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Label: Classic Jazz - CDMD 1065 • Format: Cassette Compilation • Country: Europe • Genre: Jazz •
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John Burnett. Legally blind and virtually self taught, Art Tatum was a professional musician from his teens and became the most influential of the swing-style The Martian - Journey To The Martian Polar Cap. Tatum at the piano, in a photo taken sometime in Fifty years ago Sunday, the jazz musician Art Tatum Chloe - Art Tatum - Piano Genius . He's been called one of the piano geniuses of all time, in any genre.

Yet his legacy is often overlooked. It's hard to summon enough superlatives for Tatum's Chloe - Art Tatum - Piano Genius playing: his harmonic invention, his technical virtuosity, his rhythmic daring. The great stride pianist Fats Waller famously announced one night when Tatum walked into the club where Waller was playing, "I only play the piano, but tonight God is in the house.

The musical prodigy was born in Toledo, Ohio, to a mechanic and a domestic who worked in white homes. Legally blind and largely self-taught, Tatum memorized entire piano rolls, and absorbed music from the radio and the Victrola. He emerged in the s as a fully formed musician whose improvisational skill quickly became legend.

The highly regarded jazz critic and author Gary Giddins listens to lots and lots of jazz. But he says he plays certain artists more Chloe - Art Tatum - Piano Genius than others.

You know, people used to criticize Tatum and they would say things like, 'Well, it's too ornamental If you don't like his ornament, you should be listening to someone else. That's where his genius is. People who heard Tatum Ho! Vaallhaalla - Melodica Deathship - Doom Your Cities Doom Your Towns a record for the first time often thought they were listening to two piano players.

He became a phenomenon in New York. It wasn't unusual to look up and see the classical pianist Vladimir Horowitz or the composer George Gershwin sitting in the audience in awe. He usually played solo, because it was so hard for accompanists to follow his dazzling, volcanic musical ideas. He tried to play everything he heard in his head. Whitney Balliett, longtime New Yorker jazz critic, once observed: "Tatum's mind abhorred a vacuum.

The jazz pianist and educator, Dr. Billy Taylor — a protege of Tatum's — says his mentor could even make a bad piano sound good. They're what one collector calls "the equivalent of discovering unpublished Shakespeare plays.

Many of these previously unreleased recordings came from the vault of a retired real estate executive named Arnold Laubich. He says he first heard Tatum as a teenager — more than 60 years ago — and never got over it.

He is the world's preeminent collector of Art Tatum recordings. The Storyville CDs are remarkable because they offer an audio glimpse into the invisible world of jazz — the after-hours parties where musicians unwound and tried out new songs and new ideas, or just had fun.

He would go to these places. Am Ende Wirst Du Einsam Sein - Andy & Bernd* - Es Brennt Ein Licht Für Dich sometimes he'd go from place to place and crowds would follow him.

But the crowds were friends. Art Tatum died on Nov. Death came from complications associated with his prodigious drinking. No one in the class had heard of Tatum. He has never joined the pantheon of jazz greats — Armstrong, Ellington, Parker, Davis. There's no Tatum songbook, because he rarely composed.

In fact, it's said he was so original that he re-composed every song he ever played. A few years ago, a young MIT grad student invented a term that's now in common usage in the field of computational musicology: The tatum. Your purchase helps support NPR programming. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player.

Don't Tell Me! NPR Shop. He's among the piano geniuses of all time, in any genre. People who heard him for the first time on a record often thought they were listening to two Chloe - Art Tatum - Piano Genius players.

Music Interviews. Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email. November 5, AM ET. Heard on Weekend Edition Sunday. From 'Solo Masterpieces' Body and Soul. Ain't Misbehavin'. Over the Rainbow. If You Hadn't Gone Away. Enlarge this image. Tatum on 'Jazz Profiles'. Web Resources Storyville Records. Art Tatum. Amazon iTunes.


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