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Jazz - Released May 11, 2018 | Palmetto+

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Jazz - Released June 7, 2019 | Palmetto+

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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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Jazz - Released July 20, 2018 | Sunnyside

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Recorded in December 1989 and released in 1990 on the label Sunnyside, Heartsongs is a strong album in Fred Hersch’s discography, that would only grow stronger in the years that followed. At the age of 35, the American pianist was not yet an internationally renowned master, but his playing and his talent as a composer (he wrote five of the eleven themes) were already grabbing people’s attention. Hersch is joined by the double bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Jeff Hirshfield on this record to mix pieces by George Gershwin (The Man I Love), Wayne Shorter (Fall and Infant Eyes), Thelonious Monk (I Mean You) and Ornette Coleman (The Sphinx). As it is often the case with Hersch, it’s difficult not to mention the very strong influence of Bill Evans. But his piano offers throughout Heartsongs a harmonic personality of its own. A very nice re-release indeed. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Jazz - Released May 17, 2019 | Palmetto+

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Jazz - Released April 26, 2019 | Palmetto+

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Jazz - Released April 1, 2019 | Palmetto+

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Jazz - Released September 8, 2017 | Palmetto+

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Less noisy than Keith Jarrett and less famous than Brad Mehldau (who was his pupil, after all), Fred Hersch is a "jazz" pianist who is all the same very precious: a musician whose every album holds gems of improvisation, and moments of grace. His works have become all the more intense of the the last few years, as they have found themselves shoved into the spotlight of the life of a committed artist. In 2008, this life was almost brought to a premature end. Having contracted AIDS, Hersch spent two months in a coma from which he emerged miraculously. There followed long weeks in which he re-learned the piano, and then, years later, he wrote a piece, My Coma Dreams, on the porous border between dream and reality. Several other albums followed. Playing solo, in a trio, in a duet... this album, brought out in September 2017, is a totally solo work. This is his eleventh solo work, that mixes his own music with works by others (Whisper Not by Benny Golson, Eronel by Monk, Zingaro by Antonip Carlos Jobim and even, more surprising, And So It Goes by Billy Joel!). Those who know Fred Hersch are hardly surprised by the intelligence of his jazz. Nor by his faculty for turning so many phrases of such beauty. Those who don't can take a look in this Open Book, and get their herschian education started as soon as possible...  © MZ/Qobuz