Monday, February 01, 2010

Fred Hercsh Profiled

David Hajdu (biographer of Billy Strayhorn) paints a wonderful portrait of pianist and composer Fred Hersch in a recent New York Times magazine feature:
(excerpt) "Today, at age 54, after many months of rehabilitation and therapy, grueling effort, effective medical care, an almost irrationally defiant refusal to accept his problems as anything less than temporary distractions from his music and a considerable amount of good luck, Hersch has achieved full recovery. Last year, he released two albums: a concert performance of his Pocket Orchestra CD, issued in the spring, and a solo piano record, “Fred Hersch Plays Jobim,” released (to immediate acclaim) in the summer."