This musical version of Don Quixote is framed by an incident allegedly from the life of its author, Miguel de Cervantes. Don Quixote is the mad, aging nobleman who embarrasses his respectable family by his adventures. Backed by his faithful sidekick Sancho Panza, he duels windmills and defends his perfect lady Dulcinea (who is actually a downtrodden whore named Aldonza).
The complete original LP More of the Greatest Piano of Them All (Verve MGV-8347), showcasing the brilliant pianist unaccompanied. This album, which includes original liner notes by André Previn, was part of the marathon sessions jazz producer Norman Granz planned for Tatum, who at that time was seriously ill and neglected by record companies due to stylistic changes in the music industry. He would die on November 5, 1956 at the age of 47. As a bonus, we have added the complete album Still More of the Greatest Piano of Them All (Verve MGV-8360), which includes original liner notes by Teddy Wilson, plus one extra track, all recorded during the same sessions.
Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii was born blind in 1988, but began to show great musical talent in early childhood. This gift enabled him to transform his greatest handicap into a strength. The piano became a sonorous means to express his inner world. At the age of two, Nobuyuki played "Jingle Bells" on his toy piano as he heard his mother singing the melody in the next room. He went on to make his stage debut at ten, with the Osaka Century Symphony. Nobu, as his family and friends call him, has gathered his repertoire exclusively through hearing and playing what hears. In this way he has reached a level of musical virtuosity that has seen him perform in some of the most famous concert halls in the world.