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The Fred Hersch Trio - Sunday Night at the Vanguard (2016)

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The Fred Hersch Trio - Sunday Night at the Vanguard (2016)

The Fred Hersch Trio - Sunday Night at the Vanguard (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 402 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 175 Mb | Scans included
Post-Bop, Piano Jazz | Label: Palmetto Records | # PM2183 | Time: 01:07:59

Reach up to the CD shelf and pull a handful of Fred Hersch CDS down. You'll find that the pianist has a good thing going with the Village Vanguard. Alive At The Vanguard (Palmetto Records, 2012) a stellar two CD set, and terrific solo set, Alone At the Vanguard (Palmetto Records, 2011), are Hersch's most recent recordings from the legendary venue; and now he and his trio offer up Sunday Night At the Vanguard.

Hersch says this is his best trio album. Almost every artist says that about their latest—that this one's the best. But he might be right. The vote here would have gone to a studio recording, Whirl (Palmetto Records, 2010), a marvelous in-the-zone effort with this same trio—John Hebert on bass, Eric McPherson playing drums—until Sunday Night At The Vanguard rolled around.

The trio opens with Richard Rodgers' "A Cockeyed Optimist," which is not exactly a familiar tune, in spite of its authorship. But as an opener it works to perfection, with a silvery, raindrop intro that finds a quirky groove that paints an upbeat atmosphere, with a bright melody that sounds like a second cousin to "It Might As Well Be Spring."

"Serpentine," a Hersch original, is a wandering slither of a tune, unpredictable and spooky, lovely in its fluid, abstract way; "The Optimum Thing" sparkles; and "Blackwing Palomino," maybe the only jazz tune ever written for a pencil, has the feel of a new jazz standard.

Hersch's output has been consistently excellent, but sometimes—as on this special Sunday Night—the stars align. The trio, from the opening notes of "The Cockeyed Optimist," is locked into and to a telepathic interplay zone—playful and eloquent, elegant and assured.

The Lennon and McCartney gem, "For No One," has the forlorn desperation of the song's lyrical content. The Beatles' version—a masterpiece in its own right—didn't take things to this dark of a place.

Kenny Wheeler's "Everybody's Song But My Own" rolls in a restless, jittery mode. "The Peacocks," from the pen of Jimmy Rowles, is pensive, lonely. Hersch explores an almost unmatchable majesty of the tune, with a bit of dissonance, before he jumps into Thelonious Monk, with "We See," an irrepressible jewel, followed—as an encore to the show—the Fred Hersch-penned "Valentine," one of the more inward tunes in Hersch's songbook, counterpointing a mostly gregarious, effervescent set by one of the jazz world's top piano trios at the top of their game.

Review by Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz

The thing about a Fred Hersch Trio recording, is that it's like a family meal at your favorite restaurant. While the kids want to start with dessert first, you may want them to enjoy the appetizers and settle in for a delicious meal before the sweets. With Hersch's trio, the last course is almost always a Thelonious Monk composition. But we are getting ahead of ourselves.

The favorite restaurant here is New York's Village Vanguard, the incomparable club venue. Hersch's piano has been heard there since the 1970s, and beginning in 1996 as a leader and solo performer. It is, perhaps, his trio work that will be his legacy to the jazz pantheon. He has had some impressive trios, including Marc Johnson & Joey Baron and Drew Gress & Nasheet Waits. His current trio of bassist John Hébert and Eric McPherson has had an exceptional partnership for the past seven years. They have produced the critically acclaimed Palmetto Records studio albums Whirl (2010) and Floating (2014), and the two disc Alive At the Vanguard (2012).

The natural link for listeners is to Bill Evans' trio recordings at the Vanguard. But as the Monk music Hersch performs will never be mistaken for that of Thelonious, he will never be characterized as an Evans impersonator. He is Hersch. A combination of fearless determination and sensitive interpretation.

This Sunday evening in March 2016, the trio opened with the Rodgers and Hammerstein song from South Pacific, "A Cockeyed Optimist." Hersch, Hébert, and McPherson make the melody flow with an effortless simplicity that belies the complexity of what they execute. Such virtuosity is a credit to the three-way conversation this trio possesses. McPherson's cymbal work on "Serpentine" is that of a colorist, tinting the background for Hersch and setting up Hébert for his most eloquent solo. Only a special trio could so deftly deal out the time-shifting bebop of "The Optimum Thing," the hesitant blues of "Calligram," and a re-imagining of the Lennon and McCartney tune "For No One," that brings home the meaning of the lyrics.

Before dessert, the highlight of the night might be Jimmy Rowles classic "The Peacocks." Hersch draws out the melancholy of the song to a greater extent than Dexter Gordon did in the film Round Midnight. Like a great vocalist, Hersch magnifies a composition with his approach, parsing the pieces with a tenacious restraint.

The trio finishes with Thelonious' "Wee See." The three play with the time signature, freeing the piece from the obvious Monk references without blemishing the composition. Hersch returns to play a brief solo encore "Valentine," his own invention. The lingering notes give you pause, as when the tables are cleared from your favorite eatery, and you know you've just experienced something special.

Review by Mark Corroto, All About Jazz

The Fred Hersch Trio - Sunday Night at the Vanguard (2016)


Fred Hersch - piano
John Hebert - bass
Eric McPherson - drums

Recorded live at the Village Vanguard, New York on March 27, 2016.


01. A Cockeyed Optimist (07:29)
02. Serpentine (08:37)
03. The Optimum Thing (05:14)
04. Calligram (05:11)
05. Blackwing Palomino (06:13)
06. For No One (07:05)
07. Everybody's Song But My Own (07:20)
08. The Peacocks (10:14)
09. We See (07:06)
10. Solo Encore: Valentine (03:26)

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The Fred Hersch Trio - Sunday Night at the Vanguard (2016)

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