Thursday, March 31, 2016

Art Tatum - The Complete Pablo Solo Masterpieces

Art Tatum was among the most extraordinary of all jazz musicians, a pianist with wondrous technique who could not only play ridiculously rapid lines with both hands (his 1933 solo version of "Tiger Rag" sounds as if there were three pianists jamming together) but was harmonically 30 years ahead of his time ; all pianists have to deal to a certain extent with Tatum's innovations in order to be taken seriously. Able to play stride, swing, and boogie-woogie with speed and complexity that could only previously be imagined, Tatum's quick reflexes and boundless imagination kept his improvisations filled with fresh (and sometimes futuristic) ideas that put him way ahead of his contemporaries. Born nearly blind, Tatum gained some formal piano training at the Toledo School of Music but was largely self-taught. Although influenced a bit by Fats Waller and the semi-classical pianists of the 1920s, there is really no explanation for where Tatum gained his inspiration and ideas from. He first played professionally in Toledo in the mid-'20s and had a radio show during 1929-1930. In 1932 Tatum traveled with singer Adelaide Hall to New York and made his recording debut accompanying Hall (as one of two pianists). But for those who had never heard him in person, it was his solos of 1933 (including "Tiger Rag") that announced the arrival of a truly major talent. In the 1930s, Tatum spent periods working in Cleveland, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and (in 1938) England. Although he led a popular trio with guitarist Tiny Grimes (later Everett Barksdale) and bassist Slam Stewart in the mid-'40s, Tatum spent most of his life as a solo pianist who could always scare the competition. Some observers criticized him for having too much technique (is such a thing possible ?), working out and then keeping the same arrangements for particular songs, and for using too many notes, but those minor reservations pale when compared to Tatum's reworkings of such tunes as "Yesterdays," "Begin the Beguine," and even "Humoresque." Although he was not a composer, Tatum's rearrangements of standards made even warhorses sound like new compositions. Art Tatum, who recorded for Decca throughout the 1930s and Capitol in the late '40s, starred at the Esquire Metropolitan Opera House concert of 1944 and appeared briefly in his only film in 1947, The Fabulous Dorseys (leading a jam session on a heated blues). He recorded extensively for Norman Granz near the end of his life in the 1950s, both solo and with all-star groups ; all of the music has been reissued by Pablo on a six-CD box set. His premature death from uremia has not resulted in any loss of fame, for Art Tatum's recordings still have the ability to scare modern pianists.
Scott Yanow

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Art Tatum
The Complete Pablo Solo

Cd. 1

1 Can't We Be Friends (Swift, James)  3:45
2 This Can't Be Love (Rogers, Hart)  2:37
3 Elegy (Massenet)  3:35
4 Memories Of You (Razaf, Blake)  4:48
5 Over The Rainbow (Arlen, Harburg)  3:42
6 If You Hadn't Gone Away (Brown, Rose, Henderson)  5:05
7 Body And Soul (Green, Heyman, Eyton, Sour)  5:50
8 The Man I Love (Gershwin, Gershwin)  4:28
9 Makin' Whoopee (Kahn, Donaldson)  2:46
10 September Song (Anderson, Weill)  4:09
11 Begin The Beguine (Porter)  2:58
12 Humoresque (Dvorak)  3:56
13 Louise (Robin, Whiting)  5:12
14 Love For Sale (Porter)  4:40
15 Judy (Hoagy Carmichael)  3:47
16 I'm Comin' Virginia (Heywood, Cook)  3:35
17 Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams (Barris, Koehler, Moll)  3:42
18 Dixieland Band (Hanighen, Mercer)  3:06


Cd. 2

1 Embraceable You (Gershwin, Gershwin)  4:30
2 Come Rain Or Come Shine (Arlen, Mercer)  5:07
3 Just A-Sittin' And A-Rockin' (Ellington, Strayhorn, Gaines)  3:57
4 There Will Never Be Another You (Gordon, Warren)  5:28
5 Tenderly (Lawrence, Gross)  5:05
6 What Does it Take (Burke, VanHeusen)  2:49
7 You Took Advantage Of Me (Rogers, Hart)  3:16
8 I've Got The World On A String (Arlen, Kohler)  3:55
9 Yesterdays (Kern, Harbach)  3:28
10 I Hadn't Anyone Till You (Noble)  3:32
11 Night And Day (Porter)  3:14
12 Jitterbug Waltz (Thomas Waller)  3:47
13 Someone To Watch Over Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:50
14 The Very Thought Of You (Noble)  4:28
15 You're Driving Me Crazy (Walter, Donaldson)  2:38
16 I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You (Young, Washington)  4:11
17 Stardust (Carmichael, Parish)  5:00


