Fred Hersch, Alone at the Vanguard

October 27, 2011

To hear Fred Hersch play is to learn by osmosis what “touch” on the piano is all about. In this sublime live recording— documenting his second week-long residency at New York’s famed Village Vanguard—Hersch gives what amounts to a recorded master class in aural eloquence. From a tender reading of the famed standard “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning” to affecting, originals like “Echoes,” the album stands as continued proof that Hersch is in a musical league all his own. (Palmetto Records | fredhersch.com)

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