Saturday, May 28, 2016

Art Tatum - The Complete Pablo Group Masterpieces

Tatum spent most of his career as a solo pianist ; in fact, it was often said that he was such an unpredictable virtuoso that it would be difficult for other musicians to play with him. Producer Norman Granz sought to prove that the theory was false, so between 1954 and 1956 he extensively recorded Tatum with a variety of other classic jazzmen, resulting originally in nine LPs of material that is now available separately as eight CDs and on this very full six-CD box set. In contrast to the massive solo Tatum sessions that Granz also recorded during this period, the group sides have plenty of variety and exciting moments, which is not too surprising when one considers that Tatum was teamed in a trio with altoist Benny Carter and drummer Louie Bellson ; with trumpeter Roy Eldridge, clarinetist Buddy DeFranco, and tenor saxophonist Ben Webster in separate quartets ; in an explosive trio with vibraphonist Lionel Hampton and drummer Buddy Rich ; with a sextet including Hampton, Rich, and trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison ; and on a standard trio session.
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Art Tatum
The Complete Pablo Group
6 cds set


Cd. 1

1 Blues in C (Tatum, Carter, Bellson)  7:58
2 Undecided (Shavers, Robins)  5:29
3 Under A Blanket of Blue (Neiburg, Symes, Livingston)  4:35
4 Blues in B Flat (Carter, Bellson)  5:43
5 A Foggy Day (Gershwin, Gershwin)  5:29
6 Street Of Dreams (Young Lewis)  2:26
7 S' Wonderful (Gershwin, Gershwin)  6:41
8 Makin' Whoopee (Donaldson, Kahn)  4:37
9 Old Fashioned Love (Mack, Johnson)  7:46
10 (I'm Left with The) Blues in My Heart (Cater)  5:58
11 My Blue Heaven (Donaldson, Whiting)  2:33
12 Hands Across the Table (Delettre, Parish)  3:41
13 You're Mine You (Green, Heyman)  4:17
14 Idaho (Stone)  4:12

Cd. 2

1 Night and Day (Porter)  6:11
2 I Won't Dance (Kern, McHugh, Hammerstein, Harbach, Fields)  6:47
3 In A Sentimental Mood (Ellington, Mills, Kurtz)  5:04
4 The Moon is Low (Brown, Freed)  6:31
5 Moon Song (Johnston, Coslow)  4:59
6 You Took Advantage Of Me (Rodgers, Hart)  3:21
7 This Can't Be Love (Rodgers, Hart)  5:37
8 I Surrender Dear (Barris, Clifford)  5:25
9 I Won't Dance [Previously unreleased - alt. take] (Kern, McHugh, Hammerstein, Harbach, Fields)  6:47
10 in A Sentimental Mood [Previously unreleased - alt. take] (Ellington, Mills, Kurtz)  6:40
11 What is This Thing Called Love (Porter)  4:34
12 I'll Never Be The Same (Signorelli, Malneck, Kahn)  5:06
13 Makin' Whoopee (Donaldson, Kahn)  7:05
14 Hallelujah (Youmans, Robin, Grey)  3:51


Cd. 3

1 Perdido (Tizol, Lengsfelder, Drake)  5:08
2 More Than You Know (Youmans, Rose, Eliscu)  4:36
3 How High The Moon (Hamilton Kewis)  5:06
4 This Can't Be Love (Rodgers, Hart)  4:03
5 Stars Fell On Alabama (Perkins, Parish)  3:32
6 Lover Man (Davis, Sherman, Ramirez)  5:37
7 Prisoner Of Love (Robin, Columbo, Gaskill)  7:19
8 Love For Sale (Concept 1) (Porter)  11:26
9 Love For Sale (Concept II) (Porter)  4:48
10 Body and Soul (Green, Heyman, Eyton, Sour)  5:26
11 Please Be Kind (Cahn, Chaplin)  5:06
12 This Can't Be Love [Previously unreleased - alt. take] Rodgers, Hart()  5:37
13 Hallelujah [Previously unreleased - alt. take] (Yomans, Robin, Grey)  3:51


Cd. 4

1 Verve Blues (Edison, Hampton, Tatum)  12:44
2 Plaid (Edison, Hampton, Tatum)  6:38
3 Somebody Loves Me (McDonald, DeSylva, Gershwin)  7:14
4 September Song (Anderson, Weill)  7:05
5 Deep Purple (Parish, DeRose)  8:02
6 September Song [78RPM single version] (Anderson, Weill)  11:00
7 What is This Thing Called Love [Previously unissued] (Porter)  7:35
8 What is This Thing Called Love [Previously unreleased - alt. take] (Porter)  7:35
9 Just One Of Those Things (Porter)  7:15
10 More Than You Know (Youmans, Eliscu, Rose)  4:36
11 Some Other Spring (Herzog)  5:01


