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American Classics - Art Tatum: Improvisations / Steven Mayer


Release Date: 10/19/2004 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559130   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Art Tatum
Performer:  Steven Mayer
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

As one story goes, in the mid 1940s in a jazz club in New York, Art Tatum sat at his piano unaware that Vladimir Horowitz lurked just inside the club’s entrance, a fedora drawn down to disguise his prominent face. Further inside, Mary Lou Williams, a successful jazz pianist of the day, sat at a table with Duke Ellington. Ellington, who later said he felt too overwhelmed to express his feelings, was only one of scores of musicians who sat in the small club that night, silently watching their idol. Horowitz, apparently dumbfounded, later remarked that he could believe neither his eyes nor his ears.

There exist many contemporary accounts of Tatum causing such reactions and it is fortunate that recordings exist which would tend to
Read more substantiate the various claims. Of these recordings Oscar Peterson said “There is so much in them yet unheard, even by the trained ear. One feels almost premature in making an assessment”. Almost forty years after Tatum’s death, his accomplishment is still the subject of enjoyment, conversation and awe, as much among classical musicians as jazz artists.

Steven Mayer

T R A C K S:

IRVING CAESAR / VINCENT YOUMANS Tea for Two
WILLIAM CHRISTOPHER HANDY St. Louis Blues
HARRY DE COSTA / D.J. LA ROCHA Tiger Rag
J. TIM BRYMN / WILLIAM CHRISTOPHER HANDY Aunt Hagar’s Blues
ANTONIN DVORAK Humoresque
CLIFF BURWELL / MITCHELL PARISH Sweet Lorraine
HAROLD ARLEN / TED KOEHLER Get Happy
THOMAS FATS WALLER The Jitterbug Waltz
ART TATUM Tatum Pole Boogie
JOHN E. DAVIS / RAY NOBLE Cherokee
OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN / SIGMUND ROMBERG Lover Come Back to Me!
JULES MASSENET Elegy
CLIFFORD GREY / LEO ROBIN / VINCENT YOUMANS Hallelujah
ANN RONELL Willow Weep for Me
MITCHELL PARISH / FRANK PERKINS Emaline
OTTO A. HARBACH / JEROME KERN Yesterdays
OTTO A. HARBACH / ANNE CALDWELL O'DEA / VINCENT YOUMANS I Know that You Know

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Works on This Recording

1. Work(s) by Art Tatum
Performer:  Steven Mayer (Piano)
Period: 20th century 
Written: USA 

Sound Samples

Tea for 2: Tea for Two (arr. for piano)
St. Louis Blues
Tiger Rag
Aunt Hagar's Blues: Aunt Hagar's Blues
8 Humoresques, Op. 101: Humoresque
Sweet Lorraine
Get Happy
The Jitterbug Waltz
Tatum Pole Boogie
Cherokee
Lover Come Back to Me!
Elegie: Elegy
Hallelujah
Willow weep for me: Willow Weep for Me
Emaline
Yesterdays
I Know that You Know

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