Pianist Fred Hersch has released a new album of originals and covers, Songs from Home.
The album, as its title implies, captures Hersch performing solo from his house during lockdown. The ten-track record was recorded from his home in rural Pennsylvania in the summer. With minimal alterations, the album serves a heartfelt collection of songs that are close to the musician’s heart, including The Beatles’ “When I’m Sixty-Four” and Joni Mitchell’s “All I Want.”
“Any solo record is essentially about the relationship between the pianist and the particular piano,” Hersch says. “My piano is a 50-year old, seven-foot Steinway Model B, and there are certain things that it does extremely well and other things that are a bit more flawed. Steinways all have personalities; they’re very handmade items. Rather than be frustrated that it wasn’t a perfect piano, I embraced the flaws.”
Song from Home follows Hersch’s previous release with Esperanza Spalding, a live EP recorded in 2018 at the Village Vanguard. Available only in the month of June, it raised funds for the Jazz Foundation of America and its COVID-19 relief initiatives.
Listen to Songs from Home below: