CD REVIEWS - Jazz

MICHEL PETRUCCIANI, STEVE GADD, ANTHONY JACKSON: TRIO IN TOKYO

(Dreyfus Jazz)

Like Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, Petrucciani - who died at the beginning of this year aged 36 - was a genius. Unlike them, he had to make his career at a moment in jazz history when genius was more of a handicap than a help. He was such an astounding player that no one could keep up with him. As a result, Petrucciani often performed solo. In this superb live recording of a club date from 1997, Gadd on drums and Jackson on bass are at least quick enough to keep Petrucciani's tail- lights in sight, but it's the leader's ceaseless invention, rhythmic daring, and sheer pianistic power that one listens to.

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