Album: Alexander Tharaud, La Boeuf sur le Toit (Virgin Classics)

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Pianist Alexandre Tharaud sheds his customary cool to "faire le boeuf" (or "jam") with Frank Braley, Natalie Dessay, Madeleine Peyroux and assorted stars of the Parisian theatre in a programme exploring the legacy of the Jazz Age composer-pianists such as Clément Doucet and Jean Wiéner, whose formidable musical wit is suitably celebrated.

More startling still is "Caramel Mou", created by Jean Cocteau and Darius Milhaud in 1921.