By Steve Futterman
Updated March 26, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST

The odds were stacked against him from the start — a congenital bone disease stunted his growth — still, before his recent death, Petrucciani carved out a place for himself as one of the grand romantics of jazz piano. This awe-inspiring 1997 recital highlights both his boundless technique and heart-on-the-sleeve expressiveness. B

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