Chip Deffaa
January 19, 1996 AT 05:00 AM EST

Passion Flower: Fred Hersch Plays Billy Strayhorn

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Fred Hersch
Producers
Nonesuch
genre
Jazz

We gave it a B+

FRED HERSCH Passion Flower: Fred Hersch Plays Billy Strayhorn (Nonesuch) Although polished and articulate, pianist Hersch may not be enough of a sensualist to make an ideal Strayhorn interpreter. But his richest performances, including an unexpectedly touching ”Lotus Blossom” and a rendition of ”Tonk” that is more felicitous than Ellington’s own, suggest a still-unfolding talent. B+

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