(Andre Previn Website)
David Finck on Bass
(David Finck Website)
131 West 3rd Street at Sixth Ave.
General Manager: Tom Bailey
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Jill Newman Productions
Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
September 30, 2006
Sir André Previn is a renowned composer, conductor, classical pianist, jazz pianist, and arranger. In Previn’s early career, he played with jazz legends, such as Ella Fitzgerald and Benny Goodman. In subsequent years, Previn was awarded Grammys for his classical recordings, including his own compositions and one by Bernstein. (See a classical review of Andre Previn at Carnegie Hall). Previn composed an opera, A Streetcar Named Desire, which also won accolades. David Finck, known in both classical and jazz circles as well, has worked with greats, such as Dizzy Gillespie and Natalie Cole. Previn and Finck have recorded three albums together, between 1998-2001. (Blue Note Notes).
Sir André Previn was also Conductor Laureate of the London Symphony, Music Director of both Pittsburgh Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Principal Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic. A highly accomplished jazz musician, Previn originally arrived in Hollywood at the age of ten, as a German refugee. (No Minor Chords: My Days in Hollywood, by André Previn, Doubleday, Edited by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
Playing the versatile and sensational Bösendorfer, with Gerhard Feldmann and Lisa L. Feldmann of Bösendorfer New York in the audience, André Previn was up close, for once, with his adoring fans, in the very sold-out and packed Blue Note, the Village jazz club and restaurant. Previn and David Finck seemed to be almost in the dark, with dimmed and dramatic lighting, but, happily, the piano was turned differently tonight, and we could see Previn’s face and hands, as well as the magnificent Bösendorfer, that sang softly and scintillatingly, song after song. In this first set of a two-night gig, Previn opened with Lady Be Good in smooth and inspired fashion. Finck was an active partner, throughout. Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans? followed, led by Finck and embellished with improvisational piano trills. Previn engaged in occasional repartee, with gratitude and humor. I’m Old Fashioned was absolutely danceable, turning each theme upside down and inside out.
Someone to Watch Over Me was next, with a long, solo piano lead, classically infused through Previn’s rich background. Finck had powerful presence, and this duo is seasoned and magnetic. What Is This Thing Called Love?, led by Previn’s bouncy introduction, was upbeat and youthful, bringing a smile to Previn and his fans. Previn drew a rapid refrain with astounding skill. In a Gershwin mood, bits of American in Paris bounced through the Blue Note like raindrops on Saint Germain-des-Prés. With Previn’s and Finck’s versatility, both bass and piano showcased passages with resonance and confidence. I Got Rhythm was interpreted with staccato abstraction and contemporary flair. Come Sunday, by Ellington, brought a nurturing and melancholy tone to the event, no Gospel rendition here, and the final piece was a study in virtuosity and vivacity. Kudos to Andre Previn, who remains in splendid form, and the Previn-Finck duo should return very soon. Check www.bluenotejazz.com for current and upcoming events at Blue Note. Tell them you saw them on RobertaOnTheArts.com.
Andre Previn with Lisa Feldmann and Gerhard Feldmann
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower
David Finck, Bassist, at Leisure
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower