On October 18, 2011, Ghostlight Records released the long-awaited Legrand Affair – an exciting collaboration with multi-Oscar-winning film/jazz/pop composer Michel Legrand, one of Melissa’s musical idols, who conducted, arranged and wrote new material for Melissa with Alan and Marilyn Bergman, produced by the legendary Phil Ramone. It was recorded with a 100-piece pop symphony in Brussels, and a superlative jazz rhythm section of Steve Gadd and David Finck. In the winter and spring of 2005-2006, she has given sneak-peek concerts of this material at The Kennedy Center with The National Symphony (conducted by Marvin Hamlisch), solo several times at Joe’s Pub, Dizzy’s at Lincoln Center and The Living Room; and on Smooth Jazz cd 101.9 Radio. The critics have adored it!
Literally years in the making, this improbable endeavor has become a reality.
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“So, it took until 2011 for the long-gestating Legrand album to appear, but it proves worth the wait. Legrand Affair is a full-scale collaboration between singer and composer, with Legrand providing arrangements and orchestrations, and even stepping in to accompany Errico on piano and, on “Once Upon a Summertime,” to sing (and scat) along.”-Four Star CD Review, William Ruhlman, allmusic.com
“Errico also stakes a claim as a major interpreter of his catalog.” -Four Star CD Review, William Ruhlman, allmusic.com
“Spectacularly beautiful new album.” – Will Friedwald, the Wall Street Journal
“A noteworthy addition to the short list of first-class American stylists (including Sarah Vaughan and Jack Jones), who have collaborated with Mr. Legrand through the years.” – Will Friedwald, the Wall Street Journal
“Six years in the making, this thrilling, expansive, 15-song release is destined to become nothing less than epic.” – Edge Magazine, CD Review