ORGAN, BACH AND JAZZ
Jacques Loussier (born Angers, France, EU, Oct 26, 1934) started playing piano at the age of ten; when Loussier was just sixteen, he entered the Conservatoire Nationale de Musique in Paris where he studied with Professor Yves Nat (1, 6). From the outset, creating the beginnings of the Loussier sound, he played piano in restaurants and dance halls as an accompanist to chanson singers such as Charles Aznavour and Catherine Sauvage (4).
In 1959 Loussier formed the Play Bach Trio (Loussier arranger, piano and organ, Pierre Michelot bass, and Christian Garros percussion) which used Bachs compositions as the basis for jazz improvisation,recording (9) for Decca between 1960 and 1963: the trio achieved sound special effects (7) with Loussier double tracking some pieces on electronic organ (8, 10) and piano and, later, recording some of Loussier arrangements of Bachs concerti with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (1, 4). The trio toured extensively, eventually selling over six million LPs in fifteen years, and then disbanded (2, 4, 5).
Loussier is a licensed pilot who used to fly his own light plane and have many contributions as composer, miscellaneous crew and self composer in filmography from the 1960s (3)
Session conducted by Les Tomkins featuring The Modern Jazz Quartet Milt Jackson, John Lewis, Percy Heath and Connie Kay.The following blindfold test was carried out in 1964 but time would hardly change the opinions expressed here. They could well have been uttered today - or even tomorrow. Jazz lives on!
Kernfeld B(Ed)(1994): «Jacques Loussier», 717.
Tomkins L(1964) «Session conducted by by Les Tomkins featuring The Modern Jazz Quartet Milt Jackson, John Lewis, Percy Heath and Connie Kay»,
In: http://www.jazzprofessional.com/blindfold_tests/MJQ.HTM. Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2006 14:09:49 -0300
Kernfeld B(Ed)(1994): «Organ», 939-942.
Lon 3365 , In: Kernfeld B(Ed)(1994): 717.
Sears A(1994) «A Walk on the Wild Side The Story of Jazz Organ», The Story of Jazz Organ: http://theatreorgans.com/grounds/docs/wildside.html
Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2006
Bach: Cantatas BWV 84, 209, 202 ~ Johann Sebastian Bach (July 11, 2000)
Cantata BWV 84Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke
Italian Translation: "Io son contento della mia buona sorte",
The Royal Philarmonic Orchestra of London
- Composer: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
- Librettist: Rimsky-Korsakov, after a scenario by S. A. Gedeonov and text by V. A. Krilov
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The Complete TULLIO MOBIGLIA (1941 - 1946)
Holst: “As a rule I only study things which suggest music to me ... recently the character of each planet suggested lots to me, and I have been studying astrology ...” Writing to a friend in 1913, Holst confirmed the insiration for his Suite for Large Orchestra, a reminder, if any were needed, that these “Planets” are not the celestial objects"
(1914-16) The Planets Op. 32
- Mars, the Bringer of War
- Venus, the Bringer of Peace
- Mercury, the Winged Messenger
- Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
- Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age
- Uranus, the Magician
- Neptune, the Mystic