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Michael Feinstein: Change of Heart: The Songs of Andre Previn

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As the press notes explain, when Michael Feinstein finally got André Previn to agree to a collaboration after much nudging, the now-84-year-old composer and pianist initially downplayed his non-classical book’s value. Previn, says Feinstein, insisted he hadn’t even written some of the songs Feinstein wanted to sing. Fortunately Feinstein, an indefatigable champion of the Great American Songbook, knew not to take “no” for an answer: Change of Heart-Previn playing piano, Feinstein vocalizing, David Finck on bass-is a celebratory affair that’s a welcome addition to both artists’ discographies.

The recording marks the first time Previn-who can boast a roomful of awards, among them a Lifetime Achievement Grammy-has reportedly worked directly with a male vocalist, and as far as better-late-than-never ideas it’s a visionary one: The two are a natural fit.

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