Cd. 3

1 I Cover The Waterfront (Green, Heyman)  3:45
2 Where Or When (Rogers, Hart)  5:14
3 Stay As Sweet As You Are (Gordon, Revel)  5:06
4 Fine And Dandy (Swift, James)  3:02
5 All The Things You Are (Kern, Hammerstein)  6:00
6 Have You Met Miss Jones ? (Rogers, Hart)  4:48
7 In A Sentimental Mood (Mills, Kurtz, Ellington)  6:02
8 I'll See You Again (Coward)  4:52
9 I'll See You In My Dreams (Jones, Kahn)  3:16
10 Ill Wind (Kohler, Arlen)  5:18
11 Isn't This A Lovely Day ? (Irving, Berlin)  2:37
12 Blue Skies (Berlin)  2:56
13 Without A Song (Youmans, Rose, Eliscu)  5:48
14 Stompin' At The Savoy (Goodman, Webb, Sampson, Razaf)  2:55
15 My Last Affair (Johnson)  2:53
16 I'm In The Mood For Love (McHugh, Fields)  4:26


Cd. 4

1 Taboo (Lecuona)  2:50
2 Would You Like To Take A Walk (Warren, Dixon, Rose)  4:13
3 I've Got A Crush On You (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:35
4 Japanese Sandman (Whiting, Egan)  3:14
5 Too Marvelous For Words (Whting, Mercer)  2:58
6 Aunt Hagar's Blues (Handy, Brymn)  4:52
7 Just Like A Butterfly That's Caught In The Rain (Woods, Dixon)  3:14
8 Gone With The Wind (Wrubel, Magidson)  3:01
9 Danny Boy (Weatherly)  4:10
10 They Can't Take That Away From Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  4:45
11 Tea For Two (Youmans, Caesar)  3:30
12 It's The Talk Of The Town (Livingston, Symes, Neiburg)  3:40
13 Blue Lou (Sampson, Mills)  2:43
14 When A Woman Loves A Man (Mercer, Jenkins, Hanighen)  5:35
15 Willow Weep For Me (Ronell)  4:32
16 Ain't Misbehavin' (Waller, Brooks, Razaf)  2:35
17 Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (Kern, Harbach)  3:53
18 Mighty Like A Rose (Nevin, Stanton)  6:06


Cd. 5

1 Stars Fell On Alabama (Parish, Perkins)  5:56
2 Blue Moon (Rogers, Hart)  5:00
3 There's A Small Hotel (Rogers, Hart)  5:01
4 Caravan (Ellington, Tizol, Mills)   2:36
5 The Way You Look Tonight (Fields, Kern)  6:38

6 You Go To My Head (Coots, Gillespie)  4:55
7 Lover Come Back To Me (Romberg, Hammerstein)  6:45
8 Sophisticated Lady (Ellington, Parish, Mills)  3:35

9 Dancing In The Dark (Schwartz, Dietz)  4:30
10 Love Me Or Leave Me (Kahn, Donaldson)  3:23
11 Cherokee (Noble)  3:38
12 These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You) (Strachey, Marvell, Link)  4:50
13 Deep Purple (DeRose, Parish)  5:00
14 After You've Gone (Creamer, Layton)  4:00
15 Didn't Know What Time It Was (Rogers, Hart)  4:13


Cd. 6

1 Somebody Loves Me (Gershwin, McDonald, Sylva)  3:49
2 What's New ? (Haggart, Burke)  4:32
3 Sweet Lorraine (Burwell, Parish)   4:21
4 Crazy Rhythm (Meyer, Kahn, Caesar)  2:55
5 Isn't It Romantic (Rogers, Hart)  4:34
6 You're Blasé (Siever, Hamilton)  4:57
7 You're Mine You (Green, Heyman)  4:52
8 (Back Home Again in) Indiana (Hanley, Donald)  3:03
 9 That Old Feeling (Brown, Fain)  5:12
10 Heat Wave (Berlin)  3:17
11 She's Funny That Way (Whiting, Moret)  3:51
12 I Surrender, Dear (Barris, Clifford)  3:51
13 Happy Feet (Yellen, Ager)  2:36
14 Mean To Me (Tuek, Ahlert)  2:56
15 Boulevard Of Broken Dreams (Warren, Dubin)  5:19
16 Moonlight On The Ganges (Myers, Wallace)  2:14
17 Moon Song (Johnston, Coslow)  4:39
18 When You're Lover Has Gone (Swan)  3:38
19 The Moon Is Low (Brown, Freed)  4:10
20 If I Had You (Shapiron, Campbell, Conelly)  4:10


