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Fred Hersch

A superior soloist, accompanist, and interpreter of ballads, Fred Hersch started playing piano when he was four. He moved to New York in 1977 and worked as a sideman with many players including Stan Getz, Joe Henderson, Toots Thielemans, Art Farmer, Jane Ira Bloom, Eddie Daniels, and Janis Siegel, in addition to leading his own groups. During 1980-1986, he taught at the New England Conservatory and became part of the faculty at the New School. In addition, Hersch has recorded extensively as a leader, including for Sunnyside, Concord, Angel/EMI, Red, and Chesky, issuing Songs We Know in 1998. Songs Without Words followed three years later. Since that time, Hersch has remained quite active, releasing a bevy of albums including the three-disc Songs Without Words in 2001, the ambitious Walt Whitman-inspired project Leaves of Grass in 2005, and Night & the Music in 2007. In 2009, Live at Jazz Standard appeared on Sunnyside, billed under the Fred Hersch Pocket Orchestra, as did the solo bossa nova-themed effort Fred Hersch Plays Jobim. In 2010, Hersch released Whirl, on Palmetto. A trio recording with drummer Eric McPherson and bassist John Hébert, it focuses on originals but there are three notable covers: film composer Harry Warren's "You're My Everything," Jaki Byard's "Mrs. Parker of K.C.," and Paul Motian's "Blue Midnight." Hersch was also the subject of a major article in The New York Times Sunday Magazine in 2010 entitled Giant Steps: The Survival of a Great Jazz Pianist, by David Hadju. In 2011, Hersch delivered the live solo album Alone at the Vanguard followed a year later with the trio album Alive at the Vanguard. ~ Scott Yanow
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Solo

2. Caravan

3. Pastorale

4. Whirl

5. The Song Is You

6. In Walked Bud

7. Both Sides Now

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Track List: Alone At the Vanguard

1. In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning

2. Down Home (Dedicated to Bill Frisell)

3. Echoes

4. Lee's Dream (Dedicated to Lee Konitz)

5. Pastorale (Dedicated to Robert Schumann)

6. Doce DE Coco

7. Memories of You

8. Work

9. Encore: Doxy

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Track List: Whirl

1. You're My Everything

2. Snow Is Falling...

3. Blue Midnight

4. Skipping

5. Mandevilla

6. When Your Lover Has Gone

7. Whirl

8. Sad Poet

9. Mrs. Parker Of K.C.

10. Still Here

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Track List: Personal Favorites

1. Secret Love

2. Played Twice

3. For All We Know

4. Child's Song

5. Evanessence

6. I Fall In Love Too Easily

7. Professor K.

8. Forward Notion

9. Iris

10. Nostalgia

11. Out Of Nowhere

12. If I Should Lose You

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Track List: In Amsterdam: Live At the Bimhuis

1. A Lark

2. The Nearness of You

3. Evidence

4. At the Close of the Day

5. O Grande Amor

6. The Peacocks

7. Don't Blame Me

8. Valentine

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Track List: The Fred Hersch Trio + 2

1. A Riddle Song

2. And I Love Her

3. Miss B.

4. Black Dog Pays A Visit

5. A Lark

6. Down Home

7. Rain Waltz

8. Marshall's Plan

9. Lee's Dream

10. The Chase

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Track List: Live At The Village Vanguard

1. Bemsha Swing

2. At The Close Of The Day

3. Phantom Of The Bopera

4. Endless Stars

5. Swamp Thang

6. Stuttering

7. Some Other Time

8. Days Gone By

10. I'll Be Seeing You

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Track List: Songs Without Words

Disc 1

1. Aria

2. Ballad

3. Tango

4. Duet

5. The Moon's Lullaby

6. Waltz

7. Child's Song

8. Up In The Air

9. Heartsong

10. Sarabande

Disc 2

1. Work

2. Caravan

3. The Wind

4. Con Alma

5. Fall

6. Winter Sweet

7. Whisper Not

8. Miyako

9. Duke Ellington's Sound Of Love / Jump Monk

10. Mood Indigo

Disc 3

1. Get Out Of Town

2. So In Love

3. From This Moment On

4. Don't Fence Me In

5. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye

6. All Of You

7. Easy To Love

8. I Concentrate On You

9. You're The Top

10. Let's Do It

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Track List: The Fred Hersch Trio Plays...

1. Milestones

2. Iris

3. Played Twice

4. Con Alma

5. Mood Indigo

6. Speak Like A Child

7. Evanessence

8. Think Of One

9. Daydream

10. Forerunner

11. Moment's Notice

12. Doxy

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Track List: Leaves Of Grass

1. A Riddle Song

2. Song Of The Universal

3. Whoever You Are Holding Me Now In Hand

4. Song Of Myself: Part 1 ("I Celebrate Myself")

5. Part II ("A Child Said, 'What Is The Grass?")

6. Part III ("A Learner With The Simplest")

7. Part IV ("I Exist As I Am")

8. Part V ("I Am He That Walks")

9. Part VI ("Through Me Forbidden Voices")

10. Part VII ("Now I Will Do Nothing But Listen")

11. Part VIII ("I Believe A Leaf Of Grass...")

12. Part IX ("I Fly THose Flights...")

13. Part X ("My Lovers Suffocate Me")

14. Part XI ("Why Should I Wish To See God...")

15. The Mystic Trumeter

16. At The Close Of The Day

17. To You / Perfections

18. The Sleepers

19. Spirit That Form'd This Scene / On The Beach At Night Alone

20. After The Dazzle Of Day

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Track List: Let Yourself Go

1. Black Is The Color / Love Theme From "Spartacus" (live)

2. Speak Low

3. My Old Man

4. I Loves You, Porgy (live)

5. Moon & Sand

6. ...Departed

7. Let Yourself Go

8. Blue Monk

9. The Nearness Of You (live)

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Track List: Night & The Music

1. So In Love

2. Rhythm Spirit

3. Heartland

4. Galaxy Fragment/You And The Night And The Music

5. Boo Boo's Birthday

6. Change Partners

7. How Deep Is The Ocean

8. Gravity's Pull

9. Andrew John

10. Misterioso

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lttorres
Perfect music for a night of quiet conversation . Like a warm sweater on a cool evening.
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...and God love him, he played the Skipper Ryle Show when we was little kids.
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I love this ceribreal type of music
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mph_cia
Another Shining product out of Walnut Hills H.S.!
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Heartson
by. Fred. Herch
on Songs. Without. Words
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All. Of. You
by. Fred. Herch

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Fred Hersch is wonderful. Also try Red Garland, Gene Harris and Shelly Berg Trio Blackbird album.
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Very talented Musician. I love his melodic style... smooth, easy, soft, nice and tender.
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Eat & drank while loving this music.
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Am going to check him out at the Village Vanguard - can't wait!
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royalucas
Aw Yeahm, Aw Yeah! Fan for Life. Thx Fred!!!
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pamap02
He makes beautiful music! Love this guy.
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lovleylana12 3
"I Loves You Porgy." What can one say? Wow!! Moving, beautiful, amazing. So very very well done!
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Very nice--Fred's a great pianist, and he can swing too.
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I love Fred Hersch!
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extreme feeling - can lift spirit from depression
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His work on "Leaves of Grass" w/Elling and McGarry is awesome
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nurit7
piano jazz, thoughtful
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Man, "A Riddle Song" is so damn cool.
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noebro
"At The Close of The Day" - absolutely stunning!

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