Thursday, August 11, 2016

Art Tatum - More Of the Greatest Piano of Them All & Still More...

During four marathon recording sessions in 1953-55, Norman D Granz recorded Art Tatum playing 119 standards, which was enough music for thirteen LPs. A heavy drinker, Tatum was seriously ill by that time and he would die on November 5, 1956 at the age of 47. Despite being widely recognized as a genius, Tatum was somewhat neglected by record companies in the early ‘50s. As bebop began to take control of jazz at the onset of the decade, Tatum continued playing variations of the stride piano style, mostly at small clubs throughout the country. Not a member of the new jazz movement, the recording industry ignored him until Granz saw that time was running out and decided to produce a series of sessions devoted to whatever Tatum wanted to play. While the dates were hasty, they yielded material tor thirteen albums. Soon after, Granz assembled an all-star group of jazz musicians including vibraphonist Lionel Hampton, drummer Buddy Rich, saxophonist  Ben Webster, trumpeter Harry “Sweets” Edison and clarinetist Buddy DeFranco to record with Tatum. Although the pianist had cut plenty of solo recordings in the early stages of his career, by the time Granz got to him he was mainly playing in a trio format with guitar (his longest lasting partners were Tiny Grimes and Everett Barksdale) and bass (Slam Stewart during most of the Forties, Bill Pemberton in the final years).
During the Granz sessions many musicians were just as amazed at the amount of beer Tatum drank as they were at Tatum’s staggering musical virtuosity. Although his excessive drinking didn’t affect his playing, it did unfortunately affect his health. By 1952, Tatum began showing evidence uremia, a toxic blood condition resulting from a severe kidney disease. Granz’s recordings of Tatum are, therefore, a testament of one of the most outstanding artists jazz ever produced...
Miriam Rosenberg (2014), from the booklet

Art Tatum
More Of the Greatest
Piano of Them All & Still More...

Tracks

1 Sweet Lorraine (Burwell, Parish)  4:23
2 Crazy Rhythm (Caesar, Kahn, Meyer)  2:58
3 Isn't It Romantic ? (Rodgers, Hart)  4:35
4 Indiana (Hanley, MacDOnald)  3:05
5 Happy Feet (Ager, Yellen)  2:38
6 Mean To Me (Ahlert, Turk  2:58
7 Boulevard of Broken Dreams (Dubin, Warren)  5:21
8 Moonlight on the Ganges (Myers, Wallace)  2:16
9 Moon Song (Coslow, Johnston)  4:40
10 S'posin' (Denniker, Razaf)  3:23
11 I Won't Dance (Fields, Harbach, Hammerstein II, Kern, McHugh)  2:59
12 I Can't Give You Anything but Love (McHugh, Fiels)  3:37
13 Lullaby in Rhythm (Goodman, Hirsch, Profit, Sampson)  3:10
14 Out of Nowhere (Green,Heyman)  3:46
15 So Beats my Heart for You (Ballard, Henderson, Waring)  5:18
16 Moonglow (DeLange, Hudson, Mils)  2:56
17 I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues (Arlen, Koehler)  3:54
18 It's Only a Paper Moon (Arlen,Harburg, Rose)  2:40
19 On the Sunny Side of the Street (McHugh, Fields)  3:06
20 Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me (Ellingtn, Russell)  4:56
21 Prisoner of Love (Columbo, Gaskill, Robin)  4:16


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Recorded in Los Angeles, California ; April 22, 1954 [# 1-4] ; & January 19, 1955 [all other tracks]

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Thank you Mel!

danair said...

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Scott Marks said...

WOW! again. Thank you!

John Pickworth said...

Many thanks !

deGallo said...

Marvelous! Thank you.

jerry g said...

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musician3 said...

AMAZING...........................THANK YOU FOR ALL

hepcat said...

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lowgroove said...

Wonderful!
Thank you again.

Mikel Hal said...

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Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

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Pedro

Anonymous said...

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daniel genovese said...

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sandor essedy said...

thanks Mel for the music & also for the instructive text of intro.

Fred Archtop said...

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sep troelstra said...

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AmyBRAINS said...

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MANY, MANY THANKS, MELANCHTHON.