Obit: Jacques Loussier, 84

The fine French pianist-composer-performer who, with his various trios from the ’50s on,¬†recorded and performed¬†cool jazz adaptations of many famous classical works by composers including Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Debussy, Satie, Chopin, and Ravel. Considered something of a maverick, he was snobbily rejected by classical and jazz purists alike. I loved his work; he made you realize the breadth and reach of classical music and got listeners to rethink old favorites. He was a legitimate, clever consciousness-alterer and those kind of artists are always interesting and welcome in my books.

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