Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 6

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
During his short life Thomas Wright Waller made it onto an enormous number of phonograph records as soloist, leader, sideman and accompanist. Each decade in the second half of the 20th century brought forth Fats Waller albums that ranged from budget "best-of" collections to intensive chronological surveys. It wasn't until 2006 that producer Ted Kendall and the JSP label began fulfilling the lifelong ambition of jazz archivist and remastering wizard John R.T. Davies by setting out to reissue literally every recording that Waller is known or believed to have made, in one extended anthology of unprecedented proportions. Packaged in reasonably priced four-CD sets, every ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
During his short life Thomas Wright Waller made it onto an enormous number of phonograph records as soloist, leader, sideman and accompanist. Each decade in the second half of the 20th century brought forth Fats Waller albums that ranged from budget "best-of" collections to intensive chronological surveys. It wasn't until 2006 that producer Ted Kendall and the JSP label began fulfilling the lifelong ambition of jazz archivist and remastering wizard John R.T. Davies by setting out to reissue literally every recording that Waller is known or believed to have made, in one extended anthology of unprecedented proportions. Packaged in reasonably priced four-CD sets, every episode in Waller's 21-year recording career has been revisited with precision. For sound quality and meticulous exactitude, no one has ever handled the recorded evidence more lovingly or thoroughly. Volume 6, swollen to five CDs for a total of 25 discs thus far in the series (more than a full day of uninterrupted listening for those who are so inclined) contains all of his studio recordings dating from the spring of 1940 through to the V-Disc session of September 16, 1943, almost exactly three months to the day before his sudden death at the age of 39. The complete range of Waller's musical personality is represented here, from intimate ballads to some of his all-time rowdiest blow-outs. As yet another fine manifestation of JSP's willingness to include material not found on standard RCA Victor Fats Waller editions, the extra material on this set is positively exhilarating. Waller is heard with a jazz band led by Commodore kingpin Eddie Condon in 1940; these instrumental jams are triumphant exercises in traditionally oriented, small band swing. Rare third takes of some of the Commodore titles are greatly appreciated, and the interaction between Waller and clarinetist Pee Wee Russell is magnificent. One of the few studio recordings in the Waller discography dating from 1942, a snappy performance of Irving Berlin's propagandistic WWII opus, "That's What the Well-Dressed Man in Harlem Will Wear," has Broadway-style backing by the Victor First-Nighter Orchestra. Three musical numbers from the soundtrack of the film Stormy Weather were recorded in January 1943; while singing "That Ain't Right," Ada Brown is consistently interrupted by cruel and salty backtalk from Waller, who ends the song with a bracingly misogynistic "suffer, excess baggage, suffer!" The V-Discs, which were intended for world-wide distribution among Armed forces personnel, feature Waller at the piano and the Hammond organ. They vary from emotionally steeped reveries like "Solitude" and "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" to brusquely delivered delights like "The Reefer Song"; "This Is So Nice, It Must Be Illegal"; a sendup of "Two Sleepy People" (he liked to say "sloppy" instead of "sleepy"); an entire song about birds who feed on horse fodder, and a dazzlingly executed rendition of Vincent Youmans' "Hallelujah." Numerous extremely rare, unissued V-Discs, which were discovered in his personal record collection, create the impression that this set contains the Dead Sea Scrolls of Waller Studies. A gorgeous medley of "To a Wild Rose" and "Don't Get Around Much Any More" is particularly enthralling. Disc "E" includes seven recordings on which Waller's presence has been disputed, despite long-standing black-and-white