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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AllMusic Review by Stephen Cook
feat: Ted Lewis & His Band