The recordings Tatum made with his trio testify to that. He used his effortless technical brilliance, prodigious memory, and overall musical genius to create a library of piano masterpieces.
Johnson and Fats Waller, who were the embodiment of stride piano. When improvising, Tatum would often insert totally new chord sequences occasionally with a chord on each beat into one or two measures.
He seldom played in a simplified way, preferring interpretations that displayed his great technique and clever harmonizations.
Herbie Hancock described Tatum's unique tone as "majestic" and devoted some time to unlocking this sound and to noting Tatum's harmonic arsenal. Art Tatum died in Los Angeles, California from the complications of uraemia as a result of kidney failurehaving indulged in excessive beer drinking since his teenage years.
French poet Jean Cocteau dubbed Tatum "a crazed Chopin. Tatum's extensive use of the pentatonic scale, for example, may have inspired later pianists to further mine its possibilities as a device for soloing.
His incredible talent allowed him to be extremely productive during this time. In this way, he developed an incredibly fast playing style, without losing any of his accuracy. Nevertheless, when he was playing with congenial musicians, these very same characteristics could become an asset.
In subsequent gatherings Tatum tended to prefer not to be followed by another pianist. His interpretations of popular songs were exuberant, sophisticated, and intricate.
His teacher their recognized his talents and tried to steer him towards as a career as a classical concert pianist. These 13 tracks are on the album Piano Starts Here: Grimes abandoned the group, but Tatum continually returned to this format.
If you put a piano in a room, just a bare piano. Tatum recorded commercially from until near his death, though the predominately solo nature of his skills meant that recording opportunities were somewhat intermittent. Unfortunately, all of the kinescopes of the Allen shows were discarded, though the soundtracks remain.
From this beginning he went on to create and superbly original and creative style of playing piano. After the young Peterson was persuaded that it was performed by a single person, he was so intimidated that he did not touch the piano for weeks.
During their short period of time together, they recorded a number of 78 rpm discs that feature exceptional interplay among the musicians. Only a small amount of film showing Art Tatum playing have been preserved several minutes of professionally shot archival footage can, for example, be found in the video documentary Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues.
Tatum worked some of the upper extensions of chords into his lines, a practice that was further developed by Bud Powell and Charlie Parkerwhich in turn was an influence on the development of modern jazz.
From infancy, Tatum had impaired vision. His left-handed figures where similar to stride but he was really known for the way that he explored harmonic complexities and unusual chord progressions.
He also carried on his solo work. He subsequently studied piano with Overton G. But, jazz musicians were beginning to incorporate improvisation while playing over the chord changes of tunes, and Tatum was a leader in that movement. He seems to celebrate and mock these timeless melodies all at once.
Tatum also exerted some influence on players of other instruments. Although Bud Powell was of the bebop movement, his prolific and exciting style showed Tatum influence.
Tatum tended to record unaccompanied, partly because relatively few musicians could keep up with his lightning-fast tempos and advanced harmonic vocabulary.
Only a small amount of film showing Art Tatum playing have been preserved several minutes of professionally shot archival footage can, for example, be found in the video documentary Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues.
While Tatum's skills were undeniable, his style continues to stir controversy on whether or not he was an "official" jazz musician.
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Art Tatum was born on October 13, in Toledo, Ohio, USA as Arthur Taylor Jr. He was married to Geraldine Williamson and Ruby Arnold. He died on November 5, in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Arthur Tatum Jr. (October 13, – November 5, ) was an outstanding African-American jazz pianist. Art Tatum is known to the world of jazz piano as the supreme master of the keyboard, the pianist whose virtuosity baffled classical and jazz musicians alike.
Nearly blind and mostly self-taught.
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