Fred Hersch, a pianist whose dancing lyricism is matched by his romantic sensibilities and touch, earns high marks for Forward Motion, his debut on Chesky Records. For 73 minutes Hersch and his ensemble (tenor sax, cello, drums, and bass) in various combinations, lose themselves - but not their musical identities - in 14 originals by Hersch. With an expansive range of styles from chamber-like classicism to outright swing, this album is absorbing and entrancing - you must hear Fred Hersch and his Trio.
"Fred Hersch is an articulate pianist, his improvisations are well thought out and delivered with confidence that gives his music natural momentum."
- Barry McRae, Jazz Journal