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Nancy King: Live at Jazz Standard with Fred Hersch

There aren’t enough adjectives in Roget’s Thesaurus to do this album justice.

It embodies everything that’s right, healthy and fun about jazz. Consider this: Fred Hersch and Nancy King never met before this magical encounter in the fall of 2004. The pianist had King flown from her home in Portland, Ore., for Hersch’s Duo Series in New York. Nothing was planned or rehearsed; King didn’t know tapes were rolling. The end result? A celebration of improvisation.

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