Fred Hersch, piano; Drew Gress, bass; Nasheey Waits, drums; Ralph Alessi, trumpet/flugelhorn; Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone
There is an immense quality of thought and depth that pervades Hersh's music; with his opening statement "A Riddle Song", composed entirely of perfect fifths; he lays his table out to entice the most reluctant of Jazz fans, ten tracks of quality Jazz. "And I Love Her", the Lennon and McCartney number, is the only piece that is not his own, confessing that this was the first popular music to move him; this is a caring and delicate exposition, lyrical and expressive. At the other end of the spectrum, "Black Dog Pays A Visit", is about depression, in minor chords, its anxiety disturbs; which I imagine is what Mr Hersh intended. Extending his usual group to take Ralph Alessi on board playing trumpet and flugelhorn, and tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby, he enhances further his splendid trio. They listen to each other and balance perfectly; add to that the superior arranging and piano playing of the leader, and we have a first class CD. Recommended.
by Ferdinand Maylin
Jazz Now Interactive June 2004 Vol 14 No. 2 - Table of Contents
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