The Definitive Art Tatum

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This sampler has 16 Art Tatum recordings reissued in chronological order that date from 1934-1950. All but the closing "Indiana" which has guitarist Everett Barksdale and bassist Slam Stewart are unaccompanied piano solos, and they are drawn from the Decca, Capitol, and Verve catalogs. Tatum was always a remarkable virtuoso so, even if this set is not completely definitive it could not be without having Tatum's 1933 recording of "Tiger Rag", there are many gems here. Tatum is typically miraculous on such songs as "The Shout," "Get Happy," "Blue Skies," and "Yesterdays."
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This sampler has 16 Art Tatum recordings reissued in chronological order that date from 1934-1950. All but the closing "Indiana" which has guitarist Everett Barksdale and bassist Slam Stewart are unaccompanied piano solos, and they are drawn from the Decca, Capitol, and Verve catalogs. Tatum was always a remarkable virtuoso so, even if this set is not completely definitive it could not be without having Tatum's 1933 recording of "Tiger Rag", there are many gems here. Tatum is typically miraculous on such songs as "The Shout," "Get Happy," "Blue Skies," and "Yesterdays."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2002
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 724354022524
  • Catalog Number: 40225
  • Sales rank: 9,691

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Shout (2:46)
  2. 2 Sweet Emalina, My Gal (3:00)
  3. 3 Elegie (3:16)
  4. 4 Get Happy (2:46)
  5. 5 Aunt Hagar's Blues (2:42)
  6. 6 Nice Work If You Can Get It (2:48)
  7. 7 It's the Talk of the Town (3:20)
  8. 8 Makin' Whoopee (2:44)
  9. 9 Goin' Home (3:09)
  10. 10 Blue Skies (2:52)
  11. 11 Someone to Watch Over Me (3:15)
  12. 12 Mine (3:57)
  13. 13 Yesterdays (3:13)
  14. 14 Jitterbug Waltz (4:09)
  15. 15 Mr. Freddie Blues (3:11)
  16. 16 (Back Home Again In) Indiana (3:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Art Tatum Primary Artist, Piano, Soloist
Slam Stewart Bass
Everett Barksdale Guitar
Technical Credits
Michael Cuscuna Executive Producer
Frank Driggs Cover Photo
Richard Seidel Executive Producer
Tom Evered Executive Producer
Jennifer Ditsler Copy Editing
Kurt Lundvall Mastering
Lannie Scott Composer
Ken Druker Executive Producer
Arnold Laubich Liner Notes
William Arms Fisher Composer
J. H. "Freddie" Shayne Composer
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