Fats Waller & His Rhythm

Middle Years, Pt. 1: 1936-38

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Part of Bluebird's very admirable reissue of all of Fats Waller's 1934-42 Victor recordings, this three-CD set has the pianist-vocalist's 70 studio performances from a busy 16-month period. Most selections are with his sextet that generally includes trumpeter Herman Autrey, Gene Sedric on clarinet and tenor, and guitarist Al Casey plus there are eight songs with Fats' occasional big band in 1938. Among the many highpoints are "I'm Sorry I Made You Cry," "Nero," "Beat It Out," "The Joint Is Jumpin'" (the original hit record), "The Sheik Of Araby" and instrumental versions of "Honeysuckle Rose" and "Blue, Turning Grey Over You." Highly recommended.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Fats Waller
2:58
2
feat: Fats Waller
2:47
3
feat: Fats Waller
2:55
4
feat: Fats Waller
2:31
5
feat: Fats Waller
2:44
6
feat: Fats Waller
2:41
7
feat: Fats Waller
2:33
8
feat: Fats Waller
2:49
9
feat: Fats Waller
2:37
10
feat: Fats Waller
2:44
11
feat: Fats Waller
3:06
12
feat: Fats Waller
2:41
13
feat: Fats Waller
2:35
14
feat: Fats Waller
2:39
15
feat: Fats Waller
2:29
16
feat: Fats Waller
2:22
17
feat: Fats Waller
2:27
18
feat: Fats Waller
2:56
19
feat: Fats Waller
2:52
20
feat: Fats Waller
2:38
21
feat: Fats Waller
2:15
22
feat: Fats Waller
2:33
23
feat: Fats Waller
2:34
24
feat: Fats Waller
2:19
25
feat: Fats Waller
2:17

Track Listing - Disc 2

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Fats Waller
3:18
2
feat: Fats Waller
3:10
3
feat: Fats Waller
4:31
4
feat: Fats Waller
2:38
5
feat: Fats Waller
3:24
6
feat: Fats Waller
3:05
7
feat: Fats Waller
2:27
8
feat: Fats Waller
4:23
9
feat: Fats Waller
2:48
10
feat: Fats Waller
2:09
11
feat: Fats Waller
3:29
12
feat: Fats Waller
3:03
13
feat: Fats Waller
3:18
14
feat: Fats Waller
2:36
15
feat: Fats Waller
2:48
16
feat: Fats Waller
2:56
17
feat: Fats Waller
3:02
18
feat: Fats Waller
2:47
19
feat: Fats Waller
3:15
20
feat: Fats Waller
3:04
21
feat: Fats Waller
2:26
22
feat: Fats Waller
2:50

Track Listing - Disc 3

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Fats Waller
3:18
2
feat: Fats Waller
3:26
3
feat: Fats Waller
3:12
4
feat: Fats Waller
3:07
5
feat: Fats Waller
3:09
6
feat: Fats Waller
3:07
7
feat: Fats Waller
3:32
8
feat: Fats Waller
3:27
9
feat: Fats Waller
2:58
10
feat: Fats Waller
2:40
11
feat: Fats Waller
3:11
12
feat: Fats Waller
2:48
13
feat: Fats Waller
2:55
14
feat: Fats Waller
2:43
15
feat: Fats Waller
2:39
16
feat: Fats Waller
3:21
17
feat: Fats Waller
2:49
18
feat: Fats Waller
3:00
19
feat: Fats Waller
3:28
20
feat: Fats Waller
3:23
21
feat: Fats Waller
3:05
22
feat: Fats Waller
2:58
23
feat: Fats Waller
3:08
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