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Promenade With Duke
Michel Petrucciani
Promenade With Duke
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
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While 1999's Ellington centenary launched a number of new tributes, homages to Duke have been appearing regularly since the '50s, as different generations of musicians explored his repertoire. The French pianist Michel Pet...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Michel Petrucciani
Title: Promenade With Duke
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Total Copies: 2
Label: EMI Import
Original Release Date: 4/6/1993
Release Date: 4/6/1993
Album Type: Import
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Modern Postbebop, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 077778059028, 0077778059059, 077778059042, 077778059059

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While 1999's Ellington centenary launched a number of new tributes, homages to Duke have been appearing regularly since the '50s, as different generations of musicians explored his repertoire. The French pianist Michel Petrucciani, who died in 1999, recorded this solo exploration in 1993, emphasizing some of the most familiar material. Petrucciani brought all of his immense skill to the project, from driving left-hand rhythms to dancing right-hand runs to the dense harmonic explorations that he could add to a ballad. Petrucciani had a deep sense of swing and a vigorous attack, but it's his unabashed Gallic Romanticism that distinguishes this CD, as he turns each piece into a profound rumination, first immersing himself in a theme, then extending it until it seems to disappear in waves of overlapping emotion. His version of the limpidly beautiful "African Flower" is particularly moving. --Stuart Broomer

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Must have CD for any jazz piano enthusiast
Edward N. Page | Oakland, CA | 11/23/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am a jazz pianist myself and think that this is some of the most superb piano playing I have ever heard. It is highly recommended - showing incredible imagination, musical sophistication, technique and most importantly beautiful emotion. A must have addition to any collection."
A superb achievement from the recently-departed pianist.
Edward N. Page | 03/23/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The CD includes a number of classics from Duke Ellington given the special Petrucciani treatment. Having seen Michel play live several times, which was a truly unforgettable experience, this studio album misses none of the intimacy and dynamic of those performances in what can sometimes be rather flat in a studio setting. The melodies are bold, the harmonies original, the transitions beautifully dovetailed together and the whole makes a rollercoaster ride of great listening. Of special note: "Caravan" and "Take The A Train". Enjoy!"
Petrucciani in his most sincere tribute
Hiram Gomez Pardo | Valencia, Venezuela | 05/10/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The sense of comittment that Petrucciani gave to every one of the themes (with special emphasis in African flower), made of this CD one of the ten best recordings in that year.
All of us know (and everyday the statement seems growing) the huge poetical stature that Duke Ellington placed.
No other jazz musician has never been above him. And I must recognize that I'm a great collector of academic music, not even Gershwin could reach this height.
Ellington as composer, knew comuniccate his inner visions like no other jazz musician. When he composed he had the power to express not only his troubled emotive world, but being an exceptional witness for making us translating us to the lowest and deep regions of the soul. No matter where you're from.
Petrucciani knew it and the approach he did to his music was a superb homage, and altogether with the tribute paid by Dave Grussin the before year (1992) to Gershwin, both of these two records are the best acknowledgment that two jazz musicians have given us in the last twenty years.
Please, buy that CD . You'll be literally by the nostalgical poetry generated by Petrucciani in memoriam of that legend living who was Duke Ellington."