Wednesday, May 22, 2013


Face the Music
5.23.13
Fats Waller IV

This installment focuses exclusively on the year 1929. The playlist includes Thomas Waller’s first recordings as leader of his own groups, his historic collaborations with Don Redman and McKinney’s Cotton Pickers, an orchestra led by his mentor James P. Johnson and a fine ensemble billed as the Chocolate Dandies. A piano solo and a pipe organ solo were added in order to round out this portrait of young Fats Waller.

Ridin’ But Walkin’
Fats Waller & his Buddies 1929

Harlem Fuss
Fats Waller & his Buddies 1929

Gee, Ain’t I Good To You?
Mc Kinney’s Cotton Pickers 1929
vocal by Don Redman

Six or Seven Times
The Chocolate Dandies 1929

That’s All
Pipe Organ Solo 1929

Looking For Another Sweetie
Fats Waller & his Buddies 1929
vocal by Orlando Roberson
{shortly afterwards, this song was hijacked &
retooled as “I’m Confessin’ That I Love You”}

Waiting At the End of the Road
piano solo 1929

The Way I Feel Today
The Chocolate Dandies 1929

That’s How I Feel Today
Mc Kinney’s Cotton Pickers 1929
vocal by Don Redman

Wherever There’s a Will, There’s a Way
Mc Kinney’s Cotton Pickers 1929
vocal by Don Redman

I Need Someone Like You
Fats Waller & his Buddies 1929
vocal by the Four Wanderers

I’d Love It
Mc Kinney’s Cotton Pickers 1929

Lookin’ Good But Feelin’ Bad
Fats Waller & his Buddies 1929
vocal by the Four Wanderers

Peggy
Mc Kinney’s Cotton Pickers 1929

Won’t You Get Up Off It Please?
Fats Waller & his Buddies 1929

You Don’t Understand
Jimmy Johnson’s Orchestra 1929
vocal by the Keep Shufflin’ Trio

Minor Drag
Fats Waller & his Buddies 1929

Plain Dirt
Mc Kinney’s Cotton Pickers 1929


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