Hey Maurice, Have to agree on the so called lack of feeling in her music. However, I've always attributed this to the fact that she is Japanese and my experience listening to Japanese music of many genres as usually been very similar. This does not in any way, diminish my love of her music, which I have enjoyed for more than 15 years. I don't see her lack of feel as an impediment to her career, which is quite obvious by now. I have seen her many times in many different combinations and have enjoyed all equally, although I must admit to leaning more to the prog side like Sonic Bloom.Dave,
Hiromi has always had a ridiculous technique and has been in various piano battles with Chick Coria and Herbie Hancock and come out well. The problem has always been that she lacks feeling in her music and I think that to some extent this is still true. As she is getting older, she's beginning to realise that jazz is not just a shooting contest and she can only get better.
This has always applied to young instrumental geniuses and Joey Alexander is another. In ten or more years time he will start to be worth listening to too.!
Nevertheless, she has an amazing technique and is accurate with it - I didn't spot any bum notes!
Agreed, music is 'a personal thing'. Jazz comes in many varieties, Dave Brubeck and Jacque Loussier are easier on the ear for those not into 'hard core'. Miles Davis and perhaps 'Sketches of Spain' provide a bridge from 'classics to jazz'.Music is such a personal thing. I don`t like jazz unless you call `Stranger on the shore` ( Acker Bilk ) My fav classic is Pachelbel canon in D Major. John Denver for country/folk, & the one & only Elvis singing just about anything, such a handsome talented guy & all us youngsters were so jealous of him. Still play his music most days.