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  • Audio CD (February 10, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Poll Winners
  • ASIN: B005DZMO88
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,989 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this album from this Jazz super trio featuring Art Tatum, Lionel Hampton and Buddy Rich. Contains the complete original LP, which received a five-star rating in Down Beat. As a bonus, six additional tunes from the same session. Produced by Norman Granz -who in light of Tatum's declining health decided to record him prolifically - the extraordinary music on this CD was made shortly before the pianist's death, which took place on November 5, 1956, at the age of 47. Poll Winners. 2011.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jazzcat on February 21, 2012
Los Angeles, California. August 1, 1955. Did you read the line up? Art Tatum. Period. Buddy Rich. Period. Lionel Hampton. Period. I mean, three geniuses, three of the most virtuosistic players Jazz has ever seen in the same room at the same time. And, believe it or not, they didn't try to compete one against the other. Could you believe it? Every cat that day played a very supportive role, trying to give the music all they could, without jumping on the feet of the other two. They were giant guys. Do you think Norman Granz could put on tape something wrong with these three gentlemen? It wasn't the time, they weren't the men for wrong things. Tatum was in his last days of his life, he died few weeks later. Norman knew it, and so he decided to record him extensively ... this fact originated the 18 albums in the Pablo Art Tatum series. This album is part of that collection, but here it is expanded with 6 more tunes from the session. The music is light, swinging, and relaxed. Take note, there's not a double bass player, this thing alone makes the music lighter and a little on the counterpoint side in a sense. Tatum and Hampton interplay beautifully creating nice lines and interweaves. Rich (I'm a huge fan) doesn't play his explosive role here. He tends to play with brushes in many occasions and to play "simpler"... You will not recognize him for what he is well known for, his flamboyant pyrotechnics. He manage to shine throughout the album but in a different way, he shined as an accompanist. The program is based on very well known standards, "What is this thing", "Perdido", "How high the moon", you have the picture. The times signature are for almost the entire lenght of the album, on the swinging, relaxed side "Whoopee", "How high" and "This can't be love" are fast instead, but they are nice variations). It's a long album with those six bonus songs, over 76 minutes. 76 minutes of sheer beauty.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mike Tarrani HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on January 27, 2013
The first seven tracks on this album were recorded for Norman Granz' Clef label in 1955 and some tracks like How High the Moon have been floating around on compilations and bootlegs for as long as I can remember. Having the entire session - including the six additional tracks - on a single album is a treat. For those who are drawn to this album because of Buddy, the original tracks are also included as Disc Seven in a ten-disc box set titled Kind of Rich.

My first listen was almost an assault on my ears because of how dense the playing was. However, on subsequent listens I cut through the chops and could clearly hear the genius in not only the individuals, but in their synergy. The only word I can muster is 'unbelievable'. If ever there were three perfectly matched musicians it's these three: Tatum who could run any drummer into the ground with his percussive left hand that was equal to his right on a piano. Buddy Rich who was one of the few who could keep up, and Lionel Hampton who exhibited the same virtuosity on his instrument as the other two (and was no slouch as a drummer either.)

It's appalling that there is no track list or sound samples on this page (at the time of this review). Here is what's in the album:

01. What Is This Thing Called Love?
02. I'll Never Be The Same
03. Makin' Whoopee
04. Hallelujah
05. Perdido
06. More Than You Know
07. How High The Moon
08. This Can't Be Love
09. Stars Feel On Alabama
10. Lover Man
11. Prisoner Of Love
12. Love For Sale
13. Body And Soul

You can listen to sound samples of the first seven tracks by going to this page: The Tatum Hampton Rich Trio. If you like what you hear then come back here and enjoy six more tracks for about the same price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Zappala on May 3, 2013
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Wonderful vibes (literally !) from this legendary trio.You can listen to it over and over without any trace of fatigue.Great sounds !
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