Fred Hersch - Whirl
At turns beautiful and fiercely poignant; Whirl
reflects Hersch's unflappable focus and dedication to his art.
album features new compositions by Hersch and fresh takes on songs such
as A.E. Swan's neglected gem "When Your Lover Has Gone," Broadway and
Hollywood film composer Harry Warren's "You're My Everything," and
"Blue Midnight" by legendary jazz drummer Paul Motian.
In his intimate
track notes, Hersch dedicates several songs to longtime companions and
a wide-ranging source of inspirations.
|1 ||You're My Everything|
|2 ||Snow is Falling...|
|3 ||Blue Midnight|
|6 ||When Your Lover Has Gone|
|8 ||Sad Poet|
|9 ||Mrs. Parker of K.C.|
|10 ||Still Here|
- with John Hebert
- and Eric McPherson
The gifted Ohio native Fred Hersch's love for jazz established him in
New York as a sideman for saxophonists Stan Getz and Joe Henderson and
flugelhornist Art Farmer, and then as solo artist who released a number
of exceptional recordings, from Saraband (Sunnyside, 1986) to Stories
Without Words (Nonesuch, 2001).
new, deep, dancing and durable disc shows, Herschóbacked by excellent
support by drummer Eric McPherson and bassist Jon Herbertódelivers an
inventive and evocative 10-track CD that represents the full-flowering
of his pianistic and interpretive genius.
Hersch's touch is
reminiscent of Bill Evans' and his pulse is similar to Ahmad Jamal's,
and those attributes pulsate the Latinized opening track by Harry
Warren, and the habanera motored "Mandevilla."
Hersch's moving slow
numbers show why he's one of the greatest balladeers of his generation;
and his take on his mentor Jaki Byard's "Mrs. Parker of K.C." proves
that he can play the blues with the best of them. The spirited title
track, dedicated to ballerina Suzanne Ferrell, showcases Hersch's
composition chops, which focus more on telling stories than technique
for technique's sake.
from Allabout Jazz