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Dusted Magazine has high praise for “Central Line” by Art Hirahara

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A pithy observation from American naturalist Ralph Waldo Emerson graces the cardboard gatefold of Central Line, pianist Art Hirahara’s third project for the Positone label: “The ancestor of every action is a thought.” The importance of ancestry in a more historical sense folds indelibly into not only Hirahara’s audibly observable actions, but also his carefully considered approach to his i ...Read More

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January 22nd, 2017 at 3:54 pm

Sweet melody to blues to impressionism. “Central Line” from Art Hirahara

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Pianist and composer Art Hirahara, born and raised in the Bay Area of San Francisco, has worked with vocalists Freddie Cole and Stacey Kent as well as baritone saxophonist Fred Ho and trumpeter Dave Douglas.  “Central Line” is his fourth album as a leader and his third for Posi-Tone Records. The new album changes the focus a bit from his previous two (2011’s “Noble Path ...Read More

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January 9th, 2017 at 8:21 pm

Midwest Record gives us a look at “Central Line” by Art Hirahara

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Here’s a piano man bold enough to make a modern, mainstream date and doing it while surrounding himself with hell raisers like Donny McCaslin, Rudy Royston and Linda Oh.  Swinging easy but to the left, you won’t mistake this for cocktail jazz but Hirahara could do a killer job on that form if he every chose to take the easy way out.  Piano fans take note, this is a date not to be missed. Hot ...Read More

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December 2nd, 2016 at 11:13 am

Jazz After Hours writes up Art Hirahara’s new CD…

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        jazzafterhours.com Libations and Meditations Art Hirahara is a jazz keyboardist and composer based in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Art moved to New York in 2003 to be challenged by its pool of world-class musicians. There he has honed his craft, performing in a wide range of musical situations ranging from straight ahead standards to time c ...Read More

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February 21st, 2015 at 3:22 pm

D4M reviews Art Hirahara “Libations & Meditations”…

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        D4M.com Piano isn’t boring. Art Hirahara takes the organic foundation of subtle keys and harsh melodies, and blends them together with a modern jazz touch along with some friends. You’ll be hearing Linda Oh on bass, John Davis on drums, and a lot of chemistry. There’s only one song made publicly available from the album, and it’s pretty great al ...Read More

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February 20th, 2015 at 3:18 pm

Bird is the Worm recommends Art Hirahara’s new CD…

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        birdistheworm.com There’s two things in play here for whyLibations & Meditations is such a strong album.  First off, Art Hirahara situates his melodies at the center of each song’s universe.  Those melodies are expertly crafted and supremely radiant… a melodic beauty that resonates strongly at any speed.  And that leads into the second quality of this a ...Read More

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February 18th, 2015 at 3:15 pm

Wonderful feature on Art Hirahara and his new CD…

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        Seijaku.com Art Hirahara’s new album: a spiritual journey to Japan After having moved from San Francisco Bay Area to New York in 2003, jazz pianist and composer Art Hirahara challenged the city’s prominent jazz scene, and its pool of world-class musicians by performing at historic venues such as Smalls, Birdland, Jazz Standard and 55 bar.  He has been pr ...Read More

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February 17th, 2015 at 3:03 pm

Art Hirahara CD release event at Small’s gets some jazz afterhours coverage…

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            jazzafterhours.net Jazz Concerts and Shows Art Hirahara CD release party Mon, Feb 16 Art Hirahara is a jazz keyboardist and composer based in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Art moved to New York in 2003 to be challenged by its pool of world-class musicians. There he has honed his craft, performing in a wide range of musical si ...Read More

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February 1st, 2015 at 10:55 am

All About Jazz writer Dan Bilawsky’s thoughts on “Libations & Meditations” by Art Hirahara…

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            allaboutjazz.com Pianist Art Hirahara’s latest release on the Posi-Tone label is, as the title implies, music to drink in and think in. It’s a collection of aural offerings tied to Hirahara’s experiences coping with the loss of his father, but it’s not a somber program. In fact, quite the opposite. The first three numbers—a brief ...Read More

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January 31st, 2015 at 9:44 am

SomethingElse takes a peek into Art Hirahara “Libations & Meditations”…

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          somethingelsereviews.com 2014 has been a great year for jazz releases, and 2015 will already get off to a strong start with the January 6 release of Art Hirahara’s new LP, Libations & Meditations. We noted when sizing up his 2010 debut for Posi-Tone Records, Noble Path, that the ace pianist only occasionally leads dates. True to form, he’s taken near ...Read More

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January 30th, 2015 at 12:48 pm