The music likewise went through many moods: tender, Thelonius Monk-like (angular, dryly humorous, drivingly rhythmic), wild, serene, and all very beautiful, With the man himself at the piano, his story was all the more riveting. This is someone my husband, Bill, considers "in the running" for the best living jazz pianist.
I had the privilege of being able to speak with Fred afterwards briefly, and to ask him if any chaplains made a difference in his stay. He said he couldn’t remember any chaplains, though he assumed they were there, and all of the staff were wonderful. But somebody’s rabbi did visit, and Fred did experience him as a “solid” presence. Fred denied being “a Jewish Jew,” but appreciated this one particular man. This was a completely unforgettable experience for me, and if I can get the dvd of it, I’d love to present it to others. It ran about 1 hour and 20 minutes, no intermission.