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20th Century Piano Genius
     

20th Century Piano Genius

by Art Tatum
 
Pianist Art Tatum's colossal technique, extraordinary harmonic ingenuity, and unrivaled rhythmic freedom have yet to be matched in mainstream jazz. Tatum's outsized gifts are apparent on every recording he made, but 2OTH CENTURY PIANO GENIUS captures the keyboard giant at his spontaneous best. Recorded at a Hollywood party in 1955, the tracks display all the dazzling

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Pianist Art Tatum's colossal technique, extraordinary harmonic ingenuity, and unrivaled rhythmic freedom have yet to be matched in mainstream jazz. Tatum's outsized gifts are apparent on every recording he made, but 2OTH CENTURY PIANO GENIUS captures the keyboard giant at his spontaneous best. Recorded at a Hollywood party in 1955, the tracks display all the dazzling impromptu spins that Tatum regularly cast on standard material, but with a relaxed ease and daring that showed itself only when the pianist could let his hair down. Picking standouts among the astonishing performances gathered here is just a fool's game, but Tatum's refiguring of "Willow Weep for Me" remains one of his undisputed masterpieces.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This double album was taped at a private party in 1956, featuring the amazing Art Tatum on solo piano. Tatum, who died the following year, never did decline, and he is in prime form throughout this highly enjoyable and frequently exciting set of standards. There are no real romps a la "Tiger Rag" but the 27 performances contain plenty of remarkable moments.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/30/1996
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0731453176324
catalogNumber:
531763

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Performance Credits

Art Tatum   Primary Artist,Piano

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Eubie Blake   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Ray Heindorf   Producer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Harry Barris   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Manny Kurtz   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
David Raksin   Composer
Richard Seidel   Executive Producer
Harry Warren   Composer
Ethelbert Nevin   Composer
Matty Malneck   Composer
Lisa Po-Ying Huang   Art Direction
Ann Ronell   Composer
Robert Sour   Composer
Frank Eyton   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Harry Woods   Composer
Clifford R. Burwell   Composer
Mabel Wayne   Composer
Frederick Edward Weatherly   Composer
F. Wess   Composer

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