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Learn more about Umbrellas Sunshine:music Of Michel:

Format: CD
Sku: 220188656
UPC: 616892127864
UPC 14: 00616892127864
Release Date: 3/8/2011
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Parapluies De Cherbourg, Les ~ David Finck/Roger Davidson
2. Valse Des Lilas, La ~ David Finck/Roger Davidson
3. Enfants Qui Pleurent, Les ~ David Finck/Roger Davidson
4. Summer Knows, The ~ David Finck/Roger Davidson
5. Watch What Happens ~ David Finck/Roger Davidson
6. His Eyes, Her Eyes ~ David Finck/Roger Davidson
7. Easy Way/What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?, The ~ David Finck/Roger Davidson
8. First Time, The ~ David Finck/Roger Davidson
9. You Must Believe In Spring ~ David Finck/Roger Davidson
10. Look ~ David Finck/Roger Davidson
11. Je Vivrai Sans Toi ~ David Finck/Roger Davidson
12. How Do You Keep the Music Playing? ~ David Finck/Roger Davidson
13. Parapluies de Cherbourg [Piano Solo], Les ~ David Finck/Roger Davidson
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Roger Davidson (piano).
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: James Gavin.
Muze PNote Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York, NY (2009).
Muze PNote Photographer: Fran Kaufman.
Muze PNote In popular culture, Michel Legrand (who turned 79 on February 24, 2011) is best known for his accomplishments as a composer. But people who really know their jazz also respect the Paris native for his work as an acoustic pianist, and on Umbrellas & Sunshine: The Music of Michel Legrand, fellow acoustic pianist Roger Davidson pays tribute to both Legrand the composer and Legrand the pianist. Forming an intimate duo with upright bassist David Finck, Davidson salutes Legrand's pianistic style, but does so on his own terms. In other words, Davidson acknowledges elements of Legrand's playing, but isn't actually trying to emulate him; the lyrical Davidson still sounds like himself. And he tackles an intriguing variety of Legrand pieces on this 2009 recording. Many of the songs are well-known standards, including "You Must Believe in Spring," "Watch What Happens," "The Summer Knows," and "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?" (which is part of a medley that also includes "The Easy Way"). But Davidson makes his share of less obvious choices as well. Among them: "His Eyes, Her Eyes" (from the 1968 film The Thomas Crown Affair), "The First Time" (which was heard in Falling in Love Again, a romantic comedy from 1980), and the obscure "Look." Many people who are big admirers of Legrand are unfamiliar with "Look," and the very fact that Davidson included that rarity shows that he wasn't afraid to do his homework. So even though Umbrellas & Sunshine has its share of well-known standards, Davidson obviously didn't want this 52-minute CD to have an all-standards-all-the-time approach. Davidson is hardly the first jazz musician to pay homage to Legrand, and he certainly won't be the last. But his sense of adventure makes Umbrellas & Sunshine one of the more memorable Legrand tributes of the 2000s. ~ Alex Henderson

Producer: Pablo Aslan

Engineer: Roy Hendrickson

Associated Artists and Works

McNair, Sylvia
Previn, Andre
Previn, Andre (Conductor/Piano)

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 03/08/2011
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2011
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 1019
Music Label Name Label : Soundbrush Records
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00616892127864

Professional Reviews

JazzTimes (p.71)
- "Every track is carefully conceived and complete....'The Summer Knows,' with Finck's drawn-out arco yearnings, is lovely."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Davidson,Roger
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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