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10/07/2014 10:46

Q#84 – Fats Waller “1934-1935″

Pianist Dr. Billy Taylor said (1991): “I saw Fats at the Lincoln Theater (in Washington, DC). He was playing organ right in the middle of the hall where I could see his feet on the pedals. He walked right by me later, a huge guy with his entourage all round him, but I was struck dumb. I couldn’t say anything. This was a kind of God, right?

Recorded: Sep. 1934 – Aug. 1935

from “The Penguin Jazz Guide – The History of the Music in the 1001 Best Albums”, Brian Morton & Richard Cook, 2010

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2 responses to Q#84 – Fats Waller “1934-1935″

  1. “The son of a clergyman, Fats worked in vaudeville until the mid-’20s and began composing with lyricist Andy Razaf. His fame came with the “Fats Waller And His Rhythm” sessions for Victor, which began in 1934 and yielded hundreds of titles. A nonpareil humorist and lampooner of trite pop whose own best songs have remained in repertory.

    His piano style, which emerged from stride, was percussive and swinging, delicate and whimsical. Waller worked hard in the studios, and though his material has been traditionally looked down upon, he did usually make the most of it, even if the relentless clowning, yelled asides, importuning of soloists and the general mayhem obscured much of what his hands were doing at the keyboard.”
    from the same book quoted above.

  2. It is a great treat to see so many legends in Jazz represented here. What great memories I (we) have upon discovering these people for the first time, and the joy when we hear(d) them again & again. Some albums not mentioned that are musts…Slide Hampton’s Sister Salvation; Jazz Crusaders’ Lookin’ Ahead; NY Jazz Sextet’s Group Therapy (an all-star group); Oliver Nelson’s Sound of Feeling; John Coltrane’s Tanganyika Strut; Lou Donaldson’s Here ‘Tis; Horace Silver’s Jody Grind, Cape Verdean Blues, Doin’ the Thing (live @ Village Gate); Nina Simone’s Forbidden Fruit; anything by the JJ & Kai groups; anything by MJT+3; Meet the JazzTet; and most important: Oliver Nelson’s Blues & Abstract Truth! (Yes, there are many more!)

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