It's a Breeze

Itzhak Perlman / André Previn

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It's a Breeze Review

by Richard S. Ginell

Perhaps Previn and Perlman figured that it would be a breeze to turn out a sequel to the surprisingly successful A Different Kind of Blues, but the bloom was definitely off the rose the second time around. The same ingredients are in place -- eight new Previn compositions with written-out solos for Perlman, and the rhythm section of Jim Hall, Red Mitchell and Shelly Manne. But the freshness of the earlier album is largely missing; the tunes aren't as good, the tempos often drag, the playing in general sounds routine and even arch. Even Perlman himself seems bored at times with his lines, his holiday drawing to a close and perhaps anxious to get back to playing concertos and encores. This would be, in any case, the final roundup for the Previn/Perlman jazz act and also, sadly, the last time that Previn would play with his old buddies Mitchell and Manne.

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