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Art Tatum: The Art of Jazz Piano1988

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  • 4.1
ART TATUM: THE ART OF JAZZ PIANO is still the only documentary portrait of the greatest jazz pianist ever. Using photographs and some rare footage of Tatum and his contemporaries, the film reconstructs his genius. Included are interviews with musicians who played with him or who were influenced strongly by him: Guitarists Tiny Grimes and Les Paul, and pianists Marian McPartland, Hank Jones, Dick Hyman and George Shearing. Their reminiscences and demonstrations underline Tatum's status as the "musician's musician."



Member Reviews (4)

The music is fine, but the presentation lacks depth. I hoped to learn more about the qualities of the musician, something more than other musicians praising Tatum. This film might work well with Eighth graders.

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Hearing Tatum and seeing his flat-fingered piano technique is more than reward enough; the movie, however, lacks depth of inquiry, presentation, so I agree with what George S. writes in his review with the stipulation that everyone should hear as much and any Tatum that exists.

enjoyed it very much. More jazz profiles please, from 40's and 50's. by-gone era needs to be archived for posterity. Brubeck, Modern Jazz Quartet, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan, Lee Konitz, Dizzy Gillespie, You can create a whole genre in this category, all by itself. Thank you.