Alive at the Vanguard

Alive at the Vanguard

by Fred Hersch Trio



Originally tagged as a Bill Evans disciple by some writers early in his career, Fred Hersch has long since distinguished himself as a pianist with a distinctive sound of his own who constantly challenges himself as a performer, composer, and arranger. These trio performances, with bassist John Hébert and drummer Eric McPherson, are from a six-day booking at the Village Vanguard in early 2012. His spacious, thoughtful "Tristesse," dedicated to the late drummer Paul Motian, has a classical air at first, then it gradually unfolds its colors with his magical improvisation. When he's in the mood, Hersch can play bop with the best of them, delivering a playful, spirited rendition of Charlie Parker's infrequently heard "Segment." Even more inspired is the medley which follows, opening with a tense, brooding setting of Ornette Coleman's "Lonely Woman," which leads into an introspective interpretation of Miles Davis' '"Nardis" that is far and away very different from Bill Evans' numerous recordings. Hersch's whimsical "Dream of Monk" is a catchy reworking of "Monk's Dream" which showcase Hébert's understated bass solo. The pianist has long been one of the top ballad interpreters in jazz; his haunting take of "I Fall in Love Too Easily" would be heaven for any vocalist. His catchy "Jackalope" has a jagged rhythm and many sudden twists, yet the trio navigates it as if they've been playing it together for ages. The quirky "Sartorial," dedicated to Ornette Coleman, features Hersch's adventurous avant-garde side. With two to three sets being played each night during this Village Vanguard booking, it must have been challenging to pick only two discs of material for release. Hopefully, more music from these six nights by the Fred Hersch Trio will follow.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/11/2012
Label: Palmetto Records
UPC: 0753957215927
catalogNumber: 21592

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fred Hersch Trio   Primary Artist
Fred Hersch   Piano
Eric McPherson   Drums
John Hebert   Bass

Technical Credits

Sigmund Romberg   Composer
Fred Hersch   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Sonny Rollins   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Ornette Coleman   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Charlie Parker   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
A.T. Michael MacDonald   Producer
Geoff Countryman   Engineer
Tyler McDiarmid   Engineer

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