Jacques Loussier's best works
Bruce Bogart | Toronto Canada | 11/09/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Jacques Loussier is quite possibly the world's most brilliant pianist today. Jacques Loussier was the original pioneer combining jazz with the works of J.S. Bach. Others have tried to do this, but Loussier has remained the most successful. His style remains true to the original works of Bach. Even the casual listener can tell that he takes his work seriously. However, Jacques Loussier's music goes far beyond that. He is gifted with an almost hypnotic style that can conjure up images
and emotions in one's mind while listening to the music. You hear it time and time again, unique to the Jacques Loussier Trio. The music is magic. He is able to transform an ordinary piece into a masterpiece. Loussier has also applied his expertise to the works of Vivaldi, Ravel, Debussy Satie and offers fresh new impressions on the work of these (and other) composers. Loussier's most recent offering is entitled "Baroque Favorites". His highly talented past and present drummer(s) and bassist(s) complement Loussier's style to form a tightly integrated trio. Play Bach 1 and 2 are probably Loussier's very best works. These recordings were first issued on the Decca label. Listen carefully to Loussier's wonderful interpretation of Partita No. 1 in B flat major: Allemande. If you missed out on the original vinyl Decca recordings of Play Bach jazz, you now have a second chance. Grab them now!I was fortunate to have the opportunity attend his concert and meet him in Toronto, Canada at the start of his Telarc tour. His concert received several standing ovations. He just keeps getting better with time. At the time of this writing, Jacques Loussier has just finished his North America and will appear in Australian. It may be a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear the Jacques Loussier Trio live. ..."
Preserves the beauty of Bach
Eran Levy | Jerusalem Israel | 11/18/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"While adding a wonderful, gentle touch of Jazz/Swing, which sometimes makes the music even more enjoyable to listen than the original!