Jacques Loussier Trio

Baroque Favorites: Jazz Improvisations

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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.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.2, No.4 in D minor, HWV 437
1 2:16
2 1:36
3 1:33
4 0:42
5 5:37
6 4:55
7 1:30
8 3:21
9 3:39
Concerto for oboe, strings & continuo in D minor, SF. 935 (often transposed to C minor)
10 2:32
11 2:23
12 3:09
13 4:33
14 4:08
15 5:15
16 2:39
17 4:25
18 3:48
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