Personnel: Art Tatum (piano); Everett Barksdale (guitar); Slam Stewart (bass).
Producer: F.M. Scott III.
Compilation producers: Michael Cuscuna, Pete Welding.
Recorded in Los Angeles, California between 1949 and 1952. Includes liner notes by Pete Welding.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Art Tatum (piano); Everett Barksdale (guitar).
Liner Note Authors: Paul Weston; Pete Welding.
Recording information: Los Angeles, CA (1949-1952).
Look up "jazz piano" in the dictionary and don't be surprised if you see the beatific visage of Art Tatum, the man who is truly the definition of that term. Tatum was the primary influence on nearly every major jazz pianist, including McCoy Tyner, Oscar Peterson and Dave Brubeck. His Capitol recordings, mostly solo works performed in 1949 plus a few trio numbers cut in '52, amply demonstrate the sensitivity and sophistication that were his trademarks. The tunes he recorded for Capitol were mostly ballads, which he redefined through his innovative harmonic sensibilities and his assured-but-fluid rhythms .