Michel Petrucciani: Solo Live
Balancing ballads with faster romps, Petrucciani’s Solo Live album presents a program that flows from one piece to the next for nearly an hour. His strong right hand and syncopated staccato left hand combine to produce music that seems to have evolved from the tango and its forebears. "Caravan" changes from powerful and dramatic to smooth and modal; more changes follow. Petrucciani’s variety and underlying two-beat left-hand rhythm make his performance swing; even boogie-woogie finds its way into the presentation. The longest of Petrucciani’s originals, "Trilogy in Blois," offers a stroll in the park, as the pianist’s fluid style expresses a melodic flow with spontaneous left hand changes in the rhythm. Nothing can make up for the loss of a life; particularly one so talented. Fortunately, the artist left behind about two dozen albums so that we can remember.
Track Listing: Looking Up; Besame Mucho; Rachio; Chlo
Personnel: Michel Petrucciani- piano.
Record Label: Dreyfus Records