Solo recording from Silkeborg Church
Recorded by French piano prodigy Michel Petrucciani
Recorded on June 23, 1990 at the Silkeborg Riverboat Jazz Festival in Denmark, this album is a tour de force that leads the listener through a series of the most iconic motifs in jazz, all of which are deconstructed and transformed by an outstanding craftsman and embellished along the way by a true master — French jazz pianio prodigy Michel Petrucciani.
Here, the totality of Petrucciani's talents are on display, stunning the crowd with his inventive and blindingly rapid playing. The music emanating from the man simply grabs everybody's attention. Arrangements by jazz legends such as Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, and Miles Davis gets the cheeky Petrucciani treatment with his rather audacious approach to ‘established' jazz standards.
Petrucciani had the ability to effortlessly travel through the history of jazz on his piano, fascinating his audience in the process. This church concert clearly displays why he quickly developed into a truly exceptional member of the international jazz scene.
Petrucciani died in 1999. From birth he had osteogenesis imperfecta, a genetic disease that causes brittle bones and, in his case, short stature. He became one of the most accomplished jazz pianists of his generation despite having arms that caused him pain. He became one of the most popular pianists in the 1990's due to his extraordinary technique, his astounding musical outlook and extremely dynamic playing style. His music is simply timeless and magical, seemingly coming straight from his soul.
|1. P'tit Louis|
|2. In A Sentimental Mood|
|3. She Did It Again|
|4. Round Midnight|
|6. Blue Monk|
|- Autumn Leaves|
|- Prelude To A Kiss|
|- Smoke Gets In Your Eyes|
|- Miles Davis' Licks|