Sunday, July 10, 2016

Art Tatum - Live Performances (Storyville 1934-1956)

Art Tatum was heralded as being among the very best jazz pianists for much of his career, though his rapid-fire runs at the keyboard intimidated all but the very best musicians to some degree. As a result, there were long stretches when he wasn't recorded all that much, until Norman Granz hired him for marathon solo and small group dates during the last few years of the pianist's life. But collectors recognized the value in preserving many of his broadcast performances, radio transcriptions, and even a few private recordings made in clubs or private homes. This ten-CD boxed set includes over 675 minutes of music, including music from throughout almost the entire length of his career. While the sound quality isn't as good as commercial records made during the period, the audio restoration makes these selections very listenable. Tatum fans will seek out the solo tracks first, particularly the pianist's high-flying arrangements like "Yesterdays," "Taboo," and "Begin the Beguine." There are a number of trio tracks to choose from, though the best results come from his meeting with guitarist Les Paul, one of the few string players who could play on Tatum's level. Most of the music on the first nine CDs appeared on widely scattered and long unavailable LPs on various labels, though each of them was individually issued by Storyville. Almost all of the performances on Cd. ten make their commercial debut in this collection. Tatum's meeting with the young guitarist Tal Farlow is superb with excellent audio, while the club meeting with organist Joe Mooney shows the pianist in a more relaxed mood in "Moonglow," though the fireworks come out in the furious "Three Little Words," where he overshadows Mooney. Two after-hours performances from 1941 feature bassist Chocolate Williams, while vocalist Ann Robinson adds a bluesy vocal in "Stardust" and the overdramatic Ethel White takes her place for "Embraceable You." If Tatum fans who own the previous nine individual Storyville CDs from this collection think that this new material is not enough to make this boxed set worthy of purchasing, then the bonus DVD, with rare film and video footage of the pianist, should change their minds. There is a series of excerpts made for the March of Times movie newsreels (one master and several outtakes of "Tiny's Exercise," a brief theme used as a set closer), two performances from the film The Fabulous Dorseys, plus a show-stopping miniature of "Yesterdays" that came from The Spike Jones Show. The detailed liner notes and numerous photos add to the value of this essential collection of rare Art Tatum.
Ken Dryden

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Art Tatum
Live Performances
10 cd box/DVD


Cd. 1

1 Young and Healthy (Warren)  1:31
2 Morning Noon and Night (Alter, Swanstrom) 3:26
3 When Day Is Done (DeSylva, Katscher) 3:06
4 Star Dust (Carmichael, Parish)  3:06
5 Chinatown, My Chinatown (Jerome, Schwartz)  1:47
6 Body and Soul (Green, Heyman, Sour, Eyton)  2:34
7 Can't We Be Friends (Swift, Warburg)  2:23
8 I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues (Arlen, Koehler)  2:14
9 Melody in F (Rubinstein)  5:41
10 Let Me off Uptown (Bostic)  3:47
11 Tiny's Exercise (Grimes)  5:18
12 Exactly Like You (Fields, McHugh)  3:58
13 Sweet Lorraine (Burwell, Parish)  3:56
14 I Know That You Know (Caldwell, Youmans)  2:41
15 Ja-Da (Carleton)  3:29
16 Humoresque (Dvorák)  4:03
17 It Had to Be You (Jones, Kahn)  3:54
18 I've Found a New Baby (Williams)  3:34
19 Oh ! Lady Be Good (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:24
20 Somebody Loves Me (DeSylva, Gershwin)  4:38
21 Exactly Like You (Fields, McHugh)  5:13


This is the first of an 10-CD, 215-track set, comprised primarily of previously unissued performances by the legendary jazz pianist, Art Tatum. This 74-minute, 21-track CD covers the years 1934 (the first year Tatum recorded) to 1944, with Tatum performing in solo, trio and quartet contexts. Most of the music (which is from the 40’s) was produced for the Armed Forces Radio Service - special radio broadcasts made for the U.S. military during W.W.II
Besides the 8 solo tunes – including some of Tatum’s first recordings from 1934 – there are early tracks with Tatum’s own famous trio, plus 5 tunes with the legendary jazz guitarist, Les Paul. The discovery of this unknown music by the greatest jazz pianist of all time is the musical equivalent of finding previously unpublished plays by William Shakespeare. While the tracks here are from the earlier part of Tatum’s career, his astonishing technique and creative brilliance, his strong stride piano, blinding speed and virtuoso arpeggios, are all showcased on this CD.

