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Album Review

This double album was taped at a private party in 1956, featuring the amazing Art Tatum on solo piano. Tatum, who died the following year, never did decline, and he is in prime form throughout this highly enjoyable and frequently exciting set of standards. There are no real romps a la "Tiger Rag" but the 27 performances contain plenty of remarkable moments.

Customer Reviews


absolutly incredible, one of the greatest if not the greatest piano players to ever exist.

If you don't get it, you won't like it.

It's pretty simple. Listen to some samples and if it blows your mind, then you get it. If it does not, you don't. Jazz isn't for everyone, but Art is one of the best ever. Period.

If You're Any Musician-You Must Own This

This is the album that took me to the next level as a musician. Art taught me a new approach to playing. Own this and study this.


Born: October 13, 1909 in Toledo, OH

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s

Art Tatum was among the most extraordinary of all jazz musicians, a pianist with wondrous technique who could not only play ridiculously rapid lines with both hands (his 1933 solo version of "Tiger Rag" sounds as if there were three pianists jamming together) but was harmonically 30 years ahead of his time; all pianists have to deal to a certain extent with Tatum's innovations in order to be taken seriously. Able to play stride, swing, and boogie-woogie with speed and complexity that could only previously...
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