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Middle Years, Pt. 1: 1936-38 – Fats Waller & His Rhythm

Middle Years, Pt. 1: 1936-38 - Fats Waller & His Rhythm Artist: Fats Waller & His Rhythm
Album: Middle Years, Pt. 1: 1936-38
Release Date: November 2, 1992
Duration: 03:24:53
Genre: Jazz
Styles: Early Jazz, Jive, Stride, Swing, Jazz Instrument, Piano Jazz
Recording Date: December 24, 1936 – April 12, 1938

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.

Title/Composer Performer Time
Havin’a Ball / James P. Johnson / Andy Razaf Fats Waller & His Rhythm feat: Fats Waller 2:58
I’m Sorry I Made You Cry / Jeannine Clesi / N.J. Clesi Fats Waller & His Rhythm feat: Fats Waller 2:47
Who’s Afraid of Love? / Sidney Mitchell / Lew Pollack Fats Waller & His Rhythm feat: Fats Waller 2:55
Please Keep Me in Your Dreams / Vee Lawnhurst / Tot Seymour Fats Waller & His Rhythm feat: Fats Waller 2:31
One in a Million / Sidney Mitchell / Lew Pollack Fats Waller & His Rhythm feat: Fats Waller 2:44
Nero / Joe Davis / Paul Denniker / Andy Razaf Fats Waller & His Rhythm feat: Fats Waller 2:41
You’re Laughing at Me / Irving Berlin Fats Waller & His Rhythm feat: Fats Waller 2:33
I Can’t Break the Habit of You / Charlie Beal / Bob Causer / Andy Razaf Fats Waller & His Rhythm feat: Fats Waller 2:49
Did Anyone Ever Tell You? / Harold Adamson / Jimmy McHugh Fats Waller & His Rhythm feat: Fats Waller 2:37
When Love Is Young / Harold Adamson / Jimmy McHugh Fats Waller & His Rhythm feat: Fats Waller 2:44
The Meanest Thing You Ever Did Was Kiss Me / Sam M. Lewis / Murray Mencher / Charles Newman Fats Waller & His Rhythm feat: Fats Waller 3:06
Cryin’ Mood / Andy Razaf / Chick Webb Fats Waller & His Rhythm feat: Fats Waller 2:41
Where Is the Sun? / Lee David / David Lee / John Redmond Fats Waller & His Rhythm feat: Fats Waller 2:35
Old Plantation / David / David Lee / John Redmond / Redmond Fats Waller & His Rhythm feat: Fats Waller 2:39
To a Sweet Pretty Thing / Fred E. Ahlert / Joe Young Fats Waller & His Rhythm feat: Fats Waller 2:29
You’ve Been Reading My Mail / George W. Meyer / Bob Rothberg Fats Waller & His Rhythm feat: Fats Waller 2:22
Spring Cleaning / Teddy Powell / Walter Samuels / Leonard Whitcup Fats Waller & His Rhythm feat: Fats Waller 2:27
You Showed Me the Way / Ella Fitzgerald / Bud Green / Teddy McRae / Chick Webb Fats Waller & His Rhythm feat: Fats Waller 2:56
You Showed Me the Way [Instrumental] / Ella Fitzgerald / Bud Green / Teddy McRae / Chick Webb Fats Waller & His Rhythm feat: Fats Waller 2:52
Boo-Hoo [Instrumental] / Edward Heyman / John Jacob Loeb / Carmen Lombardo Fats Waller & His Rhythm feat: Fats Waller 2:38
The Love Bug Will Bite You (If You Don’t Watch Out) / Pinky Tomlin Fats Waller & His Rhythm feat: Fats Waller 2:15
San Anton’ / Paul Denniker / Andy Razaf Fats Waller & His Rhythm feat: Fats Waller 2:33
San Anton’ [Instrumental] / Paul Denniker / Andy Razaf Fats Waller & His Rhythm feat: Fats Waller 2:34
I’ve Got a New Lease on Love / Fred E. Ahlert / Joe Young Fats Waller & His Rhythm feat: Fats Waller 2:19
I’ve Got a New Lease on Love [Instrumental] / Fred E. Ahlert / Joe Young Fats Waller & His Rhythm feat: Fats Waller 2:17
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