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Baroque Favorites: Jazz Improvisations
     

Baroque Favorites: Jazz Improvisations

by Jacques Loussier Trio
 
Jacques Loussier has proven that he can make any music swing -- from Bach's Goldberg Variations to Debussy's Clair de lune. Here he updates a program of Baroque favorites, giving stylish, jazzy renditions of Pachelbel's Canon, Albinoni's Adagio, Handel's Largo (from Xerxes),

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Jacques Loussier has proven that he can make any music swing -- from Bach's Goldberg Variations to Debussy's Clair de lune. Here he updates a program of Baroque favorites, giving stylish, jazzy renditions of Pachelbel's Canon, Albinoni's Adagio, Handel's Largo (from Xerxes), and other works by Marcello, Scarlatti, and Marais. As always, Loussier is respectful of the originals while he breathes new life into familiar fare. Telarc's sound is immediate and rich, capturing the cool sizzle of André Arpino's drums and the deep thump of Benoit Dunoyer de Segonzac's bass. Fun stuff, and -- in the melancholy tune of Scarlatti's B Minor Sonata -- touching, too.

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Jacques Loussier has spent most of his career blending jazz and classical styles into a lightly swinging and highly melodic hybrid. He is most well-known for tackling Bach, but here he covers a range of Baroque composers. Loussier, bassist Benoit Dunoyer De Segonzac, and drummer Andre Arpino play pieces by Handel, Pachabel, Scarlatti, Marcello, Albinoni, and Marias. Loussier has a very light touch and the trio is laid-back, never distracting from the melodies. You can hear the influence of Dave Brubeck in Loussier's playing (especially on Marais' "La Sonnerie de Sainte-Geneviève du Mont"), and much like Brubeck's best work, there is a strong sense of warmth and intelligence on Baroque Favorites. The only complaint one might have is that the brevity of some of the songs breaks up the flow of the record. Nevertheless, Baroque Favorites is a very nice album.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/23/2001
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0089408351624
catalogNumber:
83516
Rank:
72796

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