New DTM page: Interview with Fred Hersch.
I first got interested in Fred when I heard a brand-new copy of Sarabande (1987), his second record as a leader. With Charlie Haden and Joey Baron, it's one of the best piano-bass-drums albums of the era. (I included it on the 1973-1990 list.)
After dropping out of college, I knew I needed to keep studying, and had heard that Fred gave lessons. At our first meeting, he showed me more about piano touch then anyone else ever had, so I began an intensive course of study. In retrospect I also appreciate that Fred never tried to "fix" me or change who I am. He remains one of my biggest influences in how I view the piano.