Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Art Tatum Complete Trio Sessions with Tiny Grimes

Tiny Grimes was one of the earliest jazz electric guitarists to be influenced by Charlie Christian, and he developed his own swinging style. Early on, he was a drummer and worked as a pianist in Washington. In 1938, he started playing electric guitar, and two years later he was playing in a popular jive group, the Cats and the Fiddle. During 1943-1944, Grimes was part of a classic Art Tatum Trio which also included Slam Stewart. In September 1944, he led his first record date, using Charlie Parker ; highlights include the instrumental "Red Cross" and Grimes' vocal on "Romance Without Finance (Is a Nuisance)." He also recorded for Blue Note in 1946, and then put together an R&B-oriented group, "the Rockin' Highlanders," that featured the tenor of Red Prysock during 1948-1952. Although maintaining a fairly low profile, Tiny Grimes was active up until his death, playing in an unchanged swing/bop transitional style and recording as a leader for such labels as Prestige/Swingville, Black & Blue, Muse, and Sonet.
Scott Yanow

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/artist/tiny-grimes-p6627/biography

Art Tatum
The Complete Trio Sessions
Tiny Grimes & Slam Stewart



Cd. 1

1 I Got Rhythm (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:15
2 Cocktails for Two (Coslow, Johnston)  2:37
3 I Ain't Got Nobody (Graham, Williams)  3:00
4 After You've Gone (Creamer, Layton)  2:25
5 Moonglow (Mills, Hudson, Delange)  2:33
6 Deep Purple (Parish, DeRose)  3:02
7 I Would Do Anything for You (Williams, Hill, Hopkins)  2:28
8 Liza (Gershwin, Kahn)  1:55
9 Tea for Two (Caesar, Youmans)  2:05
10 Honeysuckle Rose (Razaf, "Fats" Waller)  2:19
11 The Man I Love (Gershwin, Gershwin)  4:10
12 Dark Eyes (trad.)  4:40
13 Body and Soul (Green, Sour, Heyman, Eyton)  4:30
14 I Know that You Know (Youmans, Caldwell)  4:15


Cd. 2

1 On the Sunny Side of the Street (Fields, McHugh)  4:26
2 Flying Home (Goodman, Hampton)  4:20
3 Boogie (Tatum ?)  3:43
4 If I Had You (Shapiro, Connelly, Campbell)  3:20
5 Topsy (?)  4:06
6 Soft Winds (Henderson)  3:51
7 Long Long Ago (Apple tree) (?)  3:14
8 Variations on a Theme by Flotow (M'Appari, Martha)  2:39
9 If I Had You 1 (Shapiro, Connelly, Campbell)  2:50
10 If I Had You 2 (Shapiro, Connelly, Campbell)  1:50
11 Warm Up With Sandman [The Japanese Sandman] (Whiting, Egan)  1:35
12 Thou Swell 1 (Rodgers, Hart)  4:10
13 Thou Swell 2 (Rodgers, Hart) 4:17
14 Thou Swell 3 (Rodgers, Hart)  4:01


Art Tatum - p
Tiny Grimes - g
Slam Stewart - b

Recorded in New York City ; January 5, 1944 [cd. 1, # 1-10] ; May 1, 1944 [cd. 1, # 11-14 ; cd. 2, # 1-2] ; & June 21, 1944 [cd. 2, # 3-14]


Anonymous said...


Thank You.


OldHippieRick said...

Mel once again you out did your self all I can say is WoW and Thanks 4 this gem indeed just all smiles Tiny was my 1st guitar hero and why I even play guitar today THANKS! ¿. ☮ldhíppíℯЯíck ♪

jazzfriend said...

Maravilloso Melanchthon, como siempre me sorprendes.

Saludos desde Chile.

аффтор said...

wonderful gift, thanks.
i remeber well a recording of Slam Stewart playing Gershwin's 'I Got Rhythm' with simultaneously scat singing, but don't remember his ensemble partners.

Art Tatum is giant and his art is unsurpassable.

thanks a lot.

cvllos said...

Hi, Melanchthon!
Always with top recordings!
You're the MAN!

deGallo said...

This is wonderful. Thank you.

zero said...

Some of my favorite Tatum. Thanks for the terrific listening.

Otis Foster said...

Splendid, Mel. Didn't have this collection.


neil said...

Great Stuff! Got his later output, but always good to hear earlier material, especially when it says 'Complete'; many thanks, mel...

greenishthing said...

youpi!!!! and with Slam Stewart too!!!

vive Mel!!!!

PlantDoctor53 said...

Very nice! Thank you!

the doc said...

I first bought some of this material in the 70's as a yellow-covered Tulip release and just loved it. I later found the rest of the sessions and can highly recommend these. Great band, great tunes!

luthier said...

Great trio! Thank you. :)

ita diegues said...

Gracias Melanchthon.

poppachubby said...

Superb music...what a group. Coincidentally I was just spinning Stewart's last performance a few nights ago (Concord CJ-343). So I am extra grateful for this...

flyingfinger said...

You are truly in a class by yourself - thank you SIR!

zardoz1984 said...
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zardoz1984 said...

Of course, Tatum didn't need any other musician to catch the stars. But Tiny & Slam were individuals by their own & they kept up well with him. Of course the results are nothing short of exhilarating. You can't get enough words for the beauty of Tatum's music. Being more of the Monkean side of keyboard, it took me time to get by with him, but once you're caught… wow, that's really the sunny side of the street: lifeful & endlessly generous like sun beams dancing lightly in your soul. Many thks Mel for the gift & keep the groove!

Orbyt said...

Can't wait to get my ears around this set. Huge thanks, Mel!

DEEP said...


This is the first music that I listened to back in 1949 on the Comet 12" 78's.
I've still got those 78's.
BLIND ART is/was THE main man.

phipsi said...

Another in a long line of classics made available by you. Many thanks!

FrankDell said...

My Tatum cup runneth over. Mucho mercy, mel.

jose arboleda said...

Muchas Gracias.

jazzcat1228 said...

Very nice collection. Thank you, Mel!

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel! Love Tatum.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Ramiro Matias Brandan said...

How I can Download this?

Ramiro Matias Brandan said...

What is the pasword?

Melanchthon said...

Pass is "melanchthon"

drfeelgoed said...

Many thanks again!

Anonymous said...

Thank You

Fred Archtop said...

Thansk Mel. I missed that one.

Melanchthon said...


DEEP said...

Blind Arthur was da' man.

sep troelstra said...

Many thanks!!

The Jackal said...

Art Tatum and Tiny such an interesting combination. Look forward to hearing the strong jump blues presence of Tiny against the incredible (Bop)virtuosity of Tatum. Thanks Mel

Kovina Kris said...

You run out of words when talking about Tatum and start looking for words like "transcendent" to describe his playing. Thank you for this Mel!

Jeronyme said...

Merci !

musician3 said...

SUPERB.................THANK YOU FOR ALL

ricardo said...

magnifico !!!
thank you very much, melanchthon !

Tim said...

The files have expired - any chance of a re-up?