| Reflections, Family Album, So Real, Hands On|
Jazz, Pop music, Classical music
Mike Mainieri, Don Grolnick, Tony Levin, Eddie Gomez, Steve Gadd
Steps Ahead, Steely Dan
Warren Bernhardt Wikipedia
Warren Bernhardt (born in November 1938) is a pianist in jazz, pop and classical music.
Bernhardt was born in Wausau, Wisconsin. His father was a pianist, leading him to have early childhood exposure to piano, and he learned some rudiments of keyboarding from his friends. At five his parents moved to New York City, where he began studying seriously under varied instructors. After the death of his father in 1957 he quit music for a time to study chemistry and physics at the University of Chicago. In that city he was exposed to blues and jazz, which influenced the rest of his career.
From 1961 to 1964 he worked in Paul Winter's sextet, which led to his return to New York. Once in New York, he worked with George Benson, Gerry Mulligan, Jeremy Steig and others. He also developed a close relationship with the pianist Bill Evans, who served as a mentor to Bernhardt. Bernhardt released several solo LPs in the 1970s, and eventually became a member of the jazz fusion group Steps Ahead while continuing to work on solo projects. In 1971, he provided the piano accompaniment on the song "Crossroads" by Don McLean.
The Warren Bernhardt Trio's Trio 83 CD is believed to be the first fully digital jazz release when it appeared on Compact Disc and Digital Audio Tape (DAT) in 1983 from DMP Digital Music Products. Bernhardt has gone on to release additional jazz and classical recordings over the past twenty years, and is also featured in teaching sessions in both audio and video formats from Homespun Tapes.
Bernhardt toured as the musical director with Steely Dan in the United States from 1993 to 1994, and can be heard on Steely Dan's Alive in America album. He has more recently performed with Simon and Garfunkel's Old Friends tour, on Art Garfunkel's solo tours, and can be seen on the Art Garfunkel DVD and HDTV presentation Across America.
In 2009, Bernhardt reunited with his band from 1973, L'Image, featuring Mike Mainieri, David Spinozza, Tony Levin and Steve Gadd. The group performed at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City, toured Japan, and released the album L 'Image 2.0.1977 Solo Piano (Novus)
1978 Blue Montreux (Arista
1978 Blue Montreux 2 (Arista)
1978 Free Smiles (Novus)
1979 Floating (Arista/Novus)
1979 Free Smile (Arista)
1980 Manhattan Update
1983 Warren Bernhardt Trio (DMP)
1987 Hands On (DMP)
1990 Ain't Life Grand (DMP)
1991 Heat of the Moment (DMP)
1992 Reflections (DMP)
1993 Family Album (DMP)
2003 Amelia's Song (DMP)
2003 So Real (DMP)
2016 Lotus Night (Warner Music)
With Kenny BurrellNight Song (Verve, 1969)
With Art FarmerYama with Joe Henderson (CTI, 1979)
With Pat MartinoStarbright (Warner Bros., 1976)
With Gerry MulliganSomething Borrowed - Something Blue (Limelight, 1966)