Saturday, June 11, 2011

song of the week 22: michel legrand - dingo rock

More jazz this week, featuring legendary veteran French composer Michel Legrand, who I was lucky enough to catch at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club this week.

Legrand is mainly known for the lush orchestrations and sweeping melodies of his film scores but, as we saw and heard, he's also an remarkably virtuosic jazz pianist and despite his seventy-nine years his dexterity at the keyboard remains undiminished.

He recorded his Legrand Jazz album with Miles Davis in 1958 and they collaborated again in 1990, a year before Davis died, on a film called Dingo. This funky big-band version of a piece from the soundtrack (which for reasons unknown never made it onto the resulting album) was a highlight of the evening:

More about Legrand's film work in my earlier post.

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