André Previn: I Feel Pretty


I Feel Pretty


André Previn (piano)


West Side Story (Contemporary)

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André Previn (piano), Red Mitchell (bass), Shelly Manne (drums).

Composed by Leonard Bernstein & Stephen Sondheim


Recorded: Los Angeles, August 24-25, 1959


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

André Previn was among the first to record a jazz version of West Side Story songs, and his adaptation has a very West Coast tinge. No wonder, with such sidemen as Red Mitchell and Shelly Manne. The trio takes "I Feel Pretty" at a brisk tempo, exposing its melody in a fugue-like manner. The improv part has a more abstract aspect, with Previn in a percussive mood, shifting tempos, alternating chords and single lines. This creative approach reflects Previn's ability as an organizer of soundscapes, a talent that led to a long career as one of the world's premier symphony orchestra conductors. Indeed, the main goal here is not to play pretty but to build a whole new tune around the melody, harmonies and rhythm of Bernstein's tune.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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