Monday, September 30, 2019

Fats Waller and His Rhythm the Last Years ( 1940-1943 ) [1989] (3 x CD's)


Fats Waller and His Rhythm the Last Years ( 1940-1943 ) [1989] (3 x CD's)

Since all of the previous Fats Waller Rhythm reissue series start off in 1934 and get discontinued before reaching the '40s, this time around the newest program has started out with Waller's last recordings and is working its way backwards. This essential three-CD set contains the pianist/vocalist/composer's last 63 studio recordings. Some of the titles are quite laughable ("Little Curly Hair in a High Chair," "You're a Square from Delaware," "Abercrombie Had a Zombie" and "Come Down to Earth My Angel") but Waller manages to either satirize or save virtually all of the somewhat dubious material. There are some out-and-out classics included on this set too, including "Fats Waller's Original E Flat Blues," "All That Meat and No Potatoes" and "The Jitterbug Waltz"; this wonderful set of spirited music concludes with "Ain't Misbehavin'" from the soundtrack of Stormy Weather. (AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow)

Box sets are an unlikely way to begin collecting an artist, but there's an addictive pull to Fats Waller's work. He was a larger-than-life personality who could leap from earnest sentimentality to outright mockery in the next breath, or take a lightweight novelty tune and make it far more novel with a few verbal and musical touches. While jazz has had numerous pianists who hum, grunt, or mumble while they're playing, Waller was the only one who could turn the compulsion into comic patter, and there have been few pianists who have had a comparable impact on the way the instrument is played. There are 63 tracks on this three CD-set, chronicling Waller's band and orchestra recordings for RCA Victor in the three years before his death, in 1943. As with other volumes in the series, there's a host of surprises. Waller's a fountain of verbal and musical invention, whether it's reinventing the lyrics of Lil Armstrong's "You Run Your Mouth" or creating the delicate organ-guitar dialogue of "Mamacita" with guitarist Al Casey. Two of Waller's most enduring compositions are heard in singular versions here. "Jitterbug Waltz" gets its first performance with Waller playing organ with a big band, while "Ain't Misbehavin'," the last tune here, is heard in an inspired rendition with altoist Benny Carter and drummer Zutty Singleton (Amazon)


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Track lists


  01. Old Grand Dad
  02. Fat And Greasy
  03. Little Curly Hair In A High Chair
  04. (You're A) Square From Delaware
  05. You Run Your Mouth, I'll Run My Business (Take 2)
  06. Too Tired
  07. 'Send Me' Jackson
  08. Eep, Ipe, Wanna Piece Of Pie
  09. Stop Pretending
  10. I'll Never Smile Again
  11. My Mommie Sent Me To The Store
  12. Dry Bones
  13. Fats Waller's Original E Flat Blues
  14. Stayin' At Home
  15. Hey! Stop Kissin' My Sister
  16. Everybody Loves My Baby
  17. I'm Gonna Salt Away Some Sugar
  18. 'Tain't Nobody's Biz-Ness If I Do
  19. Abercrombie Had A Zombie
  20. Blue Eyes
  21. Scram!
  22. My Melancholy Baby


  01. Mamacita
  02. Liver Lip Jones
  03. Buckin' The Dice
  04. Pantin' In The Panther Room (Take 1)
  05. Come Down To Earth, My Angel (Take 1)
  06. Shortnin' Bread (Take 2)
  07. I Repent
  08. Do You Have To Go?
  09. Pan-Pan
  10. I Wanna Hear Swing Songs
  11. You're Gonna Be Sorry
  12. All That Meat And No Potatoes
  13. Let's Get Away From It All
  14. Twenty Four Robbers
  15. I Understand (Take 1)
  16. Sad Sap Sucker Am I
  17. Headlines In The News
  18. Chant Of The Groove
  19. Come And Get It
  20. Rump Steak Serenade
  21. Ain't Nothin' To It


  01. Oh Baby, Sweet Baby
  02. Buck Jumpin'
  03. That Gets It, Mr. Joe
  04. The Bells Of San Raquel
  05. Bessie, Bessie, Bessie
  06. Clarinet Marmalade
  07. Winter Weather
  08. Cash For Your Trash
  09. Don't Give Me That Jive
  10. Your Socks Don't Match (Take 2)
  11. We Need A Little Love
  12. You Must Be Losing Your Mind
  13. Really Fine
  14. The Jitterbug Waltz
  15. By The Light Of The Silvery Moon
  16. Swing Out To Victory
  17. Up Jumped You With Love
  18. Romance A La Mode
  19. Moppin' And Boppin'
  20. Ain't Misbehavin'