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domingo, 28 de mayo de 2017

Michel Petrucciani • So What

Review by Scott Yanow
The great pianist Michel Petrucciani recorded for the Dreyfus label during the six years before his 1999 death. Producer/label owner Francis Dreyfus is worried about Petrucciani being underrated if not completely forgotten, so he put together this sampler of previously released material covering the pianist's 2Dreyfus period. Petrucciani is heard solo, dueting with his father guitarist Tony Petrucciani ("Michel's Blues"), interacting with organist Eddy Louiss, in a trio with bassist Anthony Jackson and drummer Steve Gadd, collaborating with violinist Stephane Grappelli (the boppish "Little Peace in C for U" and "Pennies From Heaven"), playing in a sextet with valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer, and being joined by the Graffiti String Quartet. "Pennies From Heaven" was only previously out on a privately issued CD. Dreyfus did a fine job of picking out the most exciting and emotional selections from his catalog of Petrucciani gems, so one gets to hear one highpoint after another throughout this single-CD sampler. Michel Petrucciani was one of the greats and So What offers plenty of evidence.

Track List:
1. Summertime (Gershwin)   
2. Little Peace In C For U (Petrucciani)  
3. Home (Petrucciani)   
4. J’Aurais Tellement Voulu (Botton) 
5. Chloe Meets Gershwin (Petrucciani)    
6. Brazilian Like (Petrucciani)    
7. So What (Davis)   
8. Les Grelots (Louiss)   
9. Looking Up (Petrucciani)  
10. Besame Mucho (Velasquez)  
11. Why (Petrucciani)   
12. Michel’s Blues (Petrucciani) n  
13. Pennys From Heaven (Burke/Johnson) 

Michel Petrucciani,piano;
Eddy Louiss,organ;
Geoge Mraz,Anthony Jackson,bass;
Roy Haynes,Steve Gadd,drums;
Stephane Grappelli,violin;
Tony Petrucciani,guitar;
Bob Brookmeyer,trombone;
Flavio Boltro,trumpet;
Stefano Di Battista,saxophone;
Graffiti String Quartet

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