Fred Hersch: Alone At The Vanguard (2011)
A three-time Grammy nominee, two as a pianist and one as a composer, Hersch possesses a remarkable ability to cross from classical to jazz with ease. His classical style and lyricism are present on "In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning," "Echoes" and "Pastorale," dedicated to composer Robert Schumann.
His superb interpretation of two originals, "Down Home," dedicated to Bill Frisell and "Lee's Dream," dedicated to Lee Konitz, as well as Thelonious Monk's "Work"rhythmically reminiscent of ragtimeshow Hersch's deep roots in the jazz tradition.
The performance also included the elegant samba, "Doce de Coco," the beautiful ballad "Memories of You" and, for an encore, a masterful version of Sonny Rollins' "Doxy."
Alone at The Vanguard is a clear statement that Hersch is back in top form, and that is surely good news for jazz.
Track Listing: In the wee small hours; Down Home; Echoes; Lee's Dream; Pastorale; Doce de Coco; Memories Of You; Work; Doxy.
Personnel: Fred Hersch: piano.
Record Label: Palmetto Records
Style: Modern Jazz