Fats Waller Honeysuckle Rose [ASV / Living Era] (2-CD)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: April 23, 2004
- Label: Asv Living Era
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.Honeysuckle Rose
- 2.Soothin' Syrup Stomp
- 3.I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby
- 4.I Wish I Were Twins
- 5.Handful of Keys
- 6.Don't Let It Bother You
- 7.Sweetie Pie
- 8.Believe It, Beloved
- 9.The Minor Drag
- 10.Harlem Fuss
- 11.Numb Fumblin'
- 12.I Ain't Got Nobody
- 13.Whose Honey Are You?
- 14.Oh, Susannah (Dust Off That Old Pianna)
- 15.I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling
- 16.Lulu's Back in Town
- 17.I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter
- 18.Valentine Stomp
- 20.My Very Good Friend the Milkman
- 21.Twelfth Street Rag
- 22.Sweet Sue, Just You
- 23.Smashing Thirds
- 25.I've Got My Fingers Crossed
- 26.All My Life
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.When Somebody Thinks You're Wonderful
- 2.African Ripples
- 3.I Got Rhythm
- 4.Alligator Crawl
- 5.It's a Sin to Tell a Lie
- 6.Until the Real Thing Comes Along
- 7.Bye Bye, Baby
- 8.Viper's Drag
- 11.Blue, Turning Grey Over You
- 12.Keepin' Out of Mischief Now
- 13.The Joint Is Jumpin'
- 14.I Love to Whistle
- 15.The Sheik of Araby
- 16.Two Sleepy People
- 17.Yacht Club Swing
- 18.Squeeze Me
- 19.Your Feet's Too Big
- 20.I Can't Give You Anything But Love
- 21.Carolina Shout
- 22.'Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do
- 23.Chant of the Groove
- 24.The Jitterbug Waltz
- 25.Ain't Misbehavin'
Personnel: Fats Waller (vocals, piano); Irving Ashby, James Smith , Al Casey (guitar); Eddie Condon (banjo); Arville Harris, Mezz Mezzrow, Rudy Powell (clarinet, alto saxophone); Gene Sedric, Ben Whitted (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Emmett Matthews (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Fred Askerritt, William Alsop, George James, Jackie Fields, Dave McRae , Jimmy Powell (alto saxophone); Lonnie Simmons , Bob Carroll (tenor saxophone); Fred Skerritt (baritone saxophone); C.E. Smith, John "Bugs" Hamilton , Herman Autrey, Nathaniel Williams, Andy Anderson , Charlie Gaines, Benny Carter , Bill Coleman , Bobby Williams (trumpet); Herb Flemming, Shorty Haughton, George Wilson, Floyd O'Brien, Fred Robinson , George Robinson, Ray Hogan, Slim Moore , Charlie Irvis (trombone); Henry Duncan (piano); Yank Porter (vibraphone, drums); Harry Dial's Blusicians, Arthur Trappier, Arnold Boling, Slick Jones, Zutty Singleton (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Martin Haskell.
Liner Note Author: Vic Bellerby.
Arrangers: L.E. Freeman; Saul Chaplin; Sammy Cahn.
Fats Waller was a vocalist, composer, even a comedian and satirist, but most importantly, he was a phenomenally gifted piano player, and his smooth stride style always sounds fresh and vital. This delightful two-disc overview of his career spotlights all the aspects of his immense talent, as a singer (check out the hypercharged version of George and Ira Gershwin's "I Got Rhythm" or the assured "I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby"), organist (his light, breezy approach is featured on "Soothin' Syrup Stomp"), composer (the classic "Ain't Misbehavin'" is included here in the version that was used on the soundtrack to the 1943 film Stormy Weather), and solo pianist ("African Ripples," "Viper's Drag," and a fine version of James P. Johnson's "Carolina Shout"). Few performers in the history of jazz, or in the pop realm for that matter, have been able to combine such musical brilliance with such a steady, fun, and crowd-pleasing manner, traits that made Waller the prototypical entertainer. This is joyous music. Nothing will chase away a gray day faster than a Fats Waller collection, and this is a very good one at a decent price. ~ Steve Leggett
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