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Hiromi: Move: The Trio Project – live in tokyo

The dexterous pianist’s trio show Japan how they Move.

A hugely talented jazz pianist and a firecracker performer on stage, Hiromi Uehara attended Boston’s Berklee College Of Music and made her debut for the Telarc label in 2003.

Since then she’s made a name for herself both on the festival circuit and with her nine albums to date, including this year’s Alive. Back in 2012 she toured to promote her intense and eclectic release Move, and here we find her at the Tokyo International Forum during that tour. Her trio is completed by two highly seasoned musicians, über-drummer Simon Phillips (Mike Oldfield, Toto) and six-string bass veteran Anthony Jackson (Chick Corea, Al Di Meola). Together they rocket through that jazz fusion album in its entirety, from the warp-speed-Bernstein title track, to the diverse three-part suite (Reality, Fantasy and In Between) and stunningly tricky closer 11.49. There’s no pyro lighting effects or even bonus features to distract you, but Hiromi’s music is so complex that it’s completely absorbing, and what an enlightening thrill it is to just watch these three connect, read each other’s cues and focus with laser-beam precision on creating this serious, heady fusion music. A good entry point into Hiromi’s dazzling musical world.

Grant Moon is the News Editor for Prog and has been a contributor to the magazine since its launch in 2009. A music journalist for over 20 years, Grant writes regularly for titles including Classic Rock and Total Guitar, and his CV also includes stints as a radio producer/presenter and podcast host. His first book, 'Big Big Train - Between The Lines', is out now through Kingmaker Publishing.