The Resource Too marvelous for words : the life and genius of Art Tatum, James Lester

Too marvelous for words : the life and genius of Art Tatum, James Lester

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Too marvelous for words : the life and genius of Art Tatum
Title
Too marvelous for words
Title remainder
the life and genius of Art Tatum
Statement of responsibility
James Lester
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Language
eng
Summary
  • Art Tatum defined the limits of the possible in jazz piano. Gunther Schuller called Tatum's playing "a marvel of perfection ... His deep-in-the-keys full piano sonority, the tone and touch control in pyrotechnical passages ... are miracles of performance." Whitney Balliett wrote "no pianist has ever hit notes more beautifully. Each one - no matter how fast the tempo - was light and complete and resonant, like the letters on a finely printed page." His famous runs have been
  • Compared to the arc left against the night sky by a Fourth-of-July sparkler. And to have heard him play, one musician said, "was as awe-inspiring as to have seen the Grand Canyon or Halley's Comet." Now, in Too Marvelous for Words, James Lester provides the first full-length biography of the greatest virtuoso performer in the history of jazz. Before this volume, little was known about Tatum, even among jazz afficionados. What were his origins, who taught him and who
  • Jazz world of the 1930s and 1940s, capturing the complexity and vitality of this remarkable performer. Tatum, who was virtually blind, suffering from 70 percent to 90 percent visual impairment, emerges as cheerful, fun-loving, energetic, and outgoing, with none of the demonic self-destructiveness that seemed to haunt such jazz greats as Charlie Parker or Billie Holiday. He was simply inexhaustible and had a lifelong habit of staying up all night after a gig, usually
  • Perhaps most important, Lester provides a thorough, knowledgeable discussion of Tatum's music, from his early influences, such as stride pianist Fats Waller, to his mature style in which Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Fats Waller, and Earl Hines all became grist for his harmonic mill. From unexpected origins in Toledo, Ohio, Art Tatum evolved into a world-class musician whose importance in jazz is comparable to Louis Armstrong's and Charlie Parker's and whose command of
  • Provided early pianistic influences, how did he break into the jazz field, what role did he play in the development of other jazz players, and what was he like when he wasn't playing? To answer these questions, Lester has conducted almost a hundred interviews for this book, with surviving family, childhood friends, schoolteachers, and the famous jazz musicians who played with him or knew him. Lester creates a memorable portrait of this unique musician and of the vibrant
  • Seeking an after-hours club to listen and play in until daybreak. Lester also reveals that Tatum was generous with younger players, but his extraordinary technical brilliance often devastated them. No less a talent than Oscar Peterson remembers that after first hearing Tatum, "I gave up the piano for two solid months, and I had crying fits at night." And Les Paul remarked that after hearing Tatum for the first time, he quit piano completely and began playing guitar
  • The piano captured the admiration of Horowitz and Paderewiski. Too Marvelous for Words is the first full portrait of this extraordinary musical genius
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digitized
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
  • 786.2/165092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
ML417.T2
LC item number
L47 1994eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Too marvelous for words : the life and genius of Art Tatum, James Lester
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-227) and index
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online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
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ocm72822908
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1 online resource (ix, 240 pages)
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online
Isbn
9781429406048
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unknown
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computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
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not applicable
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unknown
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)72822908
  • ebscoaca1429406046
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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