Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2: A Handful of Keys

The Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2: A Handful of Keys

by Fats Waller
The British JSP reissue label specializes in nicely affordable four-CD sets that are chronological tributes to legendary jazz musicians like Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet, Bix Beiderbecke and Jimmie Noone. While each of these editions has


The British JSP reissue label specializes in nicely affordable four-CD sets that are chronological tributes to legendary jazz musicians like Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet, Bix Beiderbecke and Jimmie Noone. While each of these editions has proven useful, fulfilling and entertaining, Volume Two in JSP's Complete Recorded Works of Fats Waller must be regarded as a major triumph in historical jazz research and resurgence. For generations Fats Waller's music has appeared, disappeared and resurfaced in jumbled samplers and "Best Of" collections, with occasional attempts at comprehensive chronological revisitation serving to support and satiate those for whom there can never be enough Fats Waller. The RCA Vintage, Black & White and Bluebird editions of the 1960s, '70s, '80s and '90s each did a good job of keeping most of Waller's music available for both longtime devotees and curious newcomers, and the French have done a marvelous job with their extensive Classics chronological Waller series. Yet throughout all of this reissuing activity, the emphasis was most often upon the vast quantity of Fats Waller's Rhythm recordings made between 1934 and 1942. Waller, whose first records were waxed in 1922, was a perfect cyclone of activity during the '20s and early '30s; seldom if ever has any one label traced the path of this label-hopping soloist, accompanist, sideman and leader throughout his first decade of recording activity as has JSP with their conclusively complete Fats Waller edition. Most important is the inclusion of every doggone session that Waller participated in between March 1, 1929 and November 7, 1934, regardless of who was billed as the leader or primary performer. This means that in addition to Waller's superb piano and pipe organ solos, his piano duets with Benny Payne, his accompaniments for vocalists Gene Austin and Monette Moore, and the amazing Fats Waller & His Buddies sessions, Waller is heard plunking the piano behind Eddie Green and the cast of the popular revue Hot Chocolates, as an active member of Jimmy Johnson & His Orchestra, and sitting in with Benny Carter, Don Redman and the Chocolate Dandies; the Mound City Blues Blowers, McKinney's Cotton Pickers, the Ted Lewis Orchestra, Billy Banks & His Rhythmakers and the Jack Teagarden Orchestra. The Teagarden sides, which have most often appeared on obscure Teagarden reissues, are fascinating examples of what Waller was up to during his lean years of only occasional recording activity between 1929 and 1934. JSP has done a terrific job of restoring these old and in some cases quite rare recordings; here at last, for example, is a clean copy of the Teagarden/Waller rendering of that immortal opus, "I Got the Ritz from the One I Love." As for Fats Waller and His Rhythm, this compilation contains the first 20 titles ever recorded by that excellent little band. Because of their freshness and spontaneity, these are among the best of all the "Rhythm" sides. The alternate takes from this part of the Waller discography were deposited on the fourth disc "to avoid excessive repetition." Highest praise goes to Ted Kendall for having done such an impeccable job of compiling and remastering these essential musical episodes from the life of Thomas Fats Waller.

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Disc 1

  1. Handful of Keys
  2. The Minor Drag
  3. Harlem Fuss
  4. Numb Fumblin'
  5. Ain't Misbehavin'
  6. Sweet Savannah Sue
  7. I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling
  8. Love Me or Leave Me
  9. Gladyse
  10. Valentine Stomp
  11. Waiting at the End of the Road
  12. Baby, Oh! Where Can You Be?
  13. Tanglefoot
  14. That's All
  15. Waitin' at the End of the Road
  16. Baby, Oh! Where Can You Be?
  17. Goin' About
  18. My Feelin's Are Hurt
  19. That's How I Feel Today
  20. Six or Seven Times
  21. Smashing Thirds
  22. Lookin' Good But Feelin' Bad
  23. I Need Someone Like You
  24. Big Business, Pt. 1
  25. Big Business, Pt. 2

Disc 2

  1. Plain Dirt
  2. Gee, Ain't I Good to You?
  3. I'd Love It
  4. The Way I Feel Today
  5. Miss Hannah
  6. Peggy
  7. Wherever There's a Will, Baby
  8. You Don't Understand
  9. You've Got to Be Modernistic
  10. My Fate Is in Your Hands
  11. My Fate Is in Your Hands
  12. Turn on the Heat
  13. Lookin' for Another Sweetie
  14. Ridin' But Walkin'
  15. Won't You Get off It, Please?
  16. When I'm Alone
  17. St Louis Blues
  18. After You've Gone
  19. Girls Like You Were Meant for Boys Like Me
  20. Arkansas Blues
  21. Egyptian-Ella
  22. I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby
  23. Dallas Blues
  24. Royal Garden Blues
  25. I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby

