Art Tatum Group — Would You Like To Take a Walk

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Now, back to what we usually do here. This tune was Would You Like Take A Walk. It’s available in the U.S. from The Genius of Art Tatum, Vol. 9. The tune was composed by Mort Dixon, Billy Rose, and Harry Warren. This performance was from a session in 1952 accompanied by Slam Stewart, bass; and Everette Barksdale, guitar. Tatum took over Stewert and Barksdale as his backup group from Nat King Cole, when Cole went strictly vocal with orchestras and arrangers such as Gordon Jenkins and Nelson Riddle. Tatum listened and learned from other pianists even though he could play circles around them.  A word for Slam Stewart here…I still don’t understand how he could sing through his bass bow.  It’s amazing.  The addition of the guitar and bass worked out well for Art Tatum.

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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