Michel Legrand made his fame and fortune from writing for films, but he has also done significant work in jazz. In the late '50s, he arranged a set of Dixieland and swing standards for a French orchestra and used three different all-star groups for the classic Legrand Jazz. In 1968 he recorded a strictly jazz set with a trio. Legrand has also written for albums led by Stan Getz, Sarah Vaughan, and on several occasions, Phil Woods. Several of his songs (such as "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life," "Watch What Happens," and "The Summer Knows") have been recorded many times by jazz musicians. ~ Scott Yanow
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