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Fats & His Buddies / Fats Waller


Release Date: 08/12/2010 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 61005  
Composer:  Thomas "Fats" WallerChris SmithChick SmithCon Conrad,   ... 
Performer:  Arville HarrisCharlie GainesFats WallerCharlie Irvis,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Louisiana Sugar BabesMorris's Hot Babies
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Track Listing
1. Minor Drag, The
2. Harlem Fuss
3. Lookin' Good But Feelin' Bad
4. I Need Someone Like You
5. Lookin' for Another Sweetie
6. Ridin' But Walkin'
7. Won't You Get Off It, Please?
8. When I'm Alone
9. Willow Tree
10. 'Sippi - (Take 1)
11. 'Sippi - (Take 2)
12. Thou Swell - (Take 2)
13. Thou Swell - (Take 3)
14. Persian Rug
15. Fats Waller Stomp
16. Savannah Blues
17. Won't You Take Me Home?
18. He's Gone Away
19. Red Hot Dan
20. Geechee
21. Please Take Me Out of Jail

Personnel: Fats Waller (piano, organ), Henry "Red" Allen (trumpet), Jabbo
Read more Smith, Tom Morris (cornet), Jack Teagarden (trombone), James P. Johnson (piano), Bobbie Leecan (guitar), Gene Krupa (drums).

Personnel: Fats Waller (piano); Four Wanderers (vocals); Bobby Leecan (guitar); Eddie Condon, Will Johnson (banjo); Garvin Bushell (clarinet, bassoon, alto saxophone); Charlie Holmes (clarinet, alto saxophone); Arville Harris (reeds); Albert Nicholas, Otto Hardwick (alto saxophone); Larry Binyon (tenor saxophone); Leonard Davis, Charlie Gains, Henry "Red" Allen (trumpet); Jabbo Smith, Thomas Morris (cornet); Jack Teagarden (trombone, vibraphone); J.C. Higginbotham, Jimmy Archey, Charlie Irvis (trombone); James P. Johnson (piano); Eddie King , Gene Krupa, Joseph "Kaiser" Marshall (drums).

Liner Note Author: Richard Hadlock.

Recording information: Camden, NJ (05/20/1927-12/18/1929); New York, NY (05/20/1927-12/18/1929).

This CD has most of Fats Waller's best band recordings of the '20s, including eight selections by his "Buddies" (highlighted by "The Minor Drag" and "Harlem Fuss"), six (counting two alternate takes) from the Louisiana Sugar Babes (an odd quartet featuring Waller's organ and James P. Johnson's piano), and seven selections on which Waller sits in with cornetist Thomas Morris' Hot Babies in 1927. Surprisingly, other than his scat vocal on "Red Hot Dan," Fats Waller is heard strictly as a pianist but his talents were so giant as an instrumentalist that one never minds. With trombonists Charlie Irvis and Jack Teagarden and trumpeters Red Allen and Jabbo Smith among the strong supporting cast, the one word for this superior CD is hot.
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Works on This Recording

