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I poeti del piano solo: Fred Hersch e Gregory Privat

Read "I poeti del piano solo: Fred Hersch e Gregory Privat" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Fred Hersch, Gregory Privat Sala Vanni I Poeti del Piano Solo Firenze 10-11.5.2024 Quinta edizione della rassegna fiorentina “I Poeti del Piano Solo," che ogni anno, grazie alla direzione artistica di Stefano Maurizi, porta sui palcoscenici cittadini una selezione dei più interessanti pianisti jazz della scena internazionale. Quest'anno i concerti erano quattro, con il primo --quello di Omer Klein --nella suggestiva sede del Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, l'ultimo --quello di Stefania Tallini --nella meravigliosa ...

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Album Review

Fred Hersch: Silent, Listening

Read "Silent, Listening" reviewed by Chris May


It took Fred Hersch a long time to begin recording for ECM--four decades and 17 Grammy nominations since his first own-name album--but when he arrived he did so in style. The Song Is You (ECM, 2022), a duo recording with flugelhornist Enrico Rava, reviewed here, was quietly sensational. The word “recalibration" is often wheeled out when a musician does no more than tweak the chord progression of a well-known tune. However, on The Song Is You Hersch and Rava gently ...

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Radio & Podcasts

New Releases From Fred Hersch, Potions, Kendall Carter, And More

Read "New Releases From Fred Hersch, Potions, Kendall Carter, And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this show we feature new releases from Potions, Kendall Carter, Fred Hersch, Bag of Bones, Matthew McDonald, Melody Graves and the Hokum Redemption, Jérémie Ternoy Ivann Cruz and Peter Orins, Woo, Art Tatum, Yusef Lateef, Sun Ra, Mal Waldron & Steve Lacy, Chet Baker & Jack Sheldon, and Kari van der Kloot. Playlist Show Intro 00:00 Potions “Solivagant" from Vol.1 (Robalo Music) 01:26 Kendall Carter “Happiness Is Now" from Purview (Lladnek Music) 12:28 Fred Hersch “The Wind" ...

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Album Review

Fred Hersch: Silent, Listening

Read "Silent, Listening" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Like many of Fred Hersch's haunted, focused recordings--2017's Grammy nominated Open Book(Palmetto Records), Solo (Palmetto Records, 2015) or In Amsterdam: Live at the Bimhuis (Palmetto Records, 2006)--the short story of Silent, Listening, Hirsch's first solo foray for ECM, is this: Stay for the rich, orchestral novel and the full reward is yours. On his thirteenth solo foray, Hersch tells the whole story which comprises the lyrical abstracts and open questions the pianist poses on the melodically quixotic “Aeon." ...

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Album Review

Claudia Acuna: Duo

Read "Duo" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Alcuni classici della canzone popolare latina costituiscono il nucleo del sesto disco da leader di Claudia Acuña. In questa celebrazione la cantante cilena ha coinvolto sette protagonisti del jazz contemporaneo in altrettante esecuzioni in duo caratterizzate da palpitante relazione con la loro identità tradizionale. I due brani conclusivi sono cantati in inglese e la vedono piena protagonista: “Cristal Silence" di Chick Corea è cantato a cappella; “YO" è una sua composizione originale eseguita con un sottofondo percussivo. ...

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Play This!

Fred Hersch: After You've Gone

Read "Fred Hersch: After You've Gone" reviewed by Geno Thackara


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Catching Up With

Fred Hersch: Alive... And Kicking

Read "Fred Hersch: Alive... And Kicking" reviewed by Jiaowei Hu


Few musicians have shaped jazz with such elegant, instinctive, and intimate variations as Fred Hersch. Constantly. Over four decades, life's ups and downs have not stopped him from coming back, time and again, to performing live. No word other than “alive" can be more suitable for the pianist, and it is no coincidence that he chose it to title his album Alive at the Village Vanguard (Palmetto Records, 2023), where he creates special chemistry with vocalist Esperanza Spalding. This live ...


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