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Michel Petrucciani's diminutive stature was due to a genetic disorder that caused brittle bones and

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stunted his growth, but he figuratively stood tall among jazz pianists of the 1980s and 1990s, prior to his
premature death at 36 in early 1999. This three-CD set consists of portions of three separate concerts
by Petrucianni, none of which have been previously issued. The 1993 solo concert starts o with a
breathtaking improvised introduction to "Autumn Leaves" that will fool all but the most attentive listener.
He continues to tease his audience by adding a new vamp to "In a Sentimental Mood" that adds to the
dreamy atmosphere originally conceived by its composer, Duke Ellington. "Take the 'A' Train" is played
with an up-tempo boogie-woogie bassline with his right-handed improvisations played in his more
familiar post-bop style. "Besame Mucho" was one of the pianist's favorite ballads (he complained that
few people realized that it was written as a sad ballad), though this very poignant version is only slightly
marred by his untimely coughing. The exotic introduction that he conceives for "Caravan" slowly builds
the tension before the audience is finally tipped o as to his path. "'Round Midnight" is strangely
mislabeled as "Around Midnight," which he signals with the repeated tolling of a single bass note; his
interpretation is quite lyrical and haunting. His one original from this performance is "Hidden Joy," a
somewhat meandering work that is not quite up to the level of his playing on the rest of this concert.
The second CD in this set comes from a live 1994 club date with the marvelous Danish bassist Niels
Henning Orsted Pedersen; they inspire one another greatly with their playful opener, "All the Things
You Are." Both the pianist's lyrical playing and the bassist's atypical chord substitutions to "I Can't
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" make their interpretation of this classic ballad noteworthy. The very familiar "All

Blues" receives more of a loping, cowboy-on-the-range-like treatment that is rather refreshing.


"Beautiful Love" showcases both musician's formidable solo technique in a fine eort. A fun-filled romp
through "Billie's Bounce" cracks up the audience in several places, while "My Funny Valentine" is a bop
tour de force. The trio CD in this set dates from a 1994 Japanese concert with his brother Louis
Petrucciani on bass and drummer Lenny White. The furious post-bop original "Manhattan" starts things
in high gear, followed by a playful bossa nova original entitled "Charlie Brown" that was likely inspired
by the late Vince Guaraldi's music for the Peanuts cartoon television specials. After flirting with a modal
introduction only briefly, Petrucciani launches "On Green Dolphin Street" with a flourish, though
occasional notes are hit hard enough to overwhelm the sound system. "Why?," written by Phillippe
Petrucciani (the pianist's brother, a guitarist who doesn't appear on this release), is a spiraling bossa
nova. "Tutu," the well-known Marcus Miller piece from Miles Davis' fusion era, seems a surprising
choice for an acoustic trio, but it works rather well. The pianist's funky strut "Dumb Breaks" wraps up
the set. Although the overall performances are not at the consistently high level one comes to expect
from Michel Petrucciani, and there are sound problems in several places, fans of his music will
overlook these minor flaws and seek out this set, which is warmly recommended.

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Release Date

September 12, 2000

Duration

03:09:03

Genre

Jazz

Styles

Contemporary Jazz
Jazz Instrument
Piano Jazz
Post-Bop

Recording Date

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Track Listing - Disc 1


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July 27, 1993 - August 14,


1994

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Title/Composer

Performer

Time

Autumn Leaves
Joseph Kosma / Johnny Mercer / Jacques Prvert

Michel
Petrucciani

9:09

In a Sentimental Mood

Michel

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In a Sentimental Mood

Take the "A" Train

Besame Mucho

Hidden Joy

Caravan

Duke Ellington / Manny Kurtz / Irving Mills

Billy Strayhorn

Sunny Skylar / Consuelo Velzquez

Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington / Irving Mills / Juan Tizol

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Michel
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8:07

Michel
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7:57

Michel
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8:44

Michel
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9:20

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'Round Midnight

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Petrucciani

7:51

Title/Composer

Performer

Time

All the Things You Are

Michel
Petrucciani

I Can't Get Started

Oleo

All Blues

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Track Listing - Disc 2


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Oscar Hammerstein II / Jerome Kern

feat: NielsHenning rsted


Pedersen

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6:51

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Vernon Duke / Ira Gershwin

Sonny Rollins

Miles Davis

Beautiful Love
Haven Gillespie / Wayne King / Egbert VanAlstyne /
Victor Young

Someday My Prince Will Come

Billie's Bounce

Blues in the Closet

My Funny Valentine

Frank Churchill

Charlie Parker

Oscar Pettiford

Lorenz Hart / Richard Rodgers

Petrucciani
feat: NielsHenning rsted
Pedersen

Michel
Petrucciani
feat: NielsHenning rsted
Pedersen

Michel
Petrucciani
feat: NielsHenning rsted
Pedersen

Michel
Petrucciani
feat: NielsHenning rsted
Pedersen

Michel
Petrucciani
feat: NielsHenning rsted
Pedersen

Michel
Petrucciani
feat: NielsHenning rsted
Pedersen

Michel
Petrucciani
feat: NielsHenning rsted
Pedersen

Michel
Petrucciani
feat: NielsHenning rsted
Pedersen

6:57

5:54

6:29

7:15

7:07

7:16

8:17

6:56

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Track Listing - Disc 3


Sample

Title/Composer

Performer

Manhattan

Michel
Petrucciani

Charlie Brown

On Green Dolphin Street

Les Grelots

All the Things You Are

Why?

Tutu

Dumb Breaks

Michel Petrucciani

Michel Petrucciani

Bronislaw Kaper / Ned Washington

Eddy Louiss

Oscar Hammerstein II / Jerome Kern

Philippe Petrucciani

Marcus Miller

Michel Petrucciani

feat: Louis
Petrucciani /
Lenny White

Michel
Petrucciani
feat: Louis
Petrucciani /
Lenny White

Michel
Petrucciani
feat: Louis
Petrucciani /
Lenny White

Michel
Petrucciani
feat: Louis
Petrucciani /
Lenny White

Michel
Petrucciani
feat: Louis
Petrucciani /
Lenny White

Michel
Petrucciani
feat: Louis
Petrucciani /
Lenny White

Michel
Petrucciani
feat: Louis
Petrucciani /
Lenny White

Michel
Petrucciani
feat: Louis
Petrucciani /
Lenny White

Time

Stream

10:00

5:21

11:15

10:37

8:30

11:07

3:01

6:15

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