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  Art Tatum: Piano Starts Here
  "Piano Starts Here, Live at The Shrine" (Zenph Studios re-performance)

Art Tatum
Track listing:
  From New York studio sessions, March 21 1993:

1. Tea for Two
2. St. Louis Blues
3. Tiger Rag
4. Sophisticated Lady

From The Shrine Auditorium, April 2, 1949:

5. Humoresque
6. Tatum-Pole Boogie
7. Someone to Watch over Me
8. How High the Moon
9. Yesterdays
10. Willow Weep for Me
11. The Kerry Dance
12. Gershwin Medley
13. I Know That You Know
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Site review by Southern SACD Fan May 4, 2009
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This is a reproduction recording. The intention of the producers is to make a clear recording of an artist who performed before modern recording systems became available. The sound is clear and the piano tone is also good, the music style strikes me as ragtime tather than jazz, but this should apeal to anone who enjoys accoustic instruments.

It is a disk that strikes me a spontaneous in its approach to music making and I enjoyed listening to it. At times the production process made me wonder how authentic the sound was, but I think the musical ability of Art Tatum shines through and the prodecers are to be warmly thanked for bringing this artist "back to life".

Review by gonzostick June 4, 2008 (10 of 10 found this review helpful)
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Aside from the out-of-this-world piano artistry and imagination of Art Tatum, this is the kind of SACD you just put on the system, open it up, and let it ROLL around the house!!!

Most of the Tatum recordings are of terrible technical quality. This one, while arguably a RE-production, is nothing short of wonderful!!!

The disc also has a set of binaural recordings of all 13 tracks that give the listener Art Tatum's perspective from in front of the keyboard. THAT is quiet stunning on all my headphone sets. On the other hand, this disc made me SO ineffably happy I don't think I will ever listen to it on headphones... It just makes my system SING!!!

GET THIS! You will be buying copies for your friends for Christmas or any other gift! It's THAT good! Bravo to the production team!

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Review by Sniffer April 21, 2012 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
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Don't let the term "re-production" mislead you. This is a recent recording using the finest recording equipment and piano. The "re-production" part is their use of a computer to analyze an old recording of the artist and digitize every possible nuance of the music. The digital file is then hooked up to the piano outfitted with reproducing equipment and the resulting music is recorded in stunning Hi-Rez 5.1 surround.

This is a "not to be missed" recording of piano jazz at its finest!

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