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Michel Petrucianni: Au Theatre des Champs-Elysees

On this two-CD album cut in 1994 Petrucianni performs live and unaccompanied. He proves that he can articulate cleanly while playing very fast, gets a big, firm sound out of his instrument, improvises with intensity and a steady flow of ideas, sometimes employing unusually long lines. But I find this a strangely dissatisfying album. Maybe it’s because here Petrucianni’s primary objective seems to be demonstrating his technical skill and familiarity with various styles.

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