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This is a big departure for Bob James, who interrupted his stream of smooth jazz projects to produce a lovely album of electronic transcriptions of pieces by the French Baroque composer Jean-Philippe Rameau. As such, they fall squarely in the tradition of Wendy Carlos' realizations of Bach -- and in their own way, they approach Carlos' achievements in their imaginative, tasteful selection of timbres. James originally recorded many of these pieces as Christmas gifts for friends and, indeed, these selections (all grouped on side one of the LP) do convey a cheery holiday mood. Recording mostly on analog synthesizers -- which were then about to be rendered temporarily obsolete by digital instruments -- James takes care to exercise period performance practices in the execution of trills and the like, keeping splashy electronic effects to a minimum (the concluding Tambourin Nos. 1 and 2 are the most outgoing realizations here).



Gavotte & 6 Doubles7:08
Menuet #11:13
Menuet #21:18
La Livri2:07
La Timide 
Rondeau Gracieux2:22
La Chasse2:02
Les Niais De Sologne3:36
Double Des Niais #12:07
Double Des Nias #22:23
Les Soupirs4:37
Air Pour Les Esclaves Africains2:20
Les Triolets3:11
Tambourin #10:33
Tambourin #22:07

Bob James - Rameau [USED][LP]

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