If the American pop culture profile of French composer-jazz pianist Michel Legrand doesn’t seem what it once was, don’t be misled: his European indie film scores continue six decades on, now numbering nearly 200. But Legrand’s most beloved work remains the lovely, evocative themes he created in the ’60s and ’70s, including “I Will Wait

If the American pop culture profile of French composer-jazz pianist Michel Legrand doesn’t seem what it once was, don’t be misled: his European indie film scores continue six decades on, now numbering nearly 200. But Legrand’s most beloved work remains the lovely, evocative themes he created in the ’60s and ’70s, including “I Will Wait for You” from The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The Thomas Crown Affair’s “Windmills of Your Mind,” the theme from Summer of ’42, and his work on Barbra Streisand’s Yentl. This collection marks Legrand’s first solo piano recordings, presenting those and other film score highlights in spontaneously improvised performances that offer a glimpse of Legrand’s musical soul. If, as in “Windmills,” his enthusiasm gets the best of him and he occasionally lapses into flights of melodramatic pianistic self-parody, there are more than enough sublime moments here to compensate, especially on lesser-known songs like Best Friends’ “How Do You Keep the Music Playing?,” “What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?” from The Happy Ending, and Brian’s Song’s “Hands of Time.” –Jerry McCulley

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ADB says:

all the stars you’ve got Bill Evans once said that technique in jazz “is the ability to translate your ideas into sound through your instrument.” If that’s the case, Legrand possesses technique in spades.Before commenting on this rewarding disc, a few words about Legrand himself:Is there a better songwriter or a more versatile all-around musican alive today? I think you have to go back to people like Gershwin and Billy Strayhorn to find a rough parallel to Legrand’s multifaceted,…

Hiram Gomez Pardo says:

Maestro Legrand , at last ! Legrand has recorded at last one of his more intimate renditions to himself with his most remarkable themes along his brilliant career .From a summer of 42 , The windmills of your mind (The Thomas crown afair) , what are you doing the rest of your life or the romantic Umbrellas of Cherbourg ; all those unforgettable themes are played in this album for piano solo in the real intimacy between him and the listener . Legrand is the golden master of soundtracks in France and one of the…

Vitagoni "Duke" says:

Sunlight on his fingertips Sunlight on his fingertipsThe very bright talent of Michele Legrand you can feel especially when Maestro is playing piano himself.I heard some orchestra performance of Legrand before, that was good, but I was still thinking about him just like about pop music composer.Now I think different – he is Genius!

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