Fred Hersch Trio + 2

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
Augmenting his sublime trio with two horns, Fred Hersch produces one of his most accomplished recordings. The pianist has had a long working relationship with bassist Drew Gress and has, over the past few years, built a strong association with the inventive drummer Nasheet Waits. For this project, Hersch brought in tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby and trumpeter Ralph Alessi, two of the brightest stars on the new jazz scene. They take to Hersch’s music like ducks to water, beefing up the melodic contours of the tunes and playing assertive improvisations that enliven the performances. Hersch’s compositions have never been sharper, with “Marshall’s Plan” (the sole trio ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
Augmenting his sublime trio with two horns, Fred Hersch produces one of his most accomplished recordings. The pianist has had a long working relationship with bassist Drew Gress and has, over the past few years, built a strong association with the inventive drummer Nasheet Waits. For this project, Hersch brought in tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby and trumpeter Ralph Alessi, two of the brightest stars on the new jazz scene. They take to Hersch’s music like ducks to water, beefing up the melodic contours of the tunes and playing assertive improvisations that enliven the performances. Hersch’s compositions have never been sharper, with “Marshall’s Plan” (the sole trio performance on the album) and “Rain Waltz” among the highlights, while his tasteful arrangement of the Beatles' “And I Love Her” brings out the wistful lyricism of that pop classic. If his bandleading skills garner much attention here, Hersch’s exceptional keyboard talents always remain in clear sight. This is among his finest hours as both a piano stylist and small-group orchestrator.
All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
After primarily concentrating on solo and trio recordings for an extended time, pianist Fred Hersch opted to expand his group to a quintet for this outstanding session. With Nasheet Waits on drums and longtime bassist Drew Gress, Hersch's choice of trumpeter and flügelhornist Ralph Alessi and tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby proves to be an inspired one. Other than a gorgeous interpretation of the Beatles' timeless ballad "And I Love Her," whose arrangement has the flavor of an impressionist like Satie, the songs are all originals by the leader. Hersch's "A Riddle Song," which is made up of intervals of perfect fifths, is an infectious post-bop vehicle created to feature the phenomenal Waits, though the pianist has his say with some wailing choruses of his own. "Miss B" is a funky off-kilter tune with a call-and-response between Alessi and Malaby. "Black Dog Pays a Visit" whose title was inspired by Winston Churchill's term for depression is a complex moody work that packs an emotional punch. The intricate "Marshall's Plan" hints at the influence of Bill Evans. "Lee's Dream," which honors Lee Konitz and owes its creation to the chord changes of "You Stepped Out of a Dream," is a fascinating duet by Hersch and Malaby. This is yet another highly recommended addition to Fred Hersch's vast discography as a leader.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/16/2004
  • Label: Palmetto Records
  • UPC: 753957209926
  • Catalog Number: 2099
  • Sales rank: 63,014

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Riddle Song (6:13)
  2. 2 And I Love Her (4:41)
  3. 3 Miss B. (6:23)
  4. 4 Black Dog Pays a Visit (6:53)
  5. 5 A Lark (6:23)
  6. 6 Down Home (4:54)
  7. 7 Rain Waltz (8:02)
  8. 8 Marshall's Plan (6:32)
  9. 9 Lee's Dream (4:46)
  10. 10 The Chase (3:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fred Hersch Primary Artist, Piano
Ralph Alessi Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Drew Gress Bass
Nasheet Waits Drums
Tony Malaby Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Matt Balitsaris Executive Producer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Fred Hersch Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
A.T. Michael MacDonald Engineer, Mastering
Jason Grotrian Art Direction
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