Disc 3

  1. Draggin' My Heart Around
  2. You Rascal You
  3. That's What I Like About You
  4. Chances Are
  5. I Got the Ritz from the One I Love
  6. China Boy
  7. Lies
  8. I'm Sorry Dear
  9. Tiger Rag
  10. I Would Do Anything for You
  11. Mean Old Bed Bug Blues
  12. Yellow Dog Blues
  13. Yes Suh!
  14. A Shine on Your Shoes/Louisiana Hayride
  15. A Porter's Love Song to a Chambermaid
  16. I Wish I Were Twins
  17. Armful O' Sweetness
  18. Do Me a Favor
  19. Georgia May
  20. Then I'll Be Tired of You
  21. Don't Let It Bother You
  22. Have a Little Dream on Me
  23. Serenade for a Wealthy Widow
  24. How Can You Face Me?
  25. Sweetie Pie

Disc 4

  1. Mandy
  2. Let's Pretend There's a Moon
  3. You're Not the Only Oyster in the Stew
  4. Honeysuckle Rose
  5. Believe It, Beloved
  6. Dream Man
  7. I'm Growing Fonder of You
  8. If It Isn't Love
  9. Breakin' the Ice
  10. I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling
  11. I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling
  12. Love Me or Leave Me
  13. Gladyse
  14. Valentine Stomp
  15. Waiting at the End of the Road
  16. Baby, Oh! Where Can You Be?
  17. Tanglefoot
  18. Waiting at the End of the Road
  19. Baby, Oh! Where Can You Be?
  20. Goin' About
  21. Where Ever There's a Will
  22. I Would Do Anything for You
  23. Mean Old Bed Bug Blues
  24. Yellow Dog Blues
  25. Yes Suh!
  26. I Wish I Were Twins

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fats Waller   Primary Artist,Organ,Piano,Celeste,Vocals,Pipe organ
Bill Coleman   Trumpet
Eddie Condon   Banjo
Bud Freeman   Tenor Saxophone
Benny Goodman   Clarinet
James P. Johnson   Piano
Gene Krupa   Drums
Albert Nicholas   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Pee Wee Russell   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Muggsy Spanier   Cornet
Rex Stewart   Trumpet
Jack Teagarden   Trombone,Vocals,Vibes
Ray Bauduc   Drums
Ted Lewis   Clarinet,Vocals
Matty Matlock   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Adrian Rollini   Baritone Saxophone
Zutty Singleton   Drums
Charlie Teagarden   Trumpet
Don Redman   Clarinet,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Vocals
Coleman Hawkins   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Teddy Bunn   Banjo
Red McKenzie   Vocals,Comb
Jimmy Archey   Trombone
Gene Austin   Vocals
Herman Autrey   Trumpet
Billy Banks   Vocals
Artie Bernstein   String Bass
Larry Binyon   Tenor Saxophone
Jack Bland   Guitar
Georg Brunis   Trombone
Pops Foster   Bass,String Bass
Harry Goodman   String Bass
Arville Harris   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Irvis   Trombone
Claude Jones   Trombone
Stan King   Drums
Nappy Lamare   Guitar
John Lucas   Drums
Mezz Mezzrow   Clarinet
Monette Moore   Vocals
Floyd O'Brien   Trombone
Benny Payne   Piano
Orlando Roberson   Vocals
Gil Rodin   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Charles Turner   String Bass
Ben Whitted   Clarinet
Dave Wilborn   Banjo
Sam Blank   Trombone
Sterling Bose   Trumpet
Joe Catalyne   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Max Farley   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Hymie Wolfson   Tenor Saxophone
Louis Martin   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Sammy Shapiro   Violin
Mae Carlisle   Vocals
Fats Waller & His Rhythm   Track Performer
Jack Teagarden Orchestra   Track Performer
Ted Lewis Orchestra   Track Performer
Gil Bowers   Piano
Otto Hardwick   Alto Saxophone
Oliver Childs   Bass (Vocal)
Dave Klein   Trumpet
Charlie Gaines   Trumpet
Herman Hughes   Tenor (Vocal)
Maceo Johnson   Baritone (Vocal)
Harry Dial's Blusicians   Drums,Vibes,Spoken Word
Jimmy Johnson & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Dave Nelson & the King's Men   Trumpet
Fats Waller & His Buddies   Track Performer
Albert Casey   Guitar
Kaiser Marshall   Drums
Theodore McCord   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Lord   Clarinet
Sol Klein   Violin
Joe "King" Oliver   Trumpet
Billy Banks & His Rhythmakers   Track Performer
Gene Cedric   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Sidney DeParis   Arranger,Direction
Harry Barth   Brass Band
John Nesbitt   Arranger
Ted Kendall   Liner Notes
Drew Kent   Sleeve Notes

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