Fats Waller

Breakin' the Ice: The Early Years, Part 1

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This two-CD set has the first 42 recordings of Fats Waller with his Rhythm. The brilliant stride pianist/vocalist/ composer/personality became very popular due to these 1934-35 recordings which feature either Herman Autrey or Bill Coleman on trumpet, Gene Sedric, Ben Whitted, Mezz Mezzrow or Rudy Powell on reeds, guitarist Al Casey and a rhythm section. All of Waller's Victor recordings have been reissued on CD and this two-fer (which includes such memorable numbers as "A Porter's Love Song to a Chambermaid," "Serenade for a Wealthy Widow," "How Can You Face Me," "Honeysuckle Rose," "Believe It, Beloved," "I Ain't Got Nobody," "Oh Suzannah Dust Off That Old Pianna" and "You've Been Taking Lessons in Love") is a perfect place to start.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:21
2 2:40
3 3:02
4
3:10
5 2:36
6 3:09
7
2:50
8
2:45
9 2:37
10
2:46
11
3:04
12 2:30
13 3:27
14 3:12
15 2:38
16 2:40
17 2:58
18 3:19
19 2:54
20 3:16
21 3:06
22 3:03

Track Listing - Disc 2

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:13
2 2:33
3
3:21
4 3:13
5 2:54
6
2:28
7
3:27
8 2:49
9 2:50
10 2:37
11
3:07
12
2:59
13
2:48
14 3:05
15 2:50
16
2:48
17
2:59
18 2:33
19 2:36
20 3:31
21
3:07
22 3:21
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