Essential Collection

Essential Collection

by Fats Waller
     
 

The essence of Fats Waller certainly seems to have found its way onto Avid Entertainment's 52-track The Essential Collection. Released in 2006, this is a thoroughly scrambled assortment of piano and organ solos, examples of Waller as a sideman with Jack Teagarden's Orchestra and See more details below

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The essence of Fats Waller certainly seems to have found its way onto Avid Entertainment's 52-track The Essential Collection. Released in 2006, this is a thoroughly scrambled assortment of piano and organ solos, examples of Waller as a sideman with Jack Teagarden's Orchestra and Thomas Morris' Hot Babies, and a whole lot of great moments with Fats Waller & His Buddies, Fats Waller & His Rhythm, and Fats Waller, His Rhythm & Orchestra. Waller was the very first jazz organist, and the examples heard here (five syncopated organ solos scattered throughout, as well as the bracing hot-jazz-band-with-pipe-organ sound of "Won't You Take Me Home") should be understood as revolutionary achievements, in light of the fact that the only organ recordings circulating in 1927 were exclusively classical or heavily sweetened pop music. Six piano solos convey the magnificence of Harlem stride, a style that Waller learned first-hand from James P. Johnson, Luckey Roberts, and Willie "The Lion" Smith. This collection is designed for casual listening. The sprinkling of organ solos between ensemble tracks might actually enable some listeners to relax and enjoy the muscular undulations of this unusual instrument. Note that this is one of the few Waller compilations that acts upon "Eddie Condon's" insistance that the recording usually referred to as "Minor Drag" was originally supposed to be called "Harlem Fuss," and vice versa. Whoever selected the "Rhythm" sides obviously wanted to illustrate Waller's full range of emotion and temperament. "Rump Steak Serenade" stands as a good example of what Fats Waller & His Rhythm sounded like as the core of a well-arranged big band. And Irving Berlin's "That's What the Well Dressed Man in Harlem Will Wear" (here Waller sings WWII propaganda in front of the Victor First Nighter Orchestra) bears witness to the War Effort to which Waller sacrificed his final months of restless activity before succumbing to pneumonia at the age of 39 in December 1943. A good introduction to Thomas Waller, and an incitement to study his legacy up close, perhaps in a more thorough and carefully structured manner.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/24/2006
Label:
Avid Records Uk
UPC:
5022810187820
catalogNumber:
878

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Won't You Take Me Home?  -  Morris's Hot Babies
  2. You Rascal, You  -  Jack Teagarden Orchestra
  3. Handful of Keys (Piano Solo)
  4. Loveless Love
  5. Harlem Fuss  -  Fats Waller & His Buddies
  6. That's What I Like About You  -  Jack Teagarden Orchestra
  7. Valentine Stomp (Piano Solo)
  8. I Wish I Were Twins
  9. Hog-Maw Stomp
  10. Won't You Get off It, Please?  -  Fats Waller & His Buddies
  11. Don't Let It Bother You
  12. I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling (Piano Solo)
  13. Sweet Sue-Just You
  14. Soothin' Syrup Stomp
  15. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter
  16. Twelfth Street Rag
  17. Viper's Drag (Piano Solo)
  18. Got a Bran' New Suit
  19. My Very Good Friend the Milkman
  20. Woe! Is Me
  21. Sugar  -  Morris's Hot Babies
  22. When Somebody Thinks You're Wonderful
  23. I've Got My Fingers Crossed
  24. Sugar Rose
  25. Baby Brown
  26. Let's Sing Again

Disc 2

  1. Oooh! Look-A There, Ain't She Pretty?
  2. Smarty (You Know It All)
  3. Alligator Crawl (Piano Solo)
  4. It's a Sin to Tell a Lie
  5. There's Honey on the Moon Tonight
  6. African Ripples (Piano Solo)
  7. The Joint Is Jumpin'
  8. The Curse of an Aching Heart
  9. Fair and Square
  10. Honeysuckle Rose
  11. Ain't Misbehavin'  -  Fats Waller & His Continental Rhythm
  12. You Meet the Nicest People in Your Dreams
  13. Anita
  14. Keepin' out of Mischief Now (Piano Solo)
  15. Suitcase Susie
  16. Your Feet's Too Big
  17. Everybody Loves My Baby
  18. Little Curly Hair in a High Chair
  19. Pantin' in the Panther Room
  20. Old Grand Dad
  21. Shortnin' Bread
  22. Stop Pretending
  23. Bond Street
  24. Rump Steak Serenade
  25. Twenty-Four Robbers
  26. That's What the Well-Dressed Man in Harlem Will Wear  -  Victor First Nighter Orchestra And Chorus

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fats Waller   Primary Artist,Organ,Celeste,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Spoken Word
Jack Teagarden   Vocals
Harry Dial's Blusicians   Spoken Word

Technical Credits

Fats Waller   Arranger
Lester Young   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Will J. Harris   Composer
Burton Lane   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Joseph Meyer   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Maceo Pinkard   Composer
Brooks Bowman   Composer
Ralph Freed   Composer
Billy Mayhew   Composer
James Sumner   Composer
Lewis Young   Composer
Henry Fink   Composer
Charles LaFreniere   Composer

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