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Classic Connections


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Audio CD, January 28, 1993
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1. Scratch My Bach
2. Pick Yourself Up
3. Night And Day
4. Var on 'I Got Rhythm'
5. As Long As He Needs Me
6. All The Things You Are
7. The Yellow Rose Of Texas
8. Take The 'A' Train
9. I Can't Get Started (Without You)
10. West Side Story Ste

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 28, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Proarte
  • ASIN: B000000C94
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,353 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Edward H. Binns on October 18, 2008
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Peter Nero studied classical music and was blown away at age 19 by the fast piano style of Art Tatum. Nero played clubs in New York City after graduating and this led to him winning a new pianist competition by RCA. The result of that was the album "New Piano in Town" which got Nero a best new artist Grammy in 1961.

"New Piano in Town" was the album that made Nero's reputation. His incredibly fast, perfect rendition of Richard Rodger's 1926 song, "Mountain Greenery" got a lot of airplay in the 1960s, and it was this cut, deservedly, that made Nero's reputation. It was followed by "Hail the Conquering Nero," his all time best selling album. Both of these are available on a single CD and show us the brilliant young pianist at his playful best, playing fast like Tatum but with classical precision and a prankster's affinity for bringing in stray melodies for the audience to identify and chuckle at.

In dozens of albums since, you can hear Nero competently giving the audience what it wants - easy listening and very soft jazz.

In 1979, the Philly Pops was created and Peter Nero was given the baton. He has continued to conduct and perform live since. He's also recorded with the Philly Pops and other pop orchestras over the years. A breakthrough of sorts occurred in 1990 when Nero recorded his "Anything but Lonely" album with the Columbus Symphony. This album was a rather formal, semi-jazzy compilation of show tunes, including a second recording of "Mountain Greenery" and a very clever, rather long pastiche called "The Richard Rodgers Songbook." The Songbook was very good, especially the last third of this nearly 18-minute compilation.

It was also, clearly, the inspiration for Classic Connections in 1991.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. K. Harrell on July 27, 2007
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The talent of Peter Nero is showcased in all it's glory on this album. His command of the instrument; his creative genius in composition and arranging would make any orchestra sound good.
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By Robert Jay on June 27, 2013
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There are better Nero recordings. These are so so songs, and poorly engineered. The volulme keeps going up and down. This does not show off Peter Nero the way he deserves
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It was truly enjoyable to revisit the quick artistry of Nero. His music showed a fine blend of wit and wisdom. It was fresh yet reminded of artistry done well years ago.
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