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Fred Hersch

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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

Album

Sounds Of Love

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Constrictor; The Blank-Faced Man; Duke Ellington’s Sounds of Love; Love What?; Remember Rockefeller at Attica; Frivolocity.

Album

The Song Is You

Label: ECM Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Retrato em Branco e Preto; Improvisation; I’m Getting Sentimental Over You; The Song Is You; Child’s Song; The Trial; Misterioso; Round Midnight.

Article: Live Review

Udin&Jazz 2022

Read "Udin&Jazz 2022" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Udin&Jazz 2022 Teatro Palamostre Udine 12-16.7.2022 Dopo tre anni di “esilio" a Grado, a seguito della (anche coraggiosa) decisione di non collaborare con l'amministrazione cittadina, per la sua trentaduesima edizione Udin&Jazz è tornato nella sua sede originaria con un programma giustamente diversificato, articolato su cinque giorni: nei primi tre una bella ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Alex Coke, Jeanne Lee, Steve Slagle and Others

Read "Alex Coke, Jeanne Lee, Steve Slagle and Others" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This is a largely quieter and more contemplative show featuring a variety of artists such as Alex Coke, Bill Evans, Steve Slagle and Jeanne Lee. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) 00:00 Steve Slagle “The Heart ...

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Article: Live Review

Roseanna Vitro at Jazz at the Joint

Read "Roseanna Vitro at Jazz at the Joint" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Roseanna Vitro Jazz At The Joint North Little Rock, AR May 9, 2021 In Arkansas, when Spring smiles, she reveals a gold incisor of Summer, promising humid warmth and languid pace. So it was entering The Joint Comedy Theater in North Little Rock, on May 9. However, on the second Monday ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Rock Songs as Jazz with Charles Lloyd, Lisa Hilton and others

Read "Rock Songs as Jazz with Charles Lloyd, Lisa Hilton and others" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This show has jazz musicians interpreting a wide variety of rock and pop songs. There is Charles Lloyd playing Bob Dylan, Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra playing David Bowie and much more. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & ...

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Article: Jazz Journal

Summer 2022

Read "Summer 2022" reviewed by Doug Collette


Jazz Journal is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent releases of note, spotlighting titles that might otherwise go unnoticed or that deserve special attention. Manel Fortia Despertar Segell Microscopi 2022 Beginning softly and politely, as befits its title definition (trans. “fall asleep"), “Dormir" is the ...

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Article: In Pictures

Bergamo Jazz Festival 2022

Read "Bergamo Jazz Festival 2022" reviewed by Luciano Rossetti


A collection of photos from the Bergamo Jazz Festival from March 16 to 20 2022, featuring Maria Pia De Vito (Artistic Director) Brad Mehldau, Fred Hersch Trio and Enrico Rava, Vijay Iyer Trio, Roberto Gatto Quartet, Tania Giannouli, Jakob Bro Trio, Jeff Ballard Fairgrounds, Ava Mendoza, Rob Mazurek and Gabriele Mitelli Star Splitter, Giornale di bordo, ...

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Article: Live Review

Bergamo Jazz Festival 2022 Parte seconda: la Città Bassa

Read "Bergamo Jazz Festival 2022 Parte seconda: la Città Bassa" reviewed by Libero Farnè


Bergamo Varie sedi 17-20.3.2022 Il ricco palinsesto di Bergamo Jazz 2022 ha distribuito proposte non meno interessanti e variate negli spazi della Città Bassa. I due concerti all'Auditorium di Piazza della Libertà hanno racchiuso i progetti di due formazioni europee, entrambi attuali e rilevanti. Sarebbe semplicistico sostenere che la musica del chitarrista ...


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