Andy McKee - bass, bass (Acoustic) Steve Thornton - percussion Eliot Zigmund - drums Nuit de Chine - design Bernard Ailloud - photography Chris Walker - bass (Electric) Adam Holzman - syntheziser, programming Frank Colon - percussion Palle Danielsson - bass Al Forster - drums Roy Haynes - drums Anthony Jackson - bass, bass (Electric) Victor Jones - drums Robbie Kondor - syntheziser, programming Eddie Gomez - bass, bass (Acoustic) Omar Hakim - drums Jim Hall - guitar Tania Maria - vocals Gary Peacock - bass Michel Petrucciani - syntheziser, piano, vocals, main performer Wayne Shorter - sax (Tenor) Lenny White - drums
There are few musicians in the history of jazz who have succeeded in expanding the
audience for the music. Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and a handful
of others such as Erroll Garner or Miles Davis have managed to make this demanding,
sometimes even difficult mode of expression accessible to all. Today, Michel Petrucciani
has joined that elite band of artists.
From childhood, he was encouraged and taught by a father intent on inculcating a respect for music, and Michel himself showed a prodigious natural aptitude for all things musical. Just as important to his subsequent professional career were his own enormous vitality and the sheer pleasure he took in playing.
First came success in Europe. Then, way beyond Michel's wildest expectations, the realisation of the American dream.
Communication is the key word in this Petrucciani success. Anybody not yet familiar with Michel's music will discover what I mean upon listening to this record. The optimism of "Looking Up"; the luminous harmonic beauty of "Home"; the lyrical emotion of "Lullaby"; the gaiety of "O Nana Oye". All communicated with remarkable warmth and simplicity, as Michel Petrucciani recounts his life through the keys of his piano. And what an moving life it turns out to be.
The Best Of Michel Petrucciani, a compilation drawn from live albums recorded for this famous label, offers a dazzling demonstration of the universal talent of this great musician.
Adapted from the French by Don Waterhouse