Tuesday, September 5, 2017

André Previn's Touch

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 citizen—the 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. It’s subtle — and the Touch is unmistakeably Previn.

Source : http://www.freshsoundrecords.com/previns_touch_2_lps_on_1_cd-cd-5286.html

André Previn
Previn's Touch
(2 Lps On 1 Cd)


1 Let’s Get Away From It All (Dennis, Adair)  2:42
2 Moonlight In Vermont (Blackburn, Suessdorf)  3:19
3 It Happened In Sun Valley (Warren, Gordon)  3:07
4 Serenade to Sweden (Ellington)  3:15
5 Island In The West Indies (Duke, Gershwin)  3:26
6 Flying Down To Rio (Youmans, Kahn, Eliscu)  2:31
7 Honolulu (Warren, Kahn)  2:50
8 How Are Things in Glocca Morra ? (Lane, Harburg)  3:44
9 On A Slow Boat To China (Loesser)  3:20
10 London In July (Duke, Cahn)  3:25
11 San Francisco (Kaper, Kahn, Jurmann)  2:57
12 Sidewalks Of Cuba (Oakland, Parish, Mills)  2:24
13 Reprise : Let’s Get Away From It All (Dennis, Adair)  2:40
14 Moonlight Becomes You (VanHeusen, Burke)  3:23
15 It’s Easy To Remember (Rodgers, Hart)  3:07
16 Invitation (Kaper)  3:45
17 Let’s Fall In Love (Arlen, Koehler)  2:53
18 I Fall In Love Too Easily (Styne, Cahn)  3:04
19 Too Late Now (Laner, Lerner)  3:29
20 Laura (Raskin, Mercer)  4:09
21 You Are Too Beautiful (Rodgers, Hart)  3:18
22 It Could Happen To You (VanHeusen, Burke)  3:01
23 When You Wish Upon A Star (Harline, Washington)  2:04
24 My Foolish Heart (Young, Washington)  2:10
25 But Beautiful (VanHeusen, Burke)  3:13


[# 1-13] from "Let's Get Away from It All !" (Decca DL 8131).

André Previn - p
Al Hendrickson - g
Red Mitchell - b
Irv Cottler - dr
Recorded in Hollywood, California ; April 11 [# 1, 3, 8, 9 & 13] ; 13 [# 5, 6, 10 & 11] ; & 18 [# 2, 4, 7 & 12], 1955
[# 14-25] from "Hollywood At Midnight" (Decca DL 8341).
André Previn - p
Al Hendrickson - g
Carson Smith - b
Shelly Manne - dr
Recorded in Hollywood, California ; March 28 [# 16-19, 22 & 25] ; & 30 [# 14, 15, 20, 21, 23, 24], 1956


Philo said...

This is music I hadn't heard before. I am really enjoying it. Thanks Mel.

Kneigh said...

May I be the first of many who thank you for this early Previn, Mel!! These were recorded back in my high school days, but I didn't pick up on him until the late '50's, so I never heard these recordings. Many thanx, sir!!

Kneigh said...

Well, I see Philo got his thanx in whilst I was typing, so I'll be the second to say thanx for this and all the great music you post, sir!!

musician3 said...

Just Great..........Thank You
Have A Nice Day

rm said...

merci beaucoup

Jude-n-Sue said...

Fabulous early Previn. A favorite, who doesn't get the respect he deserves. A friend of mine asked me to look for two other ones, and we were hoping you would have a lead - Previn Plays the Music of Young Hollywood and The Popular Previn, where he plays harpsichord.

oscarjaffe said...

Is there something wrong with the files? I've downloaded both of them but when I try to open them, I get a message saying they are corrupted. HELP! Thanks.

cvllos said...

Wonderful, Melanchthon!
Thanks too much!

duck said...

Good one Mel, you always are full of surprises, welcome too I must say.
Thanks again

Oracle said...

Previn is appearing everywhere. And about time. Thanks.

es125 said...

Cool Previn. Thanks

zero said...

Thumbs up for the early Previn. Very welcome. Thank you!

Morris said...

Thanks Mel for this one! I was not aware that Fresh Sounds had released these Decca sides and so this fills a very long search for me.


Bhowani said...

thank you

cvllos said...

Wow! After 57 years with Jazz, I have a meeting with my first Piano Jazz!
And lost it!
What an agreable surprise!
Thank you, Melanchthon!

Otis Foster said...

Lovely melanchthon - don't know how I missed this in the past.

fcapeau said...

Amazing young Previn ! Many thanks for this one.

Jazzsoulman said...

Can't open the file. None of the usual PW works? any idea?

deGallo said...

Marvelous! Thank you.

musician3 said...


Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Jehan said...

Dear Mel, The links are broken, is it possible for you to provide new ones ?

Merci !

Melanchthon said...


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Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you Mel!!

DEEP said...


daniel genovese said...

Thank you.

hepcat said...

Thank you very much.

Kovina Kris said...

I'm a fan of Previn's jazz although I don't think most poeple think of him as a jazz player. Thank you very much Mel!

nlrp said...

thank you.nrp

Kovina Kris said...

....or let's say MANY people don't think of him as a jazz player.

tdelyon said...

Thanks for the Re-up !