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  • Audio CD (July 9, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B00002DE0Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "kiwimuzo" on December 11, 2003
Format: Audio CD
If you have never come across Loussier and his jazz renditions of Bach before, you are in for a treat! The Frenchman's trio is in fine form, doing justice to the great master in a way that no-one else has in this idiom. If ever proof were needed that Baroque music is in essence the same 'genre' as jazz, this is it!
Although this may not be the best of Loussier's Bach albums (as has been alluded to in other reviews), it tackles one of his greatest works, the sprightly, passionate 5th Brandenburg concerto, with its stunning keyboard cadenza - the first of its kind when Bach wrote it. Loussier extemporises Bach's original harmonies with flair, and the result is a vibrant, sincere performance.
Also included are some of the other more well-known works, which the Loussier trio has garnered a reputation for performing over several decades.
Perhaps the most fulfilling aspect of this is that it displays Loussier's technical prowess, fashioned during his time as a serious concert piano student, where he developed a love for music by the great composers (check out his other recordings of the French composers Ravel, Debussy and Satie). However, it also enabled him to understand the style, and his superb authentic ornamentation gives the music extra colour and maintains the integrity of the works.
A wonderful addition to a CD collection!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David Gottner on September 20, 2000
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Overall, this is another good album by the Loussier Trio. (I don't think this trio knows how to make a bad CD.) However, I think the original "Play Bach" CD is better.
The original "Play Bach" was good because it is jazzy, yet the mood of the various works matched the original work by J. S. Bach. However, in this recording, that's not the case. The Brandenburg, for example, in it's cool jazz style lacks the warmth and joy of the original, and is rather much more restrained, sounding more like "Bach's Brandenberg in the style of Eric Satie"
This was still a good listen, though I doubt that I'll reach for this CD as I do with "Play Bach" and "Take Bach".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "tiredteacher" on July 26, 2000
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The master of jazz and classical has a hit with this album. Jacques has a wonderful trio! The variation on the piece of Jesu Joy of Man's desiring is light and lively. a wonderful blend of the old and the new. Loussier has a touch and a feel for interpreting J.S. bach's style of music. This album has warmth. The Brandenburg concerto has never been played better. Just listen and feel the vibrations that come from this concerto with the trio at their best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karl W. Nehring on July 15, 2009
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This could be a little confusing, so please bear with me. French pianist Jacques Loussier released his original Bach-oriented recording with his first Bach-oriented jazz trio, the Play Bach Trio, in 1959, so this 1999 Telarc release does indeed mark the 40th anniversary of that occasion, although it is not by the same group (except of course for Loussier). However, this recording was not made in 1999 by his current trio (the group that made the Ravel and Satie disks that I have reviewed previously in these pages); rather, it was made a few years ago by an earlier version of his current trio (sadly enough, the bass player on this recording, Vincent Charbonnier, suffered a debilitating stroke a couple of years ago and was no longer able to play with the group).

I had heard some of Loussier's older Bach albums, and was never been able to really get into them, for they always seemed to be not quite jazz, not quite Bach, and I always found myself either wanting to listen either to Bach or to jazz, but not to Loussier. This session, however, strikes me as more well integrated, and I believe that both Bach fans and jazz fans will be able take a large measure of pleasure from the Trio's playing.

The musical highlight for me is the group's rendition of Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, which is most lively and enjoyable. Other selections include "Prelude No. 1" from The Well-Tempered Clavier, "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," "Gavotte in B minor" from Suite in D major, and Concerto in D major for harpsichord.

The sound is powerful and dynamic, recorded quite closely and thus bringing the instruments into your room rather than bringing you into the room where the recording was made ([...]). If you like Bach, and you like jazz, then you will probably really like this recording.
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