Spiral (Hiromi album)

Spiral is a studio album by Japanese jazz pianist Hiromi Uehara with bassist Tony Grey and drummer Martin Valihora. NPR called the album "part classical, part jazz and part simply unclassifiable."[5]

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Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 16, 2006
RecordedMay 28–31, 2005
StudioBlackbird Studios, Studio D, Nashville, Tennessee
GenreJazz, jazz fusion
Length65:38 / 73:09 (incl. bonus track)
ProducerHiromi Uehara, Michael Bishop
Hiromi chronology
Time Control
Professional ratings
Review scores
All About Jazz[1]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings[4]


Matt Cibula of PopMatters wrote, "Spiral is her third album... This record will be on many people's year-end lists, even if they are not jazz people. Dig it."[3] Paula Edelstein of AllMusic commented, "With the release of Spiral, the award-winning pianist/composer Hiromi Uehara stands at the threshold of limitless possibility."[2] Jim Santella of All About Jazz commented "Her piano cascades drive with simple elegance, and she resolves every phrase with a dynamic spirit. She enthralls her audience with powerful rhythmic strides that challenge the intellect. Meters change, moods shift, and her driving force keeps on going. Her improvised romps come alive with foot-tapping and head-bobbing energy that keeps the listener buoyed from start to finish."[1]

Track listingEdit

  1. Spiral (10:40)
  2. Open Door - Tuning - Prologue (10:16)
  3. Déjà Vu (7:45)
  4. Reverse (5:09)
  5. Edge (5:19)
  6. Old Castle, by the River, in the Middle of the Forest (8:20)
  7. Love and Laughter (9:20)
  8. Return of the Kung-Fu World Champion (9:39)
  9. Big Chill (Japanese edition Bonus track) (7:30)



  1. ^ a b Santella, Jim (10 January 2006). "Hiromi: Spiral". All About Jazz. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  2. ^ a b Edelstein, Paula. "Spiral". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  3. ^ a b Cibula, Matt (8 February 2006). "Hiromi: Spiral". PopMatters. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  4. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 1428. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  5. ^ "Japanese Jazz Prodigy Hiromi: 'Spiral'". NPR.org. 30 January 2006. Retrieved 24 September 2019.

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