Art Tatum [Storyville]

Art Tatum [Storyville]

by Art Tatum

Art Tatum was heralded as being among the very best jazz pianists for much of his career, though his rapid-fire runs at the keyboard intimidated all but the very best musicians to some degree. As a result, there were long stretches when he wasn't recorded all that much, until Norman Granz hired him for marathon solo and small group dates…  See more details below


Art Tatum was heralded as being among the very best jazz pianists for much of his career, though his rapid-fire runs at the keyboard intimidated all but the very best musicians to some degree. As a result, there were long stretches when he wasn't recorded all that much, until Norman Granz hired him for marathon solo and small group dates during the last few years of the pianist's life. But collectors recognized the value in preserving many of his broadcast performances, radio transcriptions, and even a few private recordings made in clubs or private homes. This ten-CD boxed set includes over 675 minutes of music, including music from throughout almost the entire length of his career. While the sound quality isn't as good as commercial records made during the period, the audio restoration makes these selections very listenable. Tatum fans will seek out the solo tracks first, particularly the pianist's high-flying arrangements like "Yesterdays," "Taboo," and "Begin the Beguine." There are a number of trio tracks to choose from, though the best results come from his meeting with guitarist Les Paul, one of the few string players who could play on Tatum's level. Most of the music on the first nine CDs appeared on widely scattered and long unavailable LPs on various labels, though each of them was individually issued by Storyville. Almost all of the performances on disc ten make their commercial debut in this collection. Tatum's meeting with the young guitarist Tal Farlow is superb with excellent audio, while the club meeting with organist Joe Mooney shows the pianist in a more relaxed mood in "Moonglow," though the fireworks come out in the furious "Three Little Words," where he overshadows Mooney. Two after-hours performances from 1941 feature bassist Chocolate Williams, while vocalist Ann Robinson adds a bluesy vocal in "Stardust" and the overdramatic Ethel White takes her place for "Embraceable You." If Tatum fans who own the previous nine individual Storyville CDs from this collection think that this new material is not enough to make this boxed set worthy of purchasing, then the bonus DVD, with rare film and video footage of the pianist, should change their minds. There is a series of excerpts made for the March of Times movie newsreels (one master and several outtakes of "Tiny's Exercise," a brief theme used as a set closer), two performances from the film The Fabulous Dorseys, plus a show-stopping miniature of "Yesterdays" that came from The Spike Jones Show. The detailed liner notes and numerous photos add to the value of this essential collection of rare Art Tatum.

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Storyville Records

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Disc 1

  1. Young and Healthy
  2. Morning Noon and Night
  3. When Day Is Done
  4. Star Dust
  5. Chinatown, My Chinatown
  6. Body and Soul
  7. Can't We Be Friends
  8. I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues
  9. Melody in F
  10. Let Me off Uptown
  11. Tiny's Exercise
  12. Exactly Like You
  13. Sweet Lorraine
  14. I Know That You Know
  15. Ja-Da
  16. Humoresque
  17. It Had to Be You
  18. I've Found a New Baby
  19. Oh! Lady Be Good
  20. Somebody Loves Me
  21. Exactly Like You

Disc 2

  1. Stormy Weather
  2. Sweet Lorraine
  3. Humoresque
  4. I Know That You Know
  5. Humoresque
  6. Ain't Misbehavin'
  7. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
  8. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
  9. Danny Boy
  10. How High the Moon
  11. Begin the Beguine
  12. Cherokee
  13. Down by the Old Mill Stream
  14. Sweet Lorraine
  15. How High the Moon
  16. Gershwin Medley: The Man I Love/Summertime/I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'/It A
  17. She's Funnythat Way
  18. Lover
  19. Body and Soul
  20. I'm Beginning to See the Light
  21. Nine Twenty Special

Disc 3

  1. Stay as Sweet as You Are
  2. Where or When
  3. Louise
  4. Song of the Vagabonds
  5. Night and Day
  6. Poor Butterfly
  7. Indiana
  8. Sweet Lorraine
  9. Yesterdays
  10. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
  11. Dialogue
  12. The Very Thought of You
  13. Somebody Loves Me
  14. The Continental
  15. I Cover the Waterfront
  16. Don't Blame Me
  17. Dardanella
  18. The Very Thought of You
  19. Come Rain or Come Shine
  20. Someone to Watch Over Me
  21. Valse in C# Minor, Opus 64, No. 2

