Label: Impex – IMP6030-45 / Columbia CS 8079
2019 Positive Feedback Writers Choice Award!
Voted The LA & OC Audio Society 2019 Audiophile Recording of the Year Award for Reissue LP!
Numbered, Limited Edition!
Only 3000 Numbered Copies!
100% Analog 180g 45rpm Vinyl!
Mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering!
Pressed at RTI!
Brand New All-Analog Mastering by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering! Hear this album as it was meant to be heard! Absolutely Stunning!
Steve Hoffman Says: “Order your copy now. Best place would be Elusive Disc, Inc. Hurry before it sells out!”
Hi-Fi News January 2018 LP of the Month! Rated 95/100 Sound Quality!
Rated 10/11 Music, 11/11 Sound by Michael Fremer!
Remastered from the Original Analog Stereo Masters for the First Time! Hear this album as it was meant to be heard! Absolutely Stunning!
Numbered Limited Edition 100% Analog 180g Vinyl LP!
The greatest assembly of musical talent ever on one album!
Features Performances by John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Ben Webster & 27 More Jazz Greats!
In 1958, a young, successful French composer-arranger with a major infatuation on American jazz, worked his way to New York and convinced the very best players of the time to record an album of largely jazz standards. Michel Legrand would go on to win numerous prizes and accolades (3 Oscars, 5 Grammies, 2 Palmes D’or, etc.), but little of what followed matched the sheer brilliance of Legrand Jazz.
Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Ben Webster, Phil Woods and practically every other session man in town signed up for sessions with Legrand to record his idiosyncratic arrangements of standards (“Django”, “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore”, “Night in Tunisia”, etc.). Instead of regurgitating then current bop styles, he reinvented the very nature of orchestral jazz band repertoire to make a unique and forward-looking statement on the genre.
The sound of Impex’s all-analog LP preserves the wide soundstage of late 50’s Columbia recordings while creating intimate spaces between players on the stage for maximum definition. This rare, highly-praised recording has never sounded as good as it does now. Go big with Legrand Jazz.
“The music is luscious and this just may be one of the best-sounding records you’ll ever hear.” – Ken Kessler, www.hifinews.co.uk, January 2018 LP of the Month, Rated 95/100 Sound Quality!
“The result is superior in every way to an original, and the stereo is so good that the oft-stated preference for mono jazz titles fades away. Is this the best sounding jazz orchestral recording of all times? I know of none that is better recorded. From the magic of Ben Webster’s mellifluous sounding horn on ‘Blue and Sentimental’ to the four trumpets blasting out ‘Stompin’ At The Savoy’, played loud and without distortion, this is pure audio musical catnip. Absolutely gorgeous.” – HiFi+, November 2017, 10/10 Recording, 10/10 Music
“The new Impex vinyl reissue, which used an all-analog chain, offers a wide, full soundstage. Detailed and warm, the LP has an in-the-room presence with lots of air. If texture and timbre appeal to you, this is a must-hear audiophile reissue.” – Jeff Wilson, The Absolute Sound, December 2017
“The performances are all amazing and luscious. Dynamics are powerful and precise. The bass is open and deeper than deep. Sound stage width is wall to wall, and depth is excellent and clear. The personnel play like there’s no tomorrow, with lots of heart and energy. Imaging is absolutely, positively perfect. Every instrument and ensemble is mic’ed to perfection. The tonality and layering is fresh and tape-like. The session tapes were well cared for and fresh for the remaking. Legrand Jazz is 180 grams of musical tour de force. I kept saying WOW! over and over again with each superb solo. Who knew this album, the recording, and the engineering was this phenomenal? I did not…”
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