Music is nature's language. What it is telling you is to shut up for once and listen.

 

A miniature jazz Chopin with a wicked sense of humor and a head full of beautiful cris -cross of melodies. It took me three hours just to prepare for this article, as I found myself captivated and while looking for some YouTube clips just sat there and listened. And listened.

 

 

You cant sell news stories that have data and cautious predictions. Where is the panic? Where is the impending doom? C'mon people , give me something to work with here…

    Opinions / Science / Theory of Relative Ignorance  
 

..and as I was a yuppy marketing and advertising executive for the better part
of a decade, I am not really impressed with stories of selling your soul to the devil...

    Art & Culture / Music / Blues / Robert Johnson  
   

Michel Petrucciani - Small splendor

One of my all time favorite jazz piano players.

A miniature jazz Chopin with a wicked sense of humor and a head full of beautiful cris -cross of melodies. It took me three hours just to prepare for this article, as I found myself captivated and while looking for some YouTube clips just sat there and listened. And listened.

I love a musician that is a story teller and Petrucciani is full of funny anecdotes, thoughtful observations and playful almost lymricish melodies that evolve and change and grow and grow. It is like a fountain of spring water bubbling softly with new liquid songs of beauty and harmony known only in that space between the black and white keys of our soul.

 
 

It's not hard playing fast. Sometimes, as we all know from our first attempts to ride a bicycle without helping wheels, keeping a high speed is the easier choice, but Petrucciani doesn’t play fast for playing fast. He just has so much to say and is very excited about saying it.

 
I think I'm getting more and more to be myself, It's getting more and more Michel Petrucciani's sound and not Michel Petrucciani quote Bill Evans, quote McCoy Tyner, quote Keith Jarrett, quote, you know, everybody in town except me."
 

Petrucciani had three things going for him as a jazz pianist. First, and without any fault of his own, he was French, which let's face it does give some kind of cultural background the counterparts on the other side of the ocean often lack.

Second he was trained as a classical pianist who gave him the right discipline, the technique and theoretical base to build on.

And the last point being a disabling genetic disease that rendered him not only short of physical stature but also fragile and hardly walking.

He considered it an advantage as he got rid of distractions, like sports, that other boys tended to become involved in.

 
 
Petrucciani’s life is a story of exuberant triumph over challenge, and of the pleasures and prices of living life to the full." – J. Romney
 

I have a lot more to say about Petrucciani, but you will have to forgive me if I stop here and just go back to the links to listen one more time. Enjoy!

 
Caravan  http://youtu.be/06_uCl_Bovs
Take the A train - http://youtu.be/7k0ejcG6Kdk