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Disc 1:

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listen  1. Can't We Be FriendsArt Tatum 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. This Can't Be LoveArt Tatum 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. ElegyArt Tatum 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Memories Of YouArt Tatum 4:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Over The RainbowArt Tatum 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. If You Hadn't Gone AwayArt Tatum 3:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Body And SoulArt Tatum 5:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. The Man I LoveArt Tatum 4:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Makin' WhoopeeArt Tatum 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. September SongArt Tatum 4:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Begin The BeguineArt Tatum 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. HumoresqueArt Tatum 3:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. LouiseArt Tatum 4:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Love For SaleArt Tatum 4:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. JudyArt Tatum 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. I'm Comin' VirginiaArt Tatum 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Wrap Your Troubles In DreamsArt Tatum 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Dixieland BandArt Tatum 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Embraceable YouArt Tatum 4:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Come Rain Or Come ShineArt Tatum 5:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Just A-Sittin' And A-Rockin'Art Tatum 3:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. There Will Never Be Another YouArt Tatum 5:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. TenderlyArt Tatum 5:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. What Does It TakeArt Tatum 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. You Took Advantage Of MeArt Tatum 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. I've Got The World On A StringArt Tatum 3:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. YesterdaysArt Tatum 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. I Hadn't Anyone Till YouArt Tatum 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Night And DayArt Tatum 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Jitterbug WaltzArt Tatum 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Someone To Watch Over MeArt Tatum 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. The Very Thought Of YouArt Tatum 4:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. You're Driving Me CrazyArt Tatum 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With YouArt Tatum 4:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. StardustArt Tatum 5:02$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. I Cover The WaterfrontArt Tatum 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Where Or WhenArt Tatum 5:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Stay As Sweet As You AreArt Tatum 5:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Fine And DandyArt Tatum 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. All The Things You AreArt Tatum 6:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Have You Met Miss Jones?Art Tatum 4:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. In A Sentimental MoodArt Tatum 6:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. I'll See You AgainArt Tatum 4:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. I'll See You In My DreamsArt Tatum 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Ill WindArt Tatum 5:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Isn't This A Lovely DayArt Tatum 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Blue SkiesArt Tatum 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Without A SongArt Tatum 5:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Stompin' At The SavoyArt Tatum 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. My Last AffairArt Tatum 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. I'm In The Mood For LoveArt Tatum 4:26$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 4:

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listen  1. TabooArt Tatum 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Would You Like To Take A Walk?Art Tatum 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. I've Got A Crush On YouArt Tatum 3:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Japanese SandmanArt Tatum 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Too Marvelous For WordsArt Tatum 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Aunt Hagar's BluesArt Tatum 4:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Just Like A Butterfly That's Caught In The RainArt Tatum 3:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Gone With The WindArt Tatum 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Danny BoyArt Tatum 4:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. They Can't Take That Away From MeArt Tatum 4:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Tea For TwoArt Tatum 3:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. It's The Talk Of The TownArt Tatum 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Blue LouArt Tatum 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. When A Woman Loves A ManArt Tatum 5:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Willow Weep For MeArt Tatum 4:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Ain't Misbehavin'Art Tatum 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Smoke Gets In Your EyesArt Tatum 3:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Mighty Like A RoseArt Tatum 6:07$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Stars Fell On AlabamaArt Tatum 5:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Blue MoonArt Tatum 4:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. There's A Small HotelArt Tatum 5:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. CaravanArt Tatum 2:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. The Way You Look TonightArt Tatum 6:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. You Go To My HeadOscar Peterson 4:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Lover Come Back To MeArt Tatum 6:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Sophisticated LadyArt Tatum 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Dancing In The DarkArt Tatum 4:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Love Me Or Leave MeArt Tatum 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. CherokeeArt Tatum 3:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)Art Tatum 4:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Deep PurpleArt Tatum 5:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. After You've GoneArt Tatum 3:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. I Didn't Know What Time It WasArt Tatum 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 6:

