LEGRAND JAZZ – 180-GRAM LP

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LEGRAND JAZZ – 180-GRAM LP

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Academy and Grammy ® Award-winning composer/arranger Michel Legrand (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Summer of ’42, The Thomas Crown Affair) was not a household name in America in 1958, but he was renowned among musicians and a life-long fanatic of American jazz and its players. Legrand Jazz is the result of Legrand traveling to America and using his Columbia Records contract to enlist label mates (and soon to be legends) Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Paul Chambers, Ben Webster, Hank Jones, Herbie Mann, Phil Woods, Donald Byrd, Art Farmer, Sheldon Powell, Teo Macero, Milt Hinton, Jimmy Cleveland, and others to record his fantastical reimagining of 11 jazz standards. Not merely content to lay down another Parisian hard-bop play-along, the 27 year old worked against type and expectations at every turn, creating a moody, idiosyncratic landscape for unusual call-and-response chase solos, washes of harp and vibes, and sultry horn canvases. Davis, Coltrane and the others manage to fall in with the diverse, mellow flow of Legrand’s arrangements while keeping their unique musical voices.

You may have heard–and possibly been disappointed by–a recent LP reissue of Legrand Jazz, but where that reissue was sourced from a poor digital copy source, Impex’s pristine new release was mastered by Chris Bellman on Bernie Grundman’s All-Tube cutting lathe from a 2-track, all-analog mix down of the original studio work prints, made especially for Impex Records by Mark Wilder at Battery Studios in New York. The results are relevatory. The large recording space is captured in every detail, while Davis’ full force dynamic variations come through with incredible veracity. The gentle ebb-and-flow of Legrand’s parts highlight microtonal fluctuations on every track. You are along for a magic carpet ride of large jazz ensemble recording when you drop the needle into these grooves.

We have packaged the meticulously recreated outer jacket in a gatefold with an original photo montage inside honoring Michel Legrand’s masterpiece of reinvention and focused fan-boy enthusiasm. This release will be individually numbered up to 3,000! We don’t need to tell you to commande vôtre tôt!

Track listing

SIDE 1
1. The Jitterbug Waltz
2. Nuages
3. Night In Tunisia
4. Blue and Sentimental
5. Stompin’ at the Savoy
6. Django
SIDE 2
1. Wild Man Blues
2. Rosetta
3. ‘Round Midnight
4. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
5. In a Mist

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You live for this.

The anticipation of pulling open the heavy-plastic outer sleeve.

The sensation of removing the disc from its heavy-board, tip-on jacket.

The heft of the 180-gram vinyl disc sliding into your hand.

The satisfaction of the perfectly flat LP becoming one with the platter.

The astonishment at the record’s silence surface.

And then, that sound – the brilliant, vivid fidelity – and the euphoric emotion of being there at the creation: inside hallowed recording spaces such as Columbia’s 30th Street Studio, Capitol Studio A in Hollywood, or Abbey Road in London.

From the moment the stylus hits the groove, you’re enveloped by amazing performances captured in extraordinary, life-like sound. Music with unprecedented transparency, immediacy and richness of tone. Pristine sound that comes as close to the original analog master tape as is humanly possible.

Deep feelings abound as you experience the impeccable craftsmanship of an IMPEX RECORDS audio disc.

This is the reward you’ve earned for a deep-seated love of music, your commitment to superior sound and the countless hours and prodigious capital you’ve invested in building a playback system that can transport you to your musical Nirvana.

At IMPEX RECORDS, we make 180-gram LPs, 24K Gold CDs and Super Audio Compact Discs of uncompromising quality: exceptional products designed for discriminating listeners with a passion for music and sound. Our love for music, and respect for the art and science of sound recording, guides and informs every decision we make. Our dedication leads to obsessing over every detail of the craft for one purpose: to put you front-row center in the studio, club or concert hall to encounter great music exactly as it was recorded, with the highest of fidelity

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