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New CD from Jazz Pianist Fred Hersch Due May 1 on Palmetto Records
(Published: March 28, 2007)

New CD from Jazz Pianist Fred Hersch Due May 1 on Palmetto Records

Fred Hersch

On May 1, 2007, Palmetto Records will release The Fred Hersch Trio's first studio trio CD in more than 10 years, Night and the Music. "Fred is one of the great musical voices of our generation," said Matt Balitsaris, President of Palmetto Records. "I am pleased that he decided to go back to the trio for this record, and he reminds us of what we knew all along ­ that he is foremost a bad-ass jazz pianist, and he's at the top of his game."

Hersch says, "Playing trio is a favorite and has been a constant in my career. It is both great fun and a supreme challenge. Drew Gress is my perfect bassist ­ experienced, sympathetic, and creative with a fantastic sound. Nasheet Waits is both masterful and constantly surprising."

Hersch's choice in tunes on the CD is similar to what he might play in any given night at the Village Vanguard. Consisting of originals, rearranged standards, and Thelonious Monk tunes, 7 of the 10 tracks on the release were first takes.

Hersch has created an immense and diverse body of solo, trio, small group, large ensemble and classical music over his 20-year career as a leader. His compositional efforts and performance collaborations speak to the gradual erasure of boundaries between jazz and classical music. "Hersch is a complete, self-sufficient, uniquely pure art form," says JazzTimes magazine.

This is Fred Hersch's fifth project for Palmetto Records in five years. His most recent release, In Amsterdam: Live at the Bimhuis, is an eclectic solo program of Hersch at his peak. Shortly after the release of the CD, he was invited to be the first pianist in the 70-year history of the Village Vanguard to do an entire week of solo performances. DownBeat magazine states: "Fred Hersch is among the most lyrical, thoughtful and subtle improvisers on any instrument."

The Fred Hersch Trio will celebrate the release of Night and the Music with a week at The Village Vanguard, May 8-13.

More Information: http://www.palmetto-records.com

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