Reference: FSRCD 551
Bar code: 8427328605519
André Previn was, at sixteen, already a piano prodigy. Born in Berlin in 1929, he moved to Los Angeles with his family at the end of 1938. He came to jazz from traditional music, but never turned his back on his origins, maintaining a vigorous discipline in both musical fields, and brilliantly diverse in his musical talents.
Since he first walked through the gates of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1945 as a music department employee at the age of 17, André Previn, kept one foot firmly planted in the two worlds of which he was a citizenthe Hollywood celluloid cosmos that earned him security, prestige and Academy Award recognition through his work as an M-G-M music director, and the jazz scene, in which he found leave-of-absence enjoyment with a combo in a club. His jazz style was out of King Cole, with touches of Art Tatum.
On these recordings, made in 1955 and 1956 with some close friends, he displayed all his personal qualities, ease and technical skill over a variety of moods and tempos, in an atmosphere of relaxation. Its subtle - and the Touch is unmistakeably Previn.
01. Lets Get Away From It All
02. Moonlight In Vermont
03. It Happened In Sun Valley
04. Serenade to Sweden
05. Island In The West Indies
06. Flying Down To Rio
08. How Are Things in Glocca Morra?
09. On A Slow Boat To China
10. London In July
11. San Francisco
12. Sidewalks Of Cuba
13. Reprise: Lets Get Away From It All
14. Moonlight Becomes You
15. Its Easy To Remember
17. Lets Fall In Love
18. I Fall In Love Too Easily
19. Too Late Now
21. You Are Too Beautiful
22. It Could Happen To You
23. When You Wish Upon A Star
24. My Foolish Heart
25. But Beautiful
Tracks #1-13 from "Let's Get Away from It All!" (Decca DL 8131).
Tracks #14-25 from "Hollywood At Midnight" (Decca DL 8341).
Collective personnel: Andre Previn (p), Al Hendrickson (g), Red Mitchell or Carson Smith (b) and Irv Cottler or Shelly Manne (d).
Both albums recorded in Hollywood in 1955-1956.
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