Click to Watch in HD > Hiromi The Trio Project performing Alive (Live in the Studio)

Watch Amazon: major characteristics of life include birth, growth, movement, awareness, adaptation and death. And ever since she emerged on the scene in 2003, Hiromi has been one of the most profound and prolific living forces in 21st century music. Mentored by the legendary Ahmad Jamal, the Japanese pianist/composer has created music that grows with every performance, moves easily beyond stylistic genres, exhibits an awareness of the entire jazz tradition and adapts to the contributions of her fellow bandmates.So its only apropos that her latest recording, set for release on June 17, 2014, via Telarc, a division of Concord Music Group, is entitled Alive.Her ninth CD as a leader, Alive, heralds the return of Hiromis Trio Project, featuring contrabass guitarist Anthony Jackson (Steely Dan, Paul Simon, Michel Camilo, The OJays and Chick Corea) and drummer Simon Phillips (Toto, The Who, Judas Priest, David Gilmour and Jack Bruce). This terrific triad, which DownBeat magazine proclaimed as one of the most exciting groups working in any genre today, first formed in 2011 and recorded their first CD, Voice, that year, followed by Move in 2013. On Alive, Phillips powerful, yet poetic percussion and Jacksons flowing, glow-in-the-dark basslines beautifully buoy and support Hiromis ingenious and impassioned improvisations. Her evocative and expansive compositions evoke the myriad moods and mysteries of life and reveal the soulful, syncopated simpatico of her thrilling threesome.Alive has a double meaning for me, Hiromi says. I wanted to write songs that deal with things and emotions that we encounter in life. But the word Alive can also mean played live. Ive been performing with Simon and Anthony for four years. Weve made three records together, and weve done so many live shows as a trio. We have a great time being adventurous, and I felt that we can make the record sound like a live recording in front of the audience.Thats the great thing about having a working trio: We understand how to make each other shine. Anthony is an amazing improviser. He composes incredible counter-lines when I solo, and he always plays something to make [the music] shine even more. And Simon has an amazing tone and a beautiful sound on the drums; hes like an orchestra. They can play anything, and they understand so many different genres of music. They have no boundaries. Its been a great journey with this group.