Fred Hersch / Fred Hersch Trio - Fred Hersch Trio Plays...

Fred Hersch / Fred Hersch Trio - Fred Hersch Trio Plays...
Artist: Fred Hersch \ Fred Hersch Trio
Duration: 01:02:39
Album: Fred Hersch Trio Plays...
Recording Date: February 16, 1994 - February 17, 1994
Genre: Jazz
Styles: Post-Bop, Jazz Instrument, Piano Jazz
Recording Location: Mastersound Studios, Astoria Queens, NY
Release Date: 1994

On this highly recommended set, Fred Hersch plays his favorite compositions from ten of the greatest composers in the history of recorded jazz -- Monk, Miles, Ellington, and Strayhorn included. All of the important and complimentary adjectives customarily used in relation to Hersch's work can also be used to describe this effort, most notably lyricism, warmth, and taste. Hersch and his bandmates -- Drew Gress (bass) and Tom Rainey (drums) -- form a trio in the best sense of the word.

The band listens to and respects one another, providing appropriate space for each to explore, while always functioning as a complete and thoughtful whole. They never overplay; they are consistently interesting; they choose only the best music to play. If Hersch's distinctive style can be compared to other artists, the list would certainly include Bill Evans, in terms of lyricism and touch, and Thelonious Monk, for his employment of unique rhythmic and harmonic patterns. Each of the tracks on this album is worthwhile, yet two stand out above the rest: Monk's "Played Twice" and "Think of One." Hersch has always been a supreme interpreter of Monk's compositions, and again he does not disappoint. "Played Twice" is stripped down to its essential, stark beauty, while "Think of One" is played with a slightly heavier touch and offers the quirky rhythms, variable tempos, and subtle humor that are indispensable to Monk. If you are a fan of jazz piano trio, do not miss this opportunity to enjoy one of the best.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Milestones / Miles DavisFred Hersch / Fred Hersch Trio3:48
Iris / Miles Davis / Wayne ShorterFred Hersch / Fred Hersch Trio6:12
Played Twice / Thelonious MonkFred Hersch / Fred Hersch Trio3:22
Con Alma / Dizzy GillespieFred Hersch / Fred Hersch Trio5:56
Mood Indigo / Barney Bigard / Duke Ellington / Irving MillsFred Hersch / Fred Hersch Trio5:33
Speak Like a Child / Herbie HancockFred Hersch / Fred Hersch Trio6:06
Evanessence / Fred HerschFred Hersch / Fred Hersch Trio5:06
Think of One / Thelonious MonkFred Hersch / Fred Hersch Trio5:27
Day Dream / Duke Ellington / John Latouche / Billy StrayhornFred Hersch / Fred Hersch Trio8:01
Forerunner / Ornette ColemanFred Hersch / Fred Hersch Trio3:10
Moment's Notice / John ColtraneFred Hersch / Fred Hersch Trio3:06
Doxy / Sonny RollinsFred Hersch / Fred Hersch Trio6:52

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