Hiromi Uehara…Place To Be
Like soft rain..the melody plays, easy to catch and follow, and suddenly off it goes, fast and exuberant, staccato like, exciting, with plenty of interesting improvisations, and the soft rain returns, absolutely beautiful. Here is a virtuoso displaying a level of emotion and talent comparing with Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett. Hiromi Uehara and her new album “Place To Be” on the Telarc label is her first solo album and it’s simply moving. The music from the album is jazzy, full of swing, and even a little classical with the track Pachebels Canon. What an incredible talent it takes to make so much music beautiful. I’m particularlly impressed by her improvisations on the title track “Place To Be”, what a great melody she has created, simply lovely, as I listen to this I see a story unfold as the music plays, then as emotion and drama builds with-in the piece it slows a bit and her incredible improvisations which give me a thrill, kicks in and never strays too far, keeping you wondering whats next, and she ends up where she started, like soft rain falling again. Hiromi finds her “Joy Spring” with this piece, and I realize I was witness to something special. What’s equally impressive except for a Louis Belson/ Remo Palmier tune Berne, Baby, Berne and Pachelbels Canon, all compositions are hers. You will want this solo album in your library, a must own!!