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Roger Davidson & David Finck: Umbrellas & Sunshine: The Music of Michel Legrand

This recital of Michel Legrand songs is a conscientious project, from the refined musicianship of Roger Davidson and David Finck to the classy CD package, the informative liner notes by James Gavin, and the pristine sound by engineer Roy Hendrickson. Davidson is a classical pianist and composer who took up jazz midway in his career and has become an articulate improviser. Here he lavishes his harmonic knowledge upon Legrand’s rich, elegantly modulated progressions.

Every track is carefully conceived and complete. At the moment when bassist David Finck enters “The Easy Way,” it quietly and dramatically becomes “What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?,” with luminous new chords on the bridge. “The Summer Knows,” with Finck’s drawn-out arco yearnings, is lovely.

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