Fred Hersch Trio
"The most innovative jazz pianist in the last ten years", wrote Vanity Fair about Fred Hersch.
After many attempts, Moldejazz has finally succeeded in getting Fred Hersch. One of today's great pianists, who is finally getting the attention he deserves, since he was chosen as Jazz Pianist of the year both in 2016 and 2018 by the Jazz Journalists Association.
Despite numerous Grammy nominations, dozens of solo, duo and trio format albums as well as prestigious prizes, Fred Hersch is still quite unknown in Norway. Also in the United States it took time before he got a name, and his autobiography was aptly called "Good things happen slowly" (Random House). The Biography tells of his life as a musician, his struggle as a young Jew in his birthplace Cincinnati and as an openly gay HIV positive jazz musician. It was honored as "One of Five Best Memoirs of 2017" by the Washington Post and the New York Times.
But gradually things have started to happen. A duo album with guitarist Julian Lage got a rare five-star (highest rating) in Down Beat. His regular trio with bassist John Hébert and drummer Eric McPherson became # 2 Jazz Group of 2018 in the Down Beat Critics Poll. Now Fred Hersch and his trio come to Moldejazz.
What can we expect to hear from the trio? Music from the intense and virtuoso to the quietly lyrical, performed by a band that has held together for ten years and developed an intuitive, almost telepathic interaction.
FRED HERSCH TRIO
Fred Hersch, Piano
John Hérbert, Bass
Eric Mc Pherson, Drums
STORYVILLE, Thursday 18 July at 16