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Cd. 2

1 Stormy Weather (Arlen, Koehler)  4:57
2 Sweet Lorraine (Burwell, Parish)  4:24
3 Humoresque (Dvorák)  2:42
4 I Know That You Know (Caldwell, Youmans)  3:44
5 Humoresque (Dvorák)  4:46
6 Ain't Misbehavin' (Brooks, Razaf, Waller)  4:24
7 Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (Harbach, Kern)  2:55
8 I Can't Give You Anything But Love (Fields, McHugh)  3:51
9 Danny Boy (trad. Irish Air, adapted by F. E. Weatherly)  3:07
10 How High the Moon (Hamilton, Lewis)  2:13
11 Begin the Beguine (Porter)  3:36
12 Cherokee (Noble)  5:46
13 Down by the Old Mill Stream (Taylor)  4:07
14 Sweet Lorraine (Burwell, Parish)  2:22
15 How High the Moon (Hamilton, Lewis)  2:19
16 Gershwin Medley :
The Man I Love/Summertime/I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'
It Ain't Necessarily So (Gershwin, Gershwin)  4:27
17 She's Funny that Way (Moret (Daniels, Whiting)  4:14
18 Lover (Hart, Rodgers)  4:04
19 Body and Soul (Green, Heyman, Sour, Eyton)  3:34
20 I'm Beginning to See the Light (Ellington, George, Hodges, James)  3:15
21 Nine Twenty Special (Warren)  2:29


This is the second of an 10-CD, 215-track set comprised primarily of previously unissued radio broadcast performances by the legendary jazz pianist, Art Tatum. The 77 minutes of music on this CD (21 tracks) were all recorded in 1944-45, primarily in New York City. The repertoire is mostly popular tunes of the day, including compositions by Jerome Kern, the Gershwin Brothers, Fats Waller and Duke Ellington, but also includes a couple of ”classical” numbers by Dvorak. Of the 21 tunes on the CD, 11 are solo numbers, two are duo, five are with trio, and three are with full orchestra and vocalists. Art Tatum was one of the most brilliant pianists – in any genre – who ever lived; his astonishing technique, fantastic creativity and blinding speed and virtuosity have never been equaled. Thanks to his great technical command, he could represent the instruments of an entire orchestra into his solo piano-playing. Tatum’s astonishing virtuosity is evident on every number here – for an especially exceptional example, try listening to ”How High The Moon”. Two other highlights on this wonderful CD are Tatum’s spoken introduction to ”She’s Funny That Way” and his five-minute long solo-piano Gershwin medley.

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Cd. 3

1 Stay as Sweet as You Are (Gordon, Revel) 2:46
2 Where or When (Hart, Rodgers) 4:06
3 Louise (Robin, Whiting) 3:10
4 Song of the Vagabonds (Hooker) 2:21
5 Night and Day (Porter) 1:30
6 Poor Butterfly (Hubbell) 3:31
7 Indiana (Hanley, MacDonald) 2:44
8 Sweet Lorraine (Burwell, Parish) 2:47
9 Yesterdays (Harbach, Kern) 3:42
10 Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (Harbach, Kern) 2:34
11 Dialogue 1:04
12 The Very Thought of You (Noble) 6:38
13 Somebody Loves Me (DeSylva, Gershwin, MacDonald) 4:32
14 The Continental (Conrad, Magidson) 2:59
15 I Cover the Waterfront (Heyman) 2:58
16 Don't Blame Me (Fields, McHugh) 3:15
17 Dardanella (Bernard, Fisher) 4:10
18 The Very Thought of You (Noble) 4:58
19 Come Rain or Come Shine (Arlen, Mercer) 6:02
20 Someone to Watch Over Me (Gershwin, Gershwin) 4:26
21 Valse in C# Minor, Opus 64, No. 2 (Chopin) 3:43


