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The Art Tatum Solo Masterpieces, Vol. 1
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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Truly A Solo Masterpiece
Michael B. Richman | Portland, Maine USA | 01/21/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Before Norman Granz brought Art Tatum into the studio a half-dozen times in 1955-56 to record what would become known as the "Group Masterpieces," he brought the legendary pianist into the studio nearly a dozen times from 1953-55 to record what would become the eight CD volumes of the "Solo Masterpieces." (By the way, feel free to check out my reviews of Group Masterpieces Volumes 3, 4 & 6, and of the Boxed Set collecting all eight volumes.) Art Tatum is arguably the greatest pianist in the history of jazz, and the world owes a great debt to Mr. Granz for having the insight to document him in such variety and quantity. For those of you who are hesitating because this is a solo jazz recording, don't! Art has a style of playing flurries of notes, so that at any given time it sounds like a trio session. But don't get the wrong impression, Tatum is not merely a master technician, but a sensitive and sincere virtuoso. Another intimidating aspect of these "Masterpiece" volumes, whether it is the Group or Solo, is the shear number of them. I would suggest, as the Penguin Guide does, to start with Volumes 4 or 6, but any one of them will do fine for they are all truly, modern piano masterpieces."
Neal Conrad Guthe | 10/03/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"After listening to this CD one can why Art Tatum is considered to be a master of this music. It is incredible to see how he embodies the many different styles of jazz up to the point this record was recorded. This is a wonderful CD."
Important Addition To Any Jazz Collection
Rachel Y. Bonaccorso | Chesapeake, VA | 01/06/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Art Tatum's playing style is ticklish and sensitive and multi-layered. I highly recommend this to anyone building a great library of jazz music."