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Michel Petrucciani

Michel Petrucciani overcame the effects of osteogenensis imperfecta (a bone disease that greatly stunted his growth) to become a powerful pianist. Originally greatly influenced by Bill Evans and to a lesser extent Keith Jarrett, Petrucciani developed his own individual voice. He started by playing in the family band with his guitarist father and bassist brother. At the age of 15 he had the opportunity to play with Kenny Clarke and Clark Terry, and at 17 he made his first recording. Petrucciani toured France with Lee Konitz in a duo (1980) and moved to the U.S. in 1982. At that time he coaxed Charles Lloyd out of retirement and toured with his quartet, a mutually beneficial relationship. Petrucciani was a strong attraction in the U.S., usually playing with a quartet (sometimes featuring Adam Holzman's synthesizer for color) or as a soloist; in 1986 he recorded at Montreux with Jim Hall and Wayne Shorter. Although Petrucciani's ability to overcome his affliction was admirable, his impressive playing stood by itself; he died of a pulmonary infection on January 6, 1999. ~ Scott Yanow
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Piano Solo: The Complete Live Concert In Germany

Disc 1

1. Colors (Live)

2. Training (Live)

3. Hidden Joy (Live)

4. Les Grelots (Live)

5. Guadeloupe (Live)

6. Love Letter (Live)

7. Little Peace In C For U (Live)

8. Michel Petrucciani Speech (Live)

9. J'aurais Tellement Voulu (Live)

10. Rachid (Live)

11. Chloe Meets Gershwin (Live)

12. Home (Live)

13. Brazilian Like (Live)

Disc 2

1. Romantic But Not Blue (Live)

2. Trilogy In Blois (Live)

3. Caravan (Live)

4. Looking Up (Live)

5. Besame Mucho (Live)

6. She Did It Again (Live)

7. Take The "A" Train (Live)

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Track List: Flamingo / Marvellous (Box Set)

Disc 1

1. These Foolish Things

2. Little Peace In C For U

4. Sweet Georgia Brown

11. There Will Never Be Another You

Disc 2

1. Manhattan

2. Charlie Brown

3. Even Mice Dance

4. Why

5. Hidden Joy

6. Shooting Stars

7. You Are My Waltz

8. Dumb Breaks

9. 92's Last

10. Besame Mucho

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Track List: So What - Best Of

1. Summertime

2. Little Peace In C For U

3. Home

4. J'aurais Tellement Voulu

5. Chloe Meets Gershwin

6. Brazilian Like

7. So What

8. Les Grelots

9. Looking Up

10. Besame Mucho

11. Why

12. Michel's Blues

13. Pennies From Heaven

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Track List: Trio In Tokyo (Bonus Track Version)

1. Training

2. September Second

3. Home

4. Little Peace In C For U

5. Love Letter

6. Cantabile

7. Colors

8. So What

9. Take The 'A' Train

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Track List: Solo Live

1. Looking Up

2. Besame Mucho

3. Rachid

4. Chloe Meets Gershwin

5. Home

6. Brazilian Like

7. Little Peace In C For U

8. Romantic But Not Blue

9. Trilogy In Blois

10. Caravan

11. She Did It Again/Take The A Train

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Track List: Both Worlds

1. 35 Seconds Of Music And More

2. Brazilian Like

3. Training

4. Colours

5. Petite Louise

6. Chloe Meets Gershwin

7. Chimes

8. Guadeloupe

9. On Top Of The Roof

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Track List: Marvellous

1. Manhattan

2. Charlie Brown

3. Even Mice Dance

4. Why

5. Hidden Joy

6. Shooting Stars

7. You Are My Waltz

8. Dumb Breaks

9. 92's Last

10. Besame Mucho

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Track List: Best Of The Blue Note Years

1. Looking Up

2. September Second

3. Miles Davis' Licks

4. Play Me

5. Home

6. Lullaby

7. La Champagne

8. She Did It Again

9. Our Tune

10. Bimini (Live)

11. Brazillian Suite

12. O Nana Oye

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Track List: Promenade With Duke

1. Caravan

2. Lush LIfe

3. Take The "A" Train

4. African Flower

5. In A Sentimental Mood (1993)

6. Hidden Joy

7. One Night In The Hotel

8. Satin Doll

9. C-Jam Blues

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Track List: Michel Plays Petrucciani

1. She Did It Again

2. One For Us

3. Sahara

4. 13th

5. Mr. K.J.

6. One Night At Ken And Jessica's

7. It's A Dance

8. La Champagne

9. Brazillian Suite

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Track List: Power Of Three

1. Limbo

2. Careful

3. Morning Blues

4. Waltz New

5. Beautiful Love

6. In A Sentimental Mood

7. Bimini

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Track List: Cold Blues

1. Beautiful, But Why?

2. Autumn Leaves

3. Something Like This

4. There Will Never Be Another You

5. I Just Say Hello

6. Cold Blues

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Track List: 100 Hearts

1. Turnaround

2. Three Forgotten Magic Words

3. Silence

4. St. Thomas

5. Pot Pourri (Medley)

6. 100 Hearts

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Track List: Oracle's Destiny

1. Oracle's Destiny

2. Big On

3. Amalgame

4. It's What I Am Doing When I Miss You

5. Mike Pee

Comments

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just drives that piano like a …..
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I'm a true music lover and Michel is the greatest soul in my book, may God bless you in the heavens with your sounds and let you play for the Angels ..... Grady Jarrett
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crawford.lar r y
Of the many great jazz pianists, I am most moved by MP...
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Another one of the greats of music....gon e too soon
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tmeyerhoff
Never saw him but his playing does stand on its own. Saw his freshly buried grave, and was sad he left us so early with such gifts.
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Hey, Scott Yanow, it's osteogenesis , not osteogenensi s .
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Great playing and very compelling story
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hollyhajjaj
lovely
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cef1953
Beautiful and haunting ...
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One of the great's!!!! Really miss Michel, thanks to Pandora he will always be alive!!!!!
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The best ever
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A great player. I remember seeing him at the Village Vanguard in NY once and someone asked him "How'd you get so awesome on the piano?" He answered,"It ' s simple, if you were willing to practice the piano for 10 hours a day for 10 years, you'd be just as good as I am. That's the only difference between you and me, I was willing to put in the time and effort." I never forgot that. I remember seeing him smoke and thinking, little guy like that smoking won't live long. He died of a lung infection.

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