Disc 4

  1. If I Had You  -  Club Norman Orchestra
  2. Night and Day  -  Club Norman Orchestra
  3. Fine and Dandy  -  Club Norman Orchestra
  4. Fine and Dandy  -  Club Norman Orchestra
  5. Fine and Dandy  -  Club Norman Orchestra
  6. Humoresque
  7. Poor Butterfly
  8. Willow Weep for Me
  9. I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues
  10. Taboo
  11. Gershwin Medley: The Man I Love/Summertime/I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'/It A
  12. I Know That You Know
  13. Sweet Lorraine
  14. Rosetta
  15. A Ghost of a Chance
  16. Hallelujah
  17. Someone to Watch Over Me
  18. Taboo

Disc 5

  1. Tenderly
  2. The Man I Love
  3. Body and Soul
  4. Flying Home
  5. My Heart Stood Still
  6. How High the Moon
  7. Come Rain or Come Shine
  8. Begin the Beguine
  9. Body and Soul
  10. I Know That You Know
  11. Honeysuckle Rose
  12. Just a Sittin' and Rockin'
  13. Memories of You
  14. The Kerry Dance
  15. Interview of Tatum by Leonard Feather
  16. Taboo
  17. Come Rain or Come Shine
  18. Honeysuckle Rose
  19. Don't Blame Me
  20. Taboo
  21. Gershwin Medley: The Man I Love/Summertime/I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'/It A

Disc 6

  1. Tenderly
  2. Flying Home
  3. The Man I Love
  4. On the Sunny Side of the Street
  5. Sweet Lorraine
  6. Tea for Two
  7. Tenderly
  8. Out of Nowhere
  9. Body and Soul
  10. Sweet Lorraine
  11. Tea for Two
  12. Moonglow
  13. Tenderly
  14. I've Got the World on a String
  15. September Song
  16. Body and Soul
  17. Where or When
  18. Taboo

Disc 7

  1. Carvan
  2. If
  3. Soft Winds
  4. Memories of You
  5. Yesterdays
  6. Someone to Watch Over Me
  7. Flying Home
  8. Tenderly
  9. Tea for Two
  10. Sweet Lorraine
  11. Body and Soul
  12. Sweet Lorraine
  13. Memories of You
  14. Air Mail Special
  15. Tea for Two
  16. Dialogue
  17. Someone to Watch Over Me
  18. Sweet Lorraine
  19. Fine and Dandy
  20. Someone to Watch Over Me
  21. This Can't Be Love
  22. My Heart Stood Still

Disc 8

  1. Would You Like to Take a Walk
  2. Soft Winds
  3. Flying Home
  4. I Cover the Waterfront
  5. Soft Winds
  6. Tenderly
  7. Tea for Two
  8. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams
  9. Body and Soul
  10. Sweet Lorraine
  11. September Song
  12. My Heart Stood Still
  13. Don't Blame Me
  14. Willow Weep for Me
  15. Flying Home
  16. Moon Song
  17. Just One of Those Things
  18. Flying Home
  19. Would You Like to Take a Walk
  20. You Go to My Head

Disc 9

  1. Sweet Lorraine  -  Art Tatum Duo
  2. I Know That You Know  -  Art Tatum Duo
  3. More Than You Know
  4. Tea for Two  -  Allen Roth and His Orchestra
  5. St. Louis Blues  -  Allen Roth and His Orchestra
  6. Goin' Home
  7. Tenderly
  8. You Took Advantage of Me
  9. You Took Advantage of Me
  10. Don't Take Your Love from Me  - Mal Collier
  11. I'll See You in My Dreams
  12. Someone to Watch Over Me
  13. My Wonderful One/Art's Boogie
  14. If You Hadn't Gone Away
  15. Somebody Loves Me  - Mal Collier
  16. Zigeuner
  17. I'll See You Again
  18. Blue Skies
  19. Jitterbug Waltz
  20. Let Me Call You Sweetheart
  21. If You Handn't Gone Away
  22. Can't We Be Friends
  23. I'll See You in My Dreams  - Mal Collier
  24. Ain't Misbehavin'  - Mal Collier
  25. Aunt Hagar's Blues  - Mal Collier
  26. What Is This Thing Called Love  - Mal Collier
  27. I'm in the Mood for Love  - Mal Collier

Disc 10

  1. Three Little Words
  2. Mean to Me
  3. Ain't Misbehavin'
  4. Oh! Lady Be Good
  5. Body and Soul
  6. Night and Day
  7. Indiana
  8. Moonglow
  9. Three Little Words
  10. The Man I Love
  11. Confessin'
  12. Ain't Misbehavin'
  13. Star Dust
  14. Embraceable You
  15. Sugar Foot Stomp
  16. Sweet Georgia Brown
  17. Basin Street Blues
  18. Esquire Blues
  19. Honeysuckle Rose
  20. Willow Weep for Me
  21. Lover
  22. Mighty Lak a Rose
  23. Ja-Da

