This is Art Tatum’s flawless recording of Tea for Two, recorded in 1933, which was the version that was played during a cutting contest with its two competitors, James P Johnson and Fats Waller. Both Fats Waller and James P. Johnson were blown away when they heard this. Soon after, Tatum played his improvised version of Tiger Rag. James P. Johnson could no longer stand it, so he presented his prearranged stride version of Chopin’s Revolutionary Etude, which was perhaps the only thing that could possibly stop this monster.
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