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Fred Hersch

  • Composer
  • Jazz
  • Pianist


Fred Hersch press reviews

"Few jazz pianists have ever struck as beguiling a balance between technique, feeling, insight and imagination..."

"Hersch's work has developed an intensity of intelligence and emotional directness unparalleled among his peers."
Steve Futterman, The New Yorker

"...a modern master."
Ted Panken, Downbeat

"A pristine pianist with a poet's soul - a pair of qualities that combine to especially dazzling effect."
Joan Anderman, The Boston Globe

"Mr. Hersch has developed a solo concept second to none in jazz."
Ben Ratliff, The New York Times

"One of the most surprising artists on the scene."
Karl Stark, The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Hersch may be the most complete pianist of his generation, even as he looms over the majority of the prodigiously talented crop of younger pianists dotting the jazz landscape."
The Washington Post

"Hersch's sage improvisations...never fail to captivate, alternately waxing introspectively sublime and outright dynamic."

" of the small handful of brilliant musicians of his generation."

"Solo Fred Hersch is a complete, self-sufficient, uniquely pure art form."
Thomas Conrad, Jazz Times

"...specializes in high lyricism and high danger."
The New Yorker

"A quiet, unassuming monster of a pianist."
New York Magazine

"A master who plays it his way."
The New York Times