It’s no mystery why the year 2020 would prompt a good number of solo albums. And yet 2020 isn’t unique in that regard: jazz has a legacy of unaccompanied performance stretching back to Jelly Roll Morton, the stride pianists, Art Tatum and so many others.
Fred Hersch has yet to make an unworthy recording. Open Book is easily recommended as an example of his artistry.
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”.