Friday, June 1, 2012

"Zip[ing]" Along with Andre, Red and Shelly

Jazz interpretations of Broadway shows were commonplace at one time. There must be countless versions of Jazz musicians interpreting the music of Lerner and Lowe, Rodgers and Hammerstein and Frank Loesser, to name only a few of the composers and lyricists whose dominated the Broadway stages for many years. I was always particularly fond of pianist Andre Previn's Jazz albums featuring the music from My Fair Lady, Pal Joey, The Bells are Ringing, L'il Abner, et al. especially because he made most of this music in the company of bassist Red Mitchell and drummer Shelly Manne. The late Les Koenig who produced Andre's Broadway show recordings for his Contemporary label always maintained that the revenue that Andre generated made possible his investment in recordings by many, lesser known Jazz artists. On the following video tribute to him, Andre and his pals Red and Shelly perform Zip from Pal Joey.