Proclaimed by Vanity Fair magazine as "the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade or so," six-time Grammy® nominee 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. Unlike other releases, this album consists entirely of standards. Aided by John Herbert on bass and Eric McPherson on drums, Hersch displays his pristine tone, elegant interpretations of the standards, and his improvisational flair which often climaxes towards the end of a tune. 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 instrumentalists, 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.
- 180g Vinyl
- Mixed and Mastered by Tetsuo Hara
- Venus Hyper Magnum Sound Direct Mix Stereo
- OBI Strip
- Made in Japan
- Shall We Dance
- The Wind / Moon And Sand
- Everybody's Song But My Own
- From This Moment On
- Two For The Road
Recorded at Avatar Studio in New York on May 19 and 20, 2010.