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Michel Legrand – Legrand Jazz (1958/2022) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Michel Legrand – Legrand Jazz (1958/2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 45:38 minutes | 1,82 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Universal Music Division Decca Records France

Decca Records France presents this wonderful high-resolution digital transfer of Michel Legrand’s 1958 album, Legrand Jazz. French musical composer, arranger, conductor, and jazz pianist Michel Legrand was a prolific composer, having written over 200 film and television scores, in addition to many songs. His scores for two of the films of French New Wave director Jacques Demy, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) and The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967), earned Legrand his first Academy Award nominations. Legrand won his first Oscar for the song “The Windmills of Your Mind” from The Thomas Crown Affair (1968).

Michel Legrand has spent most of his life as a composer in the studios and for films, but this release is a jazz classic. Legrand took 11 famous jazz compositions and arranged them for three different groups. Tenor great Ben Webster, flutist Herbie Mann, four trombonists, and a rhythm section perform pieces by Duke Ellington, Earl Hines, Django Reinhardt (“Nuages”), and the Count Basie-associated “Blue and Sentimental.” A big band with trumpeters Art Farmer and Donald Byrd and altoist Phil Woods plays “Stompin’ at the Savoy,” “A Night in Tunisia,” and Bix Beiderbecke’s “In a Mist.” The most famous session has Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Phil Woods, Herbie Mann, pianist Bill Evans, harp, vibes, baritone, and a rhythm section performing music by Thelonious Monk, John Lewis, Jelly Roll Morton (“Wild Man Blues”), and Fats Waller’s “Jitterbug Waltz.” Throughout this superlative album, the arrangements are colorful and unusual, making one wish that Legrand had recorded more jazz albums through the years. – Scott Yanow

1-1. Michel Legrand – The Jitterbug Waltz (05:20)
1-2. Michel Legrand – Nuages (02:24)
1-3. Michel Legrand – Night In Tunisia (06:53)
1-4. Michel Legrand – Blue And Sentimental (03:24)
1-5. Michel Legrand – Stompin’ At The Savoy (03:39)
1-6. Michel Legrand – Django (04:16)
1-7. Michel Legrand – Wild Man Blues (03:24)
1-8. Michel Legrand – Rosetta (07:20)
1-9. Michel Legrand – ‘Round Midnight (03:00)
1-10. Michel Legrand – Don’t Get Around Much Anymore (02:35)
1-11. Michel Legrand – In A Mist (03:19)


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