Shelly Manne: I Could Have Danced All Night

Track

I Could Have Danced All Night

Group

Shelly Manne and His Friends (André Previn and Leroy Vinnegar)

CD

My Fair Lady (Contemporary CCD-7527-2)

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Musicians:

Shelly Manne (drums), Leroy Vinnegar (bass), André Previn (piano).

Composed by Frederick Loewe & Alan Jay Lerner

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Recorded: Los Angeles, August 17, 1956

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Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

Five months after My Fair Lady's Broadway premiere, André Previn was tapped to turn the Edwardian-era musical into modern jazz. He'd moonlighted for years playing jazz piano, but Previn's day job scoring MGM soundtracks demanded meticulous preparation and split-second timing. Now he'd have to fashion on-the- spot arrangements of material he'd never before touched. Not to worry. Just as Professor Henry Higgins transformed a Cockney flower girl into a duchess, Previn, Manne and Vinnegar transmuted Broadway's common metal into jazz gold. Manne even effectively uses his tambourine, an instrument normally banned by statute from modern jazz. By George, they've got it!

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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