Double Play!

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Double Play!
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Studio album by Russ Freeman and André Previn
Released 1957
February 2, 1993 (CD release)
Recorded April 30, 1957 and May 11, 1957
Contemporary's Studio, Los Angeles
Genre Jazz
Length 41:50
Label Contemporary
C 3537
Producer Lester Koenig
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Double Play! is a 1957 jazz album featuring pianists Russ Freeman and André Previn.[1]

It was recorded and released in 1957 on Contemporary Records, and re-released and remastered in 1993 on Original Jazz Classics.

Together with drummer Shelly Manne, the album, as its title suggests, includes eight baseball-themed original compositions by Freeman and Previn along with the standard Take Me Out to the Ball Game. (The rather risque-by-1950s-standards album cover features a model wearing a Hollywood Stars cap.) It is notable for the unusual two-piano instrumentation, and indeed was advertised at the time as the first time that two pianists recorded "modern jazz" together.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" (Jack Norworth, Albert Von Tilzer)
  2. "Who's on First?" (Previn) - 3:37
  3. "Called on Account of Rain" (Previn) - 5:11
  4. "In the Cellar Blues" (Previn/Freeman) - 5:01
  5. "Batter Up" (Freeman) - 3:58
  6. "Double Play" (Freeman) - 4:58
  7. "Safe at Home" (Freeman) - 6:03
  8. "Fungo" (Freeman) - 5:42
  9. "Strike Out the Band" (Previn) - 4:12

Track 1-5 recorded on April 30, 1957; tracks 6-9 on May 11, 1957