Fats Waller

Career Perspective 1922-1943

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Covering pretty much the entire stretch of Fats Waller's career before his death in 1943, this Memoir overview takes in some early Hot Babies combo sides ("Red Hot Dan"), as well as a few fine collaborations with Ted Lewis ("I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby") and Jack Teagarden ("That's What I Like About You"). Plenty of Waller's patented humor is on display, especially amid the many often overlooked numbers from his later combo work for Bluebird ("Pent Up in a Penthouse," "Reefer Man"). Helping out is an all-star lineup that includes the likes of Benny Goodman, Buster Bailey, Coleman Hawkins, and Pee Wee Russell. Not the definitive collection (where are solo gems like "Smashing Thirds" and "Handful of Keys"?), Career Perspective still offers a viable roundup for newcomers.

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Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:02 Spotify
2 3:19 Spotify
3 2:53 Spotify
4 3:11
5 3:02 Spotify
6 3:15 Spotify
7 3:27 Spotify
8 3:15 Spotify
9 3:03 Spotify
10 3:24 Spotify
11 2:44 Spotify
12 3:34 Spotify
13 3:18 Spotify
14 7:42 Spotify
15 1:00 Spotify
16 2:41 Spotify
17 3:40 Spotify
18 3:48 Spotify
19 3:52 Spotify
20 2:30 Spotify
21 2:11 Spotify
22 3:01 Spotify
23 2:36
24 1:54 Spotify
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