Monday, April 24, 2017

Art Tatum - Complete Brunswick & Decca Recordings (1932-1941)

The starting point of Art Tatum's style was Fats Waller's stride. As Tatum once said, “Fats, that's where I come out of and, man, that's quite a place to come from”. From this beginning he went on to create and superbly original and creative style of playing piano. His left-handed figures where similar to stride but he was really known for the way that he explored harmonic complexities and unusual chord progressions. When improvising, Tatum would often insert totally new chord sequences (occasionally with a chord on each beat) into one or two measures. He also developed the habit of quoting from other melodies, something that became a standard practice among modern jazz musicians. What really set Tatum apart was his amazing technical abilities which combined with his willingness to explore the imagined limitations of the orthodox keyboard which produced astonishing rhythmic and harmonic complexities. It is claimed that he could identify the dominant note in a flushing toilet.
Perhaps the greatest tribute to the excellence of Art Tatum lies in the opinions of his peers. He has influenced many musicians including Bud Powell, Herbie Hancock, and even non-pianists such as Charlie Parker and John Coltrane. Many would say that he inspired the bebop revolution in jazz. When Oscar Peterson first heard him play he thought it was two people and he considered Tatum the best jazz instrumentalist of all time. Legend has it that classical pianist Vladimir Horowitz was so awed by Tatum's wizardry that it brought him to tears ; he also is to have said that it was fortunate for classical pianists that Tatum did not choose to pursue a classical career.
Fittingly, his strongest support comes from one of his early influences, Fats Waller. One time in 1938 Tatum dropped in to hear Waller play at a club. By way of introduction Waller told the audience, “I just play the piano, but God is in the house tonight.”

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Art Tatum
Complete Brunswick & Decca
Recordings
(1932-1941)

Tracks

Cd. 1

1 Tiger Rag (Rocca)  1:58
2 Strange as it Seems (Waller, Razaf)  3:06
3 Strange as it Seems (Waller, Razaf)  3:08
4 I'll Never Be the Same (Malneck, Signorelli)  3:09
5 I'll Never Be the Same (Malneck, Signorelli)  3:17
6 You Gave Me Everything But Love (Wilhite, Gallop)  3:12
7 You Gave Me Everything But Love (Wilhite, Gallop)  3:07
8 This Time it's Love (Coots, Lewis)  3:09
9 This Time it's Love (Coots, Lewis)  3:09
10 Tea For Two (Caesar, Youmans)  3:11
11 St. Louis Blues (Handy)  2:30
12 Tiger Rag (Rocca)  2:17
13 Sophisticated Lady (Mills, Ellington)  3:14
14 Moonglow (Mills, Hudson)  2:35
15 I Would Do Anything For You (Williams, Hill)  2:36
16 When a Woman Loves a Man (Mercer, Jenkins)  3:04
17 Emaline (Parish, Parkins)  2:34
18 Love Me (Young, Washington)  2:53
19 Cocktails For Two (Johnston, Coslow)  2:56
20 After You've Gone (Creamer, Layton)  3:06
21 Stardust (Carmichael)  3:17
22 I'll Wind (Graham, Williams)  2:55

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Cd. 2

1 The Shout (Tatum)  2:42
2 Beautiful Love (Gillespie, Young)  2:51
3 Beautiful Love (Gillespie, Young)  3:18
4 Liza (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:41
5 I Would Do Anything For You (Williams, Hill)  2:36
6 When A Woman Loves a Man (Mercer, Jenkins)  3:04
7 After You've Gone (Creamer, Layton)  2:28
8 I Ain't Got Nobody (Graham, Williams)  3:21
9 Liza (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:03
10 Boots and Saddle  (Powell, Samuels, Whitcupv)  3:07
11 Body And Soul (Heyman, Green, Sour)  3:06
12 Body And Soul (Heyman, Green, Sour)  3:06
13 With Plenty of Money and You (Dubin, Warren)  2:40
14 With Plenty of Money and You (Dubin, Warren)  2:40
15 What Will I Tell My Heart ? (Lawrence, Tinturin) 3:06
16 I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm (Berlin) 3:02
17 Gone with the Wind (Wrubel, Magidson)  2:48
18 Stormy Weather (Harlen, Koehler)  3:07
19 Chloe (Kahn, Moret)  3:21
20 Chloe (Kahn, Moret)  3:02
21 The Sheik of Araby (Smith, Wheeler)  2:40
22 Tea for Two (Caesar, Youmans)  2:32
23 Deep Purple (Parish, DeRose)  3:12
24 Deep Purple (Parish, DeRose)  3:15

