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Artist’s Choice: Joanne Brackeen on Fantastic Piano Solos

Listening to Tatum, Corea, Jarrett & more

Jack DeJohnette, Keith Jarrett and Gary Peacock
Brad Mehldau
Joanne Brackeen

Art Tatum
“Ain’t Misbehavin’

The Best of the Complete Pablo Solo Masterpieces (Fantasy, 2003; rec. December 1953)

“Ain’t Misbehavin'” starts with a calm 16-measure intro, and after a Tatumesque run the extraordinary melody begins. In two minutes and 35 seconds, including the intro, melody, two choruses of improv, the second half of the melody out plus a six-measure tag, I hear some of the most astounding piano music ever! The whole recording is bubbling over with ideas zinging in and out at lightning speed, seemingly from every direction. A supersonic genius, Art Tatum!

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