Art Tatum, with the lightning-speed of his ideas and execution, was one of the most amazing pianists, ever - in any genre. This previously-unissued music presents Tatum at his best; the CD is both a textbook in piano-playing and a thriller, because what Tatum actually does, seems impossible. This CD contains 74 minutes - 20 tunes - of solo piano performed by Art Tatum. The first two numbers, from 1945 & 1946, are from V-discs; the next eight are radio broadcasts from 1947, and the last ten numbers are from two private-party sessions in 1949, where his playing is more free than in the studio. The repertoire consists of popular tunes of the day, plus a Chopin waltz.

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Cd. 4

1 If I Had You (Shapiro)  3:54
2 Night and Day (Porter)  8:37
3 Fine and Dandy (James, Swift)  3:41
4 Fine and Dandy (James, Swift)  2:56
5 Fine and Dandy (James, Swift)  3:57
6 Humoresque (Dvorák)  4:02
7 Poor Butterfly (Hubbell)  3:31
8 Willow Weep for Me (Ronell)  3:07
9 I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues (Arlen, Koehler)  1:55
10 Taboo (Lecuona)  2:26
11 Gershwin Medley :
The Man I Love/Summertime/I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'
It Ain't Necessarily So/The Man I Love (Gershwin, Gershwin)  4:03
12 I Know That You Know (Caldwell, Youmans)  2:52
13 Sweet Lorraine (Burwell, Parish)  2:40
14 Rosetta (Hines, Woode)  2:33
15 A Ghost of a Chance (Crosby, Washington, Young)  4:13
16 Hallelujah (Grey, Robin, Youmans)  5:11
17 Someone to Watch Over Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:44
18 Taboo (Lecuona)  3:32

It’s been said many times before, but it’s worth repeating. Art Tatum plays the kind of music that is best savored in small, but intense doses. Like a landscape painted on a small canvas, Tatum recordings need to be savored individually. They are so replete with astonishing detail that using the repeat button on your CD player may be a wise thing indeed. The piano solos are simply sublime. Tatum’s name must be mentioned in the same breath with the other great arrangers of jazz of his time – Ellington, Strayhorn, Sauter and Evans. For those of us who never heard him in person, the sheer technique and brilliance of his conception makes one wonder how those who sat there and heard that music pouring out of the piano processed it. The stories about pianists’ temporary pianistic paralysis after hearing Tatum play for the first time, or the need to escape from the room where he was playing become all the more believable.

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Cd. 5

1 Tenderly (Gross, Lawrence)  3:57
2 The Man I Love (Gershwin, Gershwin)  4:58
3 Body and Soul (Green, Heyman, Sour, Eyton)  5:02
4 Flying Home ( Goodman, Hampton ,Robin)  1:20
5 My Heart Stood Still (Hart, Rodgers)  3:14
6 How High the Moon (Hamilton, Lewis)  2:46
7 Come Rain or Come Shine (Arlen, Mercer)  3:25
8 Begin the Beguine (Porter)  3:28
9 Body and Soul (
Green, Heyman, Sour, Eyton)  4:06
10 I Know That You Know (Caldwell, Youmans)  2:17
11 Honeysuckle Rose (Razaf, Waller)  3:07
12 Just a Sittin' and Rockin' (Ellington, Gaines, Strayhorn)  2:48
13 Memories of You (Blake, Razaf)  4:19
14 The Kerry Dance (Molloy)  1:07
15 Interview of Tatum by Leonard Feather)  3:19
16 Taboo (Lecuona)  3:42
17 Come Rain or Come Shine (Arlen, Mercer)  3:45
18 Honeysuckle Rose (Razaf, Waller)  3:14
19 Don't Blame Me (Fields, McHugh)  4:00
20 Taboo (Lecuona)  3:30
Gershwin Medley
The Man I Love/Summertime/I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'
It Ain't Necessarily So/The Man I Love (Gershwin, Gershwin) 


