Jacques Loussier – Pagan Moon (1982/2021) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Jacques Loussier – Pagan Moon (1982/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 31:25 minutes | 688 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Masterworks

Pagan Moon is one of three “black sheep” of French pianist and composer Jacques Loussier (born 1934), released in 1982 on the CBS label and currently only available on vinyl, and for good reasons, at least according to the artist’s will. The album features eight unique tracks, all of them envisioned by Loussier and ennobled by percussionist Luc Heller as well as keyboardist Patrice Mazmanian. The term Pagan is usually an auspicious signal word in the world of Exotica, and I cannot help myself but mention Dominic Frontiere’s exquisite Pagan Festival (1959), Elisabeth Waldo’s heavily researched Rites Of The Pagan (1960), Stanley Wilson’s emerald-green Pagan Love (1961) or `Ixtahuele’s wondrous travelog called Pagan Rites (2013) in this regard, and these are but four works which thematize the flamboyant carefreeness that the topic of Paganism brought to the Exotica genre. However, Jacques Loussier’s Pagan Moon is no Exotica album. Boo, hiss!

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