Fred Hersch Trio – The Fred Hersch Trio Plays… {Chesky}

Fred Hersch Trio – The Fred Hersch Trio Plays… {Chesky}

Contemporary Jazz, Piano Trio

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AllMusic Review by Brian Bartolini

On this highly recommended set, Fred Hersch plays his favorite compositions from ten of the greatest composers in the history of recorded jazz — Monk, Miles, Ellington, and Strayhorn included. All of the important and complimentary adjectives customarily used in relation to Hersch’s work can also be used to describe this effort, most notably lyricism, warmth, and taste.

Hersch and his bandmates — Drew Gress (bass) and Tom Rainey (drums) — form a trio in the best sense of the word. The band listens to and respects one another, providing appropriate space for each to explore, while always functioning as a complete and thoughtful whole. They never overplay; they are consistently interesting; they choose only the best music to play. If Hersch’s distinctive style can be compared to other artists, the list would certainly include Bill Evans, in terms of lyricism and touch, and Thelonious Monk, for his employment of unique rhythmic and harmonic patterns.

Each of the tracks on this album is worthwhile, yet two stand out above the rest: Monk’s “Played Twice” and “Think of One.” Hersch has always been a supreme interpreter of Monk’s compositions, and again he does not disappoint. “Played Twice” is stripped down to its essential, stark beauty, while “Think of One” is played with a slightly heavier touch and offers the quirky rhythms, variable tempos, and subtle humor that are indispensable to Monk.

If you are a fan of jazz piano trio, do not miss this opportunity to enjoy one of the best.

01. Milestones (3:51)
02. Iris (6:14)
03. Played Twice (3:22)
04. Con Alma (6:00)
05. Mood Indigo (5:35)
06. Speak Like a Child (6:09)
07. Evanessence (5:12)
08. Think of One (5:30)
09. Daydream (8:06)
10. Forerunner (3:12)
11. Moment’s Notice (3:08)
12. Doxy (7:00)

Fred Hersch – piano
Drew Gress – bass
Tom Rainey – drums

Produced by David Chesky and Fred Hersch
Executive Producer: Norman Chesky
Recorded by Bob Katz
Recorded February 16th and 17th, 1994 at MasterSound Studios, Astoria Queens, NY
MasterSound Engineer: David Merrill
Assistant Engineers: Peter Cho & Suzie Hollander
Project Director: Roy Spangenthal
A&R Director: Steve Kaiser

Assistant Producer: Steve Guttenberg
Technical Consultant: George Kaye
Production Manager: Brad Kimmelman
Studio Manager: Peter Cho
Production Assistants: Lisa Hershfield, David J. Rubin, David Windmuller and Keddins Etienne
Photography by Luciana Pampalone
Art Director: Ross Hudson
Edited by A. T. Michael MacDonald and Fred Hersch
Management: Bill Traut – Open Door Management, phone 310-459-2559, fax 310-454-7803

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