Hiromi's Sonic Bloom
Something To Get Jazzed Up About
Between P'ez on Friday night and Hiromi's Sonic Bloom this afternoon, Orange Court has offered up some super cool jazz fusion for the rock-oriented masses to get down to. Led by celebrated Japanese pianist Hiromi Uehara, whose brilliant playing has been raved about by critics across the globe, a few brief showers did nothing to discourage a huge audience from crowding around Fuji's far-most stage to watch the quartet.
Experimental, spacey, and at least once bordering on the realm of dance music, the funky mix of jazz and prog turned out by Uehara and her accomplished band mates, Tony Grey, Martin Valihora, and David Fiuczynski, was fantastic. Focusing on selections from this year's Time Control, Uehara's first release as Hiromi's Sonic Bloom, all eyes were transfixed on her as she alternated between tickling the ivories on her piano and banging on the keys of the keyboard positioned next to her. Occasionally she did both simultaneously, resulting in bouts of cheering from wet fans. Anything but predictable, each instrumental composition travelled in several different directions before ending in what can only be described as a sonic bloom.
Reported by shawn (2007.07.29 / 21:44)