Ain't Misbehavin' [ASV/Living Era]

Ain't Misbehavin' [ASV/Living Era]

by Fats Waller
     
 

As the Internet Age continues to offer premature upgrades and seizure-inducing pop-up advertising, much of Fats Waller's recorded legacy is ending up in disorganized heaps of haphazardly downloaded files with little or no context to help the listener sort them out. Many CD compilations seem hardly better organized, offering Waller's best and not-so-best performances… See more details below

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As the Internet Age continues to offer premature upgrades and seizure-inducing pop-up advertising, much of Fats Waller's recorded legacy is ending up in disorganized heaps of haphazardly downloaded files with little or no context to help the listener sort them out. Many CD compilations seem hardly better organized, offering Waller's best and not-so-best performances mashed together without regard for texture, form, or content. Happily, Living Era's Ain't Misbehavin' is a rare example of an excellent Fats Waller compilation, that draws upon recordings he made between 1929 and 1940. Using a format somewhat similar to the old RCA Victor Vintage series, the producers have carefully selected some of Waller's best ensemble performances and have inserted five of his very finest piano solos here and there throughout the sampler. A gnarly version of "Ain't Misbehavin'" and a very sweet duet with Adelaide Hall on "I Can't Give You Anything but Love" were drawn from a diverse body of works that Waller waxed in London during the year 1938. The rest of these tunes were recorded in Camden, New Jersey and New York, New York. In addition to several very funny routines there are unforgettable love songs like "When Somebody Thinks You're Wonderful" and "My Very Good Friend, The Milkman" -- these are simply some of the best recordings that Fats Waller ever made. "Sugar Rose" was obviously included as an example of a lesser-known Waller original. There's plenty of piano here, gallons of lusty vocals, a little bit of theater organ and "Blue, Turning Grey Over You," one of Waller's all-time best instrumentals. Is there such a thing as the perfect Fats Waller sampler? As humanity strives to attain this elusive goal, Living Era serves up a tasty selection that will have to do "Until the Real Thing Comes Along."

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/22/1995
Label:
Asv Living Era
UPC:
0743625517422
catalogNumber:
5174

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Tracks

  1. Ain't Misbehavin'
  2. Oh, Susannah (Dust Off That Old Pianna)
  3. Honeysuckle Rose
  4. Handful of Keys (Piano Solo)
  5. Your Feet's Too Big
  6. The Joint Is Jumpin'
  7. Sweet and Slow
  8. I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling
  9. Dinah
  10. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
  11. Alligator Crawl (Piano Solo)
  12. When Somebody Thinks You're Wonderful
  13. Twelfth Street Rag
  14. Sugar Rose
  15. Viper's Drag
  16. Everybody Loves My Baby
  17. Squeeze Me
  18. Blue Turning Grey Over You
  19. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter
  20. I Ain't Got Nobody
  21. Until the Real Thing Comes Along
  22. Keepin' Out of Mischief Now
  23. 'Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do
  24. My Very Good Friend the Milkman
  25. Two Sleepy People

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fats Waller   Primary Artist,Organ,Piano,Celeste,Vocals
Bill Coleman   Trumpet
Adelaide Hall   Vocals
Edmundo Ros   Drums
Herman Autrey   Trumpet
Arnold Boling   Drums
George Chisholm   Trombone
Len Harrison   Bass
Slick Jones   Drums
Alfie Kahn   Tenor Saxophone
Yank Porter   Drums
Rudy Powell   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Gene Sedric   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Charles Turner   Bass
Cedric Wallace   Bass
James Smith   Guitar
Billy Taylor   Bass
Dave Wilkins   Trumpet
John "Bugs" Hamilton   Trumpet
Alan Ferguson   Guitar
John "BJ John" Smith   Guitar
Harry Dial's Blusicians   Drums
Albert Casey   Guitar

Technical Credits

Peter Dempsey   Producer

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