Fats Waller and His Rhythm – A Handful Of Keys – Music. Handful Of Keys Lyrics: I like to tinkle on an old piana / I like to play it in a subtle mannah / I get a lot of pleasure / With a spano’ keys / Underneath my finger tips. The song Handful of Keys was written by Fats Waller and was first recorded and released by Thomas Waller in It was covered by Anthony Wonsey, Henry.

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And like Fats Waller, he uses all of the instrument — technically and in its expressive range.

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Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Waller was the first jazz organist, and the inclusion of two organ solos kf this disc all the more valuable, even if the liner notes imply that he didn’t record with the organ between the years and I had a hand in writing that musical. Streams Videos All Posts. A Porter’s Love Song to a Chambermaid. Red Hot Dan Sidney Easton.

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Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email. Even more than his piano it was Thomas Waller ‘s voice that made him into a nationally famous recording artist by ealler middle of the s.

Here is Fats cutting a hot piano solo at the age of 19, daring to play such stuff on the pipe organ a few years later, and incorporating both instruments into hot ensembles, resulting in some of the toughest records of the entire decade. Full disclosure department here: Ever since the deletion of his entire Bluebird catalog, the European labels have been a great source of consolation for disgruntled admirers of this man’s music.


We want to identify essential recordings of jazz, but that doesn’t often allow us to feature contemporary artists. August 1, 1: The Music of Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller’. The Minor Drag Fats Waller. Besides his legendary impeccable technique and musicianship, he brings to his playing a warm, engaging musical personality, wonderfully inventive harmonies, melodies and rhythmic ideas, and a terrific sense of fun and wit.

Waller in or could sometimes sound just a little bit tired of Tin Pan Alley rejects. Nearly half of the sides included here date from before Nearly every side they kys in these first couple of years as a working unit had this fresh and cheeky quality.

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Well that’s two-fisted piano playing at its finest as befits a tribute to the great Fats Waller. Recording Date October 21, – June 24, A wonderfully selected chronological taste of Fats Waller from his first piano solo up through the glorious ensemble swing of You’ve Been Taking Lessons in Love.


This allows the listener to follow the growth of young Thomas Waller and to arrive at a greater appreciation of his impact upon the world.

The Music of Thomas “Fats” Waller.

Handful of Keys (album)

Jazz Latin New Age. But in this case, we can do both. Introspection Late Night Partying. How Can You Face Me. All that’s missing is the knuckles ‘n’ know-how piano solo “Blue Black Bottom” ofbut you can’t have everything. It’s played by Hank Jones, one of the most fags and excellent jazz pianists of all time. It’s hard to think of a great musician he hasn’t played with.

On the contrary, Waller ‘s recording of “Night Wind” is among the loveliest of his organ performances, and he trundled the instrument out on a regular basis throughout his career, particularly during the year To use a dreadful adjective, it’s fully “pianistic,” as is the work of all the greatest jazz piano masters: What you have here then is Waller at his very best.

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One irritating shortcoming of most American reissues has been an apparent reluctance to include more than a thimbleful jeys Waller ‘s exciting material yandful the s. Hajdful inclusion of a piano duet with Benny Payne comes as a surprise, as previous compilers have often seemed to resent the presence of a second pianist, but indeed there is something exciting about hearing Cab Calloway hadnful piano man interacting with Fats.

Nine examples of Waller and his Rhythm recorded in and round off the album beautifully. Sexy Trippy All Moods. The Music of Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller’ 3: Only three of the piano solos are included, but they illustrate perfectly why all of Waller ‘s piano solos need to be made available and kept in circulation for the rest of time, possibly protected by an act of Congress or a United Nations resolution.

A Handful of Keys: 1922-1935

Smashing Thirds Fats Waller. As time passed, some of the charm would occasionally fade as producers kept handing Fats hanful lousy material. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. Release Date September 2, Hank loves Fats Waller, and he spent the better part of two years playing his music every night on Broadway in the musical Ain’t Misbehavin’.

For these are masterpieces worth contemplating over and over again.