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The pianist and composer Fred Hersch, who came up playing with such figures as Joe Henderson and Stan Getz, has collaborated with numerous artists on a variety of interesting albums including Leaves of Grass, where he set the poetry of Walt Whitman to music, Live at the Jazz Standard, which features the Fred Hersch Pocket Orchestra, and Haunted Heart, an album by Renée Fleming that finds the opera singer covering pop material. Hersch was extremely ill in 2008 and spent two months in a coma, but he recovered and has continued recording and playing live. Hersch and his rhythm section — bassist John Hébert and drummer Eric McPherson — are masterful on this set of ten covers and originals. The group has a distinctive, finely interlocked sound, and Whirl is an album of great feeling, whether the threesome is interpreting a ballad (“When Your Lover Has Gone”) or swinging hard (the title track). Hersch’s lyricism is gorgeous throughout, and be sure to check out McPherson’s swirl of percussion on “Sad Poet” and Hébert’s delightful bass on “Still Here,” a piece dedicated to Wayne Shorter.

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Fred Hersch Trio pulls you in......

My friday-after-work-with-a-glass-of-wine music. Love this.


Born: October 21, 1955 in Cincinnati, OH

Genre: Jazz

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

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,...
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Whirl, Fred Hersch Trio
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Jun 22, 2010

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