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Michel Legrand by Michel Legrand


  • 1. Parapluies de Cherbourg, Les (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg), film score: I Will Wait for You (Je Ne Pourrai Jamais Vivre Sans Toi) - (from "The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg")
    2. Thomas Crown Affair, film score, The (1968): The Windmills of Your Mind (Les Moulins de Mon Cour) - (from "The Thomas Crown Affair")
    3. Summer of '42, film score: The Summer Knows, The (L't 42) - (from "Summer Of '42")
    4. Best Friends, film score: How Do You Keep the Music Playing? - (from "Best Friends")
    5. Parapluies de Cherbourg, Les (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg), film score: Watch What Happens - (from "The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg")
    6. Happy Ending, film score: What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?, The - (from "The Happy Ending")
    7. Thomas Crown Affair, film score, The (1968): His Eyes, Her Eyes - (from "The Thomas Crown Affair")
    8. Brian's Song, television film score: The Hands of Time - (from "Brian's Song")
    9. Passe-muraille, musical play: Ordinary Man, Le (Un Homme Ordinaire) - (from "Le Passe-Muraille")
    10. Picasso Summer, film score: Summer Me, Winter Me, The - (from "The Picasso Summer")
    11. Demoiselles de Rochefort, Les (The Young Girls of Rochefort), film score: You Must Believe in Spring (La Chanson de Maxence) - (from "The Young Girls Of Rochefort")
    12. valse des Lilas, La (Once upon a summertime)
    13. Amour fantme, musical play: L'Amour fantme, L' - (from "L'Amour Fantome")
    14. Yentl Medley for piano: Papa Can You Hear Me / Way He Makes Me Feel, The: / Piece Of Sky, A:
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 468512

  • Credits
    ProducerClive Bennett
    EngineerRoland Guillotel

    Solo performer: Michael Legrand (arranger, piano).
    Recorded at Guillaume Studios, Paris, France in October 2000. Includes liner notes by Don Heckman.
    Personnel: Michel Legrand (piano).
    Liner Note Author: Don Heckman.
    Recording information: Studios Guillaume Tell, Paris, France (10/25/2000-10/27/2000).
    Arranger: Michel Legrand.
    Composer/pianist Michel Legrand worked with such musical luminaries as Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughan, and Dusty Springfield, is responsible for some of the most memorable film themes of the 20th century, and is easily mentioned alongside his contemporaries Henry Mancini, Andre Previn, Gil Evans, and Burt Bacharach. Amazingly though, he has never before recorded a solo piano album of his own songs. At 69 years old, Legrand finally delivers Michel Legrand By Michel Legrand, in which he covers some of his best material. While Legrand is a technically adroit musician and displays an Art Tatum-like inventiveness in his piano style, he really isn't so much a jazz pianist as a jazz impressionist, utilizing expanded harmonics and scale flourishes to re-conceptualize his songs into solo pieces. Hearing these instantly recognizable melodies performed in such an intimate way by the composer allows the listener to perhaps gain some insight into how Legrand might have originally conceived his arrangements. Legrand's songs have always contained the rhythms and harmonic nuances of jazz, but as they were recorded with strings or big bands for large movie soundtracks, some of the initial jazz influences may have become secondary. Here, they are rendered beautifully raw. One of the most successful reinterpretations is the soft ballad "How Do You Keep the Music Playing" (from Best Friends), which Legrand treats as a soulful, Herbie Hancock-style ballad. Similarly, the opening track, "I Will Wait for You" (from Les Parapluies de Cherbourg), begins with Legrand's starkly gorgeous melody line played by itself and builds to a swinging middle section that is pure Bill Evans. Just as successful is "The Windmills of Your Mind" (from The Thomas Crown Affair), featuring a klezmer-influenced melody that Legrand accents with swirling, McCoy Tyner-ish piano scales and then develops into a straight-ahead jazz ballad and later a ferocious gypsy-swing number. ~ Matt Collar

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (9/02, p.101) - "...Thrilling for both player and listener..."
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