Forward Motion

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Fred Hersch, a pianist whose dancing lyricism is matched by his romantic sensibilities and touch, earns high marks for Forward Motion, his debut on Chesky Records. For 73 minutes Hersch and his ensemble (tenor sax, cello, drums, and bass) in various combinations, lose themselves - but not their musical identities - in 14 originals by Hersch. With an expansive range of styles from chamber-like classicism to outright swing, this album is absorbing and entrancing - you must hear Fred Hersch and his Trio.

Main Artists Fred Hersch
Scott Colley, bass
Erik Friedlander, cello
Fred Hersch, liner notes, piano
Rich Perry, sax (tenor)
Tom Rainer, drums

Producer David Chesky, Fred Hersch
Executive Producer David Chesky, Norman Chesky
Co-Producer Steve Guttenberg, Jim Lopota, Lee Scoggins
Engineer Bill Allen, Bob Katz
Assistant Engineer Jeremy Kipnis
Editing Engineer Jeremy Kipnis
Recorded July 22-23, 1991.

This album was made with the purest audio path, using the very best microphones, mic preamps, analog-to-digital converters, recorders, and cables with careful attention to detail to produce the most transparent and natural sound available today.

Forward Motion (JD55)
Chesky Records
Track Listing:

  1. Introduction [Fred Hersch]
  2. Heartsong [Fred Hersch]
  3. Days Gone By [Fred Hersch]
  4. Tango Bittersweet [Fred Hersch]
  5. Child's Song [Fred Hersch]
  6. Janeology [Fred Hersch]
  7. Phantom Of The Bopera [Fred Hersch]
  8. Lullabye [Fred Hersch]
  9. Dreamscape [Fred Hersch]
  10. Professor K. [Fred Hersch]
  11. Forward Motion [Fred Hersch]
  12. ...Departed... [Fred Hersch]
  13. Frevo [Egberto Gismonti]
  14. Nostalgia [Fred Hersch]

Genre: jazz
Liner notes by Fred Hersch.

Illustrations and Photography by David King and Stanley Schnier.
Art Direction and Design by Steve Kaiser and Hal Wilson.

"Fred Hersch is an articulate pianist, his improvisations are well thought out and delivered with confidence that gives his music natural momentum." - Barry McRae, Jazz Journal