Michel Legrand: A Night in Tunisia
A Night in Tunisia
Legrand Jazz (Verve 042283007420)
Recorded: New York, June 30, 1958
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
In 1958, when Michel Legrand landed stateside to conduct American all-stars playing his arrangements, some participants must've wondered what this Frenchman was up to. His mid-'50s international success with easy-listening travel-themed albums hardly bode well. Not to worry. For a fiery "Night in Tunisia," Legrand pits four trumpets against hard-blowing altoists Phil & Quill, and everybody wins. It's a special treat to hear back-to-back trumpeters Joe Wilder, who had the prettiest tone in the business, and Art Farmer, also with the prettiest tone. (Okay, so sue us. We can't make up our minds.) In any language, Legrand Jazz is Le Grand Jazz.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz
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