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!