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Friday, January 25, 2008


Art Tatum on a Rainy Friday Night

After watching There Will Be Blood and driving home in the rain I needed to unwind. Have been listening to Art Tatum the past few days. So it was Tatum's "In Private" that I again put into the CD player. Wonderful music. Almost blind, Art Tatum "learned to play by copying piano roll recordings his mother owned, playing by ear by the age of three. Tatum would learn both parts of a piece for four hands by feeling the keys depressed on the piano."

Art Tatum (1909-1956)
Photo credit: npr.org

Art Tatum, Solo Piano - Playlist, "In Private"

"These rare and historic recordings were originally made on a private tape at Art Tatum's home, during his time in California at the end of the forties.
  1. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (Barris-Koehler-Moll)
  2. Just A-Sittin' And A-Rockin' (Strayhorn-Ellington-Gaines)
  3. You're Drivin' Me Crazy (Walter Donaldson)
  4. Tenderly (Walter Gross-Jack Lawrence)
  5. Over the Rainbow (Arlen-Harburg)
  6. In a Sentimental Mood (Ellington-Mills)
  7. You Took Advantage of Me (Rodgers-Hart)
  8. She's the Talk of the Town (Livingston-Symes-Neiburg)
  9. She's Funny That Way (Moret-Whiting)
  10. I'll Never Be The Same (Malneck-Signorelly-Kahn)
  11. Night and Day (Cole Porter)"
The critics rave about "There Will be Blood". They see something that JHL and I missed. No question about great acting by Daniel Day Lewis but we found it long and boring.
Past 11:00. Time to hit the sack. Tomorrow is Saturday. More rain, not only tomorrow-- if the weather man is right we're not going to see much of the sun in the next 10 days.

Anyone remembers Alan Sillitoe's Saturday Night and Sunday Morning? He was one of Britain's "angry young men". The novel, published in 1958, was made into a movie in 1960.

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