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Jacques Loussier Trio: Bach's Goldberg Variations

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French pianist Jacques Loussier has seemingly forged an entire career out of arranging classical compositions for his jazz trio. He's done a disc of Satie and Vivaldi works, even recording Ravel's Bolero. So, trying Bach's Goldberg Variations, full of jazzy time signatures and loaded with improv possibilities, makes perfect sense for the pianist. And Loussier delivers what may be his most exciting outing to date. Rather than expand upon Bach's original miniatures, Loussier maintains their integrity, keeps each piece short, but varies their rhythms (thanks in part to the great bass playing of Benoit Dunoyer de Segonzac). On a handful of variations--a dizzyingly fast Five, a Latin-infused Variation Eight, and a punchy 14--he really lets loose. Since the Swingle Singers tackled Bach in the 1960s, many a jazz musician has arranged the music of the composer. This disc is one of the most compelling. Want an even wilder set of Goldbergs? Try jazz pianist Uri Caine's instrumentally omnivorous, jaw-dropping set. --Jason Verlinde
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  • Audio CD (July 9, 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B00004TD2H
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,311 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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French pianist Jacques Loussier has done something worthy of highest praise: a lovingly rendered jazz reading of J.S. Bach's well-known "Goldberg Variations." Vivid, tight, always suprising, this rearticulation of Bach's material in the idiom of jazz is as much a translation as it is an interpretation.
Loussier and his colleagues Benoit Dunoyer de Segonzac on the bass and André Arpino on drums not only had the nerve to trip the fantatic in these hallowed precincts with verve and dash, but they had the gall to make it swing! Loussier's renditions of the piano lines betray a virtuoso's acquaintance with the original, the kind of intimate knowledge that allows playful departure. And the Trio's radical recastings--for example the imposition of a merengue beat below, with Latin syncopation in the upper voice--are always faithful both to the source's well-known structure and to the trio's well-rehearsed intentions.
It is SO French: on the one hand flagrantly intellectual, the cool mind dissecting Bach's thoroughly cerebral architecture, analyzing and recasting it in fine fluid form, on the other a familiar lover's labor of unmistakable admiration and knowing love, done with a touch that for all its care and preparation still manages to impart delicious spontaneities.
And yet Loussier's treatment stands on its own as a musical statement, quite aside from its obvious tribute to the ever present shade of the Kapellmeister of Dresden. My twelve-year-old twin daughters have only the briefest of acquaintance with Bach's original work, yet immediately connected with the fluent insinuations of Loussier's rendition, grinning from ear to ear at the ready audacity of it.
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In an era when Pinchas Zukerman is in a war of expletives with Jeanne Lamon over the meaning of authenticity in baroque music (see the August/September 2000 issue of Strings magazine) and Rosalyn Tureck, in the liner notes to her 1999 version of Bach's Goldberg Variations, warns against "narcissitic displays" in interpreting great art, we have Dmitry Sitkovetsky orchestrating this keyboard classic for string orchestra (1995) and now Jacques Loussier doing the same for the basic jazz combo: piano, bass and drums.
Loussier's take on this great music is no less inspired and delightful than Sitkovetsky's. Unlike Loussier's fine 1999 interpretation of the Prelude No. 1 of the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, in which he opens with a faithful rendition of that great work and then coolly segues into the jazz idiom, here he comes off the blocks with the Goldberg Aria in full jazz style, and then goes into the first variation in waltz tempo, all the while being faithful to essential melodic lines.
These are delectable miniatures of the original. His bossa nova version of Variation 26 and his giving the melody lead to the bass in Variation 30 are among the many delights of this great box of bonbons. Loussier's creative talent continues to grow in the 40 years since he founded his trio.
Bach's work flattered Goldberg, and Loussier, in his own way, honors the great master. If J.S. Bach is listening, he must be amused by all the fuss. And, no doubt, thoroughly enjoying Sitkovetsky and Loussier along the way.
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As usual, Jacques Loussier, adding bass and drums to Bach, adds another dimension that I'm sure Bach himself would enjoy! Combining these incomparably beautiful, meditative melodies and chords with the Loussier Trio's cool jazz bass & drums is great to hear, any place/anytime. I like to play this at work ... it keeps me motivated. But it's also good for background at cocktail parties.
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Jacques Loussier has always been a genius, but this has to be his greatest triumph yet. Aria and 30 variations, each distinctly and unmistakably 'authentic' in form, melody, harmony, and mood -- and yet each a masterpiece of classic jazz interpretation. From the latin pointillism of Variation 4 to the flat-out boogie of the Aria, it's all pure music, pure enjoyment, pure love of Bach and of jazz.

The performances are perfect; the arrangements inspired; the experience unsurpassed. What more could anyone want? And to top it all off, the tempi and voicing are clearly in homage to Glenn Gould's late recording of the Variations, which has its own different kind of perfection.
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This is a sensational, witty and wondrous adaptation into the universe of Goldberg Variations, and anticipating myself to purists opinions, I find very acceptable and worthy to listen, despite all the stylistic concessions it undeniable owns.

On the other hand, this evidence confirms what we have so many times stated: Bach is the oldest musician of the future and as the cosmic level of this everlasting genius and carves in relief the genius is always contemporary.

The most important aspect to remark, probably resides in the fact this "pagan version" if I may, securely became an informal invitation for many listeners who still had not crossed over to the universe of the academic music, and because of it they did it, at last.

Recommended, even for the academic purists.
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