The Best of the Pablo Group Masterpieces

The Best of the Pablo Group Masterpieces

by Art Tatum


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The Best of the Pablo Group Masterpieces

A rich and rewarding core sample, selected from one of Norman Granz's deepest gold mines. The full set of Tatum ensemble master takes was released on eight vinyl records in 1975, appearing with alternate takes as a box of seven compact discs in 1990. Since then, each separate session has been issued on a single, affordable CD. With the release of this best-of, the only remaining untried reissue format stratagem could almost be conducted according to the laws of chance. If someone were to divide up the existing 59 master takes (saving the alternate takes for a "Best of the Tatum Alternates" compilation), the entire body of work could be issued as a numbered best-of series, the titles carefully shuffled at random. But each volume would possibly still omit something that could be considered essential. This is the insoluble problem with anything calling itself a best-of. Fortunately, the Tatum group recordings produced by Norman Granz during the years 1954, 1955, and 1956 actually deserve the word "masterpieces." While Tatum himself is honored as one of the very most gifted and influential of all jazz musicians, without exception every musician who participated in these sessions was adept, inspired, and, in many cases, masterful. (There are those who would suggest that the Art Tatum/Ben Webster date could stand by itself as the best of the group masterpieces.) Here, for once, is a package worthy of its title. A bit of the best of some of the very best jazz ever recorded.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/29/2003
Label: Pablo
UPC: 0025218044028
catalogNumber: 2405440
Rank: 99488

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

George Gershwin   Composer
Rudy Vallée   Composer
Eubie Blake   Composer
Lester Young   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Nacio Herb Brown   Composer
Norman Granz   Producer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Arthur Freed   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Ben Jordan   Engineer
Jerry Livingston   Composer
Ballard MacDonald   Composer
J. Neiburg   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Marty Symes   Composer
Juan Tizol   Composer
Val Valentin   Engineer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Scott Yanow   Liner Notes
Charles Henderson   Composer
Robert Sour   Composer
Frank Eyton   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Newell Chase   Composer

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The Best of the Pablo Group Masterpieces 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
nazareth62 More than 1 year ago
I 1st heard of the collaboration of these artists in a Woody Allen film called September. This is an album of masterpieces. Highly recommended!