Michel Petrucciani: Caravan





Solo Live (Dreyfus Jazz FDM 36597-2)

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Michel Petrucciani (piano).

Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, and Juan Tizol


Recorded: Live at Alte Oper, Frankfurt, Germany, February 27, 1997


Rating: 97/100 (learn more)

"Caravan," its carcass chewed over more than leftovers from the Donner Party, had by 1997 accounted for >1000 jazz recordings. Our hero Michel Petrucciani, determined to restore life, was undeterred. As deep bass clusters rumble like thunder over Castle Frankenstein on a dark and stormy night, Herr Doktor resumes his mad experiment, summoning elemental forces to reanimate matter that conventional minds deem dead. Assaulting his piano's monstrous hulk, Petrucciani administers CPR, frantically defibrillating with ever-accelerating tempos, tirelessly charging up and down the keyboard until at last the Creature pulses anew. "Caravan" is one scary tour de force.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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