Disc 11

  1. March of Times, Vol X Issue 5 "Music in America"
  2. Tiny's Exercise/Out Takes
  3. The Fabulous Dorseys /Turquoise (Piano Solo)/Art's Blues
  4. Spike Jones Show/Yesterdays

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Art Tatum   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals,Soloist,Spoken Word
Steve Allen   Piano,Guest Appearance
Paul   Guitar
Charlie Barnet   Tenor Saxophone
Tal Farlow   Guitar
Tiny Grimes   Guitar
Oscar Pettiford   Bass
Specs Powell   Drums
Slam Stewart   Bass
Jack Teagarden   Trombone,Vocals
Ray Bauduc   Drums
Ziggy Elman   Trumpet
Joe Mooney   Organ
Babe Russin   Tenor Saxophone
Coleman Hawkins   Tenor Saxophone
Willis Conover   Narrator
Louis Armstrong   Trumpet,Vocals
Everett Barksdale   Guitar
Big Sid Catlett   Drums
Jimmy Dorsey   Clarinet
Tommy Dorsey   Trombone
Billy Exner   Drums
Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt   Alto Saxophone
Jenkins   Trombone
Murray Lauder   Bass
Murray McEachern   Clarinet,Trombone
Bill Pemberton   Bass
Bill Povey   Alto Saxophone
Bobby Rosengarden   Drums
Joe Shulman   Bass
Chocolate Williams   Bass
Philip Candreva   Trumpet
Paul Trio   Guest Appearance
Remo Palmieri   Guitar
Jud de Naut   Bass
Jack Gilford   Voices
Bob McReynolds   Trombone
Clinton Nordquist   Bass
Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman   Announcer
Bob Goodrich   Trumpet
Eddie Stokes   Announcer
Sam Stewart   Bass
Ned Ciashine   Accordion
Milton Cross   Narrator
Faye Emerson   Track Performer
Wally Wickin   Leader,Recorder

Technical Credits

Paul James   Composer
Antonin Dvorák   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Anton Rubinstein   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Perry Como   Introduction
Bing Crosby   Composer
Earl Bostic   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Mildred Bailey   Introduction
Eubie Blake   Composer
Charlie Christian   Composer
Leonard Feather   Composer,Introduction
Benny Goodman   Composer
Tiny Grimes   Composer
Lionel Hampton   Composer
Earl Hines   Composer
Johnny Hodges   Composer
Harry James   Composer
Loren Schoenberg   Liner Notes
Art Tatum   Composer,Introduction
Fats Waller   Composer
Paul Whiteman   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Jimmy Mundy   Composer
Ray Noble   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Noël Coward   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Harry Barris   Composer
Felix Bernard   Composer
Ben Bernie   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Anne Caldwell   Composer
Frédéric Chopin   Composer
Con Conrad   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Nancy Hamilton   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Will Hudson   Composer
Isham Jones   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Bert Kalmar   Composer
Herbert Magidson   Composer
Ballard MacDonald   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Billy Moll   Composer
J. Neiburg   Composer
Hans Nielsen   Engineer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Ellis Reynolds   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Harry Ruby   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Juan Tizol   Composer
Roy Turk   Composer
Earle Warren   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Jerry Newman   Engineer
Ethelbert Nevin   Composer
Mike Hennessey Chastet   Liner Notes
Margarita Lecuona   Composer
Henri Woode   Composer
Harry Brooks   Composer
Arthur Johnston   Composer
Felicity Howlett   Liner Notes
Kay Swift   Composer
Ted Shapiro   Composer
Ann Ronell   Composer
Anders Stefansen   Producer
Maxwell Anderson   Composer
Sam Coslow   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Robert Sour   Composer
Frank Eyton   Composer
Maceo Pinkard   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Kenneth Casey   Composer
Edward Eliscu   Composer
Mort Dixon   Composer
Walter Melrose   Composer
Henry Nemo   Composer
Don George   Composer
Neil Moret (Chas. N. Daniels)   Composer
Harry Revel   Composer
Louis Alter   Composer
Clifford R. Burwell   Composer
Fred Fisher   Composer
Lee Gaines   Composer
Clifford Grey   Composer
James F. Hanley   Composer
William Jerome   Composer
Morgan Lewis   Composer
Arthur Swanstrom   Composer
Tell Taylor   Composer
Dorothy Terriss   Composer
Doc Daugherty   Composer
Tolchard Evans   Composer
Leo Friedman   Composer
James Warburg   Composer
Beth Slater Whitson   Composer
Jean Schwartz   Composer
Raymond Hubbell   Composer
Arnold Laubich   Liner Notes
Robert Katscher   Composer
Brian Hooker   Composer
Fred Royal   Composer
Joe "King" Oliver   Composer
Sid Robin   Composer
Jørgen Vad   Engineer
Frederick Edward Weatherly   Adaptation

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