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listen  1. Somebody Loves MeArt Tatum 3:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. What's NewArt Tatum 4:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Sweet LorraineArt Tatum 4:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Crazy RhythmArt Tatum 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Isn't It RomanticArt Tatum 4:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. You're BlaseArt Tatum 4:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. You're Mine YouArt Tatum 4:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Indiana (Back Home Again In Indiana)Art Tatum 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. That Old FeelingArt Tatum 5:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Heat WaveArt Tatum 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. She's Funny That WayArt Tatum 3:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. I Surrender, DearArt Tatum 3:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Happy FeetArt Tatum 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Mean To MeArt Tatum 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Boulevard Of Broken DreamsArt Tatum 5:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Moonlight On The GangesArt Tatum 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Moon SongArt Tatum 4:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. When Your Lover Has GoneArt Tatum 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. The Moon Is LowArt Tatum 4:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. If I Had YouArt Tatum 4:10$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 7:

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listen  1. S'posin'Art Tatum 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Don't Worry 'Bout MeArt Tatum 4:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Prisoner Of LoveArt Tatum 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Moon GlowAbbey Lincoln 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. I Won't DanceArt Tatum 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. I Can't Give You Anything But LoveArt Tatum 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Lullaby In RhythmArt Tatum 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Out Of NowhereArt Tatum 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. I Gotta Right To Sing The BluesArt Tatum 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. It's Only A Paper MoonArt Tatum 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Everything I Have Is YoursArt Tatum 5:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. I Only Have Eyes For YouArt Tatum 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. On The Sunny Side Of The StreetArt Tatum 3:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Do Nothing Till You Hear From MeArt Tatum 4:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. So Beats My Heart For YouArt Tatum 5:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. If You Hadn't Gone AwayArt Tatum 4:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Please Be KindArt Tatum 5:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Someone To Watch Over Me (live at the Hollywood Bowl, 1956)Art Tatum 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Begin The Beguine (live at the Hollywood Bowl, 1956)Art Tatum 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Willow Weep For Me (live at the Hollywood Bowl, 1956)Art Tatum 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Humoresque (live at the Hollywood Bowl, 1956)Art Tatum 3:27$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (November 22, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 7
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Pablo
  • ASIN: B000000XHS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,716 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A lucky seven CDs, over 200 tracks in the order they were recorded by the marvelous Art Tatum during the famous 1953-1955 Pablo sessions produced by Norman Granz, plus a previously unissued Hollywood Bowl concert from '56! Pure solo brilliance!

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This box set is a stunner: the ultimate Art Tatum collection. Virtually every well-known jazz composition is included, as well as many of the show-stopping ballads of Rogers and Hart, Jerome Kern, and the Gershwins, all played in Tatum's lavish, swinging style. While a box set of this size is almost impossible to cover in brief, it reaches a peak for stride piano enthusiasts with "Taboo," which reeks of 1920s Harlem rent parties. In addition, the last two choruses freely reveal the Thomas "Fats" Waller image so loved and adopted by Tatum. Aside from the bustling all-over-the-keyboard Tatum, there's an immeasurable tender side to him, as well. He plays the ballad "My Last Affair" in the silken, smooth rhythm that so distinguished his style, a style and technique never equaled in its sophistication and brilliance. It is virtually impossible to select a more impressive jazz and swing piano treasure for the neophyte or seasoned collector. Historians note that Norman Granz, the original promoter of the Tatum series, recorded the pianist in a sort of musical Napoleonic charge to get every selection down on wax for the ages. It was as if Granz knew that Tatum would be dead in 1956, three years after the first of these recordings. --Daniel Bartlett Jr.

