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We Got Rhythm - A Gershwin Songbook / Previn, Finck


Release Date: 05/12/1998 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 453493   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Gershwin
Performer:  André PrevinDavid Finck
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

André Previn moves seamlessly from the world of classical music to jazz and film, but on this occasion, the pianist covers 14 gems from the vast repertoire of George Gershwin. Well accompanied by bassist David Finck, Previn faces the same challenge every jazz musician must address: finding new paths through Gershwin's frequently recorded masterpieces. Previn uses a train-like bassline substitution to open and close a rollicking take of "They All Laughed," while the pianist is more laid-back in the bluesy treatment of "Oh, Lady Be Good" to better feature Finck initially. Previn's modification of "I Got Rhythm" provides some added dissonance. The haunting setting of the ballad "The Man I Love" Read more suggests an added degree of melancholy. While this session was released on a classical label, Deutsche Grammophon, something that always seems to confuse record-label marketing departments, music store personnel, and consumers as well, it is very much a jazz date and a fine effort by André Previn and David Finck.

-- Ken Dryden, AllMusic.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Shall We Dance: They all laughed by George Gershwin
Performer:  André Previn (Piano), David Finck (Double Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936-1937; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1997 
Venue:  Tanglewood Music Festival, Lennox, MA 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: André Previn & David Finck 
2. Oh, Kay!: Someone to watch over me by George Gershwin
Performer:  David Finck (Double Bass), André Previn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1997 
Venue:  Tanglewood Music Festival, Lennox, MA 
Length: 4 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: André Previn & David Finck 
3. Lady, Be Good!: Oh, Lady be good by George Gershwin
Performer:  André Previn (Piano), David Finck (Double Bass)
Written: 1924 
Date of Recording: 08/1997 
Venue:  Tanglewood Music Festival, Lennox, MA 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: André Previn & David Finck 
4. Damsel in Distress: A foggy day by George Gershwin
Performer:  André Previn (Piano), David Finck (Double Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1997 
Venue:  Tanglewood Music Festival, Lennox, MA 
Length: 5 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: André Previn & David Finck 
5. Strike up the Band: Soon by George Gershwin
Performer:  David Finck (Double Bass), André Previn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1997 
Venue:  Tanglewood Music Festival, Lennox, MA 
Length: 5 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: André Previn & David Finck
This arrangement incorporates the song "Do It Again!" 
6. Girl Crazy: I got rhythm by George Gershwin
Performer:  David Finck (Double Bass), André Previn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1997 
Venue:  Tanglewood Music Festival, Lennox, MA 
Length: 5 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: André Previn & David Finck 
7. Girl Crazy: Embraceable you by George Gershwin
Performer:  David Finck (Double Bass), André Previn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1997 
Venue:  Tanglewood Music Festival, Lennox, MA 
Length: 4 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: André Previn & David Finck 
8. Funny Face: He loves and she loves by George Gershwin
Performer:  David Finck (Double Bass), André Previn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1997 
Venue:  Tanglewood Music Festival, Lennox, MA 
Length: 6 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: André Previn & David Finck
This arrangement incorporates the song "Love Is Here to Stay." 
9. Lady, be Good: Fascinating rhythm by George Gershwin
Performer:  David Finck (Double Bass), André Previn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1997 
Venue:  Tanglewood Music Festival, Lennox, MA 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: André Previn & David Finck 
10. Pardon my English: Isn't it a pity by George Gershwin
Performer:  David Finck (Double Bass), André Previn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1997 
Venue:  Tanglewood Music Festival, Lennox, MA 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: André Previn & David Finck 
11. Girl Crazy: Boy! What love has done to me! by George Gershwin
Performer:  David Finck (Double Bass), André Previn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1997 
Venue:  Tanglewood Music Festival, Lennox, MA 
Length: 4 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: André Previn & David Finck
This arrangement incorporates the song "I've Got a Crush on You." 
12. Goldwyn Follies: Love walked in by George Gershwin
Performer:  David Finck (Double Bass), André Previn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1997 
Venue:  Tanglewood Music Festival, Lennox, MA 
Length: 6 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: André Previn & David Finck 
13. Lady, be Good: The man I love by George Gershwin
Performer:  David Finck (Double Bass), André Previn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1997 
Venue:  Tanglewood Music Festival, Lennox, MA 
Length: 5 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: André Previn & David Finck 
14. Funny Face: 'S Wonderful by George Gershwin
Performer:  David Finck (Double Bass), André Previn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1997 
Venue:  Tanglewood Music Festival, Lennox, MA 
Length: 6 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: André Previn & David Finck 

Sound Samples

They all Laughed
Someone to Watch over Me - FROM: Oh, Kay! - Arr. for piano solo
Oh, Lady, Be Good - from: Lady, Be Good
A Foggy Day
Do It Again/Soon
Girl Crazy: I got rhythm
Girl Crazy: Embraceable You
He Loves, She Loves / Our Love Is Here to Stay
Fascinating Rhythm [Lady, Be Good]
Isn't It a Pity
Boy What Love Has Done to Me/I've Got a Crush on You - Arr. for piano solo
Love Walked In (Goldwyn Follies)
The Man I Love - from: Lady Be Good - Arr. for piano and double-bass
'S Wonderful - from: Funny Face - Arr. for piano and double-bass

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