Art Tatum-Ben Webster — Quartet


Limited Edition 180-Gram Audiophile Vinyl with Deluxe Inner Sleeves

The great pianist Art Tatum was pretty much a solo act his entire career — his rich, ornate style rarely meshing with another soloist’s contributions. Which makes the 1956 recordings he did with tenor saxophonist Ben Webster at the end of his life (Tatum died a month later) all the more precious. On the face of it, Tatum’s fulsome, baroque approach and Webster’s blues-inflected, slurry lyricism would seem to be especially incompatible. However, like two master vaudevillians, the two swing veterans perform their musical turns expertly in tandem, with Webster’s breathy, conversational lines leaving plenty of room for Tatum’s filigrees and signature arpeggios. And there is absolutely no hint that the pianist was nearing his end. His piano tone is lush, his attack on point, and his inexhaustible harmonic invention raises this far above a typical jazz all-star session.

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Side A:

  1. All The Things You Are (7:15)
  2. Gone With The Wind (4:48)
  3. Have You Met Miss Jones? (4:49)
  4. Night And Day (5:30)

Side B:

  1. Where Or When (6:27)
  2. My Ideal (7:16)
  3. My One And Only Love (6:14)

Recorded in Los Angeles, Calif., on September 11, 1956, and featuring:

  • Art Tatum on Piano
  • Ben Webster on Tenor Sax
  • Red Callender on Bass
  • Bill Douglass on Drums

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