The Fred Hersch Trio: Night and the Music (2007)
The recording finds all three at the height of their facultiesexpressive yet restrained, open and interacting with an ease established over several years together in a variety of contexts. So fluid and familiar is the trio with each other that at timesas on Irving Berlin's "Change Partners the listener can barely discern between what's written and what belongs to whim. Other highlights include Hersch's "Rhythm Spirit and Cole Porter's "So In Love, both of which gleam with tension and release, along with Monk's "Boo Boo's Birthday a playful, mischievous number among the pianist's favorites for live settings.
Overall, the disc offers a balance of meditative and physical playing, nicely attuned to the jazz lover's ear. And if you listen closely enough, you might just hear the night pitter-patter to the music.
Track Listing: So In Love; Rhythm Spirit; Heartland; Galaxy Fragment/You and the Night and the Music; Boo Boo's Birthday; Change Partners; How Deep is the Ocean; Gravity's Pull; Andrew John; Misterioso.
Personnel: Fred Hersch: piano; Drew Gress: bass; Nasheet Waits: drums.
Record Label: Palmetto Records