The Boston Globe‘s Steve Greenlee reports from the resuscitated Newport Jazz Festival that he found the weekend’s best music in the festival’s outlying precincts.
Hiromi (she goes by her first name) started picking out a pretty stride version of “I Got Rhythm,” but it erupted into a lightning storm that would have stunned Bud Powell. She half-stood and bounced on her feet as she played, her hands a blur. She leaned into the piano and bobbed her head, heavy-metal-drummer-style.
To read all of Greenlee’s account of Hiromi’s performance and of the festival, go here.