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Thursday, November 26, 2020

Joe Webb Trio: Playback Art Tatum Trio 1944. Live stream from Kansas Smitty's - Nov. 26

Joe Webb (piano); Will Sach (bass); Dave Archer (guitar).

Playing Art Tatum? - no pressure then! The pressure's always there even if you're a hardened practitioner. Suffice to say these guys are used to pressure but still, Art Tatum of whom Fats Waller is reputed to have said upon Tatum's entrance into a club: "Ladies and gentlemen, God is in the house"...  

In the future, like tomorrow, someone may be saying the same about Joe Webb. Tonight, Joe really nailed it. Close your eyes and God is sitting next to you!

Taken, in the main, from Tatum's 1944 trio album we were treated to impeccable renditions of 16 gassers. With Archer slotting into the Tiny Grimes role and Sach subbing for Slam Stewart on bass - bowing but holding back on the humming - this was as good as it gets maybe even better!

In chronological order we heard: I Got Rhythm; Cocktails For Two; I Ain't Got Nobody; After You've Gone; Deep Purple; I Would do Anything For You; Moonglow; Tea For Two; Liza; Honeysuckle Rose; Crazy Rhythm (piano solo); I Know That You Know; If I Had You; Soft Winds; On the Sunny Side of the Street; Flying Home.

I think I might just listen again - and again!

Lance

PS: A whole lot more playbacks coming up at Smitty's - I think the next one's 'erbie 'ancock ("when in Rome gorblimey...")

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