Do better than his previous passage in our country was hard for Fred Hersch. The concert that he was at the end of november played with his trio in Flagey is now released on cd (“Live in Europe”) and is everywhere praised to heaven. But Hersch, one of the most exciting pianists for whom of lyrical jazz, always quality. With this time, also, a cleverly constructed set.
After the intimate ‘Heartsong’, and was followed by the energetic ‘Havana’. Immediately we heard why Hersch as the best jazz pianist of his generation is: what is a refinement, which is a playful virtuosity. In ‘Sad poet’, a piece dedicated to Antonio Carlos Jobim, played drummer Eric McPherson is a solo with the brushes – just as subtle as the band leader.
Hersch spent a lot of pieces that are also in Flagey been impressed had made. Such as ‘Newclypso’, a summer tribute to Sonny Rollins. ‘Snape maltings’, ‘Scuttlers’ and ‘Skipping’ reeg the trio together to an almost new composition.
But Hersch afraid no popnummer. ‘For no one’ by The Beatles was turned into an elegant jazzsong.
Bassist John Hébert got a lot of space for solos, but Hersch had a surprise of a very different order in store for him, to invite the audience verjaardagswensen to sing for Héberts parents, ‘who are today 50 years are married, while John on tour’. And so sang a full tent of happy 50th anniversary Abe and Eileen, ” while the bass player, all with the smartphone lens. Fun for the next family gathering.
End did Hersch as always with Thelonious Monk, this time a medley of ‘Round Midnight’ and ‘We see’.
A standing ovation followed, which Hersch the tent presented on one short bisnummer, an intimate version of ‘And so it good of Billy Joel. Top class.