Handful of Fats: Original 1929-1942 Recordings

Handful of Fats: Original 1929-1942 Recordings

by Fats Waller
     
 

In the wake of its series of Fats Waller transcriptions, Naxos' next inspiration was a "Fats' Greatest Hits" program, a hour's worth of his most famous Victor and Bluebird sides, with one Columbia thrown in. At the very least, there is a good balance between his solo piano recordings, his hundreds of sides with his combo, and a pair of late cuts with combo and… See more details below

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In the wake of its series of Fats Waller transcriptions, Naxos' next inspiration was a "Fats' Greatest Hits" program, a hour's worth of his most famous Victor and Bluebird sides, with one Columbia thrown in. At the very least, there is a good balance between his solo piano recordings, his hundreds of sides with his combo, and a pair of late cuts with combo and orchestra. The set leads off with his ambidextrous display of solo piano prowess on "A Handful of Keys" and signature solo piano recording of "Ain't Misbehavin'" from his earliest 1929 Victors. "I'm Crazy About My Baby," the sole Columbia, marks the first vocal in the package, and before long, the piano solos give way to Fats and his rhythm, with some of his best-known riotous sides ("The Joint Is Jumpin'," "Your Feet's Too Big") leading the pack. More piano solos follow, and the penultimate track displays Fats on the Hammond organ with a big band in his sublime piece "Jitterbug Waltz." Actually, this CD would make a nearly ideal first purchase for a newcomer to Fats -- for both the diverse selection of material and the faithful-to-the-source Naxos transfers, which on the latter count, trumps any of BMG's compilations of the hits.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/18/2004
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0636943276020
catalogNumber:
8120760

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fats Waller   Primary Artist,Organ,Piano,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Soloist
Casey   Guitar
Herman Autrey   Trumpet
Jackie Fields   Alto
Ray Hogan   Trombone
Slick Jones   Drums
Dave McRae   Alto
Rudy Powell   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Gene Sedric   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Charles Turner   Bass
George Wilson   Trombone
Arthur Trappier   Drums
Cedric Wallace   Bass,Double Bass
Nathaniel Williams   Trumpet
John "Bugs" Hamilton   Trumpet
Joe Thomas   Trumpet
John "BJ John" Smith   Guitar
Harry Dial's Blusicians   Drums
Fats Waller & His Buddies   Vocals
Herb Flemming   Trombone

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
James P. Johnson   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer,Personnel
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Herman Autrey   Personnel
Euday L. Bowman   Composer
Shelton Brooks   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Jackie Fields   Personnel
Ray Hogan   Personnel
J.C. Johnson   Composer
Slick Jones   Personnel
Dave McRae   Personnel
Rudy Powell   Personnel
Gene Sedric   Personnel
Charles Turner   Personnel
Leonard Ware   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
George Wilson   Personnel
Stuart Gorrell   Composer
Scott Yanow   Liner Notes
Arthur Trappier   Personnel
Cedric Wallace   Personnel
David Lennick   Producer
Ed Kirkeby   Composer
Nathaniel Williams   Personnel
John "Bugs" Hamilton   Personnel
Harry Brooks   Composer
Joe Thomas   Personnel
Alex Hill   Composer
Fred Fisher   Composer
Willie Spottswood   Composer
James Sumner   Composer
Ada Benson   Composer
Jerry Brandow   Composer
John "BJ John" Smith   Personnel
Harry Dial's Blusicians   Personnel
Lenny Kent   Composer
Edward Robinson   Composer
Herb Flemming   Personnel

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