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Michel Petrucciani

Michel Petrucciani overcame the effects of osteogenensis imperfecta (a bone disease that greatly stunted his growth) to become a powerful pianist. Originally greatly influenced by Bill Evans and to a lesser extent Keith Jarrett, Petrucciani developed his own individual voice. He started by playing in the family band with his guitarist father and bassist brother. At the age of 15 he had the opportunity to play with Kenny Clarke and Clark Terry, and at 17 he made his first recording. Petrucciani toured France with Lee Konitz in a duo (1980) and moved to the U.S. in 1982. At that time he coaxed Charles Lloyd out of retirement and toured with his quartet, a mutually beneficial relationship. Petrucciani was a strong attraction in the U.S., usually playing with a quartet (sometimes featuring Adam Holzman's synthesizer for color) or as a soloist; in 1986 he recorded at Montreux with Jim Hall and Wayne Shorter. Although Petrucciani's ability to overcome his affliction was admirable, his impressive playing stood by itself; he died of a pulmonary infection on January 6, 1999. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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I'm a true music lover and Michel is the greatest soul in my book, may God bless you in the heavens with your sounds and let you play for the Angels ..... Grady Jarrett
crawford.lar r y
Of the many great jazz pianists, I am most moved by MP...
Another one of the greats of music....gon e too soon
tmeyerhoff
Never saw him but his playing does stand on its own. Saw his freshly buried grave, and was sad he left us so early with such gifts.
Hey, Scott Yanow, it's osteogenesis , not osteogenensi s .
Great playing and very compelling story
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lovely
cef1953
Beautiful and haunting ...
One of the great's!!!! Really miss Michel, thanks to Pandora he will always be alive!!!!!
The best ever
A great player. I remember seeing him at the Village Vanguard in NY once and someone asked him "How'd you get so awesome on the piano?" He answered,"It ' s simple, if you were willing to practice the piano for 10 hours a day for 10 years, you'd be just as good as I am. That's the only difference between you and me, I was willing to put in the time and effort." I never forgot that. I remember seeing him smoke and thinking, little guy like that smoking won't live long. He died of a lung infection.

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