CD Playground [Michel Petrucciani] [077779548026] (CD 408505),
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Playground [Michel Petrucciani] [077779548026]

  • 1. September Second
    2. Home
    3. P'tit Louis
    4. Miles Davis' Licks
    5. Rachid
    6. Brazilian Suite #3
    7. Play School
    8. Contradictions
    9. Laws of Physics
    10. Piango, Pay the Man
    11. Like That
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 95480

  • Credits
    ProducerMichel Petrucciani; Eric Kressmann
    EngineerTom Swift

    Personnel: Michel Petrucciani, Adam Holzman (keyboards), Anthony Jackson (bass), Omar Hakim (drums), Steve Thorton (percussion).
    Personnel: Michel Petrucciani (piano, synthesizer); Adam Holzman (synthesizer); Omar Hakim, Aldo Romano (drums); Steve Thornton (percussion).
    Recording information: Clinton Recording Studios, New York City, NY.
    Photographers: Carol Friedman; John Fenton.
    Arrangers: Michel Petrucciani; Adam Holzman.
    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. ~ Scott Yanow

  • Critic Reviews
    Q (8/91) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...musically as big as anyone in the postbop mainstream...a phenominal technician..astonishing agility and sense of improvisational space."
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