André Previn is usually associated with classical music, who knew he was a hep jazz piano man back in his youth? I didn’t for one.
So, I purchased this album for mainly the Previn connection, the fact that it features the great drummer Shelly Manne helped my decision, as did the nice cover artwork.
I hadn’t heard of Herb Ellis or Ray Brown before. I’m not sure how much I enjoy jazz guitar and I really can’t tell the difference between bassists, which partially explains my ignorance.
The back cover has an essay written by the great jazz writer, Leonard Feather, who was at the recording session. It sounds as if they all had a great time together.
The first track, No Moon at All, is probably my favourite from the album. Previn’s piano is quite magnificent, full of joy and enthusiasm, exactly what great jazz is all about.
I’m going to keep an eye out for more from Previn.
- Overall hepness: 4/5
- Cover art: 4/5
- Condition of vinyl: 3
- Cost: 3/5
- Overall rating: 14 / 20
Here’s No Moon At All