An Epic, Cinematic Legrand Affair
is Readied, as Melissa Errico's Eagerly-Awaited Collaboration with Michel Legrand and Phil Ramone Gets October 18th Release on Ghostlight Records
Imagine a Passionate Kiss Backed by a 100-Piece OrchestraErrico Delivers an 'Enormous, Intimate, Sensual' CD, Years in the Making
Few projects convey the sense of scale, ambition and passion as Melissa Errico's 'Legrand Affair.' Literally years in the making, this improbable endeavor has become a reality, and is confirmed for October 18th release on Ghostlight Records. 'Legrand Affair' is a collection of songs written by the legendary Michel Legrand, performed by Errico with a 100-piece symphony orchestra in Brussels, and produced by Phil Ramone. Their goal was to juxtapose something enormous with something intimate...to create epic, larger-than-life, cinematic art...but at the same time, make it feel akin to the most sensual kiss you've ever experienced. Listeners will soon be able to appreciate the delicate grandeur of their efforts.
The story behind the making of the album (which will feature a range of classic Legrand compositions as well as new material written for Errico by Legrand with Alan and Marilyn Bergman,) is as sweeping as the final product. As seen in Errico's detailed 'Musing' essay, below, the process sounds more like a James Bond film than a trip to the recording studio, and indeed it was...the epic journey included stops in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Brussels, Switzerland, Normandy, Andorra, Toronto, Costa Brava and a listening session while flying over the Pyrenees to Spain, with Legrand himself piloting a private plane. Errico even had three children over the course of the six years it took to see 'Legrand Affair' to completion, but recognizes it was all worth the wait: I'm proud to have gotten it to the place it was always meant to be, in honor of Michel Legrand who I love and respect beyond words."
Highlights abound on the upcoming CD, from the Oscar-nominated 'What Are You Doing For the Rest of Your Life' to 'The Windmills of Your Mind' (winner of the Academy Award for Best Original Song, from 'The Thomas Crown Affair.') On 'I Will Wait For You,' another Oscar-nominated track, Errico delivers an unexpected song for our times, a sentiment warmly conveyed to her by military families following a recent concert in Maryland.