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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding live album, September 28, 2012
This review is from: Alive at the Vanguard (Audio CD)
Just last year, Fred Hersch released a live solo album called "Alone at the Vanguard" and now comes this album, so it might look like a sequel of sorts. In fact, this release is a sequel of sorts to the Trio's 2003 album "Live at the Village Vanguard".

"Alive at the Vanguard" (2 CDs; 15 tracks; 116 min.) was recorded at this legendary jazz club in New York over several nights in February, 2012. CD1 (8 tracks; 58 min.) starts off with a nice new original Hersch composition "Havana". Midway through there is an oustanding "Dream of Monk", with splendid bass work from John Hebert. In the (excellent and insightful) album liner notes, Hersch comments that he wrote this track in 2010 in a span of about 20 min., just remarkable. CD2 (7 tracks; 58 min.) starts with "Opener (for EMac)", a song Hersch wrote specifically for his long-time drummer Eric McPherson, who gets the spotlight on this track. "The Wind/Moon and Sand" starts with a long piano solo from Hersch and eventually segues into the full trio sound. The album ends with the 15 min. work-out of "The Song Is You/Played Twice", a rare but fun Hammerstein-Monk combo. In all, what a fantastic album. There is really no weak track on here, period, and this is a must-have for any fan of Fred Hersch or of quality jazz.

I had the good fortune of seeing the Fred Hersch Trio in concert just recently here in Cincinnati (Hersch's original home town, he lived here through high school), at the famed Blue Wisp jazz club. It was only the second time in the last 20 years that Hersch had played in Cincinnati. What a fabulous set they brought. And as much as I like Hersch, it was (for me) Eric McPherson who stole the show, and then some. His drum solo on "Opener" was much more elaborate and far longer than on the live album, outright jaw-dropping. The trio played a number of tracks from the new live album, as well as some other choice cuts from the past. All that aside, "Alive at the Vanguard" is HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fred Hersch's best trio recording., October 18, 2012
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Marc Salz (Philadelphia, Pa. USA) - See all my reviews
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Fred Hersch's new live recording is his best trio performance to date. I have seen him live once at the Vanguard with the older trio but these new members push the music to new excellence. Buy it for the low price of two CDs for one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous, February 2, 2013
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Joe Hill "Joe" (Belchertown, MA, USA) - See all my reviews
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I concur with the other reviewers who have given this live double-CD five stars. Not only is the quality of the musicianship absolutely brilliant -- I'm not overstating it -- but the quality of the recording just sends it over the top. This has to be one of the finest live-in-a-jazz-club recordings ever made. Clear as a bell, great separation and with all the sonic atmosphere of a small space. You feel like you're in the Vanguard listening to a killer jazz trio! Man these guys cook. Wow!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alive - yes, thankfully, February 5, 2013
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Clearly Fred Hersch is one of the great trio pianist around at the moment, and has been for many years. This live gig at the Vanguard brings a certain urgency and vibrancy to his music. A wonderful trio and a great double CD of musicians at the top of their game, seemingly enjoying themselves.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Trio, April 26, 2013
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This is a very good live recording at the Vanguard. The musical "communication" among these three is excellent! This is not a group that I would normally follow but this is an excellent event!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good live album, July 14, 2014
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theloniousmonk (Boulder Colorado) - See all my reviews
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Good live album. Has a good sense of life. Made me decide to go and see the trio live at the Jazz Standard.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch, January 18, 2013
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Very good audio quality and musicianship, two disc set, must have for jazz lovers, check it out, you won't be disapointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THANKS, January 16, 2013
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It was a gift and the music is so beautiful.
You have to see them in concert
I highly recommend this product.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful as always, January 14, 2013
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Fred Hersch's playing is fabulous! (As is the playing of John Hebert and Eric McPherson!)
Each new CD from Fred is so musically interesting and different from the last.
It is especially great to hear his trio in a live setting! Wish I could have been there!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, October 1, 2012
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This is an incredibly beautiful work, full of wonderful surprises and textures. And it's generous - two discs and commentary! Buy it and enjoy!
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