Jazz could not contain Fred Hersch. Hersch's prodigious talent as a sideman-a pianist who played with the giants of the twentieth century in the autumn of their careers, including Art Farmer and Joe Henderson-blossomed further in the eighties and beyond into a compositional genius that defied the boundaries of bop, sweeping in elements of pop, classical, and folk to create a wholly new music. Good Things Happen Slowly is his memoir. It's the story of the first openly gay, HIV-positive jazz player; a deep look into the cloistered jazz culture that made such a status both transgressive and groundbreaking; and a profound exploration of how Hersch's two-month-long coma in 2007 led to his creating some of the finest, most direct, and most emotionally compelling music of his career. Remarkable, and at times lyrical, Good Things Happen Slowly is an evocation of the twilight of Post-Stonewall New York, and a powerfully brave narrative of illness, recovery, music, creativity, and the glorious reward of finally becoming oneself.
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"In this autobiographical account of his life as a gay, initially insecure, and enormously talented jazz pianist, Fred Hersch is a lyrical and sympathetic writer who, from the late 1970s to the present, participated in the jazz scene in New York City and other hot spots. Narrator Steven Jay Cohen's equally sympathetic performance captures the author's innocence and gutsy approach to life and to the jazz players who let him into their world. The audiobook is more about Hersch's coming-of-age and dealing with his HIV status than about the jazz world--but it also makes the sometimes cryptic musical genre more accessible. Cohen's sensitive performance, along with the own author's reading of his touching epilogue, makes this an audio that will open listeners' hearts to Hersch's journey. T.W. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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