The Fred Hersch Trio: "Kind of Blue" Turns 50 at the Kimmel Center, Philadelphia
Interviewer since 2000Former trombonist who now works as a psychologist.
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There were many fine moments and musical nuances in the two sets of their performance, but what truly made the Hersch Trio stand out was its exceptional sonority and precision, reminiscent in its "chamber music" quality of the Modern Jazz Quartet. These attributes were especially evident in the group's medley, or musical collage, of Hersch's "Still Here," dedicated to Wayne Shorter, and Shorter's own "Black Nile," on which Rasheed Waits' solo was one for the books. At the end, an AIDS-weathered Hersch acknowledged the standing ovation with a heart-rending solo of his own standard, "Valentine," which surely would have brought a grateful tear even to Bill Evans.