Michel Legrand and his Orchestra, featuring Miles Davis - Legrand Jazz (2LP, 45RPM)
ORDER LIMITED TO ONE ITEM PER CUSTOMER
Miles Davis (A1, B3, C1, D1) [click here to see more vinyl featuring Miles Davis]
Art Farmer (A3, B2, D3) [click here to see more vinyl featuring Art Farmer]
Donald Byrd (A3, B2, D3) [click here to see more vinyl featuring Donald Byrd]
Ernie Royal (A3, B2, D3)
Joe Wilder (A3, B2, D3)
Alto Saxophone – Gene Quill (A3, B2, D3)
Alto Saxophone - Phil Woods (A1, A3, B2-3, C1, D1, D3) [click here to see more vinyl featuring Phil Woods]
Baritone Saxophone – Teo Macero (A3, B2, D3)
Baritone Saxophone, Bass Clarinet – Jerome Richardson (A1, B3, C1, D1)
Bass – George Duvivier (A2, B1, C2, D2) [click here to see more vinyl featuring George Duvivier]
Bass - Milt Hinton (A3, B2, D3) [Click here to see more vinyl featuring Milt Hinton]
Bass - Paul Chambers (3) (A1, B3, C1, D1) [click here to see more vinyl featuring Paul Chambers]
Bass, Tuba – Major Holley (A2, B2, C2, D2)
Drums – Don Lamond (A2, B1, C2, D2), Kenny Dennis (A1, B3, C1, D1), Osie Johnson (A3, B2, D3)
Flute – Herbie Mann (A1, A2, B1, B3, C1, C2, D1, D2) [click here to see more vinyl featuring Herbie Mann]
French Horn – James Buffington (A3, B2, D3)
Guitar – Barry Galbraith (A1, B3, C1, D1)
Harp – Betty Glamann (A1, B3, C1, D1)
Piano – Bill Evans (A1, B3, C1, D1) [click here to see more vinyl featuring Bill Evans]
Piano - Hank Jones (A2, B1, C2, D2) [click here to see more vinyl featuring Hank Jones]
Piano - Nat Pierce (A3, B2, D3)
Tenor Saxophone – Ben Webster (A2, B1, C2, D2) [click here to see more vinyl featuring Ben Webster]
Tenor Saxophone - John Coltrane (A1, B3, C1, D1) [click here to see more vinyl featuring John Coltrane]
Tenor Saxophone - Seldon Powell (A3, B2, D3)
Trombone – Billy Byers (A2, B1, C2, D2), Eddie Bert (A2, B1, C2, D2), Frank Rehak (A2, A3, B1, B2, C2, D2), Jimmy Cleveland (A2-3, B1-2, C2, D2-3)
Vibraphone [Vibraharp] – Don Elliot (A3, B2, D3), Eddie Costa (A1, B3, C1, D1)
Conductor, Arranged by Michel Legrand [click here to see more vinyl by Michel Legrand]
Written by Fats Waller (A1), Django Reinhardt (A2), Dizzy Gillespie (A3), Count Basie (B1), Benny Goodman (B2), John Lewis (B3), Jelly Roll Morton (C1), Earl Hines (C2), Thelonious Monk (D1), Duke Ellington (D2), Bix Beiderbecke (D3)
2 LPs, gatefold jacket, large format booklet with new art and appreciation by Tom Schnabel
Limited to 3,000 copies
Original analog Master tape : YES
Heavy Press : 180g
Record color : black
Speed : 45RPM
Size : 12”
Record Press : RTI
Label : Impex Records
Original Label : Columbia
Recorded in New York City on June 25, 1958 (A1, B3, C1, D1), June 27, 1958 (A2, B1, C2, D2), June 30, 1958 (A3, B2, D3)
Engineered by Mark Wilder at Battery Studios, New York
Produced by Abey Fonn, Robert Bantz
Remastered by Bob Donnelly and Chris Bellman using Bernie Grundman Mastering's all-tube cutting system, Hollywood, CA.
Originally released in 1958
Reissued in 2019
Side A :
- The Jitterbug Waltz (Fats Waller)
- Nuages (Django Reinhardt)
- Night In Tunisia (Dizzy Gillespie)
- Blue And Sentimental (Count Basie)
- Stompin' At The Savoy (Benny Goodman)
- Django (John Lewis)
Side C :
- Wild Man Blues (Jelly Roll Morton)
- Rosetta (Earl Hines)
Side D :
- 'Round Midnight (Thelonious Monk)
- Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Duke Ellington)
- In A Mist (Bix Beiderbecke)
2019 Positive Feedback Writers Choice Award!
Voted The LA & OC Audio Society 2019 Audiophile Recording of the Year Award for Reissue LP!
