Concert choice

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Re: Concert choice

Postby pljms » Sat Sep 22, 2018 3:26 pm

Martin Johnson wrote:In the thread concerning Swing Out Sister's new album I described the track 'Everybody's Here' as sounding like it might have been influenced by Michel Legrand and thought then that a thread dedicated to the great French composer was long overdue. We know what a class act the aforementioned Swing Out Sister's Corinne Drewery and Andy Connell are and here they are on British TV in 1989 performing a voice and piano version of perhaps Michel Legrand's most famous song, 'The Windmills of Your Mind':

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CSfJ8s6V4Lg


I remember watching that at the time on a program called, as far as I can recall, Pebble Mill At One and being surprised and not a little impressed that an act at that time I only really knew for 'Breakout' and 'You On My Mind' could perform a Michel Legrand classic so convincingly.

'The Summer Knows' is a popular song of Legrand's but I actually prefer it in its original instrumental form as 'The Theme From Summer of 42'. Here is the great man's own orchestral version.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=oYu6HtUxRJs
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Re: Concert choice

Postby Blair N. Cummings » Sat Sep 22, 2018 4:25 pm

If for no better reason than to be my usual contrarian self, I have to say that I have always found LeGrand`s music to be excruciatingly boring.

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Re: Concert choice

Postby Sara D » Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:37 am

I was talking to my husband about the jazz pianist Bill Evans and what we had of his in our collection when he reminded me about the album he made with Tony Bennett which included Michel Legrand's and Alan and Marilyn Bergman's 'You Must Believe in Spring', a staple of late night jazz radio shows.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2bDFDYhXqPM

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Re: Concert choice

Postby pljms » Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:40 am

Here's Bill Evans again this time accompanying Monica Zetterlund in the archetypal Legrand ballad, 'Once Upon A Summertime'. The English lyrics for this song were written by Johnny Mercer, no less.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MjdD_oF0lA8
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Re: Concert choice

Postby Martin Johnson » Fri Sep 28, 2018 2:16 am

I first knew the song as sung in French from the film 'The Umbrellas of Cherbourg' but the first time I remember hearing it in English as 'I Will Wait For You' it was sung by Matt Monro:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=awlZs_7Xnz4

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Re: Concert choice

Postby Sara D » Mon Oct 08, 2018 1:28 am

I believe it's not so much the beautiful melodies rather it's the sophisticated chord structures that draw jazz musicians towards Michel Legrand's compositions and pianist Bill Evans in particular seems to have had a natural affinity with his music.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AvNgM1gIxE0

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Re: Concert choice

Postby steveo_1965 » Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:08 pm

Hey you all,
you be talkin about Michel Legrand..my favorite by him is a little known tune from a failed movie the title song to Pieces of Dreams , Peggy Lee made the record
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Re: Concert choice

Postby pljms » Tue Oct 23, 2018 5:41 am

Steveo, 'Pieces Of Dreams' is my personal favourite of Legrand's after 'Watch What Happens'. As we've already heard it sung in this thread here's Michel Legrand's beautifully orchestrated instrumental version. Listen out for all the flugelhorns near the beginning.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Cad8WlkjHb4
Paul


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