This 72 minute (21 tunes) live CD was recorded at the newly-opened Embers Club in N.Y.C. in 1951. The first four tunes are trio numbers with Everett Barksdale on guitar and Slam Stewart on bass; the rest are solo piano. Pianist Art Tatum is a true, unique genius of jazz; his lightening speed, his dynamics, nuances and complex ideas on the keyboard have never been equaled. The repertoire consists mostly of "crowd pleasers", including compositions by Duke Ellington, the Gershwin Brothers, Benny Goodman, Rogers and Hart, Harold Arlen and of course Art Tatum's mentor, Fats Waller.
In spite of the noisy audience on these live sessions, Tatum succeeds in showing the audience - and CD listener - why he deserves his staus at the father of all jazz pianists.
While Tatum plays mostly tunes - and quotes of tunes - that the live audience recognizes, it doesn't diminish the quality of his playing. These never-before-released live sessions include an interesting three-minute interview with jazz journalist Leonard Feather.

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Cd. 6

1 Tenderly (Gross, Lawrence)  4:11
2 Flying Home (Goodman, Hampton, Robin)  1:11
3 The Man I Love (Gershwin, Gershwin)  4:59
4 On the Sunny Side of the Street (Fields, McHugh)  3:01
5 Sweet Lorraine (Burwell, Parish)  4:49
6 Tea for Two (Caesar, Youmans)  3:15
7 Tenderly (
Gross, Lawrence)   3:25
8 Out of Nowhere (Heyman)  3:33
9 Body and Soul (Green, Heyman, Sour, Eyton)  5:49
10 Sweet Lorraine (Burwell, Parish)  4:23
11 Tea for Two (Caesar, Youmans)  3:15
12 Moonglow (DeLange, Hudson, Mills)  4:22
13 Tenderly (
Gross, Lawrence)  4:44
14 I've Got the World on a String (Arlen, Koehler) 4:37
15 September Song (Anderson, Weill) 3:46
16 Body and Soul (
Green, Heyman, Sour, Eyton) 5:10
17 Where or When (Hart, Rodgers)  3:49
18 Taboo (Lecuona)  2:46

The music on this 71-minute CD (18 tunes) with Art Tatum is previously unreleased. The music was recorded during four live broadcast sessions in New York City – at Cafe Society, Birdland and the Bandbox - between 1951-1953. Sixteen of the numbers are in trio format with Everett Barksdale on guitar and Slam Stewart on bass; the last two numbers are piano solos by Art Tatum. The repertoire performed consists of popular tunes and jazz standards of the day. Art Tatum was a genius; his piano-playing is incomparable; he is one of the greatest American musicians of all time - in any genre.
Keeping up with Art Tatum’s intricate style was a great challenge for his side-men; in this respect, guitarist Everett Barksdale was possibly the most successful of all Tatum’s side-men in finding Tatum’s wave-length.

The juxtapositions of musical ideas, rhymes, rhythms and syntax fly by so quickly that they are practically impossible to grasp and digest all at once – therefore this CD deserves to be heard again and again in order to appreciate it fully. Tatum’s endless musical ideas prevented him from ever playing a tune the same way twice: just try listening to the three versions of ”Tenderly” on this CD !

