Art Tatum - The Art of Jazz Piano [Video]

Art Tatum - The Art of Jazz Piano [Video]
Album: The Art of Jazz Piano [Video]
Release Date: August 5, 2008
Artist: Art Tatum
Genre: Jazz
Styles: Swing, Jazz Instrument, Piano Jazz, Stride, Boogie-Woogie

Owing perhaps in part to the scarcity of performance footage and interviews (even audio-only) with legendary jazz pianist Art Tatum, this hour-long documentary (originally produced for television in 1988) is a modest affair that relies heavily on still photographs and interviews with musicians influenced by Tatum. Within those limits, it's a decent enough overview of Tatum's style and impact, though not a place to get the comprehensive story behind his performing and recording career. At least there's plenty of original Tatum music on the soundtrack, interspersed with some interviews with a few major musicians (guitarist Les Paul, pianists Hank Jones and Dick Hyman), Fats Waller's son Maurice Waller, and younger brother Karl Tatum. There are also, fortunately, a few brief actual clips of Tatum performing that show his amazing piano style, as well as some clips of other jazz giants he influenced (Thelonious Monk, Oscar Peterson, Charlie Parker, and Fats Waller). The interviews tend to focus on the particulars of Tatum's technique, and only bare outlines of his upbringing, visual disability, and career as a jazz star are noted.

For those you'll have to go to printed sources, but for what this is, it's a respectful portrait of a jazz legend that does convey the essence of his music and significance.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
St Louis BluesArt Tatum
Tiger RagArt Tatum
LaRocca & DeCostaArt Tatum
Ain't Misbehavin'Art Tatum
Sweet LorraineArt Tatum
Strange As It SeemsArt Tatum
RosettaArt Tatum
Aunt Hagar's BluesArt Tatum
I Got RhythmArt Tatum
HumoresqueArt Tatum
Toledo BluesArt Tatum
My IdealArt Tatum

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