André Previn And His Pals, Shelly Manne & Red Mitchell - West Side Story
André Previn And His Pals, Shelly Manne & Red Mitchell - West Side Story
André Previn And His Pals, Shelly Manne & Red Mitchell - West Side Story
André Previn And His Pals, Shelly Manne & Red Mitchell - West Side Story
André Previn And His Pals, Shelly Manne & Red Mitchell - West Side Story
André Previn And His Pals, Shelly Manne & Red Mitchell - West Side Story
André Previn And His Pals, Shelly Manne & Red Mitchell - West Side Story
André Previn And His Pals, Shelly Manne & Red Mitchell - West Side Story

André Previn And His Pals, Shelly Manne & Red Mitchell - West Side Story

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Piano – André Previn

Drums – Shelly Manne

Bass – Red Mitchell

Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and music by Leonard Bernstein


 

1 LP, standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33RPM

Size : 12”

Stereo

Studio

Record Press : Quality Record Pressings

Label : Craft Recordings Contemporary Records Acoustic Sounds Series

Original Label : Contemporary Records

Recorded August 24 & 25, 1959 at Contemporary's studio in Los Angeles.

Engineered by Roy DuNann

Produced by Lester Koenig

Mastered and lacquer cut by Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering

Painting by Ben Shahn

Sleeve Notes by Lester Koenig

Originally released in 1979

Reissued in May 2023

 

Tracks:

Side A:

  1. Something's Coming
  2. Jet Song
  3. Tonight
  4. I Feel Pretty

Side B:

  1. Gee, Officer Krupke!
  2. Cool
  3. Maria
  4. America

           

          Reviews :

          “The last of a series of showtune albums recorded by the trio of pianist Andre Previn, bassist Red Mitchell and drummer Shelly Manne finds the all-star group focusing on the music of West Side Story (Previn and Manne alternated leadership, and it was the drummer's good fortune to have the famous My Fair Lady album under his own name). (…) As usual, the melodies are treated respectfully yet swingingly, and Andre Previn in particular excels in this setting. Recommended.” AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

          “(…) There's no denying the appeal of Leonard Bernstein's now classic score, but Previn finds ingenious ways to rework the melodies and play with the tempo to invigorate the songs, giving them a different personality while still staying true to the original. "Something's Coming" is taken at a brisk gait with a couple of compelling modulations in the middle. "I'm So Pretty" is given a rhythmic jolt, and "Cool" gets an unexpected Teddy Wilson-ish shine. Every song here has something new going for it, and the soloing and interplay between the three is top-notch. West Side Story is the best jazz version of the classic score, and one of Previn's best recordings.” All About Jazz Review by David Rickert


           

          Ratings :

          AllMusic : 4 / 5 ; Discogs : 4.67 / 5

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