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Cd. 7

1 Caravan (Ellington, Mills, Tizol)  0:51
2 If (Evans, Hargreaves, Damerell)  4:09
3 Soft Winds (Goodman, Royal)  3:15
4 Memories of You (Blake, Razaf)  5:38
5 Yesterdays (Harbach, Kern)  2:13
6 Someone to Watch Over Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:13
7 Flying Home (Goodman, Hampton, Robin)  2:07
8 Tenderly (
Gross, Lawrence)  4:48
9 Tea for Two (Caesar, Youmans)  2:46
10 Sweet Lorraine (Burwell, Parish)  4:08
11 Body and Soul (
Green, Heyman, Sour, Eyton)  5:20
12 Sweet Lorraine (Burwell, Parish)  5:06
13 Memories of You (Blake, Razaf)  5:10
14 Air Mail Special (Christian, Goodman, Mundy)  1:18
15 Tea for Two (Caesar, Youmans)  3:10
16 Dialogue  3:14
17 Someone to Watch Over Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  0:27
18 Sweet Lorraine (Burwell, Parish)  5:38
19 Fine and Dandy (James, Swift)  2:39
20 Someone to Watch Over Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  4:29
21 This Can't Be Love (Gershwin, Gershwin)  1:42
22 My Heart Stood Still (Hart, Rodgers)  3:24


Cd. 8

1 Would You Like to Take a Walk (Dixon, Warren)  4:09
2 Soft Winds (Goodman, Royal)  2:57
3 Flying Home (Goodman, Robin)  0:55
4 I Cover the Waterfront (Heyman)  4:25
5 Soft Winds (Goodman, Royal)  3:47
6 Tenderly (
Gross, Lawrence)  4:57
7 Tea for Two (Caesar, Youmans)  3:02
8 Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (Barris, Koehler, Moll)  5:18
9 Body and Soul (Green, Heyman, Sour, Eyton)  0:59
10 Sweet Lorraine (Burwell, Parish)  4:32
11 September Song (Anderson, Weill)  5:03
12 My Heart Stood Still (Hart, Rodgers)  2:51
13 Don't Blame Me (Fields, McHugh)  2:31
14 Willow Weep for Me (Ronell)  2:54
15 Flying Home (Goodman, Robin)  1:41
16 Moon Song (Coslow, Johnston)  5:50
17 Just One of Those Things (Porter)  3:45
18 Flying Home (Goodman, Robin)  1:33
19 Would You Like to Take a Walk (Dixon, Warren)  5:28
20 You Go to My Head (Coots, Gillespie)  5:20


The 20 tunes (72 min.) on this CD have never been previously released. The music was recorded live on TV (Steve Allen 's Tonight Show) and in clubs in New York, Washington D.C. and Chicago, during the year before Tatum died in November, 1956. Tatum plays in trio format except for 3 solo numbers. The repertoire consists of Art Tatum favorites and popular swing jazz standards. Art Tatum was the most exceptional and technically brilliant jazz pianist of all time, the benchmark against which all jazz pianists are measured. The only recorded trio versions by Tatum of "I Cover the Waterfront" and "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams" are to be found on this CD.

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Cd. 9

1 Sweet Lorraine (Burwell, Parish)  2:47
2 I Know That You Know (Caldwell, Youmans)  3:43
3 More Than You Know (Eliscu, Youmans)  1:23
4 Tea for Two (Caesar, Youmans)  2:36
5 St. Louis Blues (Handy)  3:40
6 Goin' Home (Dvorák)  4:14
7 Tenderly (Gross, Lawrence)  3:38
8 You Took Advantage of Me (Hart, Rodgers)  2:18
9 You Took Advantage of Me (Hart, Rodgers)  1:12
10 Don't Take Your Love from Me (Nemo)  2:49
11 I'll See You in My Dreams (Jones, Kahn)  3:12
12 Someone to Watch Over Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:13
13 My Wonderful One/Art's Boogie (Tatum, Terriss, Whiteman)  1:15
14 If You Hadn't Gone Away (Brown, Henderson)  3:30
15 Somebody Loves Me (DeSylva, Gershwin, MacDonald)  3:06
16 Zigeuner (Coward)  2:51
17 I'll See You Again (Coward)  2:39
18 Blue Skies (Berlin)  0:20
19 Jitterbug Waltz (Waller)  2:31
20 Let Me Call You Sweetheart (Friedman, Whitson)  1:56
21 If You Handn't Gone Away (Brown, Henderson)  3:32
22 Can't We Be Friends (Swift, Warburg)  0:33
23 I'll See You in My Dreams (Jones, Kahn)  1:03
24 Ain't Misbehavin' (Brooks, Razaf, Waller)  4:57
25 Aunt Hagar's Blues (Handy)  3:28
26 What Is This Thing Called Love (Porter)  3:53
27 I'm in the Mood for Love (Fields, McHugh)  5:13


