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Thelonious: Fred Hersch Plays Monk

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[Thelonius] Monk had a unique but relentless swing and was one of the great masters of solo construction. Hersch doesn't try to swing the tunes but takes a more intellectually distanced approach to the music, which is always interesting but sometimes no more than that.... Hersch manages to make us hear new possibilities for these compositions, no mean feat, and shows himself to be an intelligent and gutsy musician. -- Jazz Times

1. 'Round Midnight
2. In Walked Bud
3. Crepuscule With Nellie/Reflections
4. Think Of One
5. Ask Me Now
6. Evidence
7. Five Views Of Misterioso
8. Let's Cool One
9. Bemsha Swing
10. Light Blue/Pannonica
11. I Mean You
12. 'Round Midnight (Reprise)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 13, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B000005J4R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,633 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul Howe on February 2, 2000
Format: Audio CD
If I told you these interpretations sounded like a great concert pianist playing Debussy, would you please also remember that I think Monk would have loved every second? There's very little of the dance on this disc, but there is plenty of the rhythmic dialogue between sound and silence that Monk mined so richly. Hersch's touch creates breathtaking sounds, and his re-thinking of open spaces (never has Misterioso sounded so enigmatic) owes its debt to the master while touching new territory as well. This, along with Steve Lacy's, Bill Holman's, and Bud Powell's tributes, makes my list of essential Monk cover discs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pablo Schlesinger on February 3, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I heard Fred hersch back in 1997 in New England Conservatory when I was music student at Berklee College, he is an incredible piano player at his best in the piano solo format, his harmonic thinking is beyond the scope, also the way he makes the music flows is incredible. If you like more introspective type of playing this CD is for you. Listen also his CD Live at Maybeck
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Crepe on November 25, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I discovered this cd sitting on the shelf of an apartment that I was renting and I can't stop listening to it. I am a huge fan of Thelonious Monk and agree with the other reviewers that Hersch lacks the swing of Monk, but makes up for it by his own unique minimalism. I love the sparseness of his playing, distilling Monk into a haunting Zen experience. It's all I want to listen to right now.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Lester on October 10, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Foi o amigo JoFlavio, conspícuo membro do dilucidante blog Charuto Jazz, quem veio com a estória de que Thelonious Monk não sabia tocar piano. São dele as seguintes linhas: "Acompanho a carreira do Monk desde o início da década de 60. Não só como pianista, mas principalmente como compositor. Monk chegou a ser considerado um "pianista menor", talvez pela técnica pobre, que até o impossibilitava de tocar em "up tempo" - se comparado, por exemplo, a um Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, etc. Era nítido o esforço dele em tocar. Sim, como consolo, foi criativo harmonicamente. O grande legado de Monk está nos temas que compôs, de certo modo revolucionários para a época. Como pianista, em minha opinião, não fez escola." Ora, ora. Não demorou um minuto, estava desencadeada uma das maiores polêmicas já suscitadas aqui no Jazzseen, alvoroço geral, acusações gratuitas, ataques de hackers, celeuma, cizânia e crise. Convocamos, às pressas, eu e Reinaldo Santos Neves, Reunião Extraordinária do Clube das Terças, onde o sócio André, especialista em Monk, fora convocado a falar. Um silêncio incômodo sentou-se à mesa do Clube, enquanto todos aguardavam aflitos a definitiva sentença. André disse: "A ênfase no bebop é a improvisação, sendo rara a presença marcante de compositores, caso de Thelonious Monk.Read more ›
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By R. Simon on March 19, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Hirsch really GETS Monk! Beautiful, simple interpretations that I think Monk would have approved and then some. I loved Hirsch best when he went to the heart of a piece...without the tricky embellishments of some of his later work. He was able to touch essences.
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