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Face the Music

Face the Music 5.30.13  Fats Waller - chapter V
The fifth installment in your extended tour of Fats Waller’s humongous recorded output finds Mr. Waller on the cusp of two fully loaded decades. The playlist contains recordings from the years 1929-1932; note that Waller didn't begin recording as leader of his famous Victor/Bluebird "Rhythm” band until 1934. In addition to several tasty piano solos, (one of which indicates where he was heading as a vocalist) this playlist traces Tom Waller’s peregrinations as sideman & featured “character” in Billy Banks’ Rhythmakers, Red McKenzie’s Mound City Blue Blowers and the jazz band/orchestras of piano wizard Jimmy Johnson, vaudevillian Ted Lewis & trombone ace Jack Teagarden. All of this manifests as an exciting prologue to Waller’s better-known and well-loved material from the middle 1930s.

Draggin’ My Heart AroundFats Waller piano & vocal 1931
I’m Crazy ‘Bout My BabyFats Waller with the Ted Lewis Orchestra 1931
That’s What I Like About YouFats Waller with Jack Teagarden & his Orchestra 1931
Dallas BluesFats Waller with the Ted Lewis Orchestra 1931
I Got the Ritz from the One I LoveFats Waller with Jack Teagarden & his Orchestra 1931
Valentine StompFats Waller piano solo 1929
Chances AreFats Waller with Jack Teagarden & his Orchestra 1931
Egyptian EllaFats Waller with the Ted Lewis Orchestra 1931
Mean Old Bedbug BluesFats Waller with Billy Banks’ Rhythmakers 1932
Royal Garden BluesFats Waller with the Ted Lewis Orchestra 1931
I Would Do Anything For YouFats Waller with Billy Banks’ Rhythmakers 1932
You Rascal YouFats Waller with Jack Teagarden & his Orchestra 1931
Yellow Dog BluesFats Waller with Billy Banks’ Rhythmakers 1932
Arkansas BluesFats Waller with Red McKenzie’sMound City Blue Blowers 1931
China BoyFats Waller with Jack Teagarden & his Orchestra 1931
Turn On the HeatFats Waller piano solo 1929
You’ve Got to be ModernisticFats Waller with Jimmy Johnson& his Orchestra 1929vocal by the Keep Shufflin’ Trio
Tiger RagFats Waller with Jack Teagarden & his Orchestra 1931