Michel Petrucciani: Concerts
Now that Petrucciani is gone after 36 years, Dreyfus has re-released the recordings of three of Petrucciani's concerts: a solo concert at the Antibes Jazz Festival in 1993, a duo concert at the Copenhagen Jazzhouse in 1994, and a trio concert in Nabari, Japan, in 1994. This packaging of three of Petrucciani's concerts in fairly close chronological order allows a comparison of his style as he engages an audience with his solo presence, or as he interacts seamlessly with fellow musicians on stage.
Starting the listening experience with Petrucciani's solo concert lets the listener understand how he develops his tunes with an underlying percussive feel, even without rhythm back-up, as well as his harmonic depth. Yet, the appealing complexity of his music becomes even more apparent as Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen joins in, not for support, but as an equal in developing the music. The bassist's solos throughout the Duo album, or his sympathetic unison lines with Petrucciani to the tune of "Oleo," or the ease of sliding from one number to another bespeaks a mutual understanding of the music.
With the rhythmic support of his brother, Louis, and drummer Lenny White during the Japanese concert, the fullness of Petrucciani's approach reaches it culmination as the rhythm section frees him to develop alternative rhythms and interactive communication.
Michel Petrucciani obviously is deeply missed. This Dreyfus three-CD set provides further documentation of his artistic talent and his extroverted music that reached thousands. And always will.
Track Listing: Disk 1: Autumn Leaves; In A Sentimental Mood; Take The A Train; Besame Mucho; Hidden Joy; Caravan; 'Round Midnight
Disk 2: All The Things You Are; I Can't Get Started; Oleo; All Blues; Beautiful Love; Someday My Prince Will Come; Billie's Bounce; Blues In The Closet; My Funny Valentine
Disk 3: Manhattan; Charlie Brown; On Green Dolphin Street; Les Grelots; All The Things You Are; Why?; Tutu; Dumb Breaks
Personnel: Michel Petrucciani, piano; Niels Henning
Record Label: Dreyfus Records