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Jacques Loussier Trio: Mozart Piano Concertos 20/23

Pianist Jacques Loussier’s ongoing series of large-scale jazz riffs on the classical repertoire now finds him taking on Mozart, just in time for the 250th anniversary of his birth (Mozart’s, not Loussier’s) in 2006. To make Wolfgang’s famous 20th and 23rd piano concertos swing, Loussier strips the woodwind and brass from Mozart’s orchestral parts and gives the strings new rhythms to play, but he doesn’t touch the original harmonies; his longtime trio partners, bassist Benoit Dunoyer de Segonzac and drummer Andre Arpino, lay down the new rhythms and accompany Loussier’s solos.

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