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Begin Again

Fred Hersch & the WDR Big Band arranged and conducted by Vince Mendoza

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After a brilliant series of trio and solo projects, Fred Hersch has coupled up his piano with a big band; the Cologne-based WDR Big Band, to be precise. His fellow American Vince Mendoza both conducts and arranges all 9 of Hersch’s original compositions, cherry-picked from his vast repertoire. The pieces are impeccably orchestrated by Mendoza, who juggles energy and refinement, eruptions and discretion, and offers up a colour palette with a thousand beautiful shades. Taking the legacies of Duke Ellington and Gil Evans in completely new directions, the real strength of this album lies in its variety. The soloists’ precision is also outstanding: alto saxophonists Johan Hörlén and Karolina Strassmayer, tenor saxophonist Paul Heller, trumpeters Ruud Breuls and Andy Haderer, trombonists Ludwig Nuss and Andy Hunter and drummer Hans Dekker all embark on meticulous solos. The ocean of music renders Fred Hersch's playing even more weightless than usual, the pianist being accustomed to space and silence. He is never swamped by the big band, instead injecting energy and enthusiasm into the work. A true wonder. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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Begin Again
00:08:23

Vince Mendoza, Conductor, MainArtist - Fred Hersch, MainArtist - Wdr Big Band, MainArtist

(C) 2019 A Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln Production (P) 2019 Palmetto Records

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Song Without Words, No. 2: Ballad
00:05:16

Vince Mendoza, Conductor, MainArtist - Fred Hersch, MainArtist - Wdr Big Band, MainArtist

(C) 2019 A Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln Production (P) 2019 Palmetto Records

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Havana
00:06:33

Vince Mendoza, Conductor, MainArtist - Fred Hersch, MainArtist - Wdr Big Band, MainArtist

(C) 2019 A Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln Production (P) 2019 Palmetto Records

4
Out Someplace (Blues For Matthew Shepard)
00:05:26

Vince Mendoza, Conductor, MainArtist - Fred Hersch, MainArtist - Wdr Big Band, MainArtist

(C) 2019 A Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln Production (P) 2019 Palmetto Records

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Pastorale
00:05:18

Vince Mendoza, Conductor, MainArtist - Fred Hersch, MainArtist - Wdr Big Band, MainArtist

(C) 2019 A Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln Production (P) 2019 Palmetto Records

6
Rain Waltz
00:07:39

Vince Mendoza, Conductor, MainArtist - Fred Hersch, MainArtist - Wdr Big Band, MainArtist

(C) 2019 A Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln Production (P) 2019 Palmetto Records

7
The Big Easy
00:08:05

Vince Mendoza, Conductor, MainArtist - Fred Hersch, MainArtist - Wdr Big Band, MainArtist

(C) 2019 A Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln Production (P) 2019 Palmetto Records

8
Forward Motion
00:03:54

Vince Mendoza, Conductor, MainArtist - Fred Hersch, MainArtist - Wdr Big Band, MainArtist

(C) 2019 A Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln Production (P) 2019 Palmetto Records

9
The Orb (For Scott)
00:05:11

Vince Mendoza, Conductor, MainArtist - Fred Hersch, MainArtist - Wdr Big Band, MainArtist

(C) 2019 A Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln Production (P) 2019 Palmetto Records

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After a brilliant series of trio and solo projects, Fred Hersch has coupled up his piano with a big band; the Cologne-based WDR Big Band, to be precise. His fellow American Vince Mendoza both conducts and arranges all 9 of Hersch’s original compositions, cherry-picked from his vast repertoire. The pieces are impeccably orchestrated by Mendoza, who juggles energy and refinement, eruptions and discretion, and offers up a colour palette with a thousand beautiful shades. Taking the legacies of Duke Ellington and Gil Evans in completely new directions, the real strength of this album lies in its variety. The soloists’ precision is also outstanding: alto saxophonists Johan Hörlén and Karolina Strassmayer, tenor saxophonist Paul Heller, trumpeters Ruud Breuls and Andy Haderer, trombonists Ludwig Nuss and Andy Hunter and drummer Hans Dekker all embark on meticulous solos. The ocean of music renders Fred Hersch's playing even more weightless than usual, the pianist being accustomed to space and silence. He is never swamped by the big band, instead injecting energy and enthusiasm into the work. A true wonder. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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