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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Here's Art Tatum

Here's Art Tatum
Piano Solos
Art Tatum Trio
Brunswick BL 54004

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the original cover and jacket notes excerpt.

From the back cover: Born in Toledo, Art got his first chance to appear in public over his hometown station WSPD. He had begun at 13 as violinist, but Art soon recognized that the piano was his natural medium. After three years, Art left Toledo for Detroit, went on to New York, after which he shuttled between the East and Midwest. In 1938 he found himself in England where he became a sensation. He had always been interested in the classics – Chopin had been his favorite composer since youth – and his favorite pianists were such eminent classicists as Leopold Godowsky, Vladimir Horowitz and Walter Gieseking. Somehow, he was able to blend a classical feeling with a strictly modern rhythm and a forceful jazz technique.

Honeysuckle Rose
I Got Rhythm
Begin The Beguine
Tea For Two
Stormy Weather
Gone With The Wind
St. Louis Blues
Cocktails For Two
Deep Purple
After You've Gone

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