It’s “Jackalope” from Fred Hersch’s new live double-disc that illustrates the eloquence the pianist’s group is capable of. Bluesy tunesmithing, sideways motion, an urge the team has to put parts unknown in its sites - whenever things get iffy, they double down on grace and gumption. Recorded at the Vanguard at the start of the year, it’s quite likely to receive critical kudos at 2012’s end. This week is a chance to see how much the room has to do with the chemistry.
Kelvin On The Case