Last night I saw composer and jazz pianist Hiromi Uehara at Yoshi‘s in Oakland. And it blew my mind. Her Jazz Piano Trio’s music is fantastic, full of energy and contagious glee. They played mostly pieces from her newly released album Spiral, which I heartly recommend if you like Jazz or piano music in general. I was blown away by Hiromi’s speed and tecnique, her fingers are constantly a blur on those piano keys, but even more so by her emotion and pure joy. The expressions on her face were mesmerizing and a whole show in itself. There isn’t much more one can expect from music than to make you feel emotions … this concert absolutely did that and sent shivers down my spine countless times while doing it. Amazing. On her site you can listen to a few pieces and even see videos of a concert.

6 Responses to “Hiromi”

  1. cK Says:

    Thanks for the tip. I never heard her music before. She definately has the chops. My favorite jazz pianist are the legendary Monk, Keith Jarrett who will be having a solo concert at the War Memorial, and Bill Evans.

    Isn’t Yoshi’s a great place. I think that I like the old place at College/Claremont a little better but the current location is still great. They also serve a killa “nasu dengaku”.


  2. Enrico Says:

    Hey Charles, haven’t been to the Claremont Yoshi’s yet … but I must say the food at the Jack London Square one is a bit lackluster …


  3. Gerald Says:

    Thanks for the recommendations ck and enrico. I really enjoyed the video clips and tracks for Hiromi. That DVD of hers sounds enticing! This is the first time I’ve heard of her and I’m already digg’in her style.

  4. Enrico Says:

    Glad she’s up your alley Gerald … her concert was spellbounding and I’ve been listening to her music nonstop since … really love it.


  5. marco Says:

    Hiromi is totally amazing !!!!!!

  6. j2 Says:

    I wish I was reading your blog back in feb 2006…
    I can’t believe I haven’t heard of this band.
    The only other jazz trio I listen to is Medeski Martin and Wood
    Now I can add Hiromi to my jazz playlists…