DVD: Fred Hersch

Hersch DVD.jpgFred Hersch, Let Yourself Go (Aha!). This skillful documentary delves into what makes Hersch one of the most distinctive pianists of his generation. It includes generous sequences of his playing and his articulate reflections on music. Among other admirers, his teacher, Sophia Rosoff, discusses the “basic emotional rhythm” that sets Hersch apart. The film also explores Hersch’s significance as one of the first major jazz artists to go public about his homosexuality and his infection with the HIV virus. For a six-minute trailer, go here.

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  1. says

    Dear Rifftides and Fred Hersch,
    I first heard about Fred and his gifts back in the 70’s after he landed in the “Apple” to make his mark in jazz. It did not take long for his name to get around as the new kid on the block!
    I just read his “end of year letter” revealing his horrific medical issues, (2008), yet he always snapped back to perform when his energy permitted. God has blessed him with musical talent to spare. His cd legacy alone and now this DVD will be around for all to enjoy.
    Thank you Fred for sharing your music and your philosophy of life. You are an inspiration to all of us.
    With great admiration and respect;
    Sincerely yours,
    jack Reilly.