MacDowell: We Are Here
MacDowell Fellow and jazz composer Fred Hersch (00, 01, 02, 03, 06, 07, 10, 17, 19) – called a “pianist, composer, and conceptualist of rare imaginative power" by The New York Times – has earned a place among the foremost jazz artists in the world today. He was nominated for a 2020 Grammy award in the category of Best Instrumental Composition for his piece "Begin Again" which was composed at MacDowell in 2017. It was his 15th nomination. His trio was named Best Jazz Group in the 2019 DownBeat Critics Poll. He was named a Doris Duke Artist in 2016.
Here, he provides us with our second installment of “MacDowell: We Are Here.” Most of the following are links to YouTube performances of the songs. In sending along this playlist, Fred says, “Here is a list of music that makes me happy.” We hope you enjoy these recordings.
Bach Brandenburg Concertos; Six Partitas
Mozart "Jupiter" Symphony; Six Quartets Dedicated to Haydn
Stravinsky "Dumbarton Oaks" Concerto
Beethoven Piano Sonatas (as played by Igor Levit); String Quartets
Charles Mingus: Let My Children Hear Music
Miles Davis: Friday and Saturday Night at the Blackhawk; Sketches of Spain
Sonny Rollins: Way Out West
John Coltrane: A Love Supreme
Ornette Coleman: Tomorrow Is The Question
Thelonious Monk: Alone In San Francisco
Ahmad Jamal: Live at the Pershing
Keith Jarrett: Facing You (SoundCloud link) (also on YouTube but Music Premium required)
Joni Mitchell: Travelogue
Egberto Gismonti: Infancia
Elis Regina and Antonio Carlos Jobim: Elis & Tom
Ravel: String Quartet
Toninho Horta: Aqui Oh
Duke Ellington: Ellington Uptown
Self-plug: Fred Hersch: Leaves of Grass (SoundCloud)
We'll have two new featured Fellows for MacDowell: We Are Here each week!