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.
|Milestones / Miles Davis||Fred Hersch / Fred Hersch Trio||3:48|
|Iris / Miles Davis / Wayne Shorter||Fred Hersch / Fred Hersch Trio||6:12|
|Played Twice / Thelonious Monk||Fred Hersch / Fred Hersch Trio||3:22|
|Con Alma / Dizzy Gillespie||Fred Hersch / Fred Hersch Trio||5:56|
|Mood Indigo / Barney Bigard / Duke Ellington / Irving Mills||Fred Hersch / Fred Hersch Trio||5:33|
|Speak Like a Child / Herbie Hancock||Fred Hersch / Fred Hersch Trio||6:06|
|Evanessence / Fred Hersch||Fred Hersch / Fred Hersch Trio||5:06|
|Think of One / Thelonious Monk||Fred Hersch / Fred Hersch Trio||5:27|
|Day Dream / Duke Ellington / John Latouche / Billy Strayhorn||Fred Hersch / Fred Hersch Trio||8:01|
|Forerunner / Ornette Coleman||Fred Hersch / Fred Hersch Trio||3:10|
|Moment's Notice / John Coltrane||Fred Hersch / Fred Hersch Trio||3:06|
|Doxy / Sonny Rollins||Fred Hersch / Fred Hersch Trio||6:52|