Fred Hersch & Bill Frisell: What Is Thing Called Love


What Is Thing Called Love


Fred Hersch (piano) and Bill Frisell (guitar)


Songs We Know (Nonesuch 7559-794682)

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Fred Hersch (piano), Bill Frisell (guitar).

Composed by Cole Porter


Recorded: San Francisco, c. 1998


Rating: 85/100 (learn more)

In the CD insert, a black and white photo gives a clue about the approach to standards Hersch and Frisell have chosen here: they're standing side by side with Hersch holding an upright fork in one more parody of Grant Wood's famous American Gothic painting. Sophisticated songs treated in a mock "country boy" way, then. Both musicians simply turn around the melody in parallel lines on a light bouncing rhythm, sounding like good old times. Of course this wouldn't work if Hersch and Frisell didn't feel a sincere tenderness for the song and genuine nostalgia for its period. And so do they obviously feel, while remaining men of their time.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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