Personnel: Hiromi Uehara (piano, keyboards); David Fiuczynski (guitar); Tony Grey (bass guitar); Martin Valihora (drums).
For her fifth Telarc disc, keyboardist Hiromi Uehara departs from her usual program of original material for an album of standards. It's to her credit that the disc actually lives up to its title, as BEYOND isn't merely a pleasant walk down memory lane. She and her very able ensemble, featuring guitarist David "Fuze" Fiuczynski (who can both blaze and simmer), apply semi-surreal but melodious fusion treatments to standards like "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise" and "I've Got Rhythm." Hiromi spins out some nimble, percussive, and lyrical runs on the keys and the rhythms are alternately engaging and languid. Who says that fusion is dead?
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