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Michel Petrucciani: Trio In Tokyo

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With this first posthumous release of Petrucciani’s keyboard wizardry, the impact of his untimely death in early 1999 is felt even more profoundly. It was recorded live at the Blue Note in Tokyo with his favorite backing: Anthony Jackson, bass, and Steve Gadd, drums.

The comfort of the moment (Nov. ’97) and the mutuality of the “conversation” are obvious. Petrucciani tends to dominate-particularly with his repeated phrases-but he always lets Jackson and Gadd share their ideas, not only in solo statements, but in the overall mix, where they could spontaneously push each other in specific directions.

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