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Art Tatum 1932-1934
The first CD in Chronological Classics' series on Art Tatum, this disc includes the earliest extant recordings of Tatum. Tatum arrived in New York as an accompanist to Adelaide Hall, a pedestrian singer now largely forgott... more »
The first CD in Chronological Classics' series on Art Tatum, this disc includes the earliest extant recordings of Tatum. Tatum arrived in New York as an accompanist to Adelaide Hall, a pedestrian singer now largely forgotten, but the event is chronicled here in their four recordings together. There are already flashes of brilliance apparent in some of the piano parts. Tatum recorded his first four studio solos for Columbia in 1933, and each is a staggering example of his technique and his powers of invention, with Tatum focusing his energies on some of the most common jazz tunes of the day. "Tiger Rag," heard as well in an early broadcast transcription, is a marvel, turning the Original Dixieland Jazz Band's novelty tune into a pyrotechnic explosion. Duke Ellington's "Sophisticated Lady" seems to particularly inspire Tatum's harmonic explosion. The final 16 tracks come from Tatum's 1934 Decca recordings. The full range of ballads, pop, and jazz tunes provides a rich portrait of a pianistic marvel at the dawn of his fame. --Stuart Broomer
The greatest Tatum recordings available...
Aaron B | Rancho Santa Margarita, CA United States | 10/17/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"These are mostly Art Tatum's earliest piano solos, as well as his 1st studio sessions. Tatum never sounded better then on Tiger Rag(where he sounds like 3 pianists), also he accompanies torch singer Adelaide Hall on four selections. This music is essential, Tatum was one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time, and his music sounds as fresh and as lively now, as it ever did. The music on this CD belongs in all jazz collections. ESSENTIAL"