Preview: {Open Book} by Fred Hersch

Fred Hersch | Record Label: Palmetto Records
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Jazz Artistry Now – We are excited about reviewing the pianist, author, educator, Fred Hersch‘s release, {Open Book} coming out on the Palmetto Records label.

Mr. Yanow

JAN Review in August by Scott Yanow – Mr. Yanow has written 11 books on jazz, over 800 liner notes, and more than 20,000 recording reviews through the years. His writing has graced virtually all of the top jazz magazines and he is happy to be a new contributor to Jazz Artistry Now.

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In his personal notes about the project, Mr. Hersch said:

I have been playing jazz for more than forty years.

Today, I find that the best state of mind to be in when I sit down at the piano is “let’s see what happens”.

I have discovered that jazz is not nearly as much about playing what you know, but musically going to those places you have never been before.

When I first started out, it was scary to think this way – but with experience, I have become very comfortable with the freedom that comes from simply playing from phrase to phrase.

{Open Book} releases on September 8 and is his 14th recording as a leader. Preorder the music using the link at the bottom of the page.

Track Order

1. The Orb (6:26)
2. Whisper Not (6:27)
3. Zingaro (7:58)
4. Through the Forest (19:35)
5. Plainsong (4:41)
6. Eronel (5:39)
7. And so It Goes (5:57)


Fred Hersch – solo piano



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