Monthly Archives: February 2016

Art Tatum — You Took Advantage of Me

We bring Art Tatum back to the solo jazz piano Masterpieces from the Norman Granz Pablo sessions.  You Took Advantage of Me is a song from the Rodgers and Hart musical  Present Arms composed and written in 1928. They wrote many … Continue reading

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Fats Waller — If I Were You

If I Were You was a song written by Bob Emmerich and Buddy Bernier. This recording by Fats and his Rhythm was in 1938.  By then, he had what we would call today a formula for these songs.  Fats would get … Continue reading

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Largest fireball since Chelyabinsk falls into the South Atlantic Ocean

The fireball exploded in the air 620 miles east of the coast of Brazil according to NASA, as reported in the UK Daily Mail.com, February 22, 2016.  This is the largest object of its kind since the February 2013 Chelyabinsk … Continue reading

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Art Tatum plays Chopin (Valse in C# Minor, Op. 64, No. 2)

Once again the sound on this Art Tatum performance is not good, but it was a private recording on a pioneering 1940’s vintage home open reel tape recorder.  The venue was a private cocktail party.    It was never intended … Continue reading

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Fats Waller — African Ripples

African Ripples was recorded in 1934, which was a very prolific recording period in Fats’s career.  Mike Lipskin put together a  Fats Waller reissue LP on the RCA Victor label with this as the title track in 1969.  Lipskin traces … Continue reading

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Bria Skonberg — Back Home at Jeff and Joel’s House Party

This is a belated Valentine to Bria Skonberg.  This is last of the sessions left to be  played of Jeff and Joel’s House Parties from 2012 that included Bria Skonberg on Trumpet.  At least as far as I can determine. … Continue reading

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Art Tatum — Out of Nowhere

Out of Nowhere was composed by Johnny Green with lyrics by Edward Heyman.  According to Wikipedia, it was first recorded by Bing Crosby on the soundtrack of the movie Dude Ranch.  Later in the 1930’s, it became a jazz standard recorded by … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday — You Meet The Nicest People In Your Dreams

This song was written by Al Hoffman, Al Goodhart, and Manny Kurtz.  It was recorded by Fats and the Rhythm on an unspecified date in the Summer of 1939, which was the calm before the storm for Europe  on the … Continue reading

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Art Tatum on TV — Humoresque

This appears to be another out take from the Spike Jones Television Show in the 1950’s.  This clip not only shows how great Tatum  was but how much he enjoyed playing the piano.   This is so rare, we have … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday — Dry Bones 1940

Dry Bones, from 1940, was a writing collaboration with Will Osborne.  It was released in 1940 with Fat’s Rhythm  small group as back up.  A unique vocal, and the humor are what you expect from Fats Waller.  He was writing … Continue reading

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