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Solo in Denmark

A unique live recording of French piano virtuoso Michel Petrucciani





Storyville Records is proud to present Michel Petrucciani – Solo in Denmark. This album features French piano prodigy Michel Petrucciani in a solo recording from Silkeborg Church, 1990. MP was one of the most popular pianists in the 1990’s due to his extraordinary technique, his astounding musical outlook and extremely dynamic playing style. His music is simply timeless and magical, seemingly coming straight from his soul. As he is often quoted: “I’m not playing to your head, but to your soul. When I play, I’m like a bird flying over the landscape, and I can land anywhere.”


Recorded on June 23, 1990 at the Riverboat Jazz Festival in Silkeborg, Denmark, this album is a tour de force that leads the listener through a series of the most iconic motifs in jazz, all of which are deconstructed and transformed by an outstanding craftsman and embellished along the way by a true master. And he also allows himself to insert unexpected twists and turns that are guaranteed to make the listener smile. Pay special attention to his small rhythmic and melodic tags, little hints for the well-trained ear. They reveal a musician who never grows complacent or takes himself too seriously. Here, the totality of MP’s talents are exhibited in an intimate setting, where he stuns the crowd with his inventive and blindingly rapid playing. The music emanating from the man simply grabs everybody’s attention. Arrangements by jazz legends like Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis gets the cheeky Petrucciani treatment with his rather audacious approach to ‘established’ jazz standards. MP had the ability to effortlessly travel through the history of jazz on his piano, fascinating his audience in the process. This church concert clearly displays why MP quickly developed into a truly exceptional member of the international jazz scene.


For MP, joyful playing with the music was a necessity of life. He lived and breathed for the opportunity to show it his love and respect. And all we have to do is open our ears, mind and soul and accept the gems from a musical individualist, who has made an indelible impression on millions of jazz listeners around the world. Solo in Denmark is simply another chapter in the remarkable story of a man, who perceived himself as a servant of the music.

Michel Petrucciani – Piano

Side one:

  1. P’tit Louis
  2. Round Midnight
  3. She Did It Again

Side two:

  1. In A Sentimental Mood
  2. Estate
  3. Blue Monk

“This Silkeborg church recording is special. (…) One of the very best solo piano releases to arrive this year.” – **** – Stephen, Marlbank


“…an absolutely marvellous hour of music…” – London Jazz News


“This album by Michel Petrucciani (…) is not only impeccable musically, but also in sound.” – Serain, Martin Wullich


“A suspended moment full of subtleties and winks…” – Carette, FIP – Radio France


“This is an album that is a wonderful memory of a lost genius who had a blistering talent.” – Kenny, JazzViews


“Michel Petrucciani shines alone on stage (…) the most generous (…) in the uniqueness of improvisation…” – Gauthier, Jazz Magazine


“This 1990 solo concert at the Riverboat Jazz Festival (is) finding him at his apotheosis… (…) An artist worth re-visiting and appreciating.” – Harris, JazzWeekly


“…a lovely 55-minute recital…there’s ample evidence of his technical ability but also his sensitivity and avoidance of relying on technique.” – Priestley, jazzwise


“Even familiar and well-known songs are covered with golden melodies through his hands, and this live show really shows the strength of such a natural melody maker.” – Kim, MM Jazz


“From the first flurry of notes, Petrucciani mesmerises, creating an immersive tapestry of sound with fine-spun melodic embroidery.” – Waring, MOJO


“This is a rich and rewarding album, full of musical surprises. Together with Martial Solal, Petrucciani was one of the most gifted French jazz pianists.” – White, JazzJournal


“Rarely has a solo by Petrucciani been so well captured, with enough distance to hear the natural reverberation, but close enough to the piano to capture everything about the virtuoso at work.” – Kopherant, Jazz News


“…intriguing set which mostly has him thinking aloud at the piano and creating some musical
magic along the way.” – Yanow, The New York City Jazz Record


“…impressive live of vitality and imagination.” – Télérama


“The Frenchman (…) bends several standards like the wind…” – Pfeiffer, Mediapart


“…Solo in Denmark captures the diminutive Frenchman at the height of his powers.” – BBC Music Magazine


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