Fred Hersch Trio
K. Leander Williams/tru2blupix
Wednesday, September 12
Better than: Whatever "the same ol', same ol'" means to you.
I wish some neuroscientist (perhaps edgy violinist-turned-Columbia University neurobiologist Dave Soldier?) would conduct a study on the musical transformation of pianist Fred Hersch. It's easy to use words like "miraculous" to describe Hersch's return to the jazz scene after several months in an AIDS-related coma in 2008; the term came up again just yesterday in Hersch's radio interview with WNYC's Leonard Lopate. As Hersch piloted his working trio at the Village Vanguard last night, however, what crystallized for me is that his revitalization is actually two-tiered. His full recovery is indeed remarkable (Hersch had to re-learn basic skills like walking and talking before he even touched a piano), but what's equally fascinating is how his playing has changedin some cases, for the better.More »