Jac­ques Loussier

BBC Music Magazine - - The Full Score -

Born 1934 Pi­anist, con­duc­tor

With his out­stand­ing clas­si­cal tech­nique and im­pro­visatory skills, Jac­ques Loussier be­came known for his fu­sions of clas­si­cal, rock and jazz. His trade­mark was Bach with a jazz twist, first heard in 1959 on his first al­bum, Play Bach No. 1, with bassist Pierre Mich­e­lot and drum­mer Chris­tian Gar­ros. Loussier com­posed for French film and tele­vi­sion in the 1970s and wrote suites, in­clud­ing Pul­sions and Pa­gan Moon, for pi­ano, syn­the­sizer, per­cus­sion and bass. He later re­formed his trio with An­dré Ar­pino and Vin­cent Char­bon­nier and ex­plored jazz adap­ta­tions of com­posers such as Ravel, Satie and Beethoven.

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