Early life[ edit ] Waller was the seventh child of 11 five of whom survived childhood born to Adeline Locket Waller, a musician, and Reverend Edward Martin Waller, a trucker and pastor in New York City. His mother instructed him in his youth, and he attended other music lessons, paying for them by working in a grocery store. He was the prize pupil and later the friend and colleague of the stride pianist James P. Fellow pianist and composer Oscar Levant dubbed Waller "the black Horowitz ". The song was made famous by Adelaide Hall in the Broadway show Blackbirds of Machlin comments that the Singer conjecture has "considerable [historical] justification".
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Many recent U. Nearly half of the sides included here date from before This allows the listener to follow the growth of young Thomas Waller and to arrive at a greater appreciation of his impact upon the world.
Here is Fats cutting a hot piano solo at the age of 19, daring to play such stuff on the pipe organ a few years later, and incorporating both instruments into hot ensembles, resulting in some of the toughest records of the entire decade. For these are masterpieces worth contemplating over and over again. Nine examples of Waller and his Rhythm recorded in and round off the album beautifully. Nearly every side they made in these first couple of years as a working unit had this fresh and cheeky quality.
As time passed, some of the charm would occasionally fade as producers kept handing Fats ridiculously lousy material. Waller in or could sometimes sound just a little bit tired of Tin Pan Alley rejects. What you have here then is Waller at his very best. Hopefully it will inspire some folks to go out and pursue the rest of his recordings, even if they have to purchase them from the French or the Dutch or the Swedes. Track Listing.
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