The Village Vanguard has been open since 1935 and up until a few years ago they had never invited a pianist to perform solo at the club. Fred Hersch holds the unique distinction of being the first pianist in the long history of the Vanguard to do just that....twice - so far.
Alone at the Vanguard documents Mr. Hersch's second solo piano engagement (Nov 30 - Dec 5, 2010) at the renowned club. All six nights and twelve sets were recorded and there was much to choose from, but in the end it was the last set of the last night that Fred chose to go with. Some say that since Fred recovered from his much-documented coma, his playing is deeper and more emotional. Although all of the sets had great performances, this last set from the last night is a true testament to his mastery.
- 1. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
- 2. Down Home (Dedicated To Bill Frisell)
- 3. Echoes
- 4. Lee's Dream (Dedicated To Lee Konitz)
- 5. Pastorale (Dedicated To Robert Schumann)
- 6. Doce De Coco
- 7. Memories Of You
- 8. Work
- 9. Encore:Doxy
Oct 28Hamburg, Germany Fred Hersch at Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Kleiner Saal
Oct 31Puerto Real, Spain Fred Hersch at Teatro Principal
Nov 02Paris, France Fred Hersch Trio and Fred Hersch at Le Bal Blomet
Dec 22Saratoga Springs, NY, US Fred Hersch at Caffe Lena
Mar 27New York, NY, US Anthony De Mare with Stephen Sondheim, Paola Prestini, Andy Akiho, and 3 more… at 92nd Street Y