Herman Chittison

The Melody Lingers On

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This LP would receive a higher rating if its programming were more logical. On January 3, 1944, the talented stride pianist Herman Chittison and his trio (which also included guitarist James Shirley and bassist Cedric Wallace) recorded some radio transcriptions for the World Broadcasting Systems. Every note of music (nine issued songs plus 11 alternate takes, four incomplete performances and six false starts) is included on this album and there are some fine examples of Chittison's playing along with some good interplay by the trio. Unfortunately not all of the issued takes are programmed together; nor is the music in strictly chronological order. Some of the songs appear on both sides of the LP, making this a confusing set to study or enjoy. However, for listeners willing to put up with this inconvenience, there are some fine performances, particularly "How High the Moon," "The Song Is Ended," "Just One of Those Things" and "Persian Rug."