art tatumArt Tatum played jazz piano in the early part of the 20th century. Listen to him - you can't tell whether it's two hands or an enormous, dextrous army of fingers at work. I get real excited about him. I got one CD - decca solo 1940 art tatum, and it just rocks me to the core.
he's certainly recognized as a great
otherwise, I was surprised at how little there is online about him. he inspired charlie parker for chrissakes. he's regularly referred to as (one of if not) the best musician of the 20th century. certainly when it comes to jazz piano he reformatted the possible -
I put two 18 second sound samples of a favourite song up:
those'll give you a sense of his uncanny speed and agility and harmonic sense and the careening pleasure of listenin' him skirt the edge of madness and beauty and never falling or failing but sustaining such rapid joy -
the man is a prophet. a blind visionary. a true master.
one person never made so many layers with one instrument.
one of my favourites
Read Wikipedia on Art Tatum.