Fats Waller and His Rhythm – A Handful Of Keys – Music. Handful Of Keys Lyrics: I like to tinkle on an old piana / I like to play it in a subtle mannah / I get a lot of pleasure / With a spano’ keys / Underneath my finger tips. The song Handful of Keys was written by Fats Waller and was first recorded and released by Thomas Waller in It was covered by Anthony Wonsey, Henry.

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Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully. Hzndful that’s missing is the knuckles ‘n’ know-how piano solo “Blue Black Bottom” ofbut you can’t have everything.

Hank Jones: ‘A Handful of Keys: The Music of Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller’ : NPR

Ever since the deletion of his entire Bluebird catalog, the European labels have been a great source of consolation for disgruntled admirers of this man’s music. Recording Date October 21, – June 24, Smashing Thirds Fats Waller. For these are masterpieces worth contemplating over and over again. Release Date September 2, Hank loves Fats Waller, and he spent the better part of two years playing his music every night on Broadway in the musical Ain’t Misbehavin’. As time passed, some of the charm would occasionally fade as producers kept handing Fats ridiculously lousy material.

Only three of the piano solos are included, but they illustrate perfectly why all of Waller ‘s piano solos need to be made available and kept in circulation for the rest of time, possibly protected by an act of Congress or a United Nations resolution.

Waller in or could sometimes sound just a little bit tired of Tin Pan Alley rejects. Well that’s two-fisted piano playing at its finest as befits a tribute to the great Fats Waller. What you have here then is Waller at his very best. Sexy Trippy All Moods.


Besides his legendary impeccable technique and musicianship, he brings to his playing a warm, engaging musical personality, wonderfully inventive harmonies, melodies and rhythmic ideas, and a terrific sense of fun and wit.

Nearly half of the sides included here date from before AllMusic relies heavily on JavaScript. Nine examples of Waller and his Rhythm recorded in and round off the album beautifully.

A Handful of Keys: – Fats Waller | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic

I Wish I Were Twins. It’s hard to think of a great musician he hasn’t played with. Jazz Latin New Age. August 1, 1: 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. And even kejs music is not an all-star game, I think you wouldn’t get much argument, if you said to a jazz musician right now “The greatest living pianist is Hank Jones.

wallfr Even more than his piano it was Thomas Waller ‘s voice that made him into a nationally famous recording artist by the middle of the s. Waller was the first jazz organist, and the inclusion of two organ solos makes this disc all the more valuable, even if the liner notes imply that he didn’t record with the organ between hqndful years and Muscle Shoals Blues Fats Waller.

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Tats like Fats Waller, Hank Jones shows you how hard one man can swing. Nearly every side they made in these first couple of years as a working unit had this fresh and cheeky quality. A Porter’s Love Song to a Chambermaid.

Handful of Keys (album)

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.


Romantic Evening Kys All Themes. The Music of Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller’. The inclusion of a piano duet with Benny Payne comes as a surprise, as previous compilers have often seemed to resent the presence of a second pianist, but indeed there is something exciting about hearing Cab Calloway ‘s piano man interacting with Fats.

Harlem Fuss Fats Waller. I had a hand in writing that musical. You’ve Been Taking Lessons in Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. But in this case, we can do keyd. For the purposes of this CD, three will do, but there’s plenty more piano solos where these came from, and lf can never have enough.

The Minor Drag Fats Waller. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. How Can You Face Me. 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. One irritating shortcoming of most American reissues has been an apparent reluctance to include more than a thimbleful of Waller ‘s exciting material from the s.

A wonderfully selected chronological taste of Fats Waller from his first piano solo up through the glorious ensemble swing of