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Takayuki HamadaChronique Michel Legrand – De Ses Debuts A Aujourd'hui ... Book
Rittor (Japan), 2017. New Copy ... $32.99
A beautiful book on the decades of recorded output from one of our favorite composers ever – the legendary Michel Legrand – an artist known to most folks for his famous soundtracks of the 60s and 70s – but also a jazz musician, singer, and even a very groovy instrumental arranger! All those many aspects of Legrand's music are brought together here wonderfully – in a rich discography that's done in a similar style to some of the Japanese jazz discographies in our racks – but with maybe even a wider-ranging approach, given that Legrand's records were issued in so many countries over so many years! The style here is familiar if you know those other discographies – each record gets a listing with a reproduction of the cover in color, plus release date, label, catalog number, and even songs and other details. The book also features short reviews of many of the records, and longer text on Legrand – all of which is in Japanese – but the volume also balances things out beautifully for non-Japanese readers, with lots of photos and other beautiful images. The soundtrack section is especially great, as it also includes lots of rare singles and EP releases – and the book also features chapters on Legrand's jazz work, his vocal releases, live records, collaborations, musicals, and arrangements for a huge amount of singers. There's even a special sleeve gallery at the back, with lots more rare album covers in full color – and even a listing of all his scores for films. A beautiful book if you love Michel Legrand as much as we do – 255 pages, with loads of beautiful full color images! Book

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