An utterly original improviser and composer who turns each piece into a thrilling ride, Japanese-born pianist Hiromi creates kinetic soundscapes in which through-composed passages segue seamlessly into open-ended improvisation. What’s most impressive isn’t her commanding technique. It’s her cohesive group approach in which no instrument is confined to its traditional role. She introduced her latest hi-octane ensemble The Trio Project on 2011’s Voice (Telarc), featuring electric bass master Anthony Jackson and British drummer Simon Phillips, whose gaudy resume includes stints with Brian Eno, Jeff Beck, Stanley Clarke, and The Who. For Hiromi, he was the ideal rhythmic catalyst for her sonically expansive concept. “I want to treat the three instruments as three pieces of an orchestra, and extend the sound,” says Hiromi, 34. She worked with Jackson on her first two albums and had long thought about bringing him into the studio again. After playing several shows as a trio, she knew Phillips was the right man for her latest power trio. “He’s got a very diverse, very unique sound,” Hiromi says. “He has an amazing understanding of all kinds of music, the same as Anthony, and that’s what I was looking for.” For this run of dates at the SFJAZZ Center, the trio supports their second Telarc album, Move, which has just been released.