Art Tatum’s Tour de Force — Tea for Two

Here is Art Tatum’s version of Vincent Youmans and Irving Caeser’s  Tea For Two.  Tatum turned this very simple song into his tour de force.  This is just a 3 minute 78 rpm version.  People who heard him live in clubs said he could play Tea for Two for an hour and never play the same riff twice.  Piano players in the 1940’s were said to have given up the piano after hearing Tatum play Tea for Two.  I  remember the first time I heard this record, it took my breath away.  I heard what can only be described as a run of chords starting at 2:43 on this You Tube.  I nearly fell out of my chair.  It is the most amazing piece of piano playing  I have ever heard.

Thank you to “Art Tatum”

About Richard Rollo

I am a retired Community College Instructor. I taught Political Science 1 American Government for 22 years in Southern California. I am originally from Northern Minnesota. My earliest years were spent in the living quarters of a rural Duluth Winnipeg & Pacific Railway Depot. Then my family joined the great 1950's migration to Southern California where I joined up with fellow baby boomers in overcrowded schools.
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