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Jacques Loussier

Pianist/composer Jacques Loussier demonstrated musical ability at an early age, starting to play at the age of ten and entering the Conservatoire National de Musique in Paris at 16. Loussier's main professor there was Yves Nat, who in turn was encouraged by Faure, Saint-Saens, and Debussy as a student himself. Loussier continued this distinguished tradition, graduating at the top of his class.

After traveling the world as an accompanist, in the late '50s Loussier formed the Play Bach Trio with Pierre Michelot and Christian Garros. The Trio fused Loussier's classical background with his interest in jazz, using Bach's compositions as the basis for improvisation. The group was an immediate success, playing many shows and selling over six million albums in 15 years.

By the end of the '70s, however, the group ran its course and Loussier retired to Provence, spending his days composing and recording at his studio in Miraval, experimenting with electronic and acoustic arrangements. The studio also played host to rock artists like Pink Floyd (including sessions for The Wall), Elton John, and Sting.

1985 marked the 300-year anniversary of Bach's birth, which prompted Loussier to re-form the Play Bach Trio with new members and a wider musical range, adding rock and electronic elements to the basic blend of classical and jazz. Loussier also continued composing through the '80s and '90s, as well as performing pieces by Bach and Ravel live and on albums like 1999's Ravel: Bolero and Bach Book 40th Anniversary Album with his signature jazzy flair. A year later, Take Bach and Music of Debussy were released. ~ Heather Phares
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Jacques Loussier Plays Bach (The 50th Anniversary Recording)

Title: Partita For Solo Violin No. 3 In E Major, Bwv 1006

1. Partita For Solo Violin No. 3 In E Major, Bwv 1006: I. Preludio

Title: Two-part Invention, For Keyboard No. 8 In F Major, Bwv 779 (Bc L49)

2. Two-part Invention, For Keyboard No. 8 In F Major, Bwv 779 (Bc L49): Two Part Invention In F Major, Bwv 779 (arr. for violin & cello duo by Tr. Frederick Neumann)

Title: Sonata For Solo Violin No. 1 In G Minor, Bwv 1001

3. Sonata For Solo Violin No. 1 In G Minor, Bwv 1001: II. Siciliana

Title: Concerto For 2 Violins, Strings & Continuo In D Minor ("Double"), Bwv 1043

4. Concerto For 2 Violins, Strings & Continuo In D Minor ("Double"), Bwv 1043: I. Vivace

Title: Toccata, Adagio And Fugue, For Organ In C Major, Bwv 564 (Bc J36)

5. Toccata, Adagio And Fugue, For Organ In C Major, Bwv 564 (Bc J36): I. Toccata

6. Toccata, Adagio And Fugue, For Organ In C Major, Bwv 564 (Bc J36): II. Adagio

7. Toccata, Adagio And Fugue, For Organ In C Major, Bwv 564 (Bc J36): III. Fugue

Title: Minuet For Keyboard No. 7 In G Major (AMN II/7; Doubtful), BWV Anh. 116

8. Minuet For Keyboard No. 7 In G Major (AMN II/7; Doubtful), BWV Anh. 116: Minuet For Keyboard No. 7 In G Major (Amn Ii/7; Doubtful), Bwv Anh. 116

Title: Prelude And Fugue, For Keyboard No. 2 In C Minor (Wtc I/2), Bwv 847 (Bc L81)

9. Prelude And Fugue, For Keyboard No. 2 In C Minor (Wtc I/2), Bwv 847 (Bc L81): I. Prelude

Title: Chromatic Fantasia And Fugue, For Keyboard In D Minor, Bwv 903 (Bc L34)

10. Chromatic Fantasia And Fugue, For Keyboard In D Minor, Bwv 903 (Bc L34): I. Fantaisie

Title: Cantata No. 140, "Wachet Auf, Ruft Uns Die Stimme," Bwv 140 (Bc A166)

11. Cantata No. 140, "Wachet Auf, Ruft Uns Die Stimme," Bwv 140 (Bc A166): I. Coro: Wachet Auf, Ruft Uns Die Stimme

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Track List: The Brandenburgs

1. Concerto No. 1 In F Major I. (Allegro)

2. Concerto No. 1 In F Major, II. Adagio

3. Concerto No. 1 In F Major, III. Allegro

4. Concerto No. 2 In F Major, I. (Allegro)

5. Concerto No. 2 In F Major, II. Andante

6. Concerto No. 2 In F Major, III. Allegro Assai

7. Concerto No. 3 In G Major, I. (Allegro)

8. Concerto No.3 In G Major, II. Adagio

9. Concerto No.3 In G Major, III. Allegro

10. Concerto No.4 In G Major, I. Allegro

11. Concerto No.4 In G Major, II. Andante

12. Concerto No.4 In G Major, III. Presto

13. Concerto No.5 In D Major, I. Allegro

14. Concerto No.5 In D Major, II. Affettuoso

15. Concerto No.5 In D Major, III. Allegro

16. Flat Major, I. (Allegro)

17. Flat Major, II. Allegro

18. Flat Major, III. Adagio Ma Non Tanto

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Track List: You Only Love Once

1. You Only Love Once

2. Red Photo Ballet

3. Paris By Night

4. Jaguar Chase

5. Promenade At Luxembourg

6. Kam-Tcha-Tka

7. Kiss

8. Leslie's Jerk

9. Coming Out Of The Metro

10. Clara's Jerk

11. Top Cover Girl

12. Ballad In Paris

13. Pink Robe

14. Reprise

Comments

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Very good!
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the man and his band are simply iconic. What a live show too!
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Artistry.
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ranky2d
I'm a long time louissierphi l e and I would like to hear his works absent the overwhelming drums and percussion of the 90's and 00s. ranky2d.
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eflash0
YEAH!!!
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marygrider
I love this man! ! ! !
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missmuffet
"Plays Bach" is his best work in my opinion. He also has "Plays Debussy"--a little more mellow of course.
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wolf1579
Where is Play Bach? How can you have JL without it?!
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I like this very much. It inspires me to return to my
Bach Inventions,e t c . Hopefully, I might regain some of my "Bach Chops"
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jywilson1446
very mellow,calmi n g

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