V.S.O.P. #77 MODE 117 THE BERNIE NEROW TRIO
Bernie Nerow (piano), Max Wayne (bass), Dick Stein (drums).
Recorded, July, 1957 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA; Engineer: Bones Howe: Liner Notes: Joe Quinn; Producer: Red Clyde; Cover Design: Eva Diana.
Before becoming the famous cocktail pianist, Peter Nero, this Brooklyn born, classically trained Art Tatum fan was an accomplished jazz pianist. Having made his career debut in New York, performing at such venues as the Village Vanguard and the Hickory House, Bernie Nerow came West, first to Las Vegas, and then to Hollywood, where these recordings were made. While Bernie Nerow's classical training is evident throughout this recording, the influence of Art Tatum and his facility with jazz harmonies dominate his style at this point in his career. Max Wayne on bass and Dick Stein on drums round out the trio, which was a steady working group for several years prior to this recording. Their playing has the feel of seasoned musicians who have spent many hours performing together. "Scratch My Bach" and "Red's Romp" are Nerow originals and very memorable compositions. There isn't a bad moment on this recording, which speaks volumes about Mode producer Red Clyde's foresight and appreciation of fine music. This CD should be a very pleasant surprise to many ears.
Other sources for this CD: City Hall Records