The Essential Collection

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
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...
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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
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
  • EAN: 5022810187820
  • Catalog Number: 878

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Won't You Take Me Home? - Morris's Hot Babies (2:49)
  2. 2 You Rascal, You - Jack Teagarden Orchestra (3:15)
  3. 3 Handful of Keys (Piano Solo) (2:49)
  4. 4 Loveless Love (3:12)
  5. 5 Harlem Fuss - Fats Waller & His Buddies (2:42)
  6. 6 That's What I Like About You - Jack Teagarden Orchestra (3:26)
  7. 7 Valentine Stomp (Piano Solo) (3:27)
  8. 8 I Wish I Were Twins (2:43)
  9. 9 Hog-Maw Stomp (3:08)
  10. 10 Won't You Get off It, Please? - Fats Waller & His Buddies (3:03)
  11. 11 Don't Let It Bother You (2:53)
  12. 12 I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling (Piano Solo) (2:52)
  13. 13 Sweet Sue-Just You (2:57)
  14. 14 Soothin' Syrup Stomp (3:01)
  15. 15 I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter (3:33)
  16. 16 Twelfth Street Rag (2:51)
  17. 17 Viper's Drag (Piano Solo) (3:00)
  18. 18 Got a Bran' New Suit (2:36)
  19. 19 My Very Good Friend the Milkman (3:34)
  20. 20 Woe! Is Me (2:59)
  21. 21 Sugar - Morris's Hot Babies (3:04)
  22. 22 When Somebody Thinks You're Wonderful (3:42)
  23. 23 I've Got My Fingers Crossed (2:41)
  24. 24 Sugar Rose (3:13)
  25. 25 Baby Brown (2:36)
  26. 26 Let's Sing Again (2:19)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Oooh! Look-A There, Ain't She Pretty? (2:37)
  2. 2 Smarty (You Know It All) (2:42)
  3. 3 Alligator Crawl (Piano Solo) (2:47)
  4. 4 It's a Sin to Tell a Lie (2:58)
  5. 5 There's Honey on the Moon Tonight (2:39)
  6. 6 African Ripples (Piano Solo) (3:12)
  7. 7 The Joint Is Jumpin' (2:51)
  8. 8 The Curse of an Aching Heart (2:32)
  9. 9 Fair and Square (2:44)
  10. 10 Honeysuckle Rose (4:34)
  11. 11 Ain't Misbehavin' - Fats Waller & His Continental Rhythm (3:01)
  12. 12 You Meet the Nicest People in Your Dreams (2:54)
  13. 13 Anita (3:16)
  14. 14 Keepin' out of Mischief Now (Piano Solo) (3:15)
  15. 15 Suitcase Susie (2:47)
  16. 16 Your Feet's Too Big (3:07)
  17. 17 Everybody Loves My Baby (2:58)
  18. 18 Little Curly Hair in a High Chair (3:12)
  19. 19 Pantin' in the Panther Room (3:03)
  20. 20 Old Grand Dad (2:48)
  21. 21 Shortnin' Bread (2:44)
  22. 22 Stop Pretending (3:10)
  23. 23 Bond Street (3:18)
  24. 24 Rump Steak Serenade (2:42)
  25. 25 Twenty-Four Robbers (2:46)
  26. 26 That's What the Well-Dressed Man in Harlem Will Wear - Victor First Nighter Orchestra And Chorus (2:27)
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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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