Fred Hersch - Evanessence: Tribute to Bill Evans

Fred Hersch - Evanessence: Tribute to Bill Evans
Recording Location:
Studio, New York, NY
Evanessence: Tribute to Bill Evans
Recording Date:
August 16, 1990 - August 17, 1990
Post-Bop, Jazz Instrument, Piano Jazz
Release Date:

Initially released in Japan in 1990, Evanessence didn't come out in the U.S. until the Philadelphia-based Evidence Music reissued it in 1998. This excellent CD finds Hersch (who evolved into one of the finest acoustic pianists of the 1990s) paying tribute to the person he has been compared to more than anyone: Bill Evans. To be sure, Evans has had a major impact on Hersch's crystalline, elegant pianism. But Hersch (whose other main influences include Ahmad Jamal and Keith Jarrett) is far from a slavish imitator of Evans, and the fact that he's very much his own person comes through on both Evans' compositions (including "Turn Out the Stars," "We Will Meet Again" and "Remembering the Rain") and sensitive interpretations of "Alice in Wonderland" and "You Must Believe in Spring." Though Hersch's admiration for Evans (especially his 1970s work) is hard to miss, he comes across as someone who's adamant about being himself. The pianist's thoughtful accompaniment includes Toots Thielemans on harmonica, Gary Burton on vibes, Michael Formanek or Marc Johnson on bass and Jeff Hirshfield on drums. Highly recommended.

My Bells / Bill EvansFred Hersch5:37
Turn Out the Stars / Bill EvansFred Hersch5:58
You Must Believe in Spring / Alan Bergman / Marilyn Bergman / Jacques Demy / Michel LegrandFred Hersch6:33
Evanessence / Fred HerschFred Hersch5:09
Nardis/Lonely Woman / Ornette Coleman / Miles DavisFred Hersch7:50
We Will Meet Again / Bill EvansFred Hersch4:05
Peri's Scope / Bill EvansFred Hersch4:20
Time Remembered / Bill EvansFred Hersch5:25
I Wish I Knew / Mack Gordon / Harry WarrenFred Hersch4:31
Remembering the Rain / Bill EvansFred Hersch4:31
Alice in Wonderland / Sammy Fain / Bob HilliardFred Hersch8:00

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