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

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/10/2006
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • UPC: 788065902827
  • Catalog Number: 928
  • Sales rank: 96,732

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Handful of Keys (2:53)
  2. 2 The Minor Drag (2:43)
  3. 3 Harlem Fuss (3:24)
  4. 4 Numb Fumblin' (2:58)
  5. 5 Ain't Misbehavin' (3:05)
  6. 6 Sweet Savannah Sue (3:05)
  7. 7 I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling (2:53)
  8. 8 Love Me or Leave Me (2:43)
  9. 9 Gladyse (2:58)
  10. 10 Valentine Stomp (3:26)
  11. 11 Waiting at the End of the Road (3:15)
  12. 12 Baby, Oh! Where Can You Be? (2:52)
  13. 13 Tanglefoot (3:12)
  14. 14 That's All (3:28)
  15. 15 Waitin' at the End of the Road (3:28)
  16. 16 Baby, Oh! Where Can You Be? (3:18)
  17. 17 Goin' About (3:19)
  18. 18 My Feelin's Are Hurt (3:07)
  19. 19 That's How I Feel Today (3:04)
  20. 20 Six or Seven Times (3:28)
  21. 21 Smashing Thirds (3:12)
  22. 22 Lookin' Good But Feelin' Bad (2:41)
  23. 23 I Need Someone Like You (3:38)
  24. 24 Big Business, Pt. 1 (3:45)
  25. 25 Big Business, Pt. 2 (3:12)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Plain Dirt (2:46)
  2. 2 Gee, Ain't I Good to You? (3:30)
  3. 3 I'd Love It (3:10)
  4. 4 The Way I Feel Today (2:53)
  5. 5 Miss Hannah (3:05)
  6. 6 Peggy (3:21)
  7. 7 Wherever There's a Will, Baby (3:02)
  8. 8 You Don't Understand (3:00)
  9. 9 You've Got to Be Modernistic (3:08)
  10. 10 My Fate Is in Your Hands (3:09)
  11. 11 My Fate Is in Your Hands (2:45)
  12. 12 Turn on the Heat (2:31)
  13. 13 Lookin' for Another Sweetie (3:08)
  14. 14 Ridin' But Walkin' (2:34)
  15. 15 Won't You Get off It, Please? (3:04)
  16. 16 When I'm Alone (3:34)
  17. 17 St Louis Blues (3:07)
  18. 18 After You've Gone (3:30)
  19. 19 Girls Like You Were Meant for Boys Like Me (3:03)
  20. 20 Arkansas Blues (2:40)
  21. 21 Egyptian-Ella (3:25)
  22. 22 I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby (3:11)
  23. 23 Dallas Blues (3:21)
  24. 24 Royal Garden Blues (3:02)
  25. 25 I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby (3:21)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Draggin' My Heart Around (3:23)
  2. 2 You Rascal You (3:17)
  3. 3 That's What I Like About You (3:28)
  4. 4 Chances Are (3:16)
  5. 5 I Got the Ritz from the One I Love (3:27)
  6. 6 China Boy (3:07)
  7. 7 Lies (3:12)
  8. 8 I'm Sorry Dear (3:03)
  9. 9 Tiger Rag (3:07)
  10. 10 I Would Do Anything for You (3:06)
  11. 11 Mean Old Bed Bug Blues (3:09)
  12. 12 Yellow Dog Blues (3:21)
  13. 13 Yes Suh! (2:53)
  14. 14 A Shine on Your Shoes/Louisiana Hayride (3:15)
  15. 15 A Porter's Love Song to a Chambermaid (3:24)
  16. 16 I Wish I Were Twins (2:44)
  17. 17 Armful O' Sweetness (3:05)
  18. 18 Do Me a Favor (3:14)
  19. 19 Georgia May (2:41)
  20. 20 Then I'll Be Tired of You (3:14)
  21. 21 Don't Let It Bother You (2:55)
  22. 22 Have a Little Dream on Me (2:48)
  23. 23 Serenade for a Wealthy Widow (2:41)
  24. 24 How Can You Face Me? (2:50)
  25. 25 Sweetie Pie (3:05)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Mandy (2:35)
  2. 2 Let's Pretend There's a Moon (3:30)
  3. 3 You're Not the Only Oyster in the Stew (3:15)
  4. 4 Honeysuckle Rose (2:42)
  5. 5 Believe It, Beloved (2:44)
  6. 6 Dream Man (3:03)
  7. 7 I'm Growing Fonder of You (3:22)
  8. 8 If It Isn't Love (2:58)
  9. 9 Breakin' the Ice (3:19)
  10. 10 I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling (2:52)
  11. 11 I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling (3:02)
  12. 12 Love Me or Leave Me (2:49)
  13. 13 Gladyse (2:57)
  14. 14 Valentine Stomp (3:17)
  15. 15 Waiting at the End of the Road (3:05)
  16. 16 Baby, Oh! Where Can You Be? (3:03)
  17. 17 Tanglefoot (3:04)
  18. 18 Waiting at the End of the Road (3:24)
  19. 19 Baby, Oh! Where Can You Be? (3:20)
  20. 20 Goin' About (3:12)
  21. 21 Where Ever There's a Will (3:00)
  22. 22 I Would Do Anything for You (3:03)
  23. 23 Mean Old Bed Bug Blues (2:57)
  24. 24 Yellow Dog Blues (3:18)
  25. 25 Yes Suh! (2:52)
  26. 26 I Wish I Were Twins (2:41)
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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
George Brunies 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
Una 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
Red McKenzie Contributor
Harry Barth Brass Band
John Nesbitt Arranger
Ted Kendall Liner Notes, Remastering
Drew Kent Sleeve Notes
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