This Art Tatum CD – the 9th in Storyville Records’ series – consists entirely of previously unreleased material from 1944, 1945 and 1952. The 27 tunes (76 min.) include solo piano, duo, trio and large orchestra accompaniment, and the music was recorded at radio broadcasts, Art Tatum’s own home (!!!) and at an after hour club in Los Angeles. The repertoire is basically “standard Tatum”, including “Blue Skies”, “Jitterbug Waltz”, “Sweet Lorraine” and “Tea For Two”.
Besides playing piano on all tracks, Tatum also occasionally sings and talks about the music he’s playing. Art Tatum was possibly the greatest American jazz pianist of all time – his harmonic daring, rhythmic ingenuity, incredibly precise timing and overall inventiveness have never been equaled. Tatum’s music is constantly taking unexpected twists and turns but at the same time is very musical and – in spite of his often break-neck tempo – logical and relaxed.
The musical genius in evidence here means that new insights are gained every time one listens to this amazing CD.

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Cd. 10

1 Three Little Words (Kalma, Ruby) 4:07
2 Mean to Me (Ahlert, Turk) 4:50
3 Ain't Misbehavin' (Brooks, Razaf, Waller) 3:18
4 Oh! Lady Be Good (Gershwin, Gershwin) 4:52
5 Body and Soul (Eyton, Heyman, Sour) 4:18
6 Night and Day (Porter) 1:29
7 Indiana (Hanley, MacDonald) 2:54
8 Moonglow (DeLange, Hudson, Mills) 2:07
9 Three Little Words (Kalmar, Ruby) 3:02
10 The Man I Love (Gershwin, Gershwin) 3:44
11 Confessin' (Daugherty, Neiburg, Reynolds) 4:31
12 Ain't Misbehavin' (Brooks, Razaf, Waller) 3:21
13 Star Dust (Carmichael, Parish) 3:41
14 Embraceable You (Gershwin, Gershwin) 3:48
15 Sugar Foot Stomp (Melrose, "King" Oliver) 2:04
16 Sweet Georgia Brown (Bernie, Casey, Pinkard) 3:06
17 Basin Street Blues (Williams) 3:12
18 Esquire Blues (Feather) 2:09
19 Honeysuckle Rose (Razaf, Waller) 1:52
20 Willow Weep for Me (Ronell) 3:23
21 Lover (Hart, Rodgers) 3:33
22 Mighty Lak a Rose (Nevin) 5:13
23 Ja-Da (Carleton) 2:19


Cd. 11

Bonus DVD

March of Times, Vol. X Issue 5 "Music in America"
1 Tiny's Exercise/Out Takes (Grimes)  3:44

 (Filmed at Three Deuces, New York. Released December, 1943)


The Fabulous Dorseys (film)
2 Turquoise (Piano Solo)  1:37
3 Art's Blues (Tatum)  2:39

 (Between June 15 & October 1, 1946)


Spike Jones Show
4 Yesterdays (Harbach, Kern)  2:11
(TV, New York, April 17, 1954)


Featuring Art Tatum, Tiny Grimes, Slam Stewart, Tal Farlow, Remo Palmieri, Les Paul, Mel Torme, Bill Carter, Johnny Ord, Everett Barksdale, Bill Pemberton, Joe Mooney, Coleman Hawkins, Al Casey, Louis Armstrong, Martin Stewart, Les Jenkins, Ray Coniff, Babe Russin, Don Hilton, etc.

