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Audio CD, March 15, 1994
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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
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Concord Jazz
  • ASIN: 5550981270
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jazz Pianist on March 25, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is my favorite Fred Hersch CD, and I have many. This is an exquisitely paced and realized program, flawlessly played. "Embraceable You" distills itself from the ether, gradually taking form, and dances crystalline and joyous. Fred gets way, WAY inside, remarkably deep into the ballads "You Don't Know What Love Is" , "Haunted Heart" and "If I Loved You" and plays these jewels with incredible feeling. Amazing, amazing renditions. Swing numbers like "In Walked Bud" round out this stunning recital. Heartily, highly, enthusiastically recommended by an appreciative fellow jazz pianist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John J Shaddy on February 7, 2013
Format: MP3 Music
I have all of 43 volumes of the Maybeck Recital Series. I also have upwards of 60 to 70 CDs of Fred Hersch performing as leader, co-leader, or side-man. Fred's Maybeck recital is one of the most extraordinary jazz piano recitals on record, and in my view, the best in the series. There are several aspects of his music making where, perhaps, he has no peer in his or any generation of pianists. I know of no pianist with Fred's ability to improvise a rich, 4-part contrapuntal texture in any situation he chooses. His expansiveness with regards to rhythm and metric-modulation is remarkable. His ballad playing on this disc is so deeply personal, is so beautiful, that he practically creates definitive versions of these tunes.

There is a reason why Fred Hersch is the only pianist in the history of NYC's Village Vanguard to be invited to play a week of solo recitals there.

I highly recommend this disc and all discs featuring this remarkable musician.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Krzyzanowski on October 4, 2014
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Sonicly supberb. Performance is dependent on one's taste.
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6 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Blum on March 10, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I own many Fred Hersch CDs and I still can't describe his style except in relation to other great pianists. It's surprising how varied his approach or attack can be. That's speaks to his remarkable range and also makes it difficult to discuss "consistency" since he's always challenging himself (and on this CD, at times, the listener). The results are a matter of taste. To my taste, his deconstruction of some of what's here can be jarring and edgy. There's also great music here, to be sure.

There's a fine tradition of pianists in the Live at Maybeck Hall series, and on this Cd I can't place Mr. Hersch in the same company as Hank Jones. I also give my highest recommendation to Tommy Flanagan's Lady be Good. Those are simply essential to lovers of virtuoso piano jazz. I'm not discussing Bill Evans because you've probably been listening to him for years and already know.

Getting back to Mr. Hersch, I'd highly recommend his latest CD: Live from Amsterdam, as well as Live at the Village Vanguard and Live at Jordan Hall. He also provides ideal accompaniments to Rene'Fleming on her Haunted Heart CD.
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0 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Arnie Fox on February 13, 2009
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Overall the CD is quite good. Only a few of the numbers were really excellent.
Arnie Fox-author of "Compendium of Over 2000 Jazz Pianists"
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