Fred Meller-Nobody Else But Me
In the 70s there was a common caricature of the lounge piano player, someone who told bad jokes behind a piano to an indifferent crowd. Those who subscribed to popular cynicism reduced the performer to a cliche in a cheap tuxedo. However, those who had the wisdom to appreciate the vast yet discriminating repertoire of the entertainer were rewarded with hours of wonderfully played songs. Hearing the personality given to old standards and revamped contemporary tunes offered a welcomed escape from the canned music of Muzak. The one-man show that can go 3 hours holding an audience is a talent developed by seasoned performers. Those performers continually read their audience in order to pleasantly engage their attention. Meller is one of those performers who has perfected his craft, connecting to his audience by using familiar melodies, giving unsolicited joy to those around him. His unique style of playing developed from over 30 years of playing New York City's piano lounges and supper clubs. I could listen to him all day. - Corn Mo Digital City.