André Previn with sixteen years old was already a pianist prodigy. Born in Berlin in 1929, moved to Los Angeles with his family at the end of 1938.
He came to jazz from traditional music, but hasn't turned his back on his origins, maintaining a vigorous discipline in both musical fields, and brilliantly assorted in his musical talents.
Since first walked through the gates of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1945 as a music department employee at the age of 17, André Previn, continued to keep one foot firmly planted in the two worlds of which he is a citizen-the Hollywood celluloid cosmos that earned him security, prestige and Academy award recognition through his work as an M-G-M music director, and the jazz set, in which he found leave-of-absence enjoyment with a combo in a club. His jazz style was out of King Cole, with touches of Art Tatum. On these recordings made in 1955-1956, accompanied by some of his close friends, André displays all his personal quality, ease and technical skill in each different tempo and on every different mood, in an atmosphere of relaxation. It's the subtle Previn touch.