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Tatum was the greatest piano player jazz ever produced.
Ricard Giner (cootie@cootiesjazz.com)
If you buy this be very careful removing the disks, mine were really tight and difficult to remove.
Joe Audette
The music is "the Great American Songbook," many of the tunes neglected gems.
Jim Brown

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Ricard Giner (cootie@cootiesjazz.com) on June 2, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The history of jazz piano after Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton -Earl Hines, Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Al Haig, Herbie Nichols, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Cecil Taylor, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, Keith Jarrett- is an orphan without Art Tatum. Tatum was the greatest piano player jazz ever produced.
His weakness for sentimental standards became immaterial in the light of his phenomenal technique and seemingly infinite capacity for intricate improvisation. He would explore all the imaginable ramifications of a simple idea with flamboyance, and then delicately embellish them with elaborate ornaments. The sheer density of his notes led cynics to regard his playing as excessive and the result of an overdeveloped formula, and sceptics to doubt everything they were told until they saw him perform.
Tatum's first recording of "Tiger Rag" in 1933 completely subverted the song's original rhythmic structure, introduced new harmonies, and built complex ornaments around the melody... at twice the original tempo. Stéphane Grapelli heard the song in France in the year of its release and asked who the "pianists" were; the record dealer told him "Art" and "Tintin". Toscanini was once an hour late to his own performance in New York because he was stupefied listening to Tatum in a club.
Tatum was a gregarious introvert and an alcoholic. He spent almost all his time in the company of others, playing in small clubs until the early hours of the morning. Norman Granz had the insight in the early fifties to record Tatum in a series of group settings and on his own. The seven discs that make up the Pablo solo recordings contain some of the most astonishing piano playing anyone is ever likely to hear. And some of the most beautiful.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 25, 1998
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These recordings are remarkable. Art Tatum's mastery of many styles is awe inspiring. I remember my father, who was a pianist, saying that he wanted to cut his hands off every time he heard Art Tatum. Mr. Tatum is one of those rare artist who truly transcends his instrument. It seems like he can do anything he wants to, and he wants to do a lot. I would like to warn prospective buyers, though. These recordings are not the kind that you can just put on as background music (although why anyone does that I'm not sure). This music DEMANDS your attention. It is very dense and the musical references fly fast and furious. Sometimes I think that the music would improve with some simplification, but then I listen a few more times and I get more out of it. This is not for the faint of ear.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By madamemusico on August 20, 2004
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Arthur Tatum, 1910-1956, was far and away the most talented, visionary pianist of his time, possessor of a fabled technique that allowed him to use both hands independently of each other, a beautiful touch that brought out the most lovely tone from any piano he played. Pianists as diverse in background and musical styles as Earl Hines, Fats Waller, Vladimir Horowitz and Josef Hoffmann admired his technique. But Tatum himself was always bitter about the fact that a player of his prodigious gifts had to "waste his talent" playing jazz. He wanted more than anything else in the world to be a top classical pianist.

Unfortunately, such doors were closed to him in his lifetime, but Tatum made up for his lack of opportunity by honing his improvisatory talent, an awesome natural gift that he raised to the level of high art. He was often cited as the greatest improvising pianist since the days of Thalberg and Liszt, in the 19th century. The down side was that, in order to achieve any sort of popularity, Tatum had to confine his prodigious gift to the popular songs of his day, rather than create his own music.

The results of this odd fusion are heard in this massive collection, spanning three years and some 12 hours of music. It is the greatest testament to a musical genius within the jazz idiom ever attempted, or accomplished, in the entire history of the music. And if at times the basic material seems inferior or of a lesser quality, Tatum redeems it by fractioning the time, rewriting the harmonic base, and then improvising baroque fantasies above it. Listening to such a rich feast of complex improvisation, however, is a strain on the mind of even the most informed and sensitive listener.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By DE on December 29, 2000
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It is the bible of piano jazz playing. The effect of Tatum is lasting and stunning. You cannot listen to all seven discs in a concentrated manner for it is too dense in start. He is playing a song in different ways simultaneously as if he is testing the ideal way of presenting it. The recordings of Tatum documented here are the peak of his evolutionary career. Although his style stayed almost the same in its basics you could listen to his early radio transcriptions of the thirties and then to this final fifties notes and understand how the same old tunes developed and became in a few years a perfect sonatas improvised in a surprisingly gracious new interpretations and with unsurpassed virtuosity. Tatum took all that was in jazz piano playing of his time and combined it with his classical wisdom. The result is something so unique that till this day he is considered the most inspiring and revolutionary between jazz pianists (beside Cecil Taylor). Musical genius is tangible in every second of this set.
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