discographical evidence. That might well have been Waller backing Ethel Waters in 1924, and it is very likely that he played in the orchestra accompanying pop singer Gene Austin. One of the songs sung by Austin was written by Waller, the two men enjoyed a mutually respectful friendship, and they made records together on more than this one occasion. Whether the organist on "Chloe" and "When You're with Somebody Else" was Waller (as indicated by the session's supervisor Nat Shilkret) or Sigmund Krumgold (according to the group's pianist Milton Rettenburg), these are delightful period pieces and their presence on this collection is fortuitous and heartwarming. "Wipe 'Em Off" as performed by the Seven Gallon Jug Band has piano by Willie "The Lion" Smith and a vocal by Clarence Williams. The spoken interjections were almost certainly by bass saxophonist Frank Robinson, not Waller. As this group cut two versions of this song one month apart, perhaps the other rendition (not included here) is the one on which Waller was audible. Note that just as the better take of "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" was tucked away with the alternates at the end of Volume 5, what is presented here as the alternate take of "You Run Your Mouth" is decidedly superior to the disorganized, rushed version presented on disc "A" of Volume 6. Fortunately, most of Waller's recorded output is now available from JSP so that listeners will be able to make their own distinctions. All that remains for JSP to tackle is Waller's remaining alternate takes, his complete radio transcription recordings (most of them dating from 1935 and 1939); his many live performances and radio broadcasts (especially a joyous 1938 jam session with Louis Armstrong on Martin Block's Make Believe Ballroom show); as well as several film soundtracks, interviews, private acetate recordings, and player piano rolls. That ought to fill a seventh volume of four or five discs, and if JSP puts it together a lot of people will be happy to snap it up.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/24/2009
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • UPC: 788065905224
  • Catalog Number: 952
  • Sales rank: 108,926

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Old Grand Dad (2:50)
  2. 2 Fat and Greasy (3:09)
  3. 3 Little Curly Hair in a High Chair (3:13)
  4. 4 Square from Delaware (3:00)
  5. 5 You Run Your Mouth, I'll Run My Business (3:08)
  6. 6 Too Tired (3:00)
  7. 7 "Send Me" Jackson (3:19)
  8. 8 Eep, Ipe, Wanna Piece of Pie (2:51)
  9. 9 Stop Pretending (3:10)
  10. 10 I'll Never Smile Again (3:10)
  11. 11 My Mommie Sent Me to the Store (3:02)
  12. 12 Dry Bones (3:23)
  13. 13 "Fats" Waller's Original E Flat Blues (3:20)
  14. 14 Stayin' at Home (3:30)
  15. 15 Hey! Stop Kissin' My Sister (2:51)
  16. 16 Everybody Loves My Baby (2:58)
  17. 17 I'm Gonna Salt Away Some Sugar (3:20)
  18. 18 'Tain't Nobody's Biz-Nezz If I Do (3:03)
  19. 19 Abercrombie Had a Zombie (3:29)
  20. 20 Blue Eyes (2:46)
  21. 21 Scram! (2:47)
  22. 22 Melancholy Baby (2:31)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Georgia Grind (2:56)
  2. 2 Oh Sister Ain't That Hot (2:55)
  3. 3 Dancing Fool (2:49)
  4. 4 (You're Some) Pretty Doll (2:52)
  5. 5 Mamacita (2:45)
  6. 6 Liver Lip Jones (3:05)
  7. 7 Buckin' the Dice (3:32)
  8. 8 Pantin' in the Panther Room (3:04)
  9. 9 Come Down to Earth, My Angel (3:14)
  10. 10 Shortnin' Bread (2:45)
  11. 11 I Repent (3:30)
  12. 12 Do You Have to Go? (3:21)
  13. 13 Pan-Pan (3:05)
  14. 14 Wanna Hear Swing Songs (3:22)
  15. 15 You're Gonna Be Sorry (3:30)
  16. 16 All That Meat and No Potatoes (2:49)
  17. 17 Let's Get Away from It All (3:04)
  18. 18 Georgia on My Mind (3:05)
  19. 19 Rockin' Chair (3:06)
  20. 20 Carolina Shout (2:23)
  21. 21 Honeysuckle Rose (3:27)
  22. 22 Ring dem Bells (3:15)
  23. 23 Twenty-Four Robbers (2:44)
Disc 3
  1. 1 I Understand (3:15)
  2. 2 Sad Sap Sucker Am I (3:06)
  3. 3 Headlines in the News (3:05)
  4. 4 Chant of the Groove (3:07)
  5. 5 Come and Get It (2:44)
  6. 6 Rump Steak Serenade (2:42)
  7. 7 Getting Much Lately? (Ain't Nothin' to It) (3:14)
  8. 8 Oh Baby, Sweet Baby (2:51)
  9. 9 Buck Jumpin' (2:40)
  10. 10 That Gets It, Mr Joe (2:49)
