Music: Jazz Records

When he left the Paris Conservatory in 1953, fringe-bearded French Pianist-Composer Jacques Loussier, now 27, took a hasty look at the world of classical music—and decided it was no place to earn a living. "I thought," says he, "it was time to tear down the barriers between jazz and classic.'' Loussier knew just the man to help him: Johann Sebastian Bach.

Loussier figured he could "produce jazz harmonies without disturbing the harmonies of Bach." He rounded up a bass fiddle and some drums, and started noodling his way through the Bach fugues and...

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