Thursday, 13 May 2010

Et Maintenant Quelque Chose de Completement Different


Now all this bloody political nonsense is out of the way, I'll move out of my little punk phase and give way to something completely sweet.

Yeah I know, he looks hanging, don't he?
But don't be put off by his well lived in septuagenarian persona.
I mean, it's not as if Jacques Loussier needs to prance around like Jon Bon Jovi or whoever; he isn't Vincent Crane or Keith Emerson-like in his performance either.
No, he just sits at the piano sedately, mainly stoic, but riffs on tunes in a manner that is quite extraordinary.

Interpreting J.S. Bach is really what Jacques Loussier has become famous for, and it's Bach pieces that make up the majority of this set, but both Debussy and Erik Satie also get the Loussier treatment.

Yes, it is jazz musicians playing interpretations of classical pieces, but they also bring blues phrasing into their sound, managing to take the original compositions to places that makes them so much more than mere variations.

And you really don't have to be a fan of classical music or jazz to dig The Jacques Loussier Trio - their fusion is unique; placing Loussier and his band in a genre all of their own.
They're certainly more than just a covers band, that's for sure.

Originally produced for the BBC in 2004, this incredibly well recorded set is both dynamic and sublime.
The chemistry between piano, bass and drums is pure alchemy; the nuances created are simply delightful.
It's the kind of music that just makes you feel happy, uplifted, glad to be alive.

So give this a go.
Let it wash over you.
And I bet it'll put a smile on your face.
And blow your baroque socks off!

The Jacques Loussier Trio - BBC Session, 2004

Bach - Prelude in C Major
Bach - Gavotte in D Major
Bach - Pastorale in C Minor
Bach - Aria from Suite in D Major (Air on a G String)
Bach - Italian Concerto
Debussy - Arabesque No. 1
Satie - Gymnopedie No. 1
Bach - Tocata and Fugue in D Minor

Immaculate rip @320kbs from DVD of original BBC4 broadcast
Obtenir here

And do listen out for the Eminem moment during Bach's Gavotte.


Anonymous said...

Greetings, I'm sure that this is spectacular but RS says that it can only be downloaded 10 times. I must have been number 11 or so... No download.

roy rocket said...

Then try another, dear anonymous, dear anonymous, dear anonymous.
Try another, dear anonymous, dear anonympous: try another.

The point of upping to MUlTIupload is you get a choice...
(scroll down on the linked page)

Try Megaupload, that's always a good bet.

This recording is well worth the effort.
Good luck, roy

Anonymous said...

OHHH... I am stupid. Only RS was on the screem followed by a really big ad. I had to scroll down to see the rest but for some reason was not smart enough to do that at 2 in the morning. It just looked like there was only one download option. And I am not a NOOB, oh the pain. Private admission of guilt, OK? I am so looking forward to this. They are great. I have about a dozen other albums but all at a low bit rate. If I had the bux I would by them all. Thank you.

roy rocket said...

Enjoy, roy

Anonymous said...

Thanks, roy! You may not have seen this one:

Jacques Loussier - Tu Seras Terriblement Gentille (1968)

From Light in the Attic:
This mythical and rare record, also known as “You Only Love Once” , the title of its English pressing, is quite simply one of the most wonderful soundtracks of the 60s. A shining, precious jewel which unabashed, accepts its comparison with the so British elegance of another masterpiece, the famous “Bedazzled” by Dudley Moore, released in the same era. Effectively, the two records share the same disconcerting melodic agility, a taste for crafted pop ornamentations and unfailingly inventive instrumentation. An accomplished jazz pianist, Loussier gives free reign to his virtuosity and has fun creating the most luscious tracks taking on exuberant and often unique formats. Brilliantly shifting from ethereal theme to spellbinding melody and a series of electronic jerks which doesn’t disown the Henry/Colombier duo (the winning quartet for “Ballet Photo Rouge”, “Poursuite Jaguar”, “Leslie’s Jerk” and “Clara’s Jerk”), Loussier also allows himself some sweet but heavy going easy listening and bossa tracks, while keeping a tight reign within the realms of a delicate, subtly pop-tinged jazz of which only he knows the secret. And so, prepare yourself to discover a flamboyant, crazily classy record, the perfect embodiment of the elegance of the swingin’ sixties. Audiosamples here.

Mediafire Download Link: Jacques Loussier - Tu Seras Terriblement Gentille (1968)

Here, and cheers, Dave Sez:

roy rocket said...

I'll certainly give it a listen.
Thanks for your comment.
Shanti, roy

Anonymous said...

roy the only remaining link on multiupload is dead.

i would be very grateful if you could reup

many thanks


roy rocket said...

Okay, give me a couple of days.
Keep watching. roy

roy rocket said...

Link fixed!
Jouir! roy

Anonymous said...

I love Loussier, what a gem! I downloaded easily, thank you, very much.
Kisses from Brazil :)