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Legrand: Legrand Jazz [DVD] [2011] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Michel Legrand, London Big Band Orchestra, Alison Moyet, Sylvain Luc
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: ARTHAUS
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Feb. 2011
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004KDO2QG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,111 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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It is difficult to pin the multi-talented Michel Legrand down into one single category. This amazingly versatile singer, songwriter, composer, arranger, conductor and producer has enjoyed a whirlwind career, excelling in an impressively broad range of domains from film soundtracks and French chanson to jazz and classical music. An international star, who has won as much respect in the United States as he has in Europe, Legrand is an insatiable musician whose creativity and ambition appear to know no bounds. For this gala event titled LeGrand Jazz, which marks the launch of a world tour, the pianist chose the brilliant backdrop of the Big Band Orchestra from London to ignite and provide extra reinforcement for his greatest hits. The fabulous guitarist Sylvain Luc was invited to participate in this anniversary event. To perform some of his top songs, Legrand brought British singer Alison Moyet on board, with her powerful voice, full of soul and energy.

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I must admit, while I have always appreciated the work of Michel Legrand, he has never been on the top of my list as one of the all-time jazz greats. To me, he has always been the jazz composer who wrote film scores and movie soundtracks, albeit very good ones. Now my opinion has changed, as this live DVD attests to the true scope of his talent. Backed by the London Big Band Orchestra, Legrand shows off his wares, delivering a stunning performance that starts with a bang and never lets up. Honestly, this is one of the best modern big band performances I have ever seen or heard.

The brilliance of the performance lies in Legrand's exuberance; he is alive and full of energy, so very into the music. His enthusiasm is infectious, and it is obvious and he and his band are having a blast. Later in the show, he is joined by guitar great Sylvain Luc and British pop singer Alison Moyet (formerly of Yaz). Their presence adds another layer of depth to the performance, yet the central focus is totally Legrand - he steals the show in every way possible.

My only complaint, and it is minor, is a distracting continuity error where closeups of the drummer show him missing a bow tie, which is present in the wide shots. Obviously some of the footage was taken from a different performance, and while it is not really a deal-breaker, it is a jarring visual to those of us who notice such minor trivial details. Rant over.
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Fantastic concert capturing all that is good in jazz without any pretension. Especially good to see a British big band backing a French legend. Excellent!
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I love Michel Legrand's music. I guess I have all of his official soundtracks on CD plus the ones taken from the old LPs tranfered to CD. But this product is a very special one! Is Legrand at his best on a field he dominates completely since the begining of his career: jazz! I mean, jazz played with a big, and in this case, fantastic orchestra. The sound and image of this product is amazing and if you play it on a Blu-ray the improvement of its quality shines all through it. At last but not the least, the special appearence of Alyson Moyet vocalising a few Michel's standarts makes it a five stars buy!
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This DVD took an old man right to the times of his youth! Superb jazz! Great music for one and all but a special rejuvenator for my generation.It will put joy in your heart and a spring in your step!
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