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  • SF Chronicle: Fred Hersch, Performer of "Uncommon Fluency, Feeling, Invention," Returns to Stage

    Fred Hersch will perform two shows in San Francisco this weekend: a free solo concert and conversation at the Community Music Center on Friday and a concert at Herbst Theatre with his new Pocket Orchestra Saturday night. He spoke with the San Francisco Chronicle about his recent triumph over a number of life-threatening illnesses and his return to the stage. "Hersch, who plays jazz with uncommon fluency, feeling and invention," says the Chronicle, "has recovered, regaining his strength through intense physical therapy and getting back to the affirming business of making music."

About this Album

Grammy-nominated pianist and composer Fred Hersch follows his critically acclaimed Nonesuch debut, Passion Flower, with a solo piano album of Rodgers & Hammerstein music that includes twelve of the legendary songwriting duo’s most inspired songs. The pianist interprets selections from Oklahoma, South Pacific, The King and I, State Fair, Me and Juliet, and Cinderella, including “No Other Love,” “It Might As Well Be Spring,” “I Have Dreamed,” “People Say We’re In Love,” “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top,” and others.

Hersch grew up with Rodgers & Hammerstein melodies, even before he discovered jazz, and they have been a constant part of his musical world. “From hearing original cast albums on our family’s Philco to playing yellowed sheet music on my grandmother’s piano to accompanying the fifth-grade choir in selections from The Sound of Music," he says, "I have always been drawn to the rich harmonies and timeless melodies of these songs and the way that they express universal sentiments so beautifully.”

A familiar face at major jazz venues and festivals in the United States, Europe, South America and Japan, Hersch has been equally at home in the recording studio and has collaborated with numerous jazz instrumentalists, including Joe Henderson, Stan Getz, Jane Ira Bloom, Art Farmer, Charlie Haden, and Eddie Daniels.


Fred Hersch, piano

Produced by Fred Hersch
Recorded January 1996 at Ambient Recording Company, Stamford, CT
Engineered, edited and mastered by A.T. Michael MacDonald
Edited and mastered at Digital Domain, New York, NY

Design by David Cohen
Photograph © 35mm/Photonica
Photograph of Fred Hersch by John Halpern

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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