Art Tatum: Tea for Two (1952)


Tea for Two (1952)


Art Tatum (piano)


The Complete Capitol Recordings of Art Tatum (Capitol 7243 8 21325 2 3)

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Art Tatum (piano),

Everett Barksdale (guitar), Slam Stewart (bass)


Composed by Vincent Youmans & Irving Caesar


Recorded: Los Angeles, December 20, 1952


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

Tatum recorded this tune several times, often as a solo performance. With his trio, he arranges the original melody by adding small riffs to announce each solo—Stewart's being, of course, both bowed on the bass and hummed—and the final return to the theme. The swing is infectious all the way through, and the counterpoint between the three instruments and between Tatum's hands can make you wonder what is written and what is improvised in this awesome tour de force.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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