Pianist Fred Hersch and bassist Esperanza Spalding pair up on a new duo recording called Alive at the Village Vanguard.

Both musicians are among the most acclaimed artists in modern jazz, and this live album captures their mastery and chemistry in a performance at New York’s esteemed Village Vanguard in October of 2018.

Hersch and Spalding have convened for only a handful of New York performances since their first meeting in 2013 during the pianist’s annual duo series at the Jazz Standard, yet they’ve quickly established a strong rapport. The pair takes the stage with no set arrangements and only a vague sense of the repertoire they’ll explore.

Listen to the duo’s take on the Gershwin standard But Not For Me: