Art HIRAHARA: Libations & Meditations

A sideman on many records on the Positone label, pianist Art Hirahara gives us the chance to hear him as a leader. It’s a most interesting discovery, because these “Libations & Meditations” are nothing like an ethereal or airy music, actually quite the opposite. The introduction of less than two minutes, “With Two Ice Cubes,” is an aperitif that whets your appetite. Here, the bass is essential to the success of the band. Linda Oh (especially promoted by Dave Douglas, among others) is definitely key and forms with John Davis a brilliant rhythmic pair. Art Hirahara stands out of the crowd of the great pianists of the moment.

Thierry Giard
Jazz Culture
(January 2015)