Friday, May 1, 2015

Art Tatum is in the House

This 1998 HighNote CD reissues a long-out-of-print Art Tatum LP that was put out by the defunct Onyx label in 1973. The live performances are from the Jerry Newman collection of acetate discs and are fortunately in better technical quality than most of the music from Newman's archives. The remarkable Art Tatum is heard playing three brief, unaccompanied piano solos in 1940, three other numbers in which he is accompanied by Reuben Harris (beating out some quiet rhythms with whiskbrooms on a suitcase), and four duets with bassist-vocalist Chocolate Williams ; Tatum has a brief vocal on "Knockin' Myself Out" and a more extensive one on "Toledo Blues," the only times he ever sang on record. In addition, Tatum and Williams back Ollie Potter (a pretty good if completely unknown singer) on "There'll Be Some Changes Made." Best of all are a pair of exciting trio numbers ("Lady Be Good" and a very memorable "Sweet Georgia Brown") in which Tatum stretches out with bassist Ebenezer Paul and the great, underrated trumpeter Frankie Newton. It is fascinating to hear Newton's playing on "Sweet Georgia Brown," which is fairly simple and calm, while Tatum sounds like a volcano behind him. Highly recommended.
Scott Yanow

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:3xfrxqugldae

Art Tatum
God Is in the House

Tracks

1 Georgia on My Mind (Carmichael, Gorrell)  2:17
2 Beautiful Love (Gillespie, King, VanAlstyne)  1:42
3 Laughing at Life (Kenny, Kenny, Todd, Todd)  1:03
4 Sweet Lorraine (Burwell, Parish)  3:03
5 Fine and Dandy (James, Swift)  4:07
6 Begin the Beguine (Porter)  3:53
7 Mighty Like a Rose (Nevin)  3:35
8 Knockin' Myself Out (Green)  4:03
9 Toledo Blues (Tatum)  3:33
10 Body and Soul (Eyton, Green, Heyman, Sour)  3:31
11 There'll Be Some Changes Made (Higgins, Overstreet)  3:28
12 Oh, Lady Be Good (Gershwin, Gershwin)  4:30
13 Sweet Georgia Brown (Bernie, Casey, Pinkard)  7:18

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Personnel
Featuring Art Tatum, Reuben Harris, Chocolate Williams, Ollie Potter, Frank Newton & Ebenezer Paul...

Recorded between November 11, 1940 & July 27, 1941

25 comments:

finvarra said...

Thanks so much, mel! Your taste (and generosity)-- is staggering...

duck said...

damn it Mel, you neally gave me a heart attack, vanishing like that.
I am really happy you came back again and thanks for all this wonderful music. maybe I could send you my spreadsheet if there is anything you would like, not all is lossless sadly.

archer said...

art tatum singing? looking forward to checking that.

much gratitude

Pippo said...

Yes, definitely God is in the house ... and on the keys.
By the way there was likely a connection between a musician as such and the heavenly sphere.
Thank you Melanchthon.

PlantDoctor53 said...

Hi Mel - thanks for this Art Tatum post.

Quadrados Rolantes said...

So good to come back again, Mel.
Thanks for this post.

censusloss said...

Yeh it was nervous, withdrawal symptom time for me too when the blog evaporated..Great To have this special AT post

Welcome back, Mel

C

Orbyt said...

Far too little Hank Jones in my collection. Thank you again Melanchthon!

montuno said...

Thanks Mel! Great to hear some new Tatum.

srimira2000 said...

Great stuff. Tatum ate 'em.

Thanks, Mel.

L.O.L. said...

Thanks:)

FrankDell said...

Merci Monsieur Mel.

deGallo said...

Thank you. Gamefront is awesome to DL with. Some great music here!!

Otis Foster said...

Thnx Melanchton. Gamefront is new for me. This resurrects yet another session I lost to the vagaries of defective drives.

Pernath said...

Art Tatum still thrills me. THanks Baruch!

duck said...

HA HA i just noticed my earlier post, now I am updating this to lossless, the same offer applies, as always all the best from Sydney

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you Baruch! I'm exploring the trumpet player Frank Newton and his two cuts on here our outstanding.

ceb said...

Heard The Frankie Newton tracks a few weeks ago. Amazing! Thanks for making this music available so easily.

Melanchthon said...

http://www50.zippyshare.com/v/j2rvLIpq/file.html

Ананасий Непитин said...

Thanks for re-up, dear Mel.
The album seems to be real treasure...

furnguy said...

thnx.

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks Mel

Mike said...

This lp was my introduction to Tatum many years ago. Good to have it back! Thank you.

kristophermc28 said...

Wow, thanks Mel!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You