Thursday, October 6, 2016

Art Tatum - The Complete Capitol Recordings, vol. 1

[Tatum's] nonpareil music has continuously entranced listeners, fellow musicians no less than legions of fans, for going on six decades. Nor have the passage of time, the increasing levels of complexity and sophistication through which jazz has progressed since Tatum’s emergence in the early 1930s, or the striking accomplishments of any number of greatly talented players who have followed in his wake diminished in any way the formidable achievement of his music.
Mary Lou Williams summed up the opinion of her fellow jazz pianists when she said of Tatum, "He does everything the other pianists try to do — and can't !" Teddy Wilson noted in the mid-1940s, "Art was fantastic when I first heard him in 1928, but his style today is more rhythmic and better integrated. He's not only the greatest jazz pianist ; there are few concert artists who have his ability." The latter, too, fell under the Tatum spell. Horowitz, Rachmaninoff and Godowsky, among other classical keyboard virtuosi, are on record as having praised his artistry. No other jazz artist, with the possible exception of Louis Armstrong, was held in such universal esteem by his peers, who regarded the pianist as the single greatest improviser in the history of the music as Well as the most formidably gifted performer his instrument had ever known.
His music was beyond category or style. Tatum was nothing if not sui generis. The pianist, as critic-musician Benny Green observed, "has been the only soloist in jazz history to date who has made an attempt to conceive a style based on all styles, to master the mannerisms of all schools and then synthesize them into something personal. Obviously such a heroic concept requires miraculous technical mastery, which Tatum has. It also requires a complete understanding of What other players have been trying to do, which Tatum has. It requires an aesthetic morality compounded of courage and imagination, which Tatum has. Above all, it requires the ability to see the Whole of jazz piano development in a single all-embracing context, which Tatum has." He summed up : "In Tatum's piano playing jazz finds its ultimate pianistic expression, a piano style incorporating mastery of all piano styles, just as in literature the English language found its ultimate verbal expression in James Joyce, whose prose style was compounded of the elements of all prose styles."
In this connection Pete Jolly ’s observation is appropriate. "There are lots of jazz piano players," Jolly noted, "but Tatum Was a pianist..."
Pete Welding, from the booklet

Source :

Art Tatum
The Complete
Capitol Recordings
(vol. 1)


1 Willow Weep for Me (Ronell)  2:50
2 I Cover the Waterfront (Green, Heyman)  2:29
3 Aunt Hagar's Blues (Brymn, Handy)  2:40
4 Nice Work If You Can Get It (Gershwin, Gershwin) 2:43
5 Someone to Watch Over Me (Gershwin, Gershwin) 2:46
6 Dardanella (Bernard, Black, Fisher) 2:45
7 Time on My Hands (Adamson, Gordon, Youmans) 3:00
8 Sweet Lorraine (Burwell, Parish)  2:35
9 Somebody Loves Me (DeSylva, Gershwin, MacDonald)  2:43
10 Don't Blame Me (Fields, McHugh)  2:50
11 September Song (Anderson, Weill)  3:17
12 Melody in F (Rubinstein)  3:19
13 Tea for Two (Caesar, Youmans)  3:05
14 Out of Nowhere (Green, Heyman)  2:45


[# 1-10]
Art Tatum - p
Recorded in Los Angeles ; July 13 & 25, 1949
[# 11-14]
Art Tatum - p
Everett Barksdale - g
Slam Stewart - b
Recorded in New York ; December 20, 1952


Scoredaddy said...

thanks for both volumes!

farosanderson said...

thanks for this post and all the other great music here

Frasco said...

Thank you very much Melanchthon!


thanks for the super music that you offer. could you please give us the password in order to unzip the files??


rog said...

Very Enjoyable Mel... Thanks !

Melanchthon said...

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

More thanks a lot Mel

deGallo said...

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Fred Archtop said...

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Prof. Yaffle said...

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