There are no vocals on sensational Japanese pianist and composer Hiromi Uehara's new album, Voice. Yet Voice speaks eloquently of the phenomenon unleashed when the irrepressible Hiromi emerged on the jazz scene in 2003. She's a technical wizard who can dive into any historical jazz style at will, but loves to mash them up with flying bits of classical, pop, and fusion for a delightfully unpredictable, endlessly inventive sound. Hiromi has played solo, with high-caliber mentors like Chick Corea, with an electric band, and now in a trio format with guitarist Anthony Jackson and drummer Simon Phillips (both with extensive, eclectic résumés). Hiromi's intent on Voice is to express a wide range of emotions musically, and she does, with overflowing, contagious spirit. Drummer Steve Smith will sub for Phillips at the Dakota. $35 at 7 p.m.; $25 at 9 p.m.
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