1935 Transcriptions

1935 Transcriptions

by Fats Waller
     
 
One fine day, Fats Waller ambled into a New York studio and knocked out a stack of a dozen 16" transcription discs for Muzak-Associated Transcriptions. (Can you imagine anyone pulling that off so casually today in the span of a few hours?) The transcriptions are mostly medleys of many of Waller's tunes and cover versions that he was recording for Victor, interspersed

Overview

One fine day, Fats Waller ambled into a New York studio and knocked out a stack of a dozen 16" transcription discs for Muzak-Associated Transcriptions. (Can you imagine anyone pulling that off so casually today in the span of a few hours?) The transcriptions are mostly medleys of many of Waller's tunes and cover versions that he was recording for Victor, interspersed with the fat man's inimitable comments and verbal mugging. While Rudy Powell turns up on clarinet on the first medley and on alto sax on the second, Waller goes it alone everywhere else, turning out seemingly perfect takes every time. As the vast bulk of Waller recordings of the '30s were with his nifty combo, this is an unusual opportunity to hear Waller on his own at this time -- and, needless to say, he generates plenty of rhythm without any help. Most valuable are some of his solo piano compositions, like "African Ripples" with its strikingly Gershwinesque harmonies, the classic "Handful of Keys," and a fantasia called "Clothesline Ballet." Along with the more commercial medleys, which run between five and a half and seven and a half minutes in length, there are three short solo piano compositions; among these, the super stride workout "Zonky" is only a minute and 41 seconds in length, and "Alligator Crawl" anticipates Duke Ellington's "Pitter Panther Patter." The transfers are subdued but thankfully not distorted, with mostly quiet transcription surfaces.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/21/2001
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0636943257722
catalogNumber:
8120577

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Tracks

  1. Baby Brown/Viper's Drag/How Can You Face Me/Down Home Blues
  2. Dinah/Handful of Keys/Solitude
  3. I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby/Tea for Two/Believe It, Beloved
  4. Sweet Sue, Just You/Somebody Stole My Game/Honeysuckle Rose
  5. Night Wind/African Ripples/Because of Once Upon a Time
  6. Where Were You on the Night of June the Third?/Clothesline ...
  7. Fats Waller's Original E Flat Blues
  8. Alligator Crawl
  9. Zonky
  10. Hallelujah/Do Me a Favor/California Here I Come
  11. I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling/My Fate Is in Your Hands/Ain't ...
  12. You're the Top/Blue Turning Grey Over You/Russian Fantasy

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