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A supremely gifted soloist with a sophisticated, yet unself-conscious approach to playing standards and his own original compositions, Fred Hersch plays in this new album in a way that makes it seem as though he is the finest jazz pianist in the world. That's an impossible assertion, of course. There are a dozen, maybe more pianists who have achieved this level artistry.
But while you are listening to Open Book, you feel he can wear that title with astounding ease. Thoroughly recommended!
FRED HERSCH, solo piano
Tracks 1-3 and 5-7 recorded April 1 to 3, 2017 without an audience in the hall.
Track 4 recorded in concert in the same venue on November 1, 2016.
01. The Orb
02. Whisper Not
04. Through the Forest
07. And So It Goes
ALSO AVAILABLE ON LP: LPS-151127