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Hiromi: The Trio Project
Piano superstar Hiromi’s powerful Trio Project returns to the SFJAZZ Center following their triumphant run of sold-out shows last season. An utterly original improviser and composer, the Japanese-born pianist creates kinetic soundscapes in which through-composed passages segue seamlessly into open-ended improvisation. What’s most impressive isn’t her commanding technique. It’s her cohesive group approach in which no instrument is confined to its traditional role. She introduced this hi-octane ensemble on 2011’s Voice and its 2013 follow-up, Move, featuring electric bass master Anthony Jackson and British drummer Simon Phillips, whose gaudy resume includes stints with Brian Eno, Jeff Beck, Stanley Clarke, and The Who. “I want to treat the three instruments as three pieces of an orchestra, and extend the sound,” says Hiromi, 34. She worked with Jackson on her first two albums and had long thought about bringing him into the studio again. After playing several shows as a trio, she knew Phillips was the right man for her latest power trio. “He has an amazing understanding of all kinds of music, the same as Anthony, and that’s what I was looking for.” Without doubt, these shows will be some of the most exciting of Season 2.