Art Tatum [Storyville]

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/2008
  • Label: Storyville Records
  • UPC: 717101860326
  • Catalog Number: 1088603
  • Sales rank: 202,677

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Young and Healthy (1:31)
  2. 2 Morning Noon and Night (3:26)
  3. 3 When Day Is Done (3:06)
  4. 4 Star Dust (3:06)
  5. 5 Chinatown, My Chinatown (1:47)
  6. 6 Body and Soul (2:34)
  7. 7 Can't We Be Friends (2:23)
  8. 8 I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues (2:14)
  9. 9 Melody in F (5:41)
  10. 10 Let Me off Uptown (3:47)
  11. 11 Tiny's Exercise (5:18)
  12. 12 Exactly Like You (3:58)
  13. 13 Sweet Lorraine (3:56)
  14. 14 I Know That You Know (2:41)
  15. 15 Ja-Da (3:29)
  16. 16 Humoresque (4:03)
  17. 17 It Had to Be You (3:54)
  18. 18 I've Found a New Baby (3:34)
  19. 19 Oh! Lady Be Good (3:24)
  20. 20 Somebody Loves Me (4:38)
  21. 21 Exactly Like You (5:13)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Stormy Weather (4:57)
  2. 2 Sweet Lorraine (4:24)
  3. 3 Humoresque (2:42)
  4. 4 I Know That You Know (3:44)
  5. 5 Humoresque (4:46)
  6. 6 Ain't Misbehavin' (4:24)
  7. 7 Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (2:55)
  8. 8 I Can't Give You Anything But Love (3:51)
  9. 9 Danny Boy (3:07)
  10. 10 How High the Moon (2:13)
  11. 11 Begin the Beguine (3:36)
  12. 12 Cherokee (5:46)
  13. 13 Down by the Old Mill Stream (4:07)
  14. 14 Sweet Lorraine (2:22)
  15. 15 How High the Moon (2:19)
  16. 16 Gershwin Medley: The Man I Love/Summertime/I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'/It A (4:27)
  17. 17 She's Funnythat Way (4:14)
  18. 18 Lover (4:04)
  19. 19 Body and Soul (3:34)
  20. 20 I'm Beginning to See the Light (3:15)
  21. 21 Nine Twenty Special (2:29)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Stay as Sweet as You Are (2:46)
  2. 2 Where or When (4:06)
  3. 3 Louise (3:10)
  4. 4 Song of the Vagabonds (2:21)
  5. 5 Night and Day (1:30)
  6. 6 Poor Butterfly (3:31)
  7. 7 Indiana (2:44)
  8. 8 Sweet Lorraine (2:47)
  9. 9 Yesterdays (3:42)
  10. 10 Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (2:34)
  11. 11 Dialogue (1:04)
  12. 12 The Very Thought of You (6:38)
  13. 13 Somebody Loves Me (4:32)
  14. 14 The Continental (2:59)
  15. 15 I Cover the Waterfront (2:58)
  16. 16 Don't Blame Me (3:15)
  17. 17 Dardanella (4:10)
  18. 18 The Very Thought of You (4:58)
  19. 19 Come Rain or Come Shine (6:02)
  20. 20 Someone to Watch Over Me (4:26)
  21. 21 Valse in C# Minor, Opus 64, No. 2 (3:43)
Disc 4
  1. 1 If I Had You - Club Norman Orchestra (3:54)
  2. 2 Night and Day - Club Norman Orchestra (8:37)
  3. 3 Fine and Dandy - Club Norman Orchestra (3:41)
  4. 4 Fine and Dandy - Club Norman Orchestra (2:56)
  5. 5 Fine and Dandy - Club Norman Orchestra (3:57)
  6. 6 Humoresque (4:02)
  7. 7 Poor Butterfly (3:31)
  8. 8 Willow Weep for Me (3:07)
  9. 9 I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues (1:55)
  10. 10 Taboo (2:26)
  11. 11 Gershwin Medley: The Man I Love/Summertime/I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'/It A (4:03)
  12. 12 I Know That You Know (2:52)
  13. 13 Sweet Lorraine (2:40)
  14. 14 Rosetta (2:33)
  15. 15 A Ghost of a Chance (4:13)
  16. 16 Hallelujah (5:11)
  17. 17 Someone to Watch Over Me (3:44)
  18. 18 Taboo (3:32)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Tenderly (3:57)
  2. 2 The Man I Love (4:58)
  3. 3 Body and Soul (5:02)
  4. 4 Flying Home (1:20)
  5. 5 My Heart Stood Still (3:14)
  6. 6 How High the Moon (2:46)
  7. 7 Come Rain or Come Shine (3:25)
  8. 8 Begin the Beguine (3:28)
  9. 9 Body and Soul (4:06)
  10. 10 I Know That You Know (2:17)
  11. 11 Honeysuckle Rose (3:07)
  12. 12 Just a Sittin' and Rockin' (2:48)
  13. 13 Memories of You (4:19)
  14. 14 The Kerry Dance (1:07)
  15. 15 Interview of Tatum by Leonard Feather (3:19)
  16. 16 Taboo (3:42)
  17. 17 Come Rain or Come Shine (3:45)
  18. 18 Honeysuckle Rose (3:14)
  19. 19 Don't Blame Me (4:00)
  20. 20 Taboo (3:30)
  21. 21 Gershwin Medley: The Man I Love/Summertime/I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'/It A (4:19)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Tenderly (4:11)
  2. 2 Flying Home (1:11)
  3. 3 The Man I Love (4:59)
