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Andre Previn

One of the most versatile musicians on the planet, André Previn has amassed considerable credentials as a jazz pianist, despite carving out separate lives first as a Hollywood arranger and composer, and then as a world-class classical conductor, pianist, and composer. Always fluid, melodic, and swinging, with elements of Bud Powell, Oscar Peterson, and Horace Silver mixed with a faultless technique, Previn didn't change much over the decades but could always be counted upon for polished, reliable performances at the drop of a hat.

He started piano lessons in his native Berlin before the Nazi threat forced his family to move to Paris in 1938 and the U.S. the following year. Settling in Los Angeles, the wunderkind Previn began working as a jazz pianist, an arranger for MGM, and a recording artist for Sunset Records while still in high school -- and by his 18th year, his first recordings for RCA Victor had racked up substantial sales. Originally swing-oriented, Previn discovered bop in 1950 just before his induction into the Army. Upon returning to Los Angeles, Previn went into overdrive, gigging as a jazz pianist, scoring films, and playing chamber music. Forming a smooth boppish trio with Shelly Manne and Leroy Vinnegar, Previn scored a huge crossover hit with an album of jazz interpretations of My Fair Lady, which in turn led to a series of likeminded albums of Broadway scores and kicked off an industry trend.

By 1962, Previn started to make the transition away from Hollywood toward becoming a full-time classical conductor, dropping his jazz activities entirely. He stayed away from jazz for 27 years, with the exceptions of a handful of sessions with Ella Fitzgerald and classical violinist/dabbler Itzhak Perlman. Indeed, in 1984, he was quoted as saying that jazz was "an expendable art form" for him. But in March 1989, shortly before resigning from the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a dispute with management, Previn returned to jazz with a trio album for Telarc with Ray Brown and Joe Pass, showing that he had not lost an iota of his abilities. Subsequently, he returned frequently to the studio as a jazz pianist for Telarc, Angel, Deutsche Grammophon, and DRG when not freelancing as a conductor or composing classical scores. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Die Moldau

Composer: Mikhail Glinka
Title: Overture: Ruslan And Ludmilla, G. Xivov
Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Title: Romeo And Juliet, Fantasy-overture For Orchestra
Composer: Bedrich Smetana
Title: Vltava (The Moldau), Symphonic Poem (Má Vlast No. 2), JB 1:112/2
Composer: Modest Mussorgsky
Title: Night On Bald Mountain (Noch' Na Lïsoy Gore), Symphonic Poem, Edited By Rimsky-Korsakov
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Track List: Gershwin: Porgy and Bess; Second Rhapsody; Concerto in F

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Track List: Vaughan Williams: The Nine Symphonies

Disc 1
Title: Symphony No. 1 For Soprano, Baritone, Chorus & Orchestra ("A Sea Symphony")
Disc 2
Title: Symphony No. 2 In G Major ("A London Symphony")
Title: Violin Concerto In D Minor ("Concerto Accademico")
Title: The Wasps, Incidental Music For Tenor, Baritone, Male Chorus & Orchestra
Disc 3
Title: Symphony No. 3 For Soprano Or Tenor & Orchestra ("Pastoral")
Title: Symphony No. 4 In F Minor
Disc 4
Title: Symphony No. 5 In D Major
Title: Portraits (3) From The England Of Elizabeth, Suite For Orchestra (Arranged By Mathieson)
Title: Tuba Concerto In F Minor
Disc 5
Title: Symphony No. 6 In E Minor
Title: Symphony No. 9 In E Minor
Disc 6
Title: Symphony No. 7 For Soprano, Small Female Chorus & Orchestra With Narrator Ad Lib ("Sinfonia Antartica")
Title: Symphony No. 8 In D Minor

Comments

karenkingmey e r
Favorite song it makes me want to take a marguerita and sleep
slkilleb
Great stuff from my first listen of Previn. But I have to address the post by danipoyo. Baseball is the jazz of sports.
jjensen484
Great performer.
wagnergitira n a
MELLOW/GENIU S / F O R E V E R / G O O D STUFF/CHAMEL E O N QUALITIES/ PODI CRE...
My first exposure to jazz was Andre with Shelly Mann and Leroy Vinegar playing Li'l Abner. I was hopelessly hooked. It always makes me happy and mellow.
truly a genius
Andre is one of the greats. I hope he lives forever.
miquelmos
You forgot to mention an album he made with Shorty Rogers. Good stuff.
The talent Andre has is amazing. He is great with jazz, classical and popular music. He is one of those rare breeds with chameleon qualities.
Being a piano player myself for over 50 years, He amazes me that so much talent comes from one individual. Just can't beat him !!!
balquark
I have been a Previnite ever since I bought my first jazz album in 1956 which was the "Shelly Manne and his friends" album (a trio with Andre and leroy vinnegar.} He and Hampton Hawes were my biggest influences in my Jazz piano playing...I got to meet Andre once,and he was very amiable, and all the way home I thought "this hand shook the right hand of the player of all those great recordings!! ! "
i went to beverly hills high school with him......he, at that time, only played classical piano at many of our assemblies.. . . 1 9 4 8
I grew up listening to the asstounding artist. A mellow sound that soothes my very soul. Thank You!
science_math _ a n g e l
Love Previn
I had to write somewhere that baseball is the bain of my existence, if ever a sport should be wiped off the face of the earth that is the sport, I really wish that baseball was some euro past time.

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