Live at the Village Vanguard

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Barnes & Noble - Will Meyerhofer
This live trio offering proves that the prolific and versatile pianist Fred Hersch is one of the finest jazz musicians of his generation. The set balances striking original material with a well-thought-out collection of covers, including Thelonious Monk and Wayne Shorter works and a pair of seldom-played show tunes. From the opening extended solo introduction to Monk's "Bemsha Swing," Hersch declares his musical independence, cutting through clichés and injecting an urgent rush of ideas. He is interested not in reproducing Monk but in engaging the great man as an equal partner and producing fresh epiphanies in the process. Rarely can a jazz musician’s original ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Will Meyerhofer
This live trio offering proves that the prolific and versatile pianist Fred Hersch is one of the finest jazz musicians of his generation. The set balances striking original material with a well-thought-out collection of covers, including Thelonious Monk and Wayne Shorter works and a pair of seldom-played show tunes. From the opening extended solo introduction to Monk's "Bemsha Swing," Hersch declares his musical independence, cutting through clichés and injecting an urgent rush of ideas. He is interested not in reproducing Monk but in engaging the great man as an equal partner and producing fresh epiphanies in the process. Rarely can a jazz musician’s original compositions compete in an extended mixed set, but the plangent serenity of “At the Close of the Day,” the sly blues-inflection of “Swamp Thing,” and the gently coalescing fabric of “Endless Stars” introduce memorable works to the repertoire. Hersch's special gift is balancing hard-edged improvising with lush lyricism. Here, complemented by handpicked sidemen Drew Gress on bass and Nasheet Waits on drums, we have the finest example yet of Hersch’s art.
All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
Renowned pianist/composer Fred Hersch debuts on Palmetto Records in this classic jazz piano trio performance titled Live At The Village Vanguard. Formally released at a "live" date at the world-renowned jazz club in New York City, Hersch is joined by bassist Drew Gress and drummer Nasheet Waits. In his own words, Hersch has stated that the trio specializes in high lyricism and high danger. Truer words were never spoken as the disc opens with Thelonious Monk's "Bemsha Swing." Fred Hersch is in great form during his solo introduction before the bass and drums swing in. "Phantom of The Bopera" is a sensational bebop original that features the technical virtuosity of the trio and their ability to engage their listeners in compelling musical improvisations and conversations. The trio is really in the pocket on this one. Throughout the program, Nasheet Waits plays amazing drumlines including two outstanding solos on "Phantom of the Bopera" and Wayne Shorter's"Miyako/Black Nile" medley. He clearly shows why his is one of the better drummers of his generation. In addition to the seven originals written by Fred Hersch, the trio covers "Some Other Time" and "I'll Be Seeing You." These GAS favorites benefit from Hersch's award-winning style and shine in a pristine, new jazz environment. Live At The Village Vanguard is by far a major accomplishment for Hersch and shines just as brightly as his previous Grammy-nominated efforts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/28/2003
  • Label: Palmetto Records
  • UPC: 753957208820
  • Catalog Number: 2088
  • Sales rank: 62,618

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bemsha Swing (8:25)
  2. 2 At the Close of the Day (6:19)
  3. 3 Phantom of the Bopera (6:42)
  4. 4 Endless Stars (8:42)
  5. 5 Swamp Thang (5:15)
  6. 6 Stuttering (5:11)
  7. 7 Some Other Time (8:07)
  8. 8 Days Gone By (7:26)
  9. 9 Miyako/Black Nile (13:38)
  10. 10 I'll Be Seeing You (6:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fred Hersch Trio Primary Artist
Fred Hersch Indexed Contributor, Piano
Drew Gress Bass
Nasheet Waits Drums
Technical Credits
Matt Balitsaris Executive Producer
Fred Hersch Producer, Liner Notes
A.T. Michael MacDonald Producer, Engineer, Mastering
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