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Last Testament - His Final Recordings

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This CD contains most of pianist/vocalist Fats Waller's final recordings, V-Discs cut for servicemen overseas. These solo performances are priceless for Waller is often hilarious (his reworking of "Two Sleepy People" is classic) yet still playing at his prime; "Hallelujah" has a particularly heated stride solo. Other highlights include "Ain't Misbehavin '," "You're Slightly Less than Wonderful," "This Is So Nice It Must Be Illegal" and "That's What the Birdie Sang to Me." In addition there is a song taken from the movie Stormy Weather ("That Ain't Right" which has Waller giving plenty of backtalk to Ada Brown's vocal) and a rare organ solo, "Bouncin' on a V-Disc." Less than three months later Fats Waller was dead; he definitely went out on top. Recommended.


Né(e) : 21 mai 1904 à New York, NY

Genre : Jazz

Années d’activité : '20s, '30s, '40s

Not only was Fats Waller one of the greatest pianists jazz has ever known, he was also one of its most exuberantly funny entertainers — and as so often happens, one facet tends to obscure the other. His extraordinarily light and flexible touch belied his ample physical girth; he could swing as hard as any pianist alive or dead in his classic James P. Johnson-derived stride manner, with a powerful left hand delivering the octaves and tenths in a tireless, rapid, seamless stream. Waller also...
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