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Pianist Fred Hersch’s last three albums have been live efforts, so he was overdue for a visit to the studio. He puts the headphones on for Floating, bringing his working trio of bassist John Hebert and drummer Eric McPherson with him to follow up their 2012 effort Alive at the Vanguard. Jazz is first and foremost a live music, but the subtle interaction between bass and drums can sometimes get lost due to the limitations of live recording. So in many ways, this is as much a showcase for them as it is for Hersch. The chattering stick work and swooping bassline of the jaunty opener, “You & the Night & the Music,” make this immediately apparent, while “Home Fries” bounces along with a conversational Crescent City groove. Taking the beat completely out of the equation, the aptly named title track and “Far Away” are all texture and feel, riding Hersch’s expressive, searching melodies. They close things out strong with the romantic “If Ever I Would Leave You” and a peppy version of Monk’s “Let’s Cool One,” which makes you want to start at the beginning again.

Customer Reviews

A lyrical and reflective artist at his best.

This album feels like it is the perfected culmination of of prior successful efforts with his trio. There is no single factor other than the sense of mastery evident in each track. If you like a more introspective and thoughtful style, Fred Hersch embodies it and this album with become a part of your jazz psyche.

Great album need MFIT

For new releases, it simply isn’t acceptable anymore to skip mastering it for iTunes. Come on guys…take the extra hour or two and make it sound better.


Born: October 21, 1955 in Cincinnati, OH

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

An acclaimed jazz pianist, composer, and educator, Fred Hersch is a supremely gifted soloist with a sophisticated, yet unself-conscious approach to playing standards and his own original compositions. As a teacher, he counts both Brad Mehldau and the Bad Plus' Ethan Iverson as former students. As a player, his nuanced style, influenced by such giants as Ahmad Jamal, Bill Evans, and Oscar Peterson, has garnered him multiple Grammy nominations, and made him a benchmark for modern jazz. Openly gay and...
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Floating, Fred Hersch Trio
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Jul 08, 2014

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