  4. 4 On the Sunny Side of the Street (3:01)
  5. 5 Sweet Lorraine (4:49)
  6. 6 Tea for Two (3:15)
  7. 7 Tenderly (3:25)
  8. 8 Out of Nowhere (3:33)
  9. 9 Body and Soul (5:49)
  10. 10 Sweet Lorraine (4:23)
  11. 11 Tea for Two (3:15)
  12. 12 Moonglow (4:22)
  13. 13 Tenderly (4:44)
  14. 14 I've Got the World on a String (4:37)
  15. 15 September Song (3:46)
  16. 16 Body and Soul (5:10)
  17. 17 Where or When (3:49)
  18. 18 Taboo (2:46)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Carvan (0:51)
  2. 2 If (4:09)
  3. 3 Soft Winds (3:15)
  4. 4 Memories of You (5:38)
  5. 5 Yesterdays (2:13)
  6. 6 Someone to Watch Over Me (3:13)
  7. 7 Flying Home (2:07)
  8. 8 Tenderly (4:48)
  9. 9 Tea for Two (2:46)
  10. 10 Sweet Lorraine (4:08)
  11. 11 Body and Soul (5:20)
  12. 12 Sweet Lorraine (5:06)
  13. 13 Memories of You (5:10)
  14. 14 Air Mail Special (1:18)
  15. 15 Tea for Two (3:10)
  16. 16 Dialogue (3:14)
  17. 17 Someone to Watch Over Me (0:27)
  18. 18 Sweet Lorraine (5:38)
  19. 19 Fine and Dandy (2:39)
  20. 20 Someone to Watch Over Me (4:29)
  21. 21 This Can't Be Love (1:42)
  22. 22 My Heart Stood Still (3:24)
Disc 8
  1. 1 Would You Like to Take a Walk (4:09)
  2. 2 Soft Winds (2:57)
  3. 3 Flying Home (0:55)
  4. 4 I Cover the Waterfront (4:25)
  5. 5 Soft Winds (3:47)
  6. 6 Tenderly (4:57)
  7. 7 Tea for Two (3:02)
  8. 8 Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (5:18)
  9. 9 Body and Soul (0:59)
  10. 10 Sweet Lorraine (4:32)
  11. 11 September Song (5:03)
  12. 12 My Heart Stood Still (2:51)
  13. 13 Don't Blame Me (2:31)
  14. 14 Willow Weep for Me (2:54)
  15. 15 Flying Home (1:41)
  16. 16 Moon Song (5:50)
  17. 17 Just One of Those Things (3:45)
  18. 18 Flying Home (1:33)
  19. 19 Would You Like to Take a Walk (5:28)
  20. 20 You Go to My Head (5:20)
Disc 9
  1. 1 Sweet Lorraine - Art Tatum Duo (2:47)
  2. 2 I Know That You Know - Art Tatum Duo (3:43)
  3. 3 More Than You Know (1:23)
  4. 4 Tea for Two - Allen Roth and His Orchestra (2:36)
  5. 5 St. Louis Blues - Allen Roth and His Orchestra (3:40)
  6. 6 Goin' Home (4:14)
  7. 7 Tenderly (3:38)
  8. 8 You Took Advantage of Me (2:18)
  9. 9 You Took Advantage of Me (1:12)
  10. 10 Don't Take Your Love from Me - Mal Collier (2:49)
  11. 11 I'll See You in My Dreams (3:12)
  12. 12 Someone to Watch Over Me (3:13)
  13. 13 My Wonderful One/Art's Boogie (1:15)
  14. 14 If You Hadn't Gone Away (3:30)
  15. 15 Somebody Loves Me - Mal Collier (3:06)
  16. 16 Zigeuner (2:51)
  17. 17 I'll See You Again (2:39)
  18. 18 Blue Skies (0:20)
  19. 19 Jitterbug Waltz (2:31)
  20. 20 Let Me Call You Sweetheart (1:56)
  21. 21 If You Handn't Gone Away (3:32)
  22. 22 Can't We Be Friends (0:33)
  23. 23 I'll See You in My Dreams - Mal Collier (1:03)
  24. 24 Ain't Misbehavin' - Mal Collier (4:57)
  25. 25 Aunt Hagar's Blues - Mal Collier (3:28)
  26. 26 What Is This Thing Called Love - Mal Collier (3:53)
  27. 27 I'm in the Mood for Love - Mal Collier (5:13)
Disc 10
  1. 1 Three Little Words (4:07)
  2. 2 Mean to Me (4:50)
  3. 3 Ain't Misbehavin' (3:18)
  4. 4 Oh! Lady Be Good (4:52)
  5. 5 Body and Soul (4:18)
  6. 6 Night and Day (1:29)
  7. 7 Indiana (2:54)
  8. 8 Moonglow (2:07)
  9. 9 Three Little Words (3:02)
  10. 10 The Man I Love (3:44)
  11. 11 Confessin' (4:31)
  12. 12 Ain't Misbehavin' (3:21)
  13. 13 Star Dust (3:41)
  14. 14 Embraceable You (3:48)
  15. 15 Sugar Foot Stomp (2:04)
  16. 16 Sweet Georgia Brown (3:06)
  17. 17 Basin Street Blues (3:12)
  18. 18 Esquire Blues (2:09)
  19. 19 Honeysuckle Rose (1:52)
  20. 20 Willow Weep for Me (3:23)
  21. 21 Lover (3:33)
  22. 22 Mighty Lak a Rose (5:13)
  23. 23 Ja-Da (2:19)
Disc 11
  1. 1 March of Times, Vol X Issue 5 "Music in America"
  2. 2 Tiny's Exercise/Out Takes
  3. 3 The Fabulous Dorseys /Turquoise (Piano Solo)/Art's Blues
  4. 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
Les 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
Skeets Herfurt Alto Saxophone
Les 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
Les 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 Dvorak 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
Al 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
The 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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