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Saga Jazz: Alligator Crawl

Fats Waller

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In 2004, Saga Jazz poured two dozen Fats Waller recordings into a more or less chronologically arranged collection named after one of his very best compositions, The Alligator Crawl. This unusual Waller album concentrates almost exclusively upon his piano solos, beginning with "Handful of Keys" and "Numb Fumblin'," recorded on March 1, 1929, and closing with two solos punctuated by vocal outbursts recorded for the Armed Forces V-Disc label on September 23, 1943. Waller is heard with his Rhythm group on two sides dating from January 1935. These are the salty "Because of Once Upon a Time" and the moody "Night Wind," a song of heartbreak with breathtaking passages played upon the organ. He also sings on "I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby" and "Draggin' My Heart Around." These solo piano performances date from 1931, a year during which Waller also recorded with bands led by Ted Lewis and Jack Teagarden. The fact that this collection contains mostly piano solos means that the very essence of Thomas Waller's musical world is presented without a lot of distractions. It provides an excellent opportunity for understanding the man's artistry on a deeper level than is often achieved or even hinted at by collections that focus upon his comedic talents.
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1
Handful of Keys
00:02:59

Fats Waller, interprète - T Waller, compositeur

2003 Saga Sarl

2
Numb Fumblin'
00:03:01

Fats Waller, interprète - T Waller, compositeur

2003 Saga Sarl

3
Ain't Misbehavin'
00:03:06

Fats Waller, interprète - H Brooks, compositeur - T Waller, compositeur - A Razaf, compositeur

2003 Saga Sarl

4
Sweet Savannah Sue
00:03:04

Fats Waller, interprète - H Brooks, compositeur - A Razaf, compositeur - T Waller, compositeur

2003 Saga Sarl

5
Love Me or Leave Me
00:02:46

Fats Waller, interprète - W Donaldson, compositeur - G. Kahn, compositeur

2003 Saga Sarl

6
Gladyse
00:03:00

Fats Waller, interprète - T Waller, compositeur

2003 Saga Sarl

7
Valentine Stomp
00:03:29

Fats Waller, interprète - T Waller, compositeur

2003 Saga Sarl

8
Goin' About
00:03:24

Fats Waller, interprète - T Waller, compositeur

2003 Saga Sarl

9
Smashing Thirds
00:03:15

Fats Waller, interprète - T Waller, compositeur

2003 Saga Sarl

10
My Fate Is In Your Hands
00:02:50

Fats Waller, interprète - A Razaf, compositeur - T Waller, compositeur

2003 Saga Sarl

11
St Louis Blues
00:03:11

Fats Waller, interprète - W.C. Handy, compositeur

2003 Saga Sarl

12
After You've Gone
00:03:32

Fats Waller, interprète - J.T. Layton, compositeur - Henry Creamer, compositeur

2003 Saga Sarl

13
I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby
00:03:24

Fats Waller, interprète - A Hill, compositeur - T Waller, compositeur

2003 Saga Sarl

14
Draggin' My Heart Around
00:03:25

Fats Waller, interprète - A Hill, compositeur

2003 Saga Sarl

15
Alligator Crawl
00:02:47

Fats Waller, interprète - T Waller, compositeur

2003 Saga Sarl

16
Viper's Drag
00:03:01

Fats Waller, interprète - T Waller, compositeur

2003 Saga Sarl

17
Night Wind
00:03:19

Fats Waller, interprète - D Pollock, compositeur - B Rothberg, compositeur

2003 Saga Sarl

18
African Ripples
00:02:11

Fats Waller, interprète - T Waller, compositeur

2003 Saga Sarl

19
Because of Once Upon a Time
00:01:35

Fats Waller, interprète - B Maltin, compositeur - H Stride, compositeur - Jacob Young, compositeur

2003 Saga Sarl

20
Keepin' Out of Mischief Now
00:03:15

Fats Waller, interprète - A Razaf, compositeur - T Waller, compositeur

2003 Saga Sarl

21
Star Dust
00:03:19

Fats Waller, interprète - H. Carmichael, compositeur - M Parish, compositeur

2003 Saga Sarl

22
Carolina Shout
00:02:42

Fats Waller, interprète - James P. Johnson, compositeur

2003 Saga Sarl

23
Honeysuckle Rose (à la Bach / Beethoven / Brahms / Waller)
00:03:31

Fats Waller, interprète - A Razaf, compositeur - T Waller, compositeur

2003 Saga Sarl

24
Fats Waller V-Disc Happy Medley: Waller Jive/Hallelujah
00:02:50

Fats Waller, interprète - C Grey, compositeur - L. Robin, compositeur - T Waller, compositeur - V. Youmans, compositeur

2003 Saga Sarl

Album Description

In 2004, Saga Jazz poured two dozen Fats Waller recordings into a more or less chronologically arranged collection named after one of his very best compositions, The Alligator Crawl. This unusual Waller album concentrates almost exclusively upon his piano solos, beginning with "Handful of Keys" and "Numb Fumblin'," recorded on March 1, 1929, and closing with two solos punctuated by vocal outbursts recorded for the Armed Forces V-Disc label on September 23, 1943. Waller is heard with his Rhythm group on two sides dating from January 1935. These are the salty "Because of Once Upon a Time" and the moody "Night Wind," a song of heartbreak with breathtaking passages played upon the organ. He also sings on "I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby" and "Draggin' My Heart Around." These solo piano performances date from 1931, a year during which Waller also recorded with bands led by Ted Lewis and Jack Teagarden. The fact that this collection contains mostly piano solos means that the very essence of Thomas Waller's musical world is presented without a lot of distractions. It provides an excellent opportunity for understanding the man's artistry on a deeper level than is often achieved or even hinted at by collections that focus upon his comedic talents.
© arwulf arwulf /TiVo

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