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Although piano was the most obvious application of his mental and physical skills, he also had an eleby memory for Major League Baseball statistics.

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Then you get all the finest jazz pianists in the world and let them play in the presence of Art Tatum. The Triumph of Charlie Parker. Herbie Hancock described Tatum’s tone as “majestic” and devoted time tafum unlocking this sound.

There is little published information available about Tatum’s life. Tatum had a different way of improvising from what is typical in modern jazz. Retrieved September 11, As a consequence, not only is Tatum underrepresented in jazz criticism but his presence in jazz historiography seems largely to prompt no particular effort in historians beyond descriptive writing designed to summarize his pianistic approach.

Tatum’s first solo piano job in New York was at the Onyx Club. BrunswickDeccaStinson, VerveFolkways.

Archived from the original on December 8, The apparently effortless gliding of his hands, even during virtuosic passages, stunned his contemporaries. The Jazz Book 7th ed.

Product details Original Release Date: To me, he was the world’s greatest blues player, and I think few people realized that. Please click here to manage your MP3 cart content. Inan MIT student in the field of computational musicology coined the term ” tatum “, which was named in recognition of the pianist’s speed. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Archived from the original on April 10, That’s where his genius is.


Tatum drew inspiration from the pianists James P. All About Jazz Records Copyright: Encyclopedia of the Blues.

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One of his innovations was his extensive use of the pentatonic scale. Art Tatum’s recordings still have the ability to scare modern pianists.

Two fingers on the black keys, and then the other two fingers would be playing something else on the white keys. He’s a good guy to play for any musician, you know. Further Explorations of Bill Evans”. April 9, Release Date: By placing your order, you agree to our Terms of Use. In the ’40s, however, Tatum began to expand the runs beyond those open two bars, to lengths of eight or more bars, and sometimes crossing over the natural eight-bar segments of the song.

A Talent Never to Be Duplicated”. And he showed me how to keep my fingers flat on the keys to get that clean tone. Tatum recorded 16 tracks att Augustbut they were not released for at least a decade. His recording of “Shout” was included in the soundtrack of the film The Great Debaters. A History gatum Jazz in Detroit, For critic Martin Williamsthere was also the matter “of Tatum’s sly, redeeming, pianistic humor.


Archived from the original on June 10, Gene Lees conducted a similar poll thirty years later, and again Tatum dominated the results. Bowling Green State University. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Be the first to review this item.

Tatum’s ‘Elegy’

Tatum also recorded around a dozen blues over his career. Archived from the original on November 5, The Uncrowned King of Swing: Add to Wish List. Time and again, when we fear he is reaching the limits of romantic bombast, a quirky phrase, an exaggerated ornament will remind us that Tatum may be having us on. His improvisational style extended what was possible on jazz piano. Learn more about Amazon Prime. The adjective “Tatum-esque” has come to be used by writers who wish to compare a pianist’s playing with that of Tatum.

He seldom played in a simplified way, preferring interpretations that displayed his great technique and clever harmonizations. All of Tatum’s studio recordings in were with the trio, arf radio appearances continued. If I did, I’d throw up my hands and give up! Write a customer elsgy. Dave Brubeck observed, “I don’t think there’s any more chance of another Tatum turning up than another Mozart.