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Ken D. (Allthatjazz)
Reviewed on 2/1/2010...
Don't be mislead by the cover, these are not live recordings but earlier studio records and transcriptions with applause spliced in between tracks. The applause sounds almost identical each time. Researched by Tatum discographers Ray Spencer and Arnold Laubich.
Buyer (or trader) beware!
Disgusted by the fake applause
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I transcribe Art Tatum's music, so it did not take me very long to find out that applause was electronically added to well known non-live and classic performances. I found this to be very offensive. Art Tatum is the greatest jazz pianist who ever lived and does not deserve to be a vehicle for such a digusting rip off. This practice if it exists anywhere else should be banned, unless the listener in warned. This might explain why there is virtually no documantation anywhere to go with the CD. Also it might answer the previous reviewer's question regarding the dates of these performances."
You can get these performances minus the applause
Kevin Frank | 04/20/2003
(2 out of 5 stars)
"To the best of my knowledge, Art Tatum only recorded "Three Little Words" once... it appears on THE STANDARD TRANSCRIPTIONS. I was excited to discover that he had apparently recorded it live as well, but having read previous reviews here, and noticing that the song titles mirrored those of THE STANDARD TRANSCRIPTIONS almost exactly, I decided to listen to the Real Audio extract of "Three Little Words" from this album. It is absolutely the same as performance as the one on THE STANDARD TRANSCRIPTIONS. Do yourself a favor -- buy THE STANDARD TRANSCRIPTIONS instead, and avoid the overdubbed applause."