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Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Art Tatum - Legacy

Ember Records CJS 848 (UK) released in 1975; 1939 recordings. (NOTE: Record jacket states that it's in "stereo enhanced mono")

Eleven classic Tatum solo performances, recorded in Hollywood in 1939, when he was aged 29, unfettered by any accompanying players, who would have been surplus to requirements here. Such completeness of technique and flow of ideas in a seemingly unschooled player, playjng the popular tunes of the time, several of which became perennial jazz vehicles for improvisation. Tunes such as "Tea For Two", "I Can't Give You Anything But Love", "On The Sunny Side Of The Street", "Limehouse Blues, "Indiana, "Day In, Day Out", "Fine And Dandy", "I've Got A Right To Sing The Blues" and three others, played by The Righteous Art!

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