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Jacques Loussier: Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

I must admit that I approached this with trepidation. Vivaldi, like Bach, has been switched on (and, therefore, off) enough times to make anyone reel at the prospect of yet another “touching up” for modern audiences. In many ways, this opus by pianist-arranger Jacques Loussier can be compared favorably to the popular jazz-cum-classical projects of Claude Bolling. However, in Bolling’s best known work in the genre, the “Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano” (1975), the classical flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal never once improvises. Here, pianist Loussier, bassist Vincent Charbonnier and drummer Andre Arpino improvise (and read) with aplomb.

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