The Centennial Collection [RCA]

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All Music Guide - Gregory McIntosh
This edition of Bluebird's Centennial Collection series celebrates what would've been Fats Waller's 100th birthday with a CD and DVD set showcasing the diversity of Waller's canon, from vocal-led tracks such as the infectious "Spring Cleaning" to his remarkable virtuosity as a soloist "African Ripples," "Numb Feelin'" and one track with Waller on his preferred instrument, the organ "Beale Street Blues," with Alberta Hunter on vocals. The majority of the material is focused on Waller's vocal performances that brought him fame, his scruffy voice crooning out and his absolutely endearing, hilarious, yet slightly dark ad libs leading His Rhythm effortlessly through the ...
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All Music Guide - Gregory McIntosh
This edition of Bluebird's Centennial Collection series celebrates what would've been Fats Waller's 100th birthday with a CD and DVD set showcasing the diversity of Waller's canon, from vocal-led tracks such as the infectious "Spring Cleaning" to his remarkable virtuosity as a soloist "African Ripples," "Numb Feelin'" and one track with Waller on his preferred instrument, the organ "Beale Street Blues," with Alberta Hunter on vocals. The majority of the material is focused on Waller's vocal performances that brought him fame, his scruffy voice crooning out and his absolutely endearing, hilarious, yet slightly dark ad libs leading His Rhythm effortlessly through the swinging stomping-grounds of several songs Waller brought to the public eye and which likely would've otherwise floundered in obscurity. The collection opens with one such song, "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter," which Waller made famous in the mid-'30s, but the real gems on the collection are the songs Waller wrote himself, such as "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "The Joint Is Jumpin'." Surprisingly, neither "Honeysuckle Rose" nor "I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby And My Baby's Crazy 'Bout Me," perhaps Waller's two most famous compositions, makes an appearance here, but this is actually no loss considering the many Fats Waller collections available containing those two songs with little overlap otherwise. The focus here is less on the accomplishments for which Waller is truly well known and instead on the myriad accomplishments that have mostly lingered in the background of 70 years of shelf life. The CD is accompanied by a DVD featuring footage from the film King of Burlesque, in which Waller played a minor role, a cartoon made in the early '80s based on the track "Your Feet's Too Big," and other clips, making The Centennial Collection a handy set for collectors of Waller but still a very accessible and wonderful place for the curious to start.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/2004
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 828765995122
  • Catalog Number: 59951

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fats Waller Primary Artist, Piano
Alberta Hunter Vocals
Al Casey Guitar
Herman Autrey Trumpet
Arnold Boling Drums
Slick Jones Drums
Mezz Mezzrow Clarinet
Floyd O'Brien Trombone
Rudy Powell Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Gene Sedric Clarinet, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Arthur Trappier Drums
Cedric Wallace Bass, Drums
James Smith Guitar
Billy Taylor Jr. Bass
John "Bugs" Hamilton Trumpet
Arnold Bolden Drums
John "BJ John" Smith Guitar
Harry Dial's Blusicians Drums
Technical Credits
James P. Johnson Composer
Fats Waller Composer
Charlie Shavers Composer
Chick Webb Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
Vincent Youmans Composer
Mike Lipskin Liner Notes
Andy Razaf Composer
Milton Ager Composer
Fred E. Ahlert Composer
Johnny Burke Composer
Al Dubin Composer
Barry Feldman Reissue Producer
Porter Grainger Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
J.C. Johnson Composer
Leo Robin Composer
Arthur Schwartz Composer
Stuff Smith Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Clarence Williams Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Thomas Morris Composer
Teddy Powell Composer
Ed Kirkeby Composer
Rebecca Meek Package Art Direction
Joe Young Composer
Arthur Altman Composer
Fred Fisher Composer
Walter Samuels Composer
Harold Spina Composer
Ada Benson Composer
Desmond Carter Composer
Leonard Whitcup Composer
Nancy Beiman Animation
Sid Robin Composer
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