Wednesday, March 6, 2019

RIP Jacques Loussier

RIP Jacques Loussier. French composer and pianist Jacques Loussier, a great architect of the rapprochement between jazz and classical music, died Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at the age of 84, the news was confirmed by his wife Elizabeth. Loussier was born on October 26, 1934 in Angers, France. "Jacques Loussier had this idea of genius at the time to adapt Bach in jazz, and he was successful all over the world. The music of Johann Sebastian Bach swings a lot and it is maybe our first jazzman", told Pascal Anquetil, a journalist at Jazz Magazine. In addition to the work of Johann Sebastian Bach, he had also adapted other great masters of classical music such as Vivaldi, Ravel, Satie, Debussy and Schumann. He also created a recording studio in Miraval, in the south of France, where worked Pink Floyd and The Cure. His lone Euro-western credit was as composer on the 1966 West German TV film ‘Geronimo und die Räuber’.

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