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Pianist and composer Fred Hersch has been called a "one of the small handful of brilliant musicians of his generation" by Downbeat and has earned a place among the foremost jazz artists in the world today. From the late 70's onward as a sideman to jazz legends including Joe Henderson, Art Farmer and Stan Getz, he has solidified a reputation as a versatile master of jazz piano, as ... Read more in Amazon's Fred Hersch Store

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  • Audio CD (July 8, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MRI
  • ASIN: B00K6D1OJ2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,222 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You & The Night & The Music
2. Floating
3. West Virginia Rose
4. Home Fries
5. Far Away
6. Arcata
7. A Speech to the Sea
8. Autumn Haze
9. If Ever I Would Leave You
10. Let's Cool One

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Floating, the remarkable new album by the Fred Hersch Trio, brings the pianist back into forbidding territory. After a run of lightning-in-a-bottle live albums, he returned to the studio to document the ongoing evolution of his primary ensemble featuring bassist John Hébert and drummer Eric McPherson. Slated for release by Palmetto on July 8, 2014, the album captures the trio in exceptional form, playing with nonpareil rhythmic resourcefulness, ravishing lyricism, and telepathic interplay.

The trio's last release, 2012's Fred Hersch Trio - Alive at the Vanguard (Palmetto) was a critically hailed double album that earned the Grand Prix du Disque, France's top jazz award. With five years and numerous national and international tours under their belts, the group has continued to hone its rarified communion, a creative frission evident on Floating. Unfolding with much the same rhapsodic coherence of a trio concert, the new album ranks amongst Hersch's very best work, which is to say that it's one of the era's definitive trio recordings.

While the album focuses on Hersch's original compositions, two American Songbook standards serve as lyrical touchstones. Propelled by McPherson's clattering sticks, the trio opens the session with an intricately patterned sojourn through 'You and the Night and the Music' that builds to a two-handed montuno. The trio closes with a sensuous caress of 'If Ever I Would Leave You' and a measured but exacting investigation of 'Let's Cool One,' continuing Hersch s longstanding tradition of closing most performances with a Monk masterpiece.

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...one of the major ensembles of our times. --Wall Street Journal

Combines lyricism, brainy improvisation, sensitive interplay, and purring propulsion, adding up to one of the
finest piano trios of our day --Boston Globe

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 9, 2014
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After the triumphant double live whammy that was "Alone at the Vanguard" (from 2011) and "Alive at the Vanguard" (from 2012), Fred Hersch has picked up the pace even more, releasing the delicious "Fun House" (as Benoit Delbecq and Fred Hersch Double Trio--yes, TWO trios!) and also "Free Flying" (the duet album with guitarist Julian Lage) in 2013. Now comes the newest studio album from the Fred Hersch Trio.

"Floating" (10 tacks; 59 min.) starts of with nervous-sounding (in the best possible way) "You & the Night & the Music", one of the album's few tracks not composed by Hersch himself (it's an oldie but goodie from Howard Dietz) and the Trio is immediately in top form on this. Then come the title track and "West Virginia Rose", both of which are much slower, with Hersch's piano front and center. Frankly, I like the up-tempo songs more, such as the excellent "Home Fries" and later in the album on tracks like "Arcata" (which embodies for me the 'classic' jazz trio sound), and also "Autumn Haze". But wait! there is more! The album closes with an outstanding Thelonius Monk cover of "Let's Cool One". Let's indeed! Bottom line: after some diversions (double trio! guitar duet!), "Floating" is a welcome return to the classic trio setting. A must-have for any Hersch fan!

Hersch, who grew up in Cincinnati, finally returned to the Queen City a few years ago to perform for the first time here in about 20 years, playing at the famed Blue Wisp jazz club, and since then he has returned every year. Most recently I saw him at the Blue Wisp in December '13, where the trio brought a blazing set of both old and new (including unreleased) material, just fantastic. If you have a chance to see these guys live, do not miss them! Meanwhile, "Floating" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John E. Hancock on August 2, 2014
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A "must have" for serious jazz fans. Fred has yet again created another masterpiece of the piano trio genre. More than 5 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Greiveldinger on October 11, 2014
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What is so exciting about "Floating" is how much new territory is discovered by way of the traditional, sometimes staid, piano trio format. Specifically, Fred Hersch's range of moods, and skill in melody and counterpoint, overflow throughout "Floating", making it such a delicious listen.

Start with Hersch's excellent take on the opener, "You & the Night & the Music", an amazingly articulate and driving montuno, here arranged in 12/8 time.

The change in tempo slows dramatically: the composition "Floating" is excellently titled. Not an ambient pastiche, "Floating" is an impressionistic meditation orderly arranged, adding drama as it builds and progresses.

Slowing further, the two-minute piano solo "West Virginia Rose" is a pensive adagio, whose final notes linger long enough to drift into the rambunctious "Home Fries", a New Orleans' cooked jam that heats up the tempo and delights in a Cajun-styled joie de vive.

The dirge-like "Far Away" opens with drummer Eric McPherson's gently shaken hand-percussion and muffled gong. "Far Away" may be the most emotionally lingering track on "Floating", but Hersch skillfully steers away from sentiment, and instead delivers a thoughtful encomium.

The tempo twists again on "Arcata" with its strong sense of adventure, and the tense interplay between Hersch and the driving pizzicato fingerings of bassist John Hebert. "Arcata" rocks with a driving spirit and infectious momentum.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Gitin on August 7, 2014
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Fred is simply a marvelous experience. He is one the best jazz artists working. This trio should excite any fan of his (and make new ones).
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Rappaport on August 17, 2014
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Great
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Florence Canaff on October 1, 2014
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the last song is a jewel
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