Stereophile Records To Die For - 2012
"This is the 45rpm version of IMPEX's 2017 33 1/3 all-analog reissue of Michel Legrand's somewhat overlooked musical and sonic treasure featuring many of the greatest jazz artists of the era. Nothing other than Legrand's passing has changed since the original reissue review, so I'm just repeating it, other than to add that it sounds even 'Legrander' at 45rpm, though if you already own IMPEX's 33 1/3 version, it's not really necessary to buy it again, unless you must! An enticement might be the now glossy laminated jacket and gatefold booklet with a very useful and informed essay by KCRW's Tom Schnabel. This IMPEX reissue is sourced from an 'analog mix-down transfer of the original 1958 work tape by Mark Wilder at Battery Studios' and cut by Chris Bellman and Bob Donnelly at Bernie Grundman Mastering on Grundman's all-tube mastering system. I have a clean, original 6-Eye pressing that this superbly pressed reissue betters in every way. This will make both your stereo and your heart sing. Some of the greatest jazz musicians of that or any era wailing and clearly having a Legrand time. Limited to 3000 [numbered] copies. Don't miss it!" - Michael Fremer, Analog Planet
"Michel Legrand has spent most of his life as a composer in the studios and for films, but this release is a jazz classic. Legrand took 11 famous jazz compositions and arranged them for three different groups. Tenor great Ben Webster, flutist Herbie Mann, four trombonists, and a rhythm section perform pieces by Duke Ellington, Earl Hines, Django Reinhardt ("Nuages"), and the Count Basie-associated "Blue and Sentimental." A big band with trumpeters Art Farmer and Donald Byrd and altoist Phil Woods plays "Stompin' at the Savoy," "A Night in Tunisia," and Bix Beiderbecke's "In a Mist." The most famous session has Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Phil Woods, Herbie Mann, pianist Bill Evans, harp, vibes, baritone, and a rhythm section performing music by Thelonious Monk, John Lewis, Jelly Roll Morton ("Wild Man Blues"), and Fats Waller's "Jitterbug Waltz." Throughout this superlative album, the arrangements are colorful and unusual, making one wish that Legrand had recorded more jazz albums through the years." AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow
"I'm very much falling in love with 45 RPM LPs. I'm also very much falling in love with IMPEX Records and their recent series of vinyl releases. Merge this format and this label together and you have a real winner: Legrand Jazz. This is a pressing that could possibly take its place as one of the crown jewels in your entire jazz LP collection. Legrand Jazz is the very essence of what audiophile records can be and should be!
"Yes, 45 RPM LPs might be a pain to flip through, but my goodness they are certainly worth it in my humble opinion. The latest and greatest from IMPEX, Mobile Fidelity and Analogue Productions continue to set new bench marks as in some cases they are difficult if not impossible to differentiate from their reel to reel counterparts (when available for comparison). With the latest surge of incredible sounding reel to reel tapes hitting the market, I did consider reel to reel as the gold standard right behind the master tapes. These new 45 RPM releases are now in the team picture too.
"IMPEX has a long respected legacy in the audiophile vinyl market and thanks to the business and production leadership of Abey Fonn and the distribution support of Kevin Berg over at Elusive Disc, they continue to step up their game. This includes the fairly recent 33 RPM releases of Another Time, Another Place by Jennifer Warnes, Lo Que Dice Mi Cantar by Trio Palabras and Friday Night In San Francisco by John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola, and Paco De Lucia.
"Now we have Legrand Jazz in 45 RPM. Released in 1958 on the Columbia label and recorded at the renowned Columbia Records 30th Street Studios, it was arranged and conducted by the French jazz enthusiast Michel Legrand. Musicians included Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Paul Chambers, Hank Jones, Art Farmer, Donald Byrd, Phil Woods, Ben Webster, Herbie Mann, Milt Hinton, Frank Rehak, Jimmy Cleveland, and Joe Wilder amongst many more superstars.
"This IMPEX stereo reissue is sourced from the original 1958 work tape by Mark Wilder at Battery Studios and cut by Chris Bellman and Bob Donnelly at Bernie Grundman Mastering. This was an end to end all analog effort including an all tube mastering system. The icing on the cake is the latest and greatest 180 gram vinyl utilized by RTI. Talk about low noise and black backgrounds!
"Most of these tracks are fairly familiar jazz standards with a very laid back and soothing emphasis, but you will be hard pressed not to immediately fall in love with the arrangements and the subtle but addictive way that Legrand brings out all the skills and powerful voices of these iconic musicians.
"There are so many highlights that its difficult to point to any track in particular. However, one of my favorites is "Blue and Sentimental." Ben Webster (tenor sax) stands stage left and Frank Rehak (trombone) stands stage right in a very expressive if not alluring duet of alternating solos. The instruments are so three dimensional and rich with proper timbre and weight that your eyes might just swell up as you imagine the rye whiskey and cigarette smoke whirling around you. Yep, it's a studio but the quality of this recording and your imagination will take you to another place.
""Django" is still another slice of French Kharma. Miles Davis and Bill Evans float through this track with as much cool and refinement as you will ever hear from them in their quintessential albums together or on their own. That classic muted trumpet sounds better than ever with no edge or tilted emphasis--just layers of wonderful harmonic bloom and foggy ease. Piano is weighty and detailed with plenty of rhythmic expression and subtle bursts of life. Circling and swirling throughout is Betty Glamann on harp that provides another interesting mix and counter to that provided by Davis and Evans. Just exquisite stuff.
"Legrand Jazz is an absolute keeper and deserves to be in every music lover's collection. This goes for both the jazz aficionados out there and even those with other interests but who love to dabble with something very special. Production is limited so I'd jump on the purchase before its too late." - Robert S. Youman, Positive Feedback, October 28, 2019
“Impex released the reissue in a 33 RPM platter, and we gave it the highest ratings for recording and music back in Issue 153. This new 45 RPM two-disc set demonstrates that all top ratings are not created equal. Instrumental texture is the biggest beneficiary of the new mastering by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering - Ben Webster should always sound juicy, but here he is downright succulent. Add a more seamless soundstage and this is a perfect artefact of Columbia's wedding of the best recording engineers, decks, microphones and hall. In addition, the new fold-out cover embraces a handsome booklet.” Dennis Davis, Hi-Fi+
AllMusic : 4,5 / 5 , Discogs : 4,56 / 5 , Michael Fremer : Music 10/11, Sound 11/11