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Complete Pablo Group Masterpieces
     

The Complete Pablo Group Masterpieces

by Art Tatum
 
Tatum spent most of his career as a solo pianist; in fact, it was often said that he was such an unpredictable virtuoso that it would be difficult for other musicians to play with him. 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,

Overview

Tatum spent most of his career as a solo pianist; in fact, it was often said that he was such an unpredictable virtuoso that it would be difficult for other musicians to play with him. 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 of material that is now available separately as eight CDs and on this very full six-CD box 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.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/1991
Label:
Pablo
UPC:
0025218440127
catalogNumber:
4401

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Art Tatum   Primary Artist,Piano
Louie Bellson   Drums
Buddy DeFranco   Clarinet
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet
Lionel Hampton   Vibes
Jo Jones   Drums
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Buddy Rich   Drums
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Benny Carter   Alto Saxophone
Red Callender   Bass
John Simmons   Bass
Alvin Stoller   Drums
Bill Douglass   Drums

Technical Credits

Norman Granz   Producer
Arthur Herzog   Composer
Ben Jordan   Engineer
Jerry Livingston   Composer
J. Neiburg   Composer
Marty Symes   Composer
Val Valentin   Engineer
Eric Miller   Producer
Benny Green   Liner Notes
Irene Kitchings   Composer

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