The Fred Hersch Trio & Trio da Paz
Any honest accounting of the Fred Hersch Trio must arrive at the stark fact that it is the finest piano threesome since Bill Evans took the form into new dimensions in the late 50s. But the resemblance stops right there. Though they both are undoubted geniuses of the piano, Fred sounds nothing like Evans. In fact, Fred doesnt sound like anyone. In the jazz world, he stands alone.
There are ways to describe his style: sprightly, spare, deeply romantic, elegant, classically infused, precise. But it is what it is for one basic reason: Fred has worked tirelessly, for decades, to eradicate any trace of cliché from his playing.
Considering his penchant for unpredictability, it must not be easy to accompany Fred in a trio, but he found the right pair around 2009 and has stuck with them. Interestingly, bassist John Hebert and drummer Eric McPherson comprised the last rhythm section the thorny piano legend Andrew Hill had before he died, which right there conveys the kind of big-eared versatility these two have.
Ever since the bossa nova began insinuating itself into the stereo systems of 1960s America, Brazilian music has exerted a powerful force on our culture. Sly, danceable and above all cool, it attracted numerous jazz musicians who then and now cherish its rhythmic and harmonic challenges. Brazilian musicians have found a welcome home in the States, and three who have become something like the go-to rhythm section for top-level artists who want to tackle samba, bossa nova, choro, fado, or other Brazilian styles will be buoying the Jackson Theater stage June 2 for an Art of the Trio night.
These three, known as Trio da Paz, are Romero Lubambo on guitar and vocals, Nilson Matta on bass, and Duduka da Fonseca on drums. Since Trio da Paz has a penchant for expanding its ranks, Saturday night will feature two guests clarinetist Anat Cohen and singer Claudia Villela - both headline-worthy talents on their own, and like Trio da Paz too marking a return to the Healdsburg Jazz Festival.
Jackson Theater at Sonoma County Day School (View)
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Santa Rosa, CA 95403
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