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Charito Meets Michel Legrand: Watch What Happens

The decision to partner Philippine-born Charito with French-born Michel Legrand was an inspired move. It not only blends the jazz genre with cabaret; it features two unique vocal timbres and opens our ears to various cultural influences. Charito is now based in Tokyo; Legrand, who has spent considerable time living and working in the USA, is again home in Paris.

Their album, initially released in Europe in 2008, consists of 13 Legrand originals. He sings and/or plays on three of them. There’s a rich, warm string ensemble behind Charito, plus a trumpeter (doubling on flugelhorn?) and a tenorist (doubling on flute?) playing obligatos or filling gaps very tastefully each time the fiddles are used. Pardon the ambiguities, but the album is woefully lacking in details. The only other musician properly identified is Alain Mayeras, who wrote all the arrangements and plays piano on ten tracks not featuring Legrand. Alain’s backing of Charito on the combo version of “I Will Wait For You” reveals Mayeras’ affinity for jazz phrasing, but he gets little chance to display it elsewhere.

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