Michel Legrand Tuesday Museday Marc Louis-Boyard

TUESDAY MUSEDAY – Michel Legrand

Michel Legrand (1932 – 2019) is one of the most respected composers in the history of modern music, alongside Igor Stravinsky, Frank Zappa and Quincy Jones.

After having benefited from the tutelage of the famously severe Nadia Boulanger, Michel Legrand composed thousands of pieces and songs for various industries.

His legacy is still influencing the whole world, from the cinema studios of California to Paris to New York’s most whisky-fueled jazz clubs. 

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John Coltrane music guide slow culture marc louis-boyard

WHERE TO BEGIN WITH… John Coltrane (jazz)

Fact: the jazz world is essentially difficult to read. John Coltrane has been one of the first jazzmen to introduce us to this major movement of music. Did you know that jazz is the oldest form of music that is still active and evolving? You should. Worry not: you will soon learn much more with this guide.

Let’s have a few minutes with The Wise One’s short but impressive career and discover your next rudiments.

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WHERE TO BEGIN WITH… Miles Davis

Miles Davis (1926 – 1991) has been the subject of countless quality biographies, documentaries and has even his biopic entitled Miles Ahead (starring Don Cheadle and Ewan McGregor). What often stays a mystery is not Miles himself, but how to approach his music. Some would be tempted to try to start the climb in the chronological order of his career, or to begin with the so-called “classics” (aka his early years with Columbia Records and his Blue Note debut, Kind of Blue) . Even though these methods would rightfully satiate the curiosity of many, one would miss a great deal of Music history.

Our approach is slightly different. While some would instantly reject what’s not considered “real jazz”, we advise to start by what we consider the most approachable. Don’t take us wrong: the instant attractiveness of our selection doesn’t remove any of the importance these titles and records have

We personally started with In A Silent Way and found it quite confusing at first. It is today our favorite. Taking your time is key!

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