski, she's found a truly creative artist who carries on the timeless tradition of jazz through the mechanics of his instruments. At times, you're not sure if someone is singing or (in fact) Fuczynski is dishing out vocal-like thrills from his guitar. The sheer variety that he espouses matches the creative restlessness that Hiromi showers us with in each of her ventures.

Bassist Tony Grey adds to the lyricism of this program throughout with a deep resonance that moves seamlessly across the board. He and drummer Martin Valihora color subtly from the background, giving Sonicbloom a solid foundation while remaining far enough in the background for piano and guitar to strut. And they do just that, with power.

Hiromi's got the chops. She took up the piano at age six, and at age fourteen went to Czechoslovakia to perform with the Czech Philharmonic. At age twenty she studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Now, a few years shy of thirty, this young jazz lion brings us music without category.

At times jazz/rock and at times avant-garde, Sonicbloom appeals to a progressive audience. You can feel the powerful influence of Hiromi's mentors coming through. Pianists Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal and Chick Corea have all given her plenty of ammunition for this latest escapade. Duke Ellington's "jungle style of the late 1920s shows up, as does the easygoing stride piano of James P. Johnson and Fats Waller.

Hiromi caresses the blues with several of the selections on Time Control. The emotional pull and push that she and Fuczynski provide belie a love for music that carries deep meaning. Her melodies weave through the session seamlessly, varying dynamic volume with the changes in mood. The band comes together as one mind, fulfilling the innermost thoughts that their leader has created for this session. It's a winner, announcing the outing of a creative pianist and her charged-up band.

Track Listing: Time Difference; Time Out; Time Travel; Deep In The Night; Real Clock Vs. Body Clock = Jet Lag; Time And Space; Time Control, or Controlled By Time, Time Flies, Time's Up.

Personnel: Hiromi: piano; David Fiuczynski: guitar; Tony Grey: bass instrument; Martin Valihora: drums.

Title: Time Control | Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Telarc Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and you'll support us in the process. Learn how.

Album Reviews
In Pictures
SoCal Jazz
Live From Philadelphia
Album Reviews
Extended Analysis
Album Reviews
  • Move by Glenn Astarita
Extended Analysis
Album Reviews
  • Voice by AAJ Italy Staff
Interviews
Album Reviews
Live Reviews
Album Reviews
Live Reviews
Read more articles
Hiromi & Edmar Castaneda Live In Montreal

Hiromi & Edmar...

Telarc Records
2017

buy
Spark

Spark

Telarc Records
2016

buy
Hiromi: Alive

Hiromi: Alive

Telarc Records
2014

buy
Alive

Alive

Telarc Records
2014

buy
Move

Move

Telarc Records
2013

buy
Hiromi: Move

Hiromi: Move

Telarc Records
2013

buy

Upcoming Shows

Date Detail Price
Jul15Mon
Hiromi
Arena Santa Giuliana
Perugia, Italy
Aug9Fri
Hiromi, Hiromi Uehara
Blue Note Hawaii
Honolulu, HI
Aug10Sat
Hiromi, Hiromi Uehara
Blue Note Hawaii
Honolulu, HI
Aug11Sun
Hiromi, Hiromi Uehara
Blue Note Hawaii
Honolulu, HI
Oct1Tue
Hiromi
Blue Note New York
New York, NY
$30.00
Oct1Tue
Hiromi
Blue Note New York
New York, NY
$30.00
Oct2Wed
Hiromi
Blue Note New York
New York, NY
$30.00

Related Articles

Read When Will The Blues Leave Album Reviews
When Will The Blues Leave
By Karl Ackermann
May 22, 2019
Read Crowded Heart Album Reviews
Crowded Heart
By Dan Bilawsky
May 22, 2019
Read Infinite Itinerant Album Reviews
Infinite Itinerant
By Geno Thackara
May 22, 2019
Read Pulcino Album Reviews
Pulcino
By Nicholas F. Mondello
May 22, 2019
Read Hastings Jazz Collective/Shadow Dances Album Reviews
Hastings Jazz Collective/Shadow Dances
By Dan McClenaghan
May 21, 2019
Read That's a Computer Album Reviews
That's a Computer
By Jerome Wilson
May 21, 2019
Read All I Do Is Bleed Album Reviews
All I Do Is Bleed
By Paul Naser
May 21, 2019