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FRED HERSCH TRIO Sun­day Night at the Vil­lage Van­guard Pal­metto

Whether the ti­tle is an homage to Bill Evans’ leg­endary 1961 al­bum or sim­ply a bald state­ment of the cir­cum­stances of the record­ing, there is no doubt that the hal­lowed New York base­ment is as much a char­ac­ter in this sub­lime per­for­mance as Fred Hersch’s long-stand­ing part­ners, bassist John Hébert and drum­mer Eric McPher­son. The Cin­ci­natti-born pi­anist’s re­la­tion­ship with the Van­guard dates back to the late 1970s, and the unique en­ergy and sense of ad­ven­ture which that cre­pus­cu­lar room en­gen­ders in the trio is pal­pa­ble from the first note. So when Hersch, the ro­man­tic poet of US jazz, says that his new al­bum “rep­re­sents about as well as we can play”, that means it’s about as well as any trio alive can play. pal­metto-records.com CORMAC LARKIN

PETER ERSK­INE TRIO As It Was ECM

It’s hard to re­sist these gor­geously aus­tere “Old and New Masters” sets from ECM. The lat­est mu­sic hoard from Mu­nich col­lects the four record­ings made for Man­fred Eicher be­tween 1992 and 1997 by drum­mer Peter Ersk­ine’s trio with the late John Tay­lor on pi­ano and Palle Daniels­son on bass. The three first came to­gether as the rhythm sec­tion in Kenny Wheeler’s tour­ing en­sem­ble, and the kin­ship with the leg­endary trum­peter’s mu­sic is clear through­out, par­tic­u­larly in Tay­lor’s bright, cut-glass com­po­si­tions. What is most no­tice­able, hear­ing these record­ings to­gether, is the sound of the leader – who had proved him­self with Weather Re­port and John Aber­crom­bie – reach­ing for a dif­fer­ent kind of groove, turn­ing from a good drum­mer into a great mu­si­cian. prop­er­mu­sic.com CORMAC LARKIN

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