Fred Hersch: Haunted Heart
Fred Hersch (piano)
Live at Maybeck Recital Hall, Vol. 31 (Concord Jazz CCD-4596)
Fred Hersch (piano).
Composed by Howard Dietz & Arthur Schwartz.
Recorded: Maybeck Recital Hall, Berkeley, CA, October 24, 1993
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
Like Jessica Williams's "I Remember Bill" recorded during Maybeck's previous season, Hersch pays homage to Bill Evans. After an impressionistic beginning reminiscent of Evans's "Peace Piece," Hersch uses pedal points to set a Satie-esque stillness, and overlays the spectral standard that Evans first haunted in 1961. It's spooky. Just as ghosts attach to artifacts from their former lives, certain songs are so closely associated with particular artists that we need hear only a phrase to be drawn into their netherworld. Certainly during his lifetime Bill Evans haunted hearts like no other pianist. Fred Hersch reminds us that great spirits linger on.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz