Live 1944-1952, Vol. 9

Live 1944-1952, Vol. 9

by Art TatumArt Tatum

CD(Spanish Import)

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Collectors who have prized the series of rare Art Tatum performances issued by Storyville will be delighted with this ninth and final volume, as all 27 tracks are previously unissued and a number of them were not known to exist. The selections that came from 1940s transcriptions are well recorded and in excellent shape with minimal surface noise. Of particular interest is the only known duo performance by Tatum with Slam Stewart (guitarist Tiny Grimes had a blown amplifier tube), a joyful take of "I Know That You Know." Following his famous solo interpretation of "Tea for Two," the bizarre take of "St. Louis Blues" prominently features the very square Alan Roth Orchestra (complete with white-bread vocalists and a rather unswinging arrangement) in the beginning and ending of the piece, with the pianist soloing by himself in the center. The five tracks recorded at Tatum's home on his Steinway are superb, particularly his striding take of "Goin' Home," though the remaining selections are more seriously marred by the background hum and prominent surface noise. The final 18 songs, most of which are newly discovered, come from Jessye's, a Los Angeles all-night after-hours club in the Central Avenue area. Singer Mal Collier gamely joins Tatum on "Don't Take Your Love From Me," "Somebody Loves Me," "What Is This Thing Called Love," and "I'm in the Mood for Love." Tatum himself sings "If You Haven't Gone Away," "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" (in a hilarious pseudo-drunk rendition), and "If You Hadn't Gone Away." The two share the vocals during "I'll See You in My Dreams" (though it is a rehearsal, not a complete take), "Ain't Misbehavin'" (a rehearsal followed by a complete version, with Tatum adding a bit of scat), and "Aunt Hagar's Blues." Among the instrumentals from this venue is Tatum's only known rendition of Noël Coward's "Zigeneur." While the sound quality is very inconsistent on the music recorded at Jessye's, the rarity of the material and the chance to hear Tatum play for friends in an informal setting make it easy to ignore.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/14/2005
Label: Imports
UPC: 0717101838226
catalogNumber: 794155
Rank: 105504

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Art Tatum   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Slam Stewart   Bass
Alan Roth   Conductor
Mal Collier   Vocals

Technical Credits

Antonin Dvorák   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Art Tatum   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
Paul Whiteman   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Noël Coward   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Anne Caldwell   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Walter Gross   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Isham Jones   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Ballard MacDonald   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Harry Brooks   Composer
Kay Swift   Composer
Anders Stefansen   Producer
Edward Eliscu   Composer
Henry Nemo   Composer
Clifford R. Burwell   Composer
Dorothy Terriss   Composer
Leo Friedman   Composer
Ferde Grofé   Composer
James Warburg   Composer
Beth Slater Whitson   Composer
Arnold Laubich   Liner Notes
Billy Rose   Composer

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