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Good Things Happen Slowly by Fred Hersch

Good Things Happen Slowly

Good Things Happen Slowly by Fred Hersch
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Sep 12, 2017 | 320 Pages
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“Two powerful forces are at work in this engaging memoir—the personal rise of Fred Hersch from obscurity to undisputed prominence in the world of jazz and the devastating advance of AIDS into the neighborhoods of gay America. That these two disparate phenomena could be braided so evenly into a vivid, forward-rolling narrative is the passionate wonder of Good Things Happen Slowly.”
Billy Collins, former U.S. Poet Laureate

“A motif running through Good Things Happen Slowly focuses on the power of self-confidence, an attribute that has long helped to define Fred Hersch’s music. It is a quality no less evident in this brave memoir: a coming of age book about jazz, sexual identity, and creative authenticity that is also one of the shrewdest portraits of the New York club scene ever written.”
Gary Giddins, author of Visions of Jazz and Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams

“Honest and well-wrought… Hersch wonderfully captures the experience of ensemble-jazz improvisation – ‘it’s almost sex’ – as well as the colorful characters throughout… Hersch’s narrative really grips during his agonizing recovery from a two-month, near-death coma resulting from AIDS complications, an ordeal that lends depth and pathos to this candid memoir.”
Publishers Weekly

“Boundaries are made to be broken. In Fred Hersch’s stunning memoir, those boundaries arise on the bandstand, backstage, in relationships, with HIV, in recovery, and in activism. Storytelling becomes yet another way of pushing through them. Hersch tells his story as only a great pianist can, unfolding it like a Bach chorale, giving attention to each voice, each love, each heartbreak, and each triumph. Through jazz, a performer shares both his virtues and flaws, offering a reflection of the world we live in; improvisation, jazz’s key principle, empowers a musician to recover from wrong turns, transforming misfortunes into guiding lights. Good Things Happen Slowly is a powerful evocation of those ideas made real in life, brilliantly mapping Hersch’s progress toward freedom.”
Jason Moran, pianist, composer, Artistic Director, Jazz at the Kennedy Center

“To the acclaim Fred Hersch has rightly earned as one of America’s great jazz pianists, one can now add accolades for his abilities as a riveting story-teller. Good Things Happen Slowly flows with the sensitive pacing and lyricism of Hersch’s music as it traces two contrapuntal coming-of-age tales: growing from child prodigy to jazz master; and finding self-acceptance, courage, and love as a gay, HIV-positive man. The two lines come to harmonize beautifully in this frank, vivid, and moving account of a creative life lived to its fullest.”
Alisa Solomon, author of Wonder of Wonders

“In Good Things Happen Slowly, pianist and composer Fred Hersch has written a remarkable human document, the record of a supremely gifted person’s insistence on leading a full life both as an artist and as a gay man brought, more than once, to the brink of death by HIV. The story makes gripping reading, alternately exhilarating and harrowing, full of the love of music and life itself. Brave, wise, and honest, this is an inspiring – and, finally, awe-inspiring – book.”
Tom Piazza, author of Devil Sent the Rain and Why New Orleans Matters

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