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Hiromi On 'Piano Jazz: Rising Stars'

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Hiromi On 'Piano Jazz: Rising Stars'

Hiromi On 'Piano Jazz: Rising Stars'

Hiromi On 'Piano Jazz: Rising Stars'

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At a young age, Hiromi says her piano teacher taught her to play "from heart to heart, not from fingers to ears." Sakiko Nomura hide caption

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At a young age, Hiromi says her piano teacher taught her to play "from heart to heart, not from fingers to ears."

Sakiko Nomura

Hiromi is an in-demand jazz pianist capable of playing stride with blinding speed and deadly accuracy, but she's also a thoughtful, impressionistic composer. There's an absolute outpouring of energy to Hiromi's music, heard right from the get-go in this session with "Choux a la creme," her ode to cream puffs. Elements of Erroll Garner's piano swing, Stevie Wonder's funk and Lennie Tristano's dazzling compositions all add up to Hiromi's distinct sound.

Set List

"Choux a la creme" (H. Uehara)

"Old Castle, by the river, in the middle of a forest" (H. Uehara)

"Velho Piano" (D.Caymmi)

"Haze" (H. Uehara)

"The Tom and Jerry Show" (H. Uehara)

"Ue Wo Muite Aruko" (R. Ei, H. Nakamura)

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