Fats Waller

The Ultimate Collection [Prime Leisure]

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Stride pianist Fats Waller recorded dozens of sides with his sextet for Victor Records between 1934 and 1942, several of which are collected on The Ultimate Collection. With his light-hearted vocals (always done with a wink), and stellar playing from the band, as well as his own amazing piano skills, Waller was the consummate entertainer. This collection includes four solo piano pieces from Waller as well as a track ("I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby") with Ted Lewis and His Orchestra. This doesn't make for the ultimate collection, but it serves effectively as an introduction to this jazz giant.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:58
2 2:58
3 3:06
4 2:52
5 3:41
6 2:54
7 2:50
8 4:37
9 2:58
10 2:41
11 2:21
12 2:58
13 2:41
14 3:10
15 2:52
16 3:27
17 2:45
18 3:11
19 3:12
20 2:50
21 3:13
22
feat: Ted Lewis
3:12
23 3:34
24 3:41
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