Album Remarks & Appraisals:
SUPER AUDIO EDITION FOR THIS CLASSIC 1949 CONCERT - INCLUDES FOUR BONUS TRACKS.
Record Collector (magazine) (p.103) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The results are mind-blowing and must be heard to be believed."
Audio Mixer: Richard King .
Liner Note Author: Spider Robinson .
Recording information: The Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA (03/21/1933-09/23/2007).
Photographer: William Gottlieb.
Few jazz pianists could ever hope to rival the technical mastery of Art Tatum. From the 1930s on through the `50s, Tatum's dazzling facility made it seem as if two pianists were playing at once. Though he often performed solo, his virtuosity allowed him to make the transition from swing to bebop effortlessly. Tatum's eclectic style also reflected influences from blues and classical music, and from early jazz and pop music of the time.
Long considered a classic album, PIANO STARTS HERE was assembled from studio and live sources from 1933 and 1949, respectively. Thanks to 21st-century technology however, PIANO has received a new lease on life, containing previously edited selections presented in their entirety, previously unissued tunes, and vastly improved sound quality. For lovers of the history of the jazz piano, PIANO STARTS HERE is essential.
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