In June of 1995, Michel, a winner of the Django Reinhardt Prize
, entered the studio with Reinhardt's musical alter-ego and one of Michel's idols, Stéphane Grappelli, to record Flamingo
with the great Roy Haynes and George Mraz. Here they improvise brilliantly on crackling versions of Petrucciani's "Little Peace In C For U" and an ingenious "I Got Rhythm
" variant; this newly mastered, expanded CD includes a rare outtake recording of "Pennies from Heaven" and two previously unreleased cuts, "Blues" and "Night and Day."
About the Artist
It has been ten years since the sudden passing of legendary pianist Michel Petrucciani
during the night of January 5, 1999 in New York, just over a week after his 37th birthday. World-renowned for his singular style and tone, at once powerful and romantic, Michel was a remarkable man, an "exceptional musician, a free and vibrant artist, and a sensually lyrical pianist" (Pascal Anquetil). In loving memory of the "great romantic of jazz piano
" (New York Times), who was once hailed "Jazz Man of the Year
" (LA Times), Dreyfus Jazz will devote its releases for the first quarter of 2009 to Michel Petrucciani's life and music.