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Non-Stop Travels With Michel Petrucciani/Trio Live in Stuttgart

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Michel Petrucciani Non-Stop Travels/Trio Live in Stuttgart Dreyfus Records 2008

Michel Petrucciani celebrated life. It was a short one (he died when he was 36 of a pulmonary infection), but he lived it to the brim. Jazz was his passion, which he shared through his numerous recordings and concerts. He also had a sense of humor that could be zany and irreverent.

Petrucciani is the focus of the documentary Non-Stop ...

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Michel Petrucciani: Non Stop Travels / Trio Live in Stuttgart

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Michel Petrucciani Non Stop Travels/Trio Live in Stuttgart Dreyfus Records 2008 The phenomenon that was pianist Michel Petrucciani (b. December 28th, 1962, d. January 6th, 1999) is brought to life by this double-feature DVD from Dreyfus Records. Containing the hour-long documentary (Non-Stop Travels With Michel Petrucciani) that aired on many PBS television stations and a concert performance (Michel Petrucciani Trio: Live In Concert) in Germany, this wonderful DVD brings clarity to ...

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Michel Petrucciani: So What: The Best of Michel Petrucciani

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Michel Petrucciani left his mark on straight-ahead jazz. This compilation from previous albums demonstrates clearly that the pianist was in command when he explored the realm, both as a gentle balladeer and as a swinging musician who worked hard at his craft and connected well with a great number of like-minded artists in the jazz community.

The albums represented on this compilation were recorded between 1992 and ’98. It was in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, ...

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Michel Petrucciani: So What: The Best of Michel Petrucciani

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Bill Evans wrote in the liner notes for his Grammy Award-winning album Alone that “to understand music most profoundly one only has to be listening well." If you listen to an Evans album and follow it with So What, you will understand well that Evans' music lived in the small but profound hands of Michel Petrucciani.

So What is a recorded odyssey of Petrucciani's work on Dreyfus Jazz; a compilation that shows a well-seasoned jazz pianist playing beautifully in the ...

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Michel Petrucciani: So What: The Best of Michel Petrucciani

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Released in memory of pianist/composer Michel Petrucciani, So What presents a comprehensive introduction and carefully constructed homage to Petrucciani’s many musical sides.

Afflicted with ontogenesis imperfecta, a bone disorder, Petrucciani found his accomplished career cut short by a pulmonary infection when he was only thirty-six. He showed an early aptitude and interest in music, and he was already drawn to the piano by age four. Fostering these early signs of great talent, Petrucciani’s parents provided a classical training, but he ...

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Michel Petrucciani, Anthony Jackson & Steve Gadd: Trio In Tokyo

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Recorded in 1997, this CD features the late Michel Petrucciani on piano, drummer extraordinaire Steve Gadd and bassist Anthony Jackson in a performance from the Blue Note in Tokyo.

One listen to Trio In Tokyo and it is apparent that this is Petrucciani's group. The diminutive pianist leads while Gadd and Jackson provide a killer rhythm section. Petrucciani, who passed away in January 1999 was a truly gifted player who could bring listeners to tears with his inventive strokes (an ...

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Boxed Set (Concerts In: Michel Petrucciani

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A lyrical pianist with a powerful, percussive style, Michel Petrucciani gave the world more than 20 years of exciting performances that have enthralled audiences worldwide. This three-disc collection includes three live appearances in France, Denmark and Japan with formats as solo, duo, and trio settings. With the pianist in Copenhagen is bassist Neils-Henning Orsted Pedersen. The Nabari, Japan piano trio performance includes drummer Lenny White and Petrucianni’s brother, Louis. All three performances took place in 1993-94.

As a solo performer, ...

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Michel Petrucciani: Concerts

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Ever since Clark Terry quizzically discovered him in his native France and ever since Charles Lloyd generously ended his hermetic retreat to tour with him, Michel Petrucciani has captured the affection and admiration of musicians and listeners alike. In spite of his unavoidable physical limitations and the pain of his “glass bones disease," he created improvisational art and inspired everyone he met. Requiring leg extensions to operate the pedals, Petrucciani made up for that limitation with a very percussive approach ...

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Michel Petrucciani: Trio In Tokyo

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Recorded at the Japanese Blue Note nightclub in November 1997, Trio In Tokyo documents the end of a brief and extraordinary life. Michel Petrucciani was born with a rare bone disease that severely inhibited his growth and took his life last year. But what he lacked in height, he more than made up for in expression. The pianist debuted at 17 with Clark Terry and Kenny Clarke in France. What Americans most remember about him was his presence in the ...

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Michel Petrucciani: Solo Live

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Recorded in 1997 before a large auditorium audience in Frankfurt, Germany, Michel Petrucciani’s solo album offers a good look at his expressive style. The pianist’s respect for a melody and unique left-hand accents make his performance both interesting and enjoyable. Born in France with a bone disease, Petrucciani was a child prodigy who learned rapidly and performed in a family jazz band with his father and brothers. Influenced by Bill Evans, Duke Ellington and others, the pianist used a harmonic ...


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