Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Trio Live at the Village Vanguard

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Trio Live at the Village Vanguard

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Fred Hersch

Trio Live At The Village Vanguard

Palmetto Records PM 2088

Fred Hersch (p) Drew Gress (b) Nasheet Waits (d). New York, NY, May 16-18, 2002.

Bemsha Swing/At The Close Of The Day/Phantom Of The Bopera/Endless Stars/Swamp Thang/Stuttering/Some Other Time/Days Gone By/MiyakoBlack Nile/I'll Be Seeing You TT 70:00

Fred Hersch benefits from two superb sidemen on this recording; Drew Gress, the bassist, spent some time as artist-in-residence at the conservatory in Saint Petersburg, Russia, as well as the University of Colorado in Boulder and has been working with Hersch since 1992, and Nasheet Waits, the son of the drummer Freddie Waits, both bring along their talents, the latter to the drum set, to give sensitive and inspiring backing to the pianist. He has chosen several of his own compositions that are exquisitely done and are explained in his own liner notes as being inspired by various events that touched his life; for instance the sky on a winter's night in New Hampshire begat the enchanting Endless Stars and a drive from Baton Rouge to New Orleans Swamp Thang. …

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