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Fred Hersch

Proclaimed by Vanity Fair magazine, “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade or so,” Fred Hersch balances his internationally recognized instrumental skills with significant achievements as a composer, bandleader, and theatrical conceptualist, as well as remaining an in-demand collaborator with other noted bandleaders and vocalists. As a solo pianist (he was the first artist in the 75-year history of New York's legendary Village Vanguard to play week-long engagements as a solo pianist - his second featured run is documented on the 2011 release, Alone at the Vanguard); as leader of a widely praised trio whose Whirl found its way onto numerous 2010 best-recordings-of-the-year lists; and as the impetus behind the ambitious 2011 production, “My Coma Dreams,” a full-evening work for 11 instruments, actor/singer and animation/multimedia - Hersch has fully lived up to the approbation of the New York Times who, in a featured Sunday Magazine article, praised him as “singular among the trailblazers of their art, a largely unsung innovator of this borderless, individualistic jazz – a jazz for the 21st century.” He was nominated for two 2011 Grammy Awards for Alone at the Vanguard - for Best Jazz Album and Best Improvised Jazz Solo; these are his fourth and fifth nominations

Listen Here

Label: Skyline Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: 1. NO MORE BLUES (3:00) 2. YOU GO TO MY HEAD (4:08) 3. CENTERPIECE (4:54) 4. LOVE YOU MADLY (4:52) 5. A TIME FOR LOVE (5:40) 6. THIS HAPPY MADNESS (3:35) 7. LISTEN HERE (3:02) 8. IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU (3:18) 9. EASY STREET (3:43) 10. SOMETIME AGO (3:45) 11. YOU TOOK ADVANTAGE OF ME (3:10)

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Matt Piet: (pentimento)

Read "(pentimento)" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It goes without saying that 2020, year one of the global pandemic, was oppressive and overwhelming at times. Nearly everyone in their individual isolation came to recognize what has been lost and, hopefully, identify the resilience of the human spirit. One could argue the hardest hit were musicians, where touring and performing for an audience, and ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Grammy-Nominated Vocalist Roseanna Vitro Reissues 1984 Debut Album, 'Listen Here,' Feat. Kenny Barron Trio

Grammy-Nominated Vocalist Roseanna Vitro Reissues 1984 Debut Album, 'Listen Here,' Feat. Kenny Barron Trio

Vocalist Roseanna Vitro—performer, recording artist, educator and journalist—reissues Listen Here, the debut album that launched her career. Featuring veteran pianist Kenny Barron, the project ushered into the spotlight a formidable new artist with chops and sensitivity in equal measure – a galvanizing spirit who, having already proven she could move live audiences, now certified her power ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Doug Collette's Best Releases Of 2020

Read "Doug Collette's Best Releases Of 2020" reviewed by Doug Collette

Given the challenging year that was 2020, “Best of..." lists may turn out to be the high points of the last twelve months. Certainly there were times in the spring when it seemed as though a drought of new music might be inescapable, but as summer turned to fall, the titles kept rolling out, with the ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

A Look Back at Notable Recordings Composed by Women in 2020

Read "A Look Back at Notable Recordings Composed by Women in 2020" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Happy New Year! The broadcast begins 2021 with a look back at some of the notable 2020 releases made despite the disruption of the pandemic and all of its difficulties. Thanks for listening and please continue your support of the artists you hear by purchasing their music during this time of lockdown.Playlist Anne Sajdera ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

[Long] Live (at) the Jazz Standard! - Part 2

Read "[Long] Live (at) the Jazz Standard! - Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

We continue our celebration of the Jazz Standard, after the announcement of its untimely closure. The capacity to appeal to both the beginner and the long-time jazz fan, and to combine the familiar with the unfamiliar, were some of the many strengths of Seth Abramson's artistic direction. Through a number of concerts recorded live ...

For Now

Label: BlueLand Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Signs; Clarity in Time; The Miss; JJ; For Now; ‘Round Midnight; Invitation; For Whom I Imagined; The Night of Change; The Second Time; Her Smile; The Wait; Ruby, My Dear.

Songs From Home

Label: Palmetto Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Wouldn't It Be Loverly; Wichita Lineman; After You've Gone; All I Want; Get Out Of Town; West Virginia Rose/The Water Is Wide; Sarabande; Consolation (A Folk Song); Solitude; When I'm Sixty-Four.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Geno Thackara's Best Releases of 2020

Read "Geno Thackara's Best Releases of 2020" reviewed by Geno Thackara

However strange the year has gotten, the urge to create clearly hasn't lessened at all--either that or the circumstances have left us more appreciative of art where we find it. Most likely it's some of both. Whatever the case may be, 2020 has still seen no shortage of musical treats good for the soul.


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