Now all this bloody political nonsense is out of the way, I'll move out of my little punk phase and give way to something completely sweet.
Yeah I know, he looks hanging, don't he?
But don't be put off by his well lived in septuagenarian persona.
I mean, it's not as if Jacques Loussier needs to prance around like Jon Bon Jovi or whoever; he isn't Vincent Crane or Keith Emerson-like in his performance either.
No, he just sits at the piano sedately, mainly stoic, but riffs on tunes in a manner that is quite extraordinary.
Interpreting J.S. Bach is really what Jacques Loussier has become famous for, and it's Bach pieces that make up the majority of this set, but both Debussy and Erik Satie also get the Loussier treatment.
Yes, it is jazz musicians playing interpretations of classical pieces, but they also bring blues phrasing into their sound, managing to take the original compositions to places that makes them so much more than mere variations.
And you really don't have to be a fan of classical music or jazz to dig The Jacques Loussier Trio - their fusion is unique; placing Loussier and his band in a genre all of their own.
They're certainly more than just a covers band, that's for sure.
Originally produced for the BBC in 2004, this incredibly well recorded set is both dynamic and sublime.
The chemistry between piano, bass and drums is pure alchemy; the nuances created are simply delightful.
It's the kind of music that just makes you feel happy, uplifted, glad to be alive.
So give this a go.
Let it wash over you.
And I bet it'll put a smile on your face.
And blow your baroque socks off!
The Jacques Loussier Trio - BBC Session, 2004
Bach - Prelude in C Major
Bach - Gavotte in D Major
Bach - Pastorale in C Minor
Bach - Aria from Suite in D Major (Air on a G String)
Bach - Italian Concerto
Debussy - Arabesque No. 1
Satie - Gymnopedie No. 1
Bach - Tocata and Fugue in D Minor
Immaculate rip @320kbs from DVD of original BBC4 broadcast
And do listen out for the Eminem moment during Bach's Gavotte.