[JPL] Music software to 're-perform' jazz piano masterpiece

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Music software to 're-perform' jazz piano masterpiece

Rich Pell 
(09/21/2007 3:04 PM EDT)
URL: http://www.eetimes.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=202100109
LOS ANGELES " Sony BMG Masterworks and Zenph Studios have announced that a
"re-performance" of legendary jazz pianist Art Tatum's 1949 recording "Piano
Starts Here" will be held on Sept. 23, 2007 at 5 PM at the Shrine Auditorium
in Los Angeles - the site of the original live concert performance.

The re-performance, which is achieved through Zenph's music software
technology, will be recorded by Sony BMG before a live audience for a
forthcoming hybrid multichannel SACD/CD, to be released in early 2008. The
re-performance will also include four songs Tatum recorded in 1933 that
appear on "Piano Starts Here," including the jazz standard, "Tiger Rag."

Zenph's technology captures the musical nuances of the original piano
recording's every note, with details about the pedal actions, volume and
articulations " all with millisecond timings. The digital data is
transcribed into high-resolution MIDI files and played back on a
state-of-the-art Yamaha Disklavier Pro concert grand piano, allowing for the
production of brand new renderings without the limitations of the original

"It will be like going back to the moment of creation and hearing Tatum play
in person," said John Q. Walker, President of Zenph Studios.

The producers and engineers will also record a binaural version of the
re-performance; headphone playback will provide an experience that
replicates what Tatum would have heard while he sat at the piano.

The Zenph re-performance also corrects problems that have accumulated since
the original. A track on the current album titled "The Man I Love" omits
excerpts from "Porgy and Bess" which Tatum performed during the original
concert; Zenph has restored about two minutes of lost material.

Playback speed, slowed down on the album tracks, has been corrected, so
Tatum actually plays faster than has typically been thought. And, a tape
glitch during "Humoresque" that mars the current re-issue will be corrected.

Zenph's first album, a re-performance of pianist Glenn Gould's 1955
recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations, received critical acclaim and spent
nine weeks on the Billboard Classical Top Ten chart this summer.
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