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Old 12-16-2012, 02:50 AM   #151 (permalink)
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Sometimes, I think Tatum gets a little too fiddly for my tastes. It's like he's too good at playing the piano

Just an example, here's famous standard Time On My Hands with Chet Baker and, I'm 95% sure, Bill Evans on piano in the background :



And here's Tatum playing the same song :



It's the busiest version I've heard!
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Old 12-16-2012, 06:56 AM   #152 (permalink)
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Sometimes, I think Tatum gets a little too fiddly for my tastes. It's like he's too good at playing the piano
I used to feel the exact same way about him, but a some point he just clicked with me.
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Old 12-17-2012, 11:59 PM   #153 (permalink)
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I actually love Tatum's ridiculous over-the-top playing style. You can tell he loved what he did, and the way that he's always doing every possible fill and riff that he can just shows the crazy amount of skill he possessed. Plus, though there are many genres that I think simpler is better, jazz is just not one of them.
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:24 AM   #154 (permalink)
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I don't know, I'll happily listen to a lot of complex Jazz, but I'd never think more complex or more fiddly automatically equals better jazz. And I'd take Chet Baker and Bill Evans version of Time On My Hands up there over Art Tatum's any day!
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Old 12-18-2012, 01:29 AM   #155 (permalink)
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I don't know, I'll happily listen to a lot of complex Jazz, but I'd never think more complex or more fiddly automatically equals better jazz. And I'd take Chet Baker and Bill Evans version of Time On My Hands up there over Art Tatum's any day!
I'm not necessarily saying that "more complex = better," I just personally think that for Tatum, it works. It's not a hard and fast rule by any means.
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Old 12-18-2012, 11:55 AM   #156 (permalink)
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I've been getting into Miles Davis a lot recently and have bought a handful of his albums (Blue Period - Bags' Groove). I'm also interested in Jazz artists such as Lee Morgan, John Coltrane and Art Tatum. I don't listen to Jazz that often but a lot of Miles Davis's early work amuses me.
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Old 12-28-2012, 01:04 PM   #157 (permalink)
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:32 AM   #158 (permalink)
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I've never been a big jazz person, but the last year or so I've gotten into a lot of Avant/Free jazz, so I've decided that I should explore the more traditional names of the genre.
What i have liked:

Dave Brubeck - Time out
Miles Davis - the Complete Bitches Brew Sessions
Charles Mingus - Ah Um

I'm kind of torn on
John Coltrane - a Love Supreme
Bill Evans - A Portrait In Jazz
Art Blakey - Moanin'

And I didn't care for:
Dizzy Gillespie - Live at Newport
Duke Ellington - Ellington at Newport
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Yeah, I'm with you on Dizzy. I have to admit he's never really done it for me (though I'm open to suggestions if anyone wants to try to change my mind).

Blakey, on the other hand, has produced some of my favorite jazz albums. I'd highly recommend giving at least A Night in Tunisia a listen if you feel like giving him another try.
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I'm a big Dizzy fan, but he was one of the guys that got me into jazz, so I'm biased. Honesty, I haven't even heard much from him, besides the one album that I own.

As far as Art Blakey, I would definitely listen to more than just Moanin'. As great as it is, I think Tunisia is better. As Jansz said, he's pretty damn good, especially if you like good drumming.

And if you are more into the experimental side of jazz, and aren't enjoying A Love Supreme, I would look into Coltrane's later work. In the late sixties he really started getting into free jazz, and it shows. I would try Ascension, Meditations, and Expression.
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