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Piano Grand Master

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Piano Grand Master
Piano Grand Master


Art Tatum was an enigma. Partially sighted, largely self-taught, yet one of the most technically accomplished piano players of the 20th Century (admired by classical composers and pianists as well by jazz audiences), he was not universally embraced by the jazz fraternity, some critics considering him too clever by half to be a real jazzman! On the other hand, fellow jazz pianist Teddy Wilson said of him, "You get all the finest jazz pianists in the world and let them play in the presence of Tatum. Then let Tatum play. Everyone (else) there will sound like an amateur". Such was Tatum's unrivalled dexterity and polyrhythmic inventiveness, the majority of his recordings during his 1932-1951 prime years covered by this 99-track, 4-CD set were unaccompanied solo performances, each a unique display of virtuosity without need of further embellishment. But he also recorded with a small band fronted by blues shouter Big Joe Turner, with an all-star line-up of jazz greats at a Metropolitan Opera House concert, and as the Art Tatum Trio with his regular club date accompanists, Tiny Grimes (guitar) and Slam Stewart (bass), all included here. This is the definitive anthology of an artistic genius.


  1. Name
  2. Tiger Rag
  3. Tea For Two
  4. St. Louis Blues
  5. Tiger Rag
  6. Sophisticated Lady
  7. Moonglow
  8. I Would Do Anything For You
  9. When A Woman Loves A Man
  10. Emaline
  11. Love Me
  12. Cocktails For Two
  13. After You've Gone
  14. Stardust
  15. Ill Wind
  16. The Shout
  17. Beautiful Love
  18. Liza
  19. I Ain't Got Nobody
  20. Stay As Sweet As You Are
  21. I Wish I Were Twins
  22. Gone With The Wind
  23. Stormy Weather
  24. Chloe
  25. The Sheik Of Araby
  26. Tea For Two
  27. Deep Purple
  28. It Had To Be You
  29. Oh, You Crazy Moon
  30. Over The Rainbow
  31. Day In Day Out
  32. All God's Chillun Got Rhythm
  33. Elegie
  34. Humoresque
  35. Sweet Lorraine
  36. Get Happy
  37. Lullaby Of The Leaves
  38. Tiger Rag
  39. Sweet Emaline, My Gal
  40. Love Me
  41. Begin The Beguine
  42. Rosetta
  43. Indiana
  44. Wee Baby Blues
  45. Stompin' At The Savoy
  46. Last Goodbye Blues
  47. Battery Bounce
  48. Lucille
  49. Rock Me, Mama
  50. Corrine Corrina
  51. Lonesome Graveyard Blues
  52. I Got Rhythm
  53. Mop, Mop
  54. Esquire Bounce
  55. My Ideal
  56. Exactly Like You
  57. Flying Home
  58. Dark Eyes
  59. Body And Soul
  60. I Know That You Know
  61. Hallelujah
  62. Yesterdays
  63. Tatum Pole Boogie
  64. Willow Weep For Me
  65. I Cover The Waterfront
  66. Aunt Hagar's Blues
  67. Nice Work If You Can Get It
  68. Someone To Watch Over Me
  69. Dardanella
  70. Time On My Hands
  71. Sweet Lorraine
  72. Somebody Loves Me
  73. Don't Blame Me
  74. My Heart Stood Still
  75. You Took Advantage Of Me
  76. I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues
  77. Goin' Home
  78. Blue Skies
  79. It's The Talk Of The Town
  80. Dancing In The Dark
  81. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
  82. Just-A-Sittin' And A-Rockin'
  83. You're Driving Me Crazy
  84. In A Sentimental Mood
  85. She's Funny That Way
  86. I'll Never Be The Same
  87. Night And Day
  88. It's Only A Paper Moon
  89. Three Little Words
  90. On The Sunny Side Of The Street
  91. Why Was I Born?
  92. If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)
  93. Mean To Me
  94. I Guess I Have To Change My Plans
  95. Can't We Be Friends?
  96. What Is This Thing Called Love?
  97. Crazy Rhythm
  98. Limehouse Blues
  99. I'm Coming Virginia
  100. The Man I Love
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