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Drummer Bill Douglasswho played with Tatum, reported that the pianist could stretch to tenths and would “do runs with these two fingers up here and then the other two fingers of the same hand playing something else down there.
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Tatum recorded commercially from until near his death. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. This Can’t Be Love. Get to Know Us. He seldom played in a simplified way, preferring interpretations that displayed his great technique and clever harmonizations.
Tatum also recorded around a dozen blues over his career. The Cambridge History of American Music. 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. From Ary, the free encyclopedia. Two fingers on the black keys, and then the other two fingers would be playing something else on the white keys.
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Art Tatum Live — He had too much technique. When that man turns on the powerhouse, don’t no one play him down. Your Amazon Music account is currently associated with a different marketplace. Archived from the original on April 10, Simple decorative techniques became complex harmonic sweeps of colour; traditional repetitive patterns became areas of unpredictable and ever-changing shifts of rhythm.
Be the first to review this item. The adjective “Tatum-esque” has come to be used by writers who wish to compare a pianist’s playing with that of Tatum.
Accounts vary on whether Tatum’s parents played any musical instruments, but it is likely that he was exposed at an early age to church music, including through the Grace Presbyterian Church that his parents attended. If I did, I’d throw up my hands and give up!
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University Press of Mississippi. Tatum was independent-minded and generous with his time and money.
Tatum recorded 16 tracks in Augustbut they were not released for at least a decade. Retrieved October 13, In other projects Wikimedia Commons. There is little published information available about Tatum’s life.
Bowling Green State University. Johnson and Fats Wallerwho exemplified the stride piano style, and from the more modern Earl Hinessix years Tatum’s senior. Charlie Parker, Trickster Lives! That’s where his genius is. Find a Grave template with ID not in Wikidata Use mdy dates from April Articles with hCards Wikipedia articles needing page number citations from October Articles that may contain original research from September All articles that may contain original research All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from September All articles lacking reliable references Articles lacking reliable references from October Articles with unsourced statements from September Articles with unsourced statements from October Archived from the original on June 10, Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.
As quoted in the liner notes to the reissue of Capitol CDP 7 2. Jazz pianist Kenny Barron commented, “I have every record [Tatum] ever made—and I try never to listen to them Art Tatum’s recordings still have the ability to scare modern pianists.
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. His protean style combined stride, jazz, swing, boogie-woogie, and classical elements.
Granz, who owned a record label, decided to record Tatum’s solo playing in a way that was “unprecedented in the recording industry: The Story of Fats Waller.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Too Marvelous for Words: Prior to the s, Tatum’s “style was directly related to the form of the typical popular song, which was usually two bars of active melody followed by two relatively stationary bars, and it was those second two-bar phrases that Tatum used for his stunning runs.
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When Tatum walked into a club where Fats Waller was playing, Waller stepped away from the piano to make way for him, announcing, “I only play the piano, but tonight God is in the house. Musicologist Lewis Porter identifies three aspects of Tatum’s playing that a casual listener might miss: History of Jazz 2nd tathm. University of Michigan Press.
Then let Art Tatum play Jazz in Search of Itself.