Jay McShann

A Tribute to Fats Waller

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Jay McShann does not sound at all like Fats Waller, but he is effective during this set of unaccompanied piano solos (no vocals) in bringing back to life nine of Waller's tunes, in his own way. A more blues-based improviser than Waller, with a sparser left hand (swing rather than stride), McShann is in spirited form on such numbers as "Honeysuckle Rose," "All My Life," "Lulu's Back In Town" and "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter."