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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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...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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