Jacques Loussier: Plays Bach, Encore! (Telarc) BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2007

 |   |  <1 min read

Jacques Loussier Trio: Concerto in F Minor, Allegro
Jacques Loussier: Plays Bach, Encore! (Telarc) BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2007

Those of us with long memories and greying temples will remember a time when New Zealand television had cultural programmes in prime time, albeit in black'n'white.

One of the mainstays of those days was pianist Jacques Loussier whose trio jazzed up Bach, and looked very cool doing it. Loussier made a bit of a career out of jazzing the classics, but unlike some he seemed to have an intuitive sense of swing as well as poise -- so while serving both masters he managed to create something his own.

This double disc (two for the price of one) comes from recordings in the early 90s and has something else: the second disc are his own compositions, the first being an expansive and quite dramatic Concerto for Violin and Percussion played by the Prague Kammer Orchestra. It moves through very different sequences and styles (pieces are entitled Prague, L'Homme nu, Buenos Aires Tango, and Tokyo), and it is quite engrossing.

But the first disc of Bach is the one that will probably get repeat plays.

Loussier may not be a familiar name to many these days -- but Eminem knows him all too well. Loussier sued the rapper for ripping off his tune Pulsion for the beat of Kill You on the Marshall Mathers LP.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Jazz articles index

Esperanza Spalding: Chamber Music Society (Head Up)

Esperanza Spalding: Chamber Music Society (Head Up)

Because we could safely assume few aggrieved Justin Bieber followers will ever come to Elsewhere, it is safe to write about this hitherto little-known jazz singer-composer-bassist who won the... > Read more

Jim Langabeer: Secret Islands (Rattle)

Jim Langabeer: Secret Islands (Rattle)

Two things immediately come to mind with this exceptional, challenging and rewarding album: Given his manifest talent which he has gifted to others' albums why has Jim Langabeer's name so rarely... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

The Black Leaf: The Black Leaf (Waht Records)

The Black Leaf: The Black Leaf (Waht Records)

We'll start at the start on The Black Leaf and Waht Records: this first posting is of the home-studio debut album by Aucklander Mark Howden (aka The Black Leaf) and from what I read Waht Records... > Read more

THE HALLOWEEN HORROR SERIES ON DVD: You can't keep a bad man down

THE HALLOWEEN HORROR SERIES ON DVD: You can't keep a bad man down

Let's get these killers and their thrillers matched up right: the murderous baddy in Nightmare on Elm Street was Freddy; in Friday 13th it was Jason; the guy with the buzzing blades in Texas... > Read more