HIROMI UEHARA Alive (Telarc)
Hiromi Uehara is a Japanese jazz pianist who I fell in love with after hearing a live bootleg some years ago. Starting out as a traditional jazz trio, her recent albums have incorporated some jazz fusion, but her playing is outstanding on all of them. Arguably the best jazz pianist around today, she is ably abetted by Anthony Jackson and Simon Phillips on bass and drums respectively. If you like jazz then you need to hear her.