Andre Previn Plays Vernon Duke

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Andre Previn Plays Vernon Duke Review

by Scott Yanow

A measure of how respected André Previn has long been in many musical fields is that this set of unaccompanied jazz piano solos has liner notes by the composer of the ten songs, Vernon Duke. Previn alternates well-known Duke pieces such as "Autumn in New York," "Taking a Chance on Love," "What Is There to Say," and "I Can't Get Started," with a few obscure numbers including "The Love I Long For," "Ages Ago," and "I Like the Likes of You." Previn is at the peak of his jazz powers, displaying an original yet accessible style that falls between swing and bop. Recommended.

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