Art Tatum: Willow Weep for Me (studio 1949)


Willow Weep for Me (studio 1949)


Art Tatum (piano)


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

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Art Tatum (piano).

Composed by Ann Ronell


Recorded: Los Angeles, July 13, 1949


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

Art Tatum's rendering of this tune is unlike his best-known manner. He displays few flurries of high-speed notes, opting instead for elegiac phrasing at medium tempo, with short accelerations maintaining a constant suspense about the evolution of the melody. Improvisation and interpretation are thus intertwined in a way that 19th-century romantic virtuosos may have employed, reminding us that Tatumóbesides being a peerless jazz pianistówas a great admirer of Chopin and Liszt.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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