  11. 11 The Bells of San Raquel (2:45)
  12. 12 Bessie, Bessie, Bessie (3:01)
  13. 13 Clarinet Marmalade (2:49)
  14. 14 Winter Weather (3:21)
  15. 15 Cash for Your Trash (3:26)
  16. 16 Don't Give Me That Jive (2:54)
  17. 17 Your Socks Don't Match (3:14)
  18. 18 We Need a Little Love (3:25)
  19. 19 You Must Be Losing Your Mind (2:36)
  20. 20 Two Bits (Really Fine) (3:13)
  21. 21 The Jitterbug Waltz (3:25)
  22. 22 By the Light of the Silvery Moon (3:16)
  23. 23 Swing out to Victory (2:34)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Up Jumped You with Love (3:21)
  2. 2 Romance a La Mode (3:22)
  3. 3 That's What the Well-Dressed Man in Harlem Will Wear (2:30)
  4. 4 That Ain't Right (3:02)
  5. 5 Ain't Misbehavin' (4:01)
  6. 6 Moppin' and Boppin' (4:29)
  7. 7 Ain't Misbehavin'/Two Sleepy People (5:34)
  8. 8 Slightly Less Than Wonderful/There's a Gal in My Life (5:42)
  9. 9 That's What the Bird Said to Me (2:05)
  10. 10 Waller Jive/Hallelujah (2:49)
  11. 11 This Is So Nice It Must Be Illegal/Martinique (3:43)
  12. 12 You're a Viper (The Reefer Song) (2:57)
  13. 13 Solitude (4:35)
  14. 14 Bouncin' on a V-Disc (4:44)
  15. 15 Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child (4:37)
  16. 16 By the Light of the Silvery Moon (2:19)
  17. 17 The Ladies Who Sing with the Band (3:13)
  18. 18 To a Wild Rose/Don't Get Around Much Anymore (4:25)
  19. 19 St. Louis Blues (2:47)
  20. 20 Organ Tests (2:25)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Pleasure Mad (2:47)
  2. 2 Back-Bitin' Mama (2:50)
  3. 3 I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling (2:53)
  4. 4 Maybe-Who Knows? (3:14)
  5. 5 Chloe - Shilkret's Rhythm-Melodists (2:47)
  6. 6 When You're with Somebody Else - Shilkret's Rhythm-Melodists (2:27)
  7. 7 Wipe 'Em Off (2:43)
  8. 8 You Run You Mouth, I'll Run My Business (3:30)
  9. 9 Georgia Grind, Pt. 2 (2:58)
  10. 10 Georgia Grind, Pt. 3 (2:59)
  11. 11 Oh Sister Ain't That Hot, Pt. 2 (2:42)
  12. 12 Oh Sister Ain't That Hot, Pt. 3 (2:49)
  13. 13 Oh Sister Ain't That Hot (1:56)
  14. 14 Dancing Fool, Pt. 2 (2:52)
  15. 15 Dancing Fool, Pt. 3 (2:31)
  16. 16 (You're Some) Pretty Doll, Pt. 2 (2:56)
  17. 17 (You're Some) Pretty Doll, Pt. 3 (2:51)
  18. 18 Pantin' in the Panther Room (3:05)
  19. 19 Come Down to Earth, My Angel (3:14)
  20. 20 Shortnin' Bread (2:44)
  21. 21 Carolina Shout (2:42)
  22. 22 Your Socks Don't Match (3:09)
  23. 23 Martinique (3:24)
  24. 24 Hallelujah (3:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fats Waller Primary Artist, Organ, Piano, Celeste, Vocals, Bells, Soloist, Spoken Word
Eddie Condon Guitar
Pee Wee Russell Clarinet
Slam Stewart String Bass
Ethel Waters Vocals
Irving Ashby Guitar
Carl Kress Guitar
Zutty Singleton Drums
George Wettling Drums
Ed Allen Cornet
Gene Austin Vocals
Herman Autrey Trumpet
Benny Carter Trumpet
George Brunies Trombone
Bob Carroll Tenor Saxophone
Jackie Fields Alto Saxophone
Ray Hogan Trombone
George James Alto Saxophone
Wilmore Slick Jones Drums
Alton Moore Trombone
Gene Porter Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Powell Alto Saxophone
Lou Raderman Violin
John Raymond Violin
Frank Robinson Harmonica, Baritone Saxophone
Artie Shapiro String Bass
Willie "The Lion" Smith Piano
Harry Urbont Violin
Clarence Williams Vocals, Jug
George Wilson Trombone
Charlie Butterfield Trombone
Murray Kellner Violin
Arthur Trappier Drums
Ada Brown Vocals
Marty Marsala Trumpet
Cedric Wallace String Bass
Nathaniel Williams Trumpet
Bobby Williams Trumpet
John "Bugs" Hamilton Trumpet
Chet Hazlett Saxophone
Joe Thomas Trumpet
Dick Cherwin String Bass
Mike Mosiello Trumpet
Murray Cohen Saxophone
Andy Sannella Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Eugene Sedric Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Fletcher Hereford Saxophone
Yascha Zayde Violin
Albert Casey Guitar
Ed Brader String Bass
Kathryn Perry Vocals
Mannie Weinstock Trumpet
John H. Smith Jr. Guitar
Herb Borodkin Vocals
John B. Giampietro Harp
Chet Kruzcek Violin
Dave McCrae Alto Saxophone
Eddie Stennard Saxophone
Herb Flemming Trombone
Stephen Schultz Trumpet
Technical Credits
Ted Kendall Remastering
Drew Kent Sleeve Notes
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