The sound of both musicians is indelible: trumpeter Enrico Rava is warm and rounded; pianist Fred Hersch, often icy, is fetching and detailed.
The rewards of these and other recordings provide ample proof that, with its shape-shifting qualities, the string quartet will continue to be a powerful asset for talented jazz composers.
The Cave of Winds and Breath By Breath amply confirm that, regardless of the stress of COVID, jazz’s life-force remains strong as we venture into a brave new year.
Yes, purchasing this EP will help out a good cause, but the musical value of this fabulous duo’s performance is priceless.
Saxophonist Brian Landrus seems to know what he’s got in this magnificent trio: Fred Hersch on piano, Drew Gress on bass, and Billy Hart on drums.
Vince Mendoza’s colorful arrangements give us a welcome new way to appreciate Fred Hersch’s impressive creativity — his amply satisfying accomplishments as a composer.
Part one of this survey looked at one upcoming performance and five CDs where music takes the leading role. This post looks at the other side of the coin, where the words are the wellspring for the music.
Good things come in threes.
A gripping autobiography and beautiful new solo CD from a master jazz pianist — Fred Hersch.
Time has only made the members of this trio more adventurous as well as accomplished.