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Fred Hersch - Whirl

At turns beautiful and fiercely poignant; Whirl reflects Hersch's unflappable focus and dedication to his art.

The 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
4 Skipping
5 Mandevilla
6 When Your Lover Has Gone
7 Whirl
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).
As his 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
Fred Hersch - Whirl 


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