Fats Waller

Honeysuckle Rose [ASV/Living Era]

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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.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:40 Amazon
2 02:56 Amazon
3 03:20 Amazon
4 02:44 Amazon
5 02:52 Amazon
6 02:53 Amazon
7 03:07 Amazon
8 02:42 Amazon
9 02:41 Amazon
10 03:22 Amazon
11 02:53 Amazon
12 02:49 Amazon
13 02:37 Amazon
14 02:36 Amazon
15 02:51 Amazon
16 02:41 Amazon
17 03:35 Amazon
18 03:15 Amazon
19 03:06 Amazon
20 03:33 Amazon
21 02:47 Amazon
22 02:55 Amazon
23 03:09 Amazon
24 03:20 Amazon
25 02:39 Amazon
26 02:46 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:39 Amazon
2 03:09 Amazon
3 03:11 Amazon
4 02:58 Amazon
5 02:56 Amazon
6 03:26 Amazon
7 02:21 Amazon
8 02:58 Amazon
9 02:52 Amazon
10 02:41 Amazon
11 04:27 Amazon
12 03:13 Amazon
13 02:50 Amazon
14 02:46 Amazon
15 03:11 Amazon
16 03:07 Amazon
17 03:00 Amazon
18 03:12 Amazon
19 03:07 Amazon
20 02:56 Amazon
21 02:20 Amazon
22 03:00 Amazon
23 03:05 Amazon
24 03:23 Amazon
25 03:55 Amazon
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