Recorded between February 27, 1934 & October 14, 1956 

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This boxed set consists of 10 CD and 1 DVD comprising 212 tracks and 12½ hours of playing time. They range in date from early 1934 to mid-October 1956, only three weeks before Tatum’s death. None of the tracks in this box was recorded in a studio for ultimate sale to the public. With the exception of some recordings made for the U.S. government, they are all live performances, from a wide variety of sources, including off-the-air radio broadcasts, the audio portion of his limited TV appearances, private parties, night club performances, after-hours clubs, transcriptions, recordings in private homes (including his own), and tracks from pressings made gratis for the Voice of America, and for the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II. 

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gilhodges said...

What a stunning post. Thanks Mel.

blissedout said...

Mel, many, many thanks for this long-anticipated, outstanding set. No offering could delight me more. You are too much.

chano said...

La classe Mel.

Otis Foster said...

Incredible. Thanks isn't adequate but it will have to do.


cvllos said...

Thank you, Melanchthon!
A gigantic effort!

greenishthing said...

ton thé t'a-til oté Tatum? INCROYABLE!!!!! merci merci merci!!!

brian said...

I usually don't bother to write... but this.... !!!!! Thanks, Mel!

Littlegirlblue said...

Astonishing! Thanks a lot! :-)

yotte said...

Absolutely amazing. Thanks so much!

roberto t. said...

Melanchthon, you left me breathless! What a beauty! Thank you!

Jaffa said...

This is the REAL stuff ! Thanks so very much, Mel.

Luis said...

Thank you, Melanchthon, for this beautiful gift.

phipsi said...

Thank you so much for the wondrous sounds of a genius!

Gepetto said...

God Is In he House !
Many Thanks, Spinozan Mel

Johnny Pierogi said...

Thanks very, very, VERY much for this! This is absolutely GREAT and will keep my busy listening for a wonderful while.

Does anyone know anything about a set of Tatum recordings released on CD by Fresh Sound Records as "Art Tatum: In Private"? I read on allmusic that "these solo piano home recordings done in California in the late '40s were unearthed by jazz bassist Harry Babasin" -

Looking at the set list and taking into consideration the late-1940's timeframe, I don't believe that they've been released under another title (including bootleg or otherwise) but I simply don't know. Any tips would be great. (Sorry to post this in these comments, if it's not quite appropriate; but, since I'm among Tatum aficionados here...)

the doc said...

am I dreaming?

outrage music said...

is not working any more or something?

really excited about this set! thanks so much!

Bhowani said...

Incredible !

Abnormal !

Sic aka Melanchthon are Multitude !

Sic is Legion !

There's Witchcraft flowing in the air !

One single man can't do that

duck said...

Mel, you are a little bit special, this is an amazing set. such importance these great sounds are not lost to time, they cannot ever happen again. super special thanks and it is truly appreciated by us all I'm sure.

ruperberger said...

Monumental Melanchthon!!!!

fluffyalbert said...

Whizz-Bang mate. Thank you so much

Blue Eyes said...


Tibau said...

Great.!! Great.!! Great Blog.!!

fcapeau said...

Beautiful monument for the GodFather of so many pianists ! Many thanks, Mel.

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Maurício de Oliveira jR. said...

Can you repost this, please?

jazzcat1228 said...

Very nice! Thank you for sharing this amazing set.

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Anonymous said...

i've come to believe that you can't possibly be just one person.
so much appreciation!

- erasmus

Deppaldi said...

@_@ im impressed too, arigato gozaimasu!

sandor essedy said...

great thanks for this monumental work.

sunman said...

Wow! What a post; thanks for sharing Tatum's music.

Dante A. said...

Thanks a lot for sharing and for the great work

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Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Mel post, awesome!!

Pee said...

This is just a massive share, beyond reason. Thank you so much for this...can't wait to dig in!

Olde Edo said...

Immensely grateful for this post, it is full of wonderful performances. I particularly enjoyed Art's banter with the singer, accompanying her, giving her some pointers, and even singing himself! Art really comes alive as a human being and not only as a music-god. Thanks so much for this!

Kovina Kris said...

I agree with one of the reviewer comments that you need to take Tatum in small, intense doses. I now have enough of those doses to last me a loooong time. Thank you Mel! What a great post.

rst said...

Amazing, thank you