Fats Waller

Honeysuckle Rose [Four Star]

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This double-CD set selects a representative cross-section of tracks from one of the 20th century's best-known and most accomplished jazz pianists, Fats Waller. Included are organ and piano instrumentals, as well as a wide variety of songs Waller made famous, including "I'm Going to Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter," "My Very Good Friend the Milkman," and "When Somebody Thinks You're Wonderful." His vocal style is witty and irreverent, and his instrumental compositions, notably the delightful "Jitterbug Waltz," are miniature masterpieces.