Fred Hersch: Songs From Home
Songs From Home is a very fine collection of compositions, with which Hersch once again shows how he manages to translate his great technique into haunting interpretations with a lot of feeling. It is a collection that is as colorful as it is beautiful. Only in the hands of a truly great musical thinker do these songs fit together coherently. Hersch knows better than anyone how to give each composition that atmosphere that hints at the melody, and to pour his own emotions over it. Almost carelessly, he picks up the compositions and makes them entirely his own, giving the songs even more impact. Born in Ohio in 1955, HERSCH began playing piano when he was only four years old and showed such great talent that he was awarded a scholarship to the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music in his teens, from which he graduated in 1977 with the best possible grades. He then moved to New York and through early collaborations with greats such as STAN GETZ, JOE HENDERSON, JANE IRA BLOOM, TOOTS THIELEMANS or GARY BURTON quickly became an extremely sought-after pianist and developed the impressionistic style between classical jazz, improvisation and classical music that still characterizes him today. His acclaimed works such as "Last Night When We're Young" with PHIL WOODS, GEORGE SHEARING and RUFUS REID, or his albums of MONK, RODGERS and HAMMERSTEIN interpretations earned him ten Grammy nominations, a Coup de Coeur and a Grand Prix from the French Académie du Jazz, as well as a 2016 Jazz Pianist of the Year award from the Jazz Journalists Association. On "Songs from Home," Hersch explores nostalgic pop songs and resonant jazz classics and with his inimitable expressiveness and rich invention in the intimacy of imposed isolation.