Gene Norman Presents an Art Tatum Concert

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Gene Norman Presents an Art Tatum Concert
Live album by
RecordedMay 1949
VenueShrine Auditorium, Los Angeles
ProducerGene Norman

Gene Norman Presents an Art Tatum Concert is a solo piano album by Art Tatum. It was recorded in concert in 1949 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, and was released by Columbia Records in 1952.

Recording and music[edit]

The album was recorded during a solo piano concert given by Tatum at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles in May 1949.[1] The concert was promoted by Gene Norman.[1] The material is a typical selection from Tatum's repertoire.[2]

Release and reception[edit]

Gene Norman Presents an Art Tatum Concert was released on 10-inch LP[3] by Columbia Records in 1952.[4]

Whitney Balliett wrote: "Tatum is a perfect whole in the 1949 Los Angeles concert. Almost every number has passages to ponder and weep over", and highlighted "an arpeggio, lasting some eight bars, that no other pianist would dare because it is impossible" in "The Man I Love".[5] The Daily Record reviewer described the album as "an outstanding example of the genius that is Art Tatum".[6] A reviewer for The Capital Times wrote: "Applause and auditorium noises give it a live performance atmosphere."[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side one

  1. "Yesterdays"
  2. "Willow Weep for Me"
  3. "The Kerry Dance"
  4. "The Man I Love"
  5. "I Know That You Know"

Side two

  1. "Humoresque"
  2. "Tatum-Pole Boogie"
  3. "Someone to Watch Over Me"
  4. "How High the Moon"




  1. ^ a b "Tatum and Goodman". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. May 29, 1952. p. 36.
  2. ^ Lester, James (1994). Too Marvelous for Words: The Life and Genius of Art Tatum. Oxford University Press. pp. 183–184. ISBN 978-0-19-509640-8.
  3. ^ a b Dunn, Dewey (May 30, 1952). "On the Records". The Capital Times. p. 3.
  4. ^ England, Jim (May 25, 1952). "Toscanini Sings on Wax". The Salt Lake Tribune. p. 128.
  5. ^ Balliett, Whitney (1971). Ecstasy at the Onion: Thirty-one Pieces on Jazz. Bobbs-Merrill. p. 114.
  6. ^ Vincent, Joe (June 5, 1952). "Platter Chatter". Daily Record. p. 16.
  7. ^ Gene Norman Presents an Art Tatum Concert (LP liner notes). Art Tatum. Columbia Records. 1952. GL101.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)