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The late French pianist-composer Michel Petrucciani overcame the debilitating condition osteogenesis imperfecta--glass bones disease-- to become one of the most exciting musicians of his generation, as this 1998 live date ... more »
The late French pianist-composer Michel Petrucciani overcame the debilitating condition osteogenesis imperfecta--glass bones disease-- to become one of the most exciting musicians of his generation, as this 1998 live date from Frankfurt, Germany shows. At three feet and 50 pounds, Petrucciani had an elflike posture at the keyboard, an image that contrasted with his Herculean pianisms. Although he led a number of trios in his career and was a favorite of saxophonist Charles Lloyd and drummer Kenny Clarke, it was the solo piano format that best revealed his musicality. Petrucciani had the harmonic lushness and melodic inventiveness of Keith Jarrett and the power of McCoy Tyner, as evidenced by his dancing waltzes "Looking Up" and "Rachid." His "Chloe Meets Gershwin" and "Romantic But Not Blue" evoke strong, walking bass lines, and "Home" paints a plaintive, ballad impression, while his "Trilogy (Morning Sun, Moon Sun and Night Sun in Blues)" is an impressive, episodic minisonata. His rendition of the Latin standard "Besame Mucho" recalls the beauty of the bolero, and the Duke Ellington-associated Juan Tizol classic "Caravan" rings with thundering harmonic hurricanes, stride rhythms, and habanera tinges. Petrucciani's riffs on Billy Strayhorn in "She Did It Again/Take the A Train/She Did It Again," concludes this breathtaking but bittersweet document from this dearly departed genius. --Eugene Holley Jr.
Beware! - Old version
Peter Oest Jacobsen | Shanghai, China | 11/28/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great album, no question about it. Let me give potential buyers a kind reminder, though. This concert has since been issued as a double CD called Piano Solo, The Complete Concert in Germany, which has a couple of more songs on it. With a different cover and title, I assumed that this CD was from a different concert. Now it'll end up as a gift for a very lucky friend. If you bought (or consider buying) the Dreyfus box-set, the newer, double-CD version is included. So, to recap, both these two albums are from the same concert: Frankfurt Alte Oper, February 27, 1997. Happy listening."