Thursday, August 25, 2016
The Fred Hersch Trio, Sunday Night at the Vanguard
The standards are not entirely standard: you get Rodgers' "A Cockeyed Optimist," the Beatles' "For No One," Rowles' "The Peacocks," Monk's "We See" in nicely wrought versions with the kind of sophisticated voicings one expects from Hersch and with some glorious right hand lines. There are four substantial Hersch originals, too.
And throughout the trio swings and finesses its way through the material on a highly elevated, highly evolved plane that all who dig the piano trio tradition will take to heart.
It's one all Hersch fans cannot afford to miss--and a great one to start with if you do not know his music. Do not hesitate.