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LOUSSIER, Jacques

(b 26 Oct. '34, Angers, France) Pianist. Studied at the Paris Conservatoire, accompanied pop singers, formed a trio and made three vols of jazzed-up Bach '60--63 on Decca labels and toured with it for many years. Critics turned up their noses, but it was less po-faced than many classical pilferings; he did it again on a Telarc CD (Plays Bach, released mid-'90s); there is no doubt about his ability to swing ('throws buckets of bright paint on the old German guy's music', wrote Cadence) and perhaps Bach himself would have approved. He varied the formula with Vivaldi's The Four Seasons '97.