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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Pianist Michel Petrucciani, who during the early part of his career was heavily influenced by Bill Evans, gradually developed his own sound. By 1991 he was using Adam Holzman on synthesizer with his quintet which on this date also includes bassist Anthony Jackson, drummer Omar Hakim and percussionist Steve Thornton to play colors behind his piano. In addition, Petrucciani was backed by funky rhythms and emphasized his own original compositions. Rather than selling out to blatant commercialism, Petrucciani had actually found his own voice within the "contemporary" setting. The music on his CD is of consistently high quality despite a few too many fadeouts. Highlights include...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Pianist Michel Petrucciani, who during the early part of his career was heavily influenced by Bill Evans, gradually developed his own sound. By 1991 he was using Adam Holzman on synthesizer with his quintet which on this date also includes bassist Anthony Jackson, drummer Omar Hakim and percussionist Steve Thornton to play colors behind his piano. In addition, Petrucciani was backed by funky rhythms and emphasized his own original compositions. Rather than selling out to blatant commercialism, Petrucciani had actually found his own voice within the "contemporary" setting. The music on his CD is of consistently high quality despite a few too many fadeouts. Highlights include "Miles Davis' Licks" a blues that utilizes some of Davis' late-period nursery rhyme melodies, the intense "Brazilian Suite #3," a playful jam on "Laws of Physics" and the Keith Jarrett-ish "P'tit Louis." Actually, all 11 of Michel Petrucciani's originals are worth hearing and, despite the brief playing time 39 minutes of this CD, it is recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2002
  • Label: Emi Import
  • UPC: 077779548026
  • Catalog Number: 7954802
  • Sales rank: 6,687

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 September Second (4:44)
  2. 2 Home (5:29)
  3. 3 P'tit Louis (4:34)
  4. 4 Miles Davis' Licks (4:28)
  5. 5 Rachid (3:26)
  6. 6 Brazilian Suite #3 (2:34)
  7. 7 Play School (3:05)
  8. 8 Contradictions (3:00)
  9. 9 Laws of Physics (4:47)
  10. 10 Piango, Pay the Man (1:54)
  11. 11 Like That (1:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michel Petrucciani Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Piano
Omar Hakim Drums
Aldo Romano Drums
Adam Holzman Synthesizer
Anthony Jackson Bass
Steve Thornton Percussion
Technical Credits
Michel Petrucciani Arranger, Composer, Producer
Adam Holzman Arranger, Composer
Eric Kressmann Producer
Tom Swift Engineer
Carol Friedman Art Direction
Jose Rodriguez Mastering
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