Art Tatum — Please Be Kind

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Art Tatum on Please Be Kind is joined by Lionel Hampton, vibes; and Jo Jones, on Drums. This is from the Complete Art Tatum Pablo Group Masterpieces Disc 3 Cut 11. I think I mentioned before that Hampton was in Los Angeles as part of the cast in the biopic The Benny Goodman Story starring Steve Allen and Donna Reed. Hampton reenacted his role playing vibes in Benny Goodman’s quartets along with Teddy Wilson and Gene Krupa who also reenacted their roles. Those small group recordings made with Benny Goodman were among the best Jazz records of the late 1930’s. Hampton played himself in the movie and made these recordings with Tatum as well. Tatum, Hampton, and Jones make an equally great group on this record.  Even on a laid back tune such as Please Be Kind, Art Tatum is the sly virtuoso.

About Richard Rollo

I am a retired Community College Instructor. I taught Political Science 1 American Government for 22 years in Southern California. I am originally from Northern Minnesota. My earliest years were spent in the living quarters of a rural Duluth Winnipeg & Pacific Railway Depot. Then my family joined the great 1950's migration to Southern California where I joined up with fellow baby boomers in overcrowded schools.
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