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The Definitive Art Tatum

  • 1. Shout, The
    2. Sweet Emalina, My Gal
    3. Elegie
    4. Get Happy
    5. Aunt Hagar's Blues
    6. Nice Work If You Can Get It
    7. It's the Talk of the Town
    8. Makin' Whoopee
    9. Goin' Home
    10. Blue Skies
    11. Someone to Watch Over Me
    12. Mine
    13. Yesterdays
    14. Jitterbug Waltz
    15. Mr. Freddie Blues
    16. (Back Home Again In) Indiana
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 40225

  • Credits

    Personnel: Art Tatum (piano); Everett Barksdale (guitar); Slam Stewart (bass).
    Producers: F.M. Scott III, Ray Heindorf.
    Compilation producers: Dan Morgenstern, Mantis Evar, Bryan Koniarz.
    Recorded between August 1934 & December 1952. Includes liner notes by Arnold Laubich.
    All tracks have been digitally remastered.
    This is part of Blue Note Records "The Definitive" series.
    Personnel: Art Tatum (piano); Everett Barksdale (guitar).
    Liner Note Author: Arnold Laubich.
    Recording information: Beverly Hills, CA (08/24/1934-12/20/1952); Los Angeles, CA (08/24/1934-12/20/1952); New York, NY (08/24/1934-12/20/1952).
    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." ~ Scott Yanow

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