V.S.O.P. #31 CD Mode 128 PIANO PLAYHOUSE 7 22937 00312 0 $13.00



Carl Perkins (piano), Paul Smith (piano), Jimmy Rowles (piano), Lou Levy (piano), Gerald Wiggins (piano).


Recorded, September 13, 1957, Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA.
Producer: Red Clyde
Engineer: Bones Howe
Liner Notes: Jeff Barr
Cover Design: Zim Craus



  • "Lullaby Of The Leaves" (Young, Petkere) -Carl Perkins
  • "The Blues" (Jimmy Rowles) -Jimmy Rowles
  • "Frankie & Johnny" (Traditional) -Gerlad Wiggins
  • "Alone Together" (Dietz, Schwartz) -Carl Perkins
  • "Yesterdays" (Kern, Harbach) -Paul Smith
  • "Jordu" (Duke Jordan) -Jimmy Rowles
  • "The Way You Look Tonight" (Fields, Kern) -Gerlad Wiggins
  • "Flamingo" (Grouya, Anderson) -Lou Levy
  • "Tea For Two" (Caesar, Youmans) -Lou Levy
  • "Poor Butterfly"  (Hubbell, Golden) -Paul Smith
  • "That Old Devil Called Love" (Roberts, Fisher) -Jimmy Rowles
  • "Summertime" (Gershwin, Heyward) -Gerlad Wiggins
  • "You Don't Know What Love It" (Raye, DePaul) -Carl Perkins
  • "All The Things You Are" (Kern, Hammerstein) -Paul Smith
  • "My Heart Stood Still"  (Rodgers, Hart) -Gerlad Wiggins
  • "The Surrey With The Fringe On Top" (Rodgers, Hammerstein) -Lou Levy
  • "My Funny Valentine" (Rodgers, Hart) -Paul Smith
  • "Love Letters" (Heyman, Young) -Lou Levy
  • "I've Never Been In Love Before" (Frank Loesser) -Carl Perkins
  • "Laugh Clown Laugh" (Fiorito, Lewis, Young) -Jimmy Rowles



This September, 1957 Mode recording is one of the few unreleased Mode sessions that survive. It showcases five great pianists, Carl Perkins, Jimmy Rowles, Lou Levy, Paul Smith and Gerald Wiggins peforming four solo piano performances each of well-known and not so well-known standards (also one blues, one traditional and one jazz standard). The session is something of a cutting contest reminiscent of the famous stride piano duels, only this one is a five-way battle. From the performances, it is clear that every one of the musicians was in the studio for each other's turn at the Steinway. Art Tatum seems to have been the inspiration of the moment, but each player reveals his individual style during the four selections allotted. There are many fine moments and some of these selections are absolute gems, among the best recorded for Mode Records.


  Download: itunes.apple.com/us/album/piano-playhouse/id65048140


  Other sources for CD: City Hall Records



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