Begin Again

Format: CD
Release Date: 6/7/2019
Availability: Backorder

Begin Again, Hersch's new Palmetto release featuring the Cologne-based WDR Big Band, arranged and conducted by six-time Grammy winner Vince Mendoza, serves as both an expertly curated overview of the pianist's oeuvre and a singular new entry in his expansive discography. The album features nine of Hersch's original compositions, plucked from throughout his various projects and preferred formats, including one previously unrecorded piece. Mendoza's impeccable orchestrations¬órobust yet refined, essential yet understated¬ómanage to bolster Hersch's striking gifts for melody and expressivity while also showcasing the remarkable abilities of the Grammy-winning WDR band, which DownBeat recently described as "one of Europe's finest large jazz ensembles." In Ellingtonian fashion, Mendoza has through experience gained a deep understanding of the WDR's members as distinctive voices (not to mention masterful doublers), and he applies these timbres in brilliantly coloristic ways. On Begin Again, that also means granting well-deserved solo opportunities to thoughtfully expressive players like the alto saxophonists Johan Hörlén and Karolina Strassmayer, the tenor saxophonist Paul Heller, the trumpeters Ruud Breuls and Andy Haderer, the trombonists Ludwig Nuss and Andy Hunter, and the drummer Hans Dekker.

1. Begin Again
Length: 08:23
2. Song Without Words No. 2: Ballad
Length: 05:16
3. Havana
Length: 06:33
4. Out Someplace (Blues for Matthew Shepard)
Length: 05:26
5. Pastorale
Length: 05:18
6. Rain Waltz
Length: 07:39
7. The Big Easy
Length: 08:05
8. Forward Motion
Length: 03:54
9. The Orb (For Scott)
Length: 05:11
Album Details
Disc Count: 1
Total Length: 55:45
UPC: 753957219529