Art Tatum – Piano Starts Here (’68)

You hear a lot about blind musicians – Amadou and Miriam, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder – yet none can claim such incredible ability and artistry as pianist Art Tatum. (Although he wasn’t completely blind, but close enough.) He pioneered a distinctive piano style, combining stride, jazz, and classical influences to create an incredibly diverse and well rounded sound – something unmistakably Tatum. If you watch him play, he stays entirely calm and controlled, yet performs with such immediacy and technical ability – it’s mind boggling. I mean, if there were an Olympic medal for fastest, most accurate piano playing, Tatum […]

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