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Cd. 3

1 Elegie (Massenet)  3:10
2 Humoresque (Dvorak)  3:00
3 Sweet Lorraine (Parish, Burwell)  2:57
4 Get Happy (Arlen, Koehler)  2:40
5 Lullaby of the Leaves (Petkere, Young)  3:01
6 Tiger Rag (La Rocca)  2:09
7 Sweet Emalina my Gal (Layton, Creamer)  2:58
8 Sweet Emalina my Gal (Layton, Creamer)  2:50
9 Emaline (Parish, Perkins)  2:16
10 Moonglow (Mills, Hudson)  2:57
11 Love Me (Young Washington)  2:38
12 Cocktails for Two (Johnson, Coslow)  2:48
13 St. Louis Blues (Handy)  2:26
14 Begin the Beguine (Porter)  2:37
15 Rosetta (Woode, Hines)  2:45
16 Indiana (Hanleu, McDonald)  2:45
17 Wee Baby Blues (Trner, Johnson)  2:50
18 Stompin' at the Savoy (Sampson, Goodman)  3:12
19 Last Goodbye Blues (Turner, Johnson)  3:10
20 Battery Bounce (Tatum)  2:28
21 Lucille (Williams)  3:03
22 Lucille (Williams)  3:25
23 Rock Me Mama (Jones)  2:57
24 Corrine Corrina (Chatman, Williams)  2:28
25 Lonesome Graveyard Blues (Williams, Jones)  3:05
26 Lonesome Graveyard Blues (Williams, Jones)  3:09

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Personnel
[Cd. 1, # 1]
Art Tatum - p
Recorded in New York City ; August 5, 1932
[Cd. 1, # 2-5]
Adelaide Hall - vcl
Charlie Teagarden - tp
Jimmy Dorsey - cl & as
Francis Carter & Art Tatum - p
Dick McDonough - g
Recorded in New York City ; August 5, 1932
[Cd. 1, # 6-9]
Adelaide Hall - vcl
Francis Carter & Art Tatum - p
Recorded in New York City ; August 10, 1932
[Cd. 1, # 10-22 ; Cd. 2, # 1-9]
Art Tatum - p
Recorded in New York City ; March 21, 1933 [# 10-13] ; August 22, 1934 [# 14-19] ; August  24, 1934 [# 20-22 & Cd. 2, # 1-4] ; October 9, 1934 [# 5-9] ; & December 21, 1935 [# 10]
[# 11-16] Art Tatum and His Swingsters
Lloyd Reese - tp
Marshall Royal - cl
Art Tatum - p & cel
Bill Perkins - g
Joe Bailey - b
Oscar Bradley - dr
Recorded in New York ; February 26, 1937
[# 17-24 ; Cd. 3, # 1-16]
Art Tatum - p
Recorded in New York City ; November 29, 1937 [# 17-21] ; April 12, 1939 [# 22-24] ; February 22, 1940 [Cd. 2, # 1-12] ; July 26, 1940 [# 13-16]
[# 17-20] Art Tatum and His Band
Joe Thomas - tp
Edmond Hall - cl
Art Tatum - p
John Collins - g
Billy Taylor - b
Eddie Dougherty - dr
Joe Turner - vcl
Recorded in New York City ; January 21, 1941
[# 21-26]
Joe Thomas - tp
Art Tatum - p
Oscar Moore - g
Billy Taylor - b
Yank Porter - dr
Joe Turner - vcl
Recorded in New York City ; June 13, 1941

13 comments:

Melanchthon said...

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Cd. 3 + arwork
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velobrewer said...

Thank you so very much, Mel. Excellent!

rowgatien said...

Very nice! Thanks kindly.

sep troelstra said...

Thanks a lot!!

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Hi,
Fantastic post, thank you very much!!
Pedro

DEEP said...

BLIND ARTHUR...NONE BETTER...CLASP!

george said...

Many thanks, Mel!

Kovina Kris said...

Oscar is still my favorite but DEEP cannot be argued with. Art Tatum is the greatest technical pianist in the universe. One of my very favorite things in jazz is quoting other melodies when soloing and Mr. Tatum brings that to an Art-form (all puns intended).

Thank you Mel!

Stefano said...

Thanks!

deGallo said...

Marvelous, thank you.

sandor essedy said...

great thanks!

Otis Foster said...

Wonderful melanchthon, thnx for replacing my old 192s

Dr. Clysmok said...

I have been wanting to hear this for years. Thanks.