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Michael Petrucciani: Concerts Inedits

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Michel Petrucciani

Despite the unqualified admiration of just about everyone who counts on the international jazz circuit, recognition that Michel Petrucciani had been perhaps the finest of all the young musicians who swept into jazz during the last 20 or so years was only really forthcoming after his death on January 6, 1999. This seems to be the way of things in jazz. Of its more recent fruhvollendet – “too early completed” – Jaco Pastorius, for example, had to wait at least a decade for the dust to settle around his troubled life for his achievements to be seen with the clarity they deserved.

Petrucciani, in contrast, presented no extramural stumbling blocks to reach his music. An early departure was not entirely unexpected of him he suffered from osteogenesis imperfecta, which made him no bigger than the average four-year-old and such was his impetuously driven lyricism it often appeared he was intent on sharing as much of his great gift as he could with his audiences before it was too late.

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