Art Tatum: Idaho




Art Tatum (piano)


The Tatum Group Masterpieces Vol. 1 (Pablo PACD-2405-424-2)

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Art Tatum (piano), Benny Carter (alto sax), Louie Bellson (drums).

Composed by Jesse Stone


Recorded: Los Angeles, CA, June 25, 1954


Rating: 85/100 (learn more)

When Lester Young, Nat King Cole and Buddy Rich recorded a similar ad hoc session in 1946, it jelled. Already a star, Cole unselfishly became part of the whole. In contrast, Art Tatum can't hide his candle under a bushel long enough for anyone else to get a note in edgewise. Benny Carter, among jazz's premier altoists, is so overrun by Tatum's compulsive "accompaniment," he bows out after a single adlib chorus. Even after showing off his prodigious technique for two choruses, Tatum can scarcely brake for Bellson's break. Art must've heard that Idaho's state fish is the Cutthroat Trout.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz


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