Art Tatum: Piano Starts Here is the second full-length album
of classic piano performances meticulously transcribed from vintage audio
recordings by Zenph® Studios. It is now available to owners of the
Live Performance Model LX reproducing system.
Piano Starts Here consists of thirteen pieces recorded by Art Tatum
at two different times. The first four, originally issued on 78 RPM records,
are from a March 21, 1933 studio recording. The remaining nine
were recorded live at a concert given at the Shrine Auditorium in
Los Angeles on April 2, 1949. These later recordings were made using
early magnetic tape recording equipment and issued on some of the first
Thus, Tatum's incredible performances have long been buried beneath the
limitations of early analog recording technology. The audio recording of
Piano Starts Here has been released numerous times over the years,
always marred by hiss, surface noise, and even significant deviations in pitch
and tempo. In addition, more than two minutes of the Gershwin medley
were inexplicably removed on the most widely-available releases.
Zenph Studios, pioneering a new process for revitalizing musical recordings,
has finally lifted the veil that has clouded these recordings for so
many years. All thirteen selections have been extracted from their low-fidelity
audio recordings using Zenph's proprietary conversion process, employing a
fusion of computerized analysis and human musicianship. The result is a
lifelike representation of the original performance, down to every key and
pedal movement, formatted to control a modern reproducing piano.
In June of 2008, Zenph and Sony BMG Classics issued a freshly-mastered
version of Piano Starts Here recorded live at the Shrine Auditorium
in 2007 using a modern Yamaha Disklavier Pro. The nine-foot concert grand
reproduced Tatum's performances in the original hall where many of them were
recorded nearly sixty years ago. The performances were captured in
breathtaking clarity and released as a unique hybrid CD and multichannel
SACD, including a binaural version captured from the
vantage point of the virtual pianist, giving the listener a realistic
impression of what Tatum himself might have heard while at the keyboard.