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Storyville Art Tatum

  • 1. Tiger Rag
    2. Chinatown, My Chinatown
    3. Lulu's Back in Town
    4. Boots and Saddle
    5. After You've Gone
    6. Dixieland Band
    7. Shout, The
    8. Tiger Rag
    9. Stay as Sweet as You Are
    10. Monday in Manhattan
    11. I Would Do Anything for You
    12. Theme for Piano
    13. In the Middle of a Kiss
    14. Rosetta
    15. I Wish I Were Twins
    16. Devil in the Moon
    17. Can't We Be Friends
    18. Ain't Misbehavin'
    19. Sweet Lorraine
    20. You Took Advantage of Me
    21. Louise
    22. Song of the Vagabonds
    23. Night and Day
    24. Continental, The
    25. Waltz in C sharp minor, Op. 64/2
    26. Willow Weep for Me
    27. Memories of You
    28. Don't Blame Me
    29. Where or When
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 18503

  • Credits

    Featuring 29 solo piano performances by Art Tatum recorded between 1932 and 1953, this Storyville Records set shows that Tatum's astounding skills never truly diminished. Put simply, he was the greatest solo pianist in the history of jazz, and it is unimaginable that anyone will ever surpass him. What's here is somewhat of a mixed bag, with several live radio performances ("Where or When," "Chinatown, My Chinatown," "Lulu's Back in Town"), live recordings from the Embers in New York ("Don't Blame Me," "Memories of You"), and a pair of rare recordings from a 1949 set in a Toronto club ("The Continental," Chopin's Waltz in C sharp minor, Op. 64/2). There are also two versions of Tatum playing his signature "Tiger Rag" here, as well as a breezy version of "Devil in the Moon." Anything Tatum attempted on the piano became transformed, and even standard pieces like "Willow Weep for Me" become exhilarating, careening pieces in Tatum's hands. Sonic qualities vary from track to track here, and this probably isn't the ideal introduction to Tatum, but his singular abilities made each and every time he sat down at the piano worth hearing. ~ Steve Leggett

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