Cd. 7

1 S'posin' (Denniker, Razaf)  3:22
2 Don't Worry 'Bout Me (Bloom, Koehler)  4:10
3 Prisoner Of Love (Columbo, Robin, Gaskill)  4:17
4 Moonglow (Delange, Hudson, Mills)  2:54
5 I Won't Dance (Kern, McHugh, Hammerstein, Harbach, Fields)  2:57
6 I Can't Give You Anything But Love (Bartholomew, Ridgley)  3:35
7 Lullaby Of Rhythm (Goodman, Sampson, Profit, Hirsch)  3:09
8 Out Of Nowhere (Heyman, Green)  3:45
9 I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues (Arlen, Koehler)  3:54
10 It's Only A Paper Moon (Arlen, Rose, Harburg)  2:38
11 Everything I Have Is Yours (Adamson, Lane)  5:44
12 I Only Have Eyes For You (Warren, Dubin)  2:48
13 On The Sunny Side Of The Street (McHugh, Fields)  3:06
14 Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me (Ellington, Russell)  4:55
15 So Beats My Heart For You (Ballard, Henderson, Waring)  5:18
16 If You Hadn't Gone Away (Brown, Rose, Henderson)  3:55
17 Please Be Kind (Cahn, Chaplin)  5:06
18 Someone To Watch Over Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:12
19 Begin The Beguine (Porter)  2:58
20 Willow Weep For Me (Ronell)  3:44
21 Humoresque (Dvorak)  3:24


Art Tatum - p

Recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood & Hollywood Bowl, in Performance [cd. 7, # 17-20] ; between December 28, 1953 & August 15, 1956 

(See the complete artwork for all details)

During four marathon recording sessions in 1953-55, Norman Granz recorded Art Tatum playing 119 standards, enough music for a dozen LPs. The results have been recently reissued separately on eight CDs and on this very full seven-CD box set. Frankly, Tatum did no real advance preparation for this massive project, sticking mosty to concise melodic variations of standards, some of them virtual set pieces formed over the past two decades. Since there are few uptempo performances, the music in this series has a certain sameness after awhile but, heard in small doses, it is quite enjoyable. A special bonus are four numbers taken from a 1956 Hollywood Bowl concert.
Scott Yanow

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Alberto said...

Thank you so much for all your toil in doing this, specially when we're talking about not only one of the greatest jazz documents ever, but a major masterpiece of art, in the broadest sense possible.

theblueamos said...

I have this set on vinyl but no way of listening to thank you very much for makeing this great set listenable again.All the best from jerusalem

Eric said...

My Hard drive crashed and I lost many, many, many jazz albums. So I am beginning again and thank you for making this essential collection available along with many, many, many of the other downloads I expect to be making in the near future. If I don't thank you for each one, please realize that I am very grateful.

david said...

I discovered your site a few days ago, Melanchthon, and I'm greatly amazed by the high quality of your choices.
Thank you so much for all these great musical works.
And I agree with Alberto : with Tatum, we are in presence of some of the most beautiful masterpieces Humankind gave birth to.

Prof. Yaffle said...

Thank you

Sarantos Melogia said...

Thanks for sharing this post. i really enjoyed this article. old music and solo music artist got a good place in Audion's hearts..

Sarantos Melogia said...

Really Art Tatum is a master piece of pablo. Sarantos photo

stringbender said...

Wow - Thank you for this amazing post!

Albertito Jazz said...

Hello Melanchthon! What a pitty, disc. 5 & Artwork don't download... I know that is a 2013 post but they are Tatum masterpieces... Thanks! :-)

jazzcat1228 said...

Outstanding! Thank you, Mel!

lucky5 said...

Many Thanks, Mel!

deGallo said...

Thank you.

Lester said...

Mille fois merci, Mel...

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel. Looks like a heck of a set!

chuchuni said...

Thanks for the huge effort, Mel.

sikes said...

Hi Mel, I know it's a big ask but could you please re-up this set, i would really appreciate it, thanks

Melanchthon said...

Par. 1
Part. 2
Part. 3
Part. 4

neil said...

My grateful thanks, too, mel; I missed this set first time around...

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cvllos said...

Thank you, Melanchthon; another brillant gift from you!

Pee said...
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Pee said...

Thanks for this gem, Mel. A truly amazing collection. Your blog never ceases to amaze.

Brush&Stick said...

Amazing set, super thanks! This will sound better than my scratchy public library lp set!

Frantz-milby Michel said...

anyone know the code ?

Kovina Kris said...

This is amazing. I agree with Yanow that a little solo Tatum goes a long way but that doesn't mean that I don't truly appreciate getting this fantastic box. Long way or not, this is essential stuff for a jazz fan. Thank you!