Hiromi – Hiromi’s Sonicbloom- Time Control (2007/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 61:28 minutes | 3,09 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Hiromi
Time Control spotlights nine original compositions and features guitarist Dave Fiuczynski.
Time seems pretty well tamed by clocks, calendars, and history books. But what do we really know about time?
The elusive nature of time figures prominently in Japanese keyboardist Hiromi Uehara’s March 27, 2007, release, Time Control. Collectively praised by critics and embraced by fans on both sides of the Pacific, it’s clear that Hiromi’s undeniable talents continue to grow and evolve. “I was inspired to write these pieces because my life is so hectic,” she says. “I regularly feel jet- lagged and always seem to be in a different time zone. I find myself at airports with more time to think about time, and I often wonder, ‘Am I controlling time or is time controlling me? Why do some days feel shorter than others?’”
Time Control is also the sound of a mature band at the top of its game. Recorded at Blackbird Studios in Nashville in October 2006, Hiromi’s Sonicbloom includes British bassist Tony Grey and Slovakian drummer Martin Valihora, and features a more explosive sound, thanks to special guest David “Fuze” Fiuczynski, the iconoclastic jazz-rock guitarist from Screaming Headless Torsos, KIF, Lunar Crash and Black Cherry Acid.
“Tony and Martin are amazing musicians,’ Hiromi says. “They understand the way I write music and the way I want the music to sound. I wanted to work with Fuze because I was looking for somebody who would be strong enough to influence the band. I didn’t want someone who could easily fit in – I wanted a crazy new voice, a very strong tasting spice. He’s very spontaneous, and you never know which direction he’ll take.”
Full of swagger and confidence, the nine high-powered originals on Time Control feature all of the dynamic and challenging playing that typifies Hiromi’s work. Yet as good as this gifted young pianist’s performances are, it is the quality of her compositions that marks this as an indispensable recording.
“When I write music, I think a lot about orchestration,” says Hiromi. “Since the piano and guitar are both chordal instruments, it can be hard for a pianist to play with a guitarist. So I really wanted to be careful. By adding electric guitar, the music became more rhythm-oriented and groove-based. By surrounding the piano with a lot of electric instruments, including my keyboards, the warmth of its sound stood out even more.”
Mentored by giants like Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal and Chick Corea, Hiromi’s roots are in jazz but her music explores a world of new ideas by blurring the boundaries of pop, rock, classical, avant-garde and other genres.
Although she rips through high-speed, bebop-tinged passages with ease, Hiromi’s jazz sensibility has less to do with swing and propulsive lift than it does with atmosphere and visually oriented impressionism.” (Los Angeles Times)
1. Hiromi – Time Difference
2. Hiromi – Time Out
3. Hiromi – Time Travel
4. Hiromi – Deep Into The Night
5. Hiromi – Real Clock Vs Body Clock = Jet Lag
6. Hiromi – Time And Space
7. Hiromi – Time Control Or Controlled By Time
8. Hiromi – Time Flies
9. Hiromi – Time’s Up