1.
The Minor Drag by Thomas "Fats" Waller
Performer:  Arville Harris (Reeds), Charlie Gaines (Trumpet), Fats Waller (Piano),
Charlie Irvis (Trombone), Eddie Condon (Banjo)
Date of Recording: 3/1/1929 
Venue:  New York City 
2.
Harlem Fuss by Thomas "Fats" Waller
Performer:  Fats Waller (Piano)
Date of Recording: 3/1/1929 
Venue:  New York City 
3.
Lookin' Good But Feelin' Bad by Thomas "Fats" Waller
Performer:  Gene Krupa (Drums), Fats Waller (Piano), Eddie Condon (Banjo),
Otto Hardwick (Saxophone), Albert Nicholas (Saxophone), Jack Teagarden (Trombone/Vibraphone),
Henry "Red" Allen (Trumpet), Larry Binyon (Saxophone), Al Morgan (Dboule Bass)
Date of Recording: 9/30/1929 
Venue:  New York City 
4.
I Need Someone Like You by Thomas "Fats" Waller
Performer:  Fats Waller (Piano)
Date of Recording: 9/30/1929 
Venue:  New York City 
5.
Lookin' For Another Sweetie by Chris Smith
Performer:  Orlando Roberson (Vocals), Fats Waller (Piano)
Date of Recording: 12/18/1929 
Venue:  New York City 
6.
Ridin' But Walkin' by Thomas "Fats" Waller
Performer:  Fats Waller (Piano)
Date of Recording: 12/18/1929 
7.
Won't You Get Up Off It Please by Thomas "Fats" Waller
Performer:  Fats Waller (Piano)
Date of Recording: 12/18/1929 
Venue:  New York City 
8.
When I'm Alone by Chick Smith
Performer:  Fats Waller (Piano)
Date of Recording: 12/18/1929 
Venue:  New York City 
9.
willow tree by Thomas "Fats" Waller
Performer:  James P. Johnson (Piano), Jabbo Smith (Cornet), Garvin Bushell (Clarinet/Saxophone),
Fats Waller (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Louisiana Sugar Babes
Date of Recording: 3/27/1928 
Venue:  Camden, New Jersey 
10.
'sippi by Con Conrad
Performer:  Jabbo Smith (Cornet), James P. Johnson (Piano), Garvin Bushell (Clarinet/Saxophone),
Fats Waller (Organ)
Date of Recording: 3/27/1928 
Venue:  Camden, New Jersey 
Notes: Take 1 
11.
'sippi by Con Conrad
Performer:  Jabbo Smith (Cornet), James P. Johnson (Piano), Garvin Bushell (Clarinet/Saxophone),
Fats Waller (Organ)
Date of Recording: 3/27/1928 
Venue:  Camden, New Jersey 
Notes: Take 2 
12.
A Connecticut Yankee: Thou swell by Richard Rodgers
Performer:  Jabbo Smith (Cornet), Fats Waller (Organ), Garvin Bushell (Clarinet/Saxophone),
James P. Johnson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; USA 
Date of Recording: 3/27/1928 
Venue:  Camden, New Jersey 
Notes: Take 2 
13.
A Connecticut Yankee: Thou swell by Richard Rodgers
Performer:  Fats Waller (Organ), Garvin Bushell (Clarinet/Saxophone), James P. Johnson (Piano),
Jabbo Smith (Cornet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; USA 
Date of Recording: 3/27/1928 
Venue:  Camden, New Jersey 
Notes: Take 3  
14.
Persian Rug by Gus Kahn
Performer:  Fats Waller (Organ), Garvin Bushell (Clarinet/Saxophone), James P. Johnson (Piano),
Jabbo Smith (Cornet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927 
Date of Recording: 3/27/1928 
Venue:  Camden, New Jersey 
15.
Fats Waller Stomp by Thomas "Fats" Waller
Performer:  Fats Waller (Piano/Organ), Eddie King (Drums), Charlie Irvis (Trombone),
Tom Morris (Cornet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Morris's Hot Babies
Date of Recording: 5/20/1927 
Venue:  Camden, New Jersey 
16.
Won't You Take Me Home? by Thomas Morris
Performer:  Fats Waller (Piano/Organ), Eddie King (Drums), Charlie Irvis (Trombone),
Tom Morris (Cornet)
Date of Recording: 5/20/1927 
Venue:  Camden, New Jersey 
17.
Savannah Blues by Thomas Morris
Performer:  Fats Waller (Piano/Organ), Eddie King (Drums), Charlie Irvis (Trombone),
Tom Morris (Cornet)
Date of Recording: 5/20/1927 
Venue:  Camden, New Jersey 
18.
He's Gone Away by Bernstein,
Performer:  Fats Waller (Piano/Organ), Eddie King (Drums), Bobbie Leecan (Guitar),
Tom Morris (Cornet), Jimmy Archey (Trombone)
Date of Recording: 12/1/1927 
Venue:  Camden, New Jersey 
19.
Red Hot Dan by Sidney Easton
Performer:  Eddie King (Drums), Fats Waller (Piano/Organ), Bobbie Leecan (Guitar),
Tom Morris (Cornet), Jimmy Archey (Trombone)
Date of Recording: 12/1/1927 
Venue:  Camden, New Jersey 
20.
Geechee Stomp by R.A. Booker
Performer:  Jimmy Archey (Trombone), Tom Morris (Cornet), Bobbie Leecan (Guitar),
Eddie King (Drums), Fats Waller (Piano/Organ)
Date of Recording: 12/1/1927 
Venue:  Camden, New Jersey 
21.
Please Take Me Out of Jail by Thomas "Fats" Waller
Performer:  Jimmy Archey (Trombone), Tom Morris (Cornet), Bobbie Leecan (Guitar),
Eddie King (Drums), Fats Waller (Piano/Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 12/1/1927 
Venue:  Camden, New Jersey 

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