12/21/07

Michel Petrucciani Documentary and Concert Coming to DVD

Non-Stop Travels with Michel Petrucciani, a documentary focusing on the second half of the life of the pianist who died at age 36 in 1999, will be released on DVD on January 22nd. The hour-long program is being issued by Dreyfus Jazz.

Petrucciani, who overcame a bone disease called osteogenensis imperfecta that stunted his growth, was discovered in his teens by saxophonist Charles Lloyd. Petrucciani recorded his first album at 17 and went on to amass an extensive discography as a leader and sideman, working with a number of internationally famous musicians, and wring over 60 songs.

In addition to the documentary, the package includes one of the pianist’s last concerts, with bassist Anthony Jackson and drummer Steve Gadd, taped at the Kultur Und Kongresszentrum Liederhalle in Stuttgart, Germany, on February 8th, 1998. Neither of these programs has been commercially available until now.

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