The Classic Years Volume Two (The Small Group Masterpieces) – Art Tatum


Art Tatum Classic Years 2


  • Disc: 1

      1. My Blue Heaven
      2. Have You Met Miss Jones
      3. Under A Blanket of Blue
      4. Once In A While
      5. More Than You Know
      6. What Is This Thing Called Love
      7. Plaid
      8. Blue Lou
      9. The Moon Is Low
      10. September Song
      11. I’ll Never Be the Same
      12. Hands Across the Table

    Disc: 2

      1. A Foggy Day
      2. All the Things You Are
      3. Undecided
      4. Lover Man
      5. Makin’ Whoopee
      6. Isn’t It Romantic
      7. Love for Sale
      8. Night and Day
      9. Trio Blues
      10. (I’m Left With The) Blues in My Heart
      11. S’Wonderful
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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Art Tatum was among the most extraordinary of all jazz musicians, a pianist with wondrous technique who could not only play ridiculously rapid lines with both hands, but was harmonically 30 years ahead of his time; all pianists have to deal to a certain extent with Tatum’s innovations in order to be taken seriously. Able to play stride, swing, and boogie-woogie with speed and complexity that could only previously be imagined, Tatum’s quick reflexes and boundless imagination kept his improvisations filled with fresh (and sometimes futuristic) ideas that put him way ahead of his contemporaries. Tatum tended to work and to record unaccompanied, partly because relatively few musicians could keep pace with his fast tempos and advanced harmonic vocabulary. Producer Norman Granz sought to prove that the theory was false, so between 1954 and 1956 he extensively recorded Tatum with a variety of other classic jazzmen, resulting originally in nine LPs, 2 hours of which are found on this 2CD set. In contrast to the massive solo Tatum sessions that Granz also recorded during this period, the group sides have plenty of variety and exciting moments, which is not too surprising when one considers that Tatum was teamed in a trio with altoist Benny Carter and drummer Louie Bellson; with trumpeter Roy Eldridge, clarinetist Buddy DeFranco, and tenor saxophonist Ben Webster in separate quartets; in an explosive trio with vibraphonist Lionel Hampton and drummer Buddy Rich; with a sextet including Hampton, Rich, and trumpeter Harry “Sweets” Edison; and on a standard trio session.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column][/vc_column][vc_column][/vc_column][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row]


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