Michel Legrand

Michel Legrand
MICHEL LEGRAND
"Legrand Nougaro"

Michel Legrand is without doubt the greatest French artists of our time. More than one hundred and fifty film scores go to the account of internationally acclaimed musician, for no less than three of them - "The Thomas Crown Affair," "Yentl" and "Summer Of '42" - he cashed an Oscar. Moreover, born in Paris on February 24, 1932 Composer, pianist, arranger and bandleader was happy during his career over five Grammys. Legrand celebrity based therefore mainly on his movie musical production - was at least as important, and are, to him his jazz work, to which he returned again and again between his film projects. Also Legrand new publication is dedicated to jazz: "Legrand Nougaro" is a great tribute to Claude Nougaro, those poets and singers who knew how to connect with each other like no other Chanson and Jazz.

In the fifties, Paris became the European hub of the jazz music. Musicians like Kenny Clarke, Bud Powell and many more found temporarily or permanently their home on the Seine, where they gave the jazz scene lasting impetus. Miles Davis was also time here, fell in love with Juliette Greco and played the soundtrack to a "Ascenseur pour l'échafaud". At about the same time and in the same location launched Michel Legrand his career. One of his first commissions in 1957 to a compilation with Dixieland and swing standards that he arranged for the Philips label. Just one year later he produced then with "Legrand Jazz" an album that today is considered a classic: Legrand took eleven even then legendary jazz compositions - including "A Night In Tunisia", "Stompin 'At The Savoy", "Django" and " 'Round Midnight" - and she arranged for a total of three formations, in which the largest of the Parisian jazz immigrants had gathered, including Ben Webster, Herbie Mann, Art Farmer, Donald Byrd, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Phil Woods and Bill Evans.

Quickly the overwhelming talent of the young Michel Legrand got around. By the late fifties, the great artist tore to be allowed to work with him. Over time, he met the greatest of the great, including Stan Getz, Oscar Peterson, Stephane Grappelli, Chet Baker, Jessye Norman, Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, Frank Sinatra, Orson Welles, Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Demy, Agnès Varda , Maurice Chevalier, Henri Salvador - and not least Claude Nougaro, with which he first late fifties came together. Nougaro, born on 9 september 1929 in Toulouse and died on 4 March 2004 in Paris, can probably inspire more than any other Chansonier from jazz and colorful music of Brazil.

Born the son of an opera singer and an Italian piano teacher, pulsated probably born music in Nougaros blood. He grew up with his grandparents in Toulouse, rattled 1947 through High School and began shortly after a career as a journalist in Paris. In parallel, he wrote his first song texts, including for Marcel Amont, Philippe Clay, Odette Laure and Edith Piaf composer Maguerite Monnot. In 1959 he first met Legrand, in the music publishing house of his mother Marcelle - Nougaros concise description of this encounter can be found in the booklet of "Legrand Nougaro". A little later appeared Nougaros debut album and laying the foundation for his successful, four decades spanning solo career. Nougaro contributed the lyrics, Legrand gives life through his music - so arose classics like "Le Cinéma", "Les' Don Juan ''," Le Rouge Et Le Fleur "," Ma Fleur "" Vachement Décontracté "and many more.

47 years after the birth of the success-trailer Legrand / Nougaro Nougaro fifteen chansons were rerecorded for "Legrand Nougaro" now. Incidentally, there are among them two posthumous duets ( "Les' Don Juan ''," Le Rouge Et Le Noir "), which developed Legrand using older analog recordings by Nougaro. In addition, Legrand has brought on the basis of a recently discovered text-Nougaro the new composition "Mon Dernier Concert" on paper. As usual with Legrand, the brilliant spring 2005 rehearsed album by masterful arrangements. The recordings were recorded in the Guillaume-Tell-Studios the twelve-kilometers west of Paris nearby Suresnes. Also impressive is the list of those involved in this superb tribute album musicians: Kenny Werner, Thierry Eliez (both: piano, organ), Jean-Marc Benais (guitar), Ron Carter, Philippe Chayeb (both: bass), André Ceccarelli, Martin Drew (both: drums) and Phil Woods (alto saxophone). "Legrand Nougaro" is an album that celebrates a unique relationship perfectly: between Michel Legrand, Claude Nougaro - and the Jazz.
January 2006

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