Cd. 5

1 If (Hargreaves, Evans, Damerell)  3:29
2 Blue Lou (Sampson, Mills)  3:37
3 Love For Sale (Porter)  4:48
4 Isn't It Romantic (Rodger, Hart)  5:16
5 I'll Never Be The Same (Malneck, Signorelli, Kahn)  5:06
6 I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plans (Scwartz, Dietz)  4:31
7 Trio Blues (Tatum)  5:04
8 Deep Night (Vallee, Henderson)  5:43
9 This Can't Be Love (Rodger, Hart)  4:38
10 Memories Of You (Razaf, Blake)  4:19
11 Once in A While (Edwards, Green)  4:17
12 A Foggy Day (Gershwin, Gershwin)  5:26
13 Lover Man (Davis, Sherman, Ramirez)  3:28
14 You're Mine You (Green, Heyman)  4:17
15 Makin' Whoopee (Donaldson, Kahn)  4:37


Cd. 6

1 Deep Night [Previously unreleased - alt. take] (Vallee, Henderson)  5:43
2 Once in A While [Previously unreleased - alt. take] (Edwards, Green)  2:34
3 This Can't Be Love [Previously unreleased - alt. take] (Rodgers, Hart)  2:34
4 Gone With The Wind (Magidson, Wrubel)  5:50
5 All The Things You Are (Kern, Hammersetein)  7:17
6 Have You Met Miss Jones ? (Rodgers, Hart)  4:48
7 My One and Only Love (Wood, Mellin)  6:16
8 Night and Day (Porter)  6:43
9 My Ideal (Chase, Whithing, Robin)  2:42
10 Where Or When (Rodgers, Hart)  6:27
11 Gone With The Wind [Previously unreleased - alt. take 1] (Magidson, Wrubel)  5:50
12 Gone With The Wind [Previously unreleased - alt. take 2] (Magidson, Wrubel)  5:14
13 Have You Met Miss Jones ? [Previously unreleased - alt. take] (Rodgers, Hart)  3:05


Featuring Benny Carter, Louis Bellson, Roy Eldridge, Lionel Hampton, Barney Kessel, Red Callender, Buddy Rich, Buddy DeFranco, Ben Webster, Bill Douglas, Jo Jones, etc.

Recorded between June 25, 1954 & September 11, 1956

See the complete artwork for all details (places, sessions, dates, etc)

Presented in this boxed set are the complete group recordings of the virtuosic pianist Art Tatum : the 80 selections, 13 of them previously unreleased, feature the piano master with Louis Bellson, Benny Carter, Red Callender, Buddy DeFranco, Bill Douglass, Harry Edison, Roy Eldridge, Lionel Hampton, Jo Jones, Barney Kessel, Buddy Rich, John Simmons, Alvin Stoller, and Ben Webster.
Made between 1954 and 1956, the bulk of these recordings were released by Pablo during the 70s as an eight-record set ; a ninth album was later issued separately. This material has now been augmented by more than an hour of “new” music — a previously unreleased tune, a 78 RPM version of another, and ten alternate masters. The package also contains a 14-page booklet, with the definitive essay by Benny Green that was part of the original LP collection.

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Otis Foster said...

You are remarkable, Melanchthon. Thanks.

Nigel said...

Thank you. I'd only heard the Ben Webster session. It's almost freakish how Norman Grantz got in all these recording sessions right before Tatum left us, and the Webster was just 3 months or something before Tatum's death. Maybe Norman could tell that Art wasn't too healthy or something.'s nice that he recorded Art in almost every possible context, with seemingly little heed paid to commercial considerations. It was "the old record business", as they say.

Ric said...

Thanks a lot Mel !

neerg said...

I have the volume eight (love it) and always wanted to check out these other sessions. Thanks again Melanchthon, for all this hard work!

earlhines said...

I have the older 8 cd set. Is this 6 cd set remastered like the SACD version or is it the original 8 squeezed onto 6 cds?

Do you have the solo set of 8 cds? A flac rip of that set would be fantastic.

Many thanks for your fantastic blog!

jazzcat1228 said...

Wow! What a great share. Thank you Mel!

FrankDell said...


Eric said...

Thank you.

Eric said...

Thank you.

cvllos said...

Great, Melanchthon!
Your shares are always the MOST!
I read somewhere that one of those Jazz promoters, maybe Feather, planned to join several important fellows to record with "The God", to posterity.
And so we have right now this masterpiece.

deGallo said...

Wonderful upgrade!! Thank you.

Tibau said...

As Otis Foster said...
You are remarkable, Melanchthon. Thanks. And I agree.
Thanks and thanks.

Prof. Yaffle said...

Thank you

jserraglio said...

Please re upload if possible. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

i second that emotion.

Melanchthon said...


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jserraglio said...

Cant thank you enough!

dantzig65 said...

Thanks Mel

baar said...

Thanks Mel

Historicus said...

Thanks for your reupload!

Anonymous said...

This is truly historical. Thanks MM.

Anonymous said...

mel, you are a prince among men. thank you!

Rodrigo Benites said...

Incredible Collection,
thanks a lot.
Let's keep listening.

furnguy said... always.

AmyBRAINS said...


Juby said...

Wow! Thank you for this amazing music!

Jorge Rubén Sosa said...

Gracias Mel!!!!!
Saludos desde la Patagonia Argentina

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Daiwai said...

What is the password? Thanks for sharing.

Daiwai said...

Don't worry. I got it :)

Kovina Kris said...

This is really good stuff. I've listened to most of it via my 320K copies and love it. I'm ecstatic to get this upgrade to FLAC. Thank you very much Mel!