Art Tatum: Tea for Two (1939)


Tea for Two (1939)


Art Tatum (piano)


Piano Grand Master (Proper Box 60)

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Art Tatum (piano).

Composed by Vincent Youmans & Irving Caesar


Recorded: Los Angeles, CA, April 12, 1939


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

Listening to the first half of Tatum's 2-minute "Tea For Two," you might think you're hearing a cocktail pianist with the fleetest right hand in history, but still a cocktail pianist. When he shifts from rubato to up-tempo stride, however, hold onto your hats! To say this man could play jazz is like saying Aristotle could philosophize, Euclid was good at math, Rembrandt had a gift for portraiture, or Nixon could lie. Tatum's rapid-fire modulations require a mind as quick as his right hand, which was faster than a cardsharp anxious to catch the next riverboat. Dazzling.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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