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Michel Petrucciani: Power of Three

The meeting of Petrucciani, Jim Hall and Wayne Shorter at the1986 Montreux Jazz Festival resulted in one of the great CDs of the past 25 years. This straightforward video presentation allows us the intimacy of being on the Montreux stage as the music is made. Sensitive camera work, directing and editing bring us so close that we see meaningful glances between musicians, expressions of concentration and satisfaction and the action of fingers on keys and strings. In this age of quick cuts, split and quartered screens, lower-screen crawls and all manner of virtuosic video tom-foolery, it is gratifying to be allowed, without a single bell or whistle, simply to watch people do what they do well. The audio quality is superb. Petrucciani is gone, but Hall and Shorter are still thriving. They were so good together, and this DVD calls for another collaboration.

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