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Conductor, composer and pianist André Previn’s achievements have brought him numerous honours, including the Cross of Merit from both Austria and Germany, a Kennedy Center Honor for Lifetime Achievement, several Grammy Awards, Musical America’s ”Musician of the Year 1999”, and the Grand Prix du disque for the recording of his opera A ... Read more in Amazon's Andre Previn Store

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  • Audio CD (June 26, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca U.S.
  • ASIN: B000PIU1KQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,201 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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From the start of his intermittent side career as a jazz pianist, esteemed conductor and composer Andre Previn has shown more feeling for the form than most classical artists who cross over. Going beyond a recreational involvement in improvised music, he has deepened his playing since skimming stylistic surfaces on his bestselling My Fair Lady album of nearly 50 years ago. Now 78, he gives us what may be his most satisfying jazz recording in Alone: Ballads for Solo Piano. The solo format allows him to reflect his debt to piano masters including Art Tatum, Erroll Garner, and Bud Powell in ways his work with trios and combos hasn't, while showing off his super-refined lyrical touch with its sophisticated sense of color. With its scampering stride touches, "What is This Thing Called Love" is the most upbeat of ballads, while "I Can't Get Started" is given a more gentle awakening. With the exception of "Darkest Before the Dawn," an obscure tune Previn wrote with Johnny Mercer for the British musical The Good Companions, the album touches familiar bases: Rodgers & Hammerstein, Rogers & Hart, Cole Porter, Kurt Weill, Hoagy Carmichael. But invested with personal meaning, this is no typical standards survey. It lives up to the challenge of making your hear these songs in a new light. --Lloyd Sachs

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By H.P. on August 16, 2007
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This cd is superb. It has everything a jazz lover wants to hear, delicious improvisation, affection for the songs, sublime and elegant playing. This is a masterful recording and will keep me company for as many years as Previn's "Ballads" album has. Between those two cd's I am set for life!

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Wolfgang on January 9, 2008
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This is exactly what one would expect for straight ahead jazz piano but seems hard to find. As advertised it is only solo piano w/ no performance gimmicks - this may sound a little Spartan to some, but if you appreciate great piano playing and love jazz this is it! I have played it dozens of times since receiving the disk in mid December a few weeks ago and am not tired of it. This CD will be on my disk changer for a good portion of the new year.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Eve Welts on October 5, 2007
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This CD was done during an early period in Previn's musical classical life, when he was still very much in touch with his love of jazz. I think it might have been a happy time in his personal life as well. I find it lovely to listen to, especially since it is non-intrusive as I am getting other things done. Unlike more modern stuff that seems to go no where, these are familiar songs with words to sing along with him, should you remember them and have a mind to sing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Newman on July 23, 2007
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Being a fan of Andre Previn since first hearing him in the 1950's, I was more than happy to hear this album. Previn is a master of jazz and it is good to hear him back recording.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kristin Hackl on July 18, 2007
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This is a very relaxing and enjoyable CD. It feels like he is playing in my living room. I love the song selections and improvisation. Great for jazz lovers and piano lovers.
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