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by Hiro Morozumi

New Japanese jazz star collaborates with US players. Adventurous & upbeat. Enjoy a bit of Far Eastern flavor, too.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Brauhaus
6:01 $0.99
2. The End of a Love Affair
5:51 $0.99
3. Don't Worry 'bout a Minor Thing
5:16 $0.99
4. August Dawn
5:02 $0.99
5. My Grandfather's Clock
6:20 $0.99
6. Leo
6:23 $0.99
7. Interlude
1:10 $0.99
8. Toge (Mountain Pass)
7:48 $0.99
9. Seems Like Yesterday
7:23 $0.99
10. Ojos de Rojo
5:18 $0.99
11. Nothing Was Ever Lost
7:25 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Hiro is a vibrant young jazz pianist/composer with a world-wide appeal: after studying for 9 years on scholarship in the renowned jazz program at the University of North Texas, he has been a sensational addition to the Tokyo and Paris jazz scenes.

He has won many awards up to date - in 2004, Down Beat magazine gave him the "Best Extended Composition" Award. He was a finalist in 2006 Montreux Jazz Festival Bosendofer Solo Piano Competition and was awarded the 3rd Prize by ex-Jazz-Crusader keyboardist Joe Sample. He was among the best 3 in the "Mightiest Player Contest" (2005), sponsored by 4 major Japanese music magazines and participated by more than 1000 applicants.

For his second release, Hiro reunites with his favorite "cats" from his U.S. days, one of who is Shelley Carrol, a *burning* saxophonist from the Duke Ellington Orchestra. The collaboration was successful, and the album has received many positive reviews:

"Hiro interfaces with his sidemen with his complex yet varied set of tonal colors...but still with a sensitive accompaniment to whatever mood and spirit that's being struck by the band...Very interesting jazz indeed!"

(Mr. George W. Carroll, eJazzNews)

"it is truly a great CD and the music speaks for itself. My congratulations! I plan on giving the CD as much airplay as possible."

(Mr. Pete Fallico, KUSP Santa Cruz / KCSM San Mateo)

You like Kurosawa movies??
Try track #8, "Toge" - a dramatic composition which beautifully blends traditional far-Eastern melodies into the sound of a lively jazz quartet bashing some serious grooves. You'll find yourself in a bamboo forest!



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Joyce Griffen

What wonderful playing, wonderful tunes!
From the pensive to the swinging -- great tunes! As a jazz vocalist I'm always listening a bit more intently to a pianist's sound and feeling. I think I'd find working with Mr. Morozumi immensely enjoyable.


Hiro is the A Bomb !!!!!!
Hirto plays with passion,along with Shelly and Mark Gulley; the rhythm master;together they make wounderful music.