View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the CD release of Alligator Crawl on Discogs. In the beginning there was a composition by the young Fats Waller. He probably composed it in and he called it Alligator Crawl. Very Best of Fats Waller (Remastered ). 75 Original Great Performances Remastered. The Centennial Collection. The Essential.
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Bert Brandsma has kindly supplied me with an analysis of the structure: But of course, being Tuba Skinny, they in particular Shaye on cornet have introduced exciting alternative improvised phrasings of their own.
Even the four bar blues sequences especially the ensemble one that is repeated in the Armstrong version are not any old improvisations: This unusual Waller album concentrates almost exclusively upon his piano solos, beginning with “Handful of Keys” and “Numb Fumblin’,” recorded on March 1,and closing with two solos punctuated by vocal outbursts recorded for the Armed Forces V-Disc label on September 23, And if you would like to examine a 21st-Century version by the great young band Tuba SkinnyI can tell you they have recorded it on their Pyramid Strut CD, and you can watch them on YouTube, thanks to the generosity of the great video-maker digitalalexa playing it in public.
This led me to speculate that Armstrong and his pianist wife Lil Hardin took just a musical idea and the harmonies from the Waller bar theme and re-structured them in their own way, allowing for some tremendous fresh invention. It comprises eight segments: You will find that Tuba Skinny take the tune a shade more slowly than Louis but they follow meticulously the structure and spirit of his recording, right down to that ‘extra’ bar I have called Segment 6 watch out for it at precisely 2 mins.
His version makes it sound like a boogie-woogie blended with a rocking catchy song.
Love Me or Leave Me. I nFats Waller himself recorded it as a piano solo. Introspection Late Night Partying. Release Date January 12, Its structure is as follows. Drinking Hanging Out In Love.
Pops Coffee’s Traditional Jazz: Post ALLIGATOR CRAWL
These are the salty “Because of Once Upon a Time” and the moody “Night Wind,” a song of heartbreak with breathtaking passages played upon the craw. It provides an excellent opportunity for understanding the man’s artistry on a deeper level than is often achieved or even hinted at by collections that focus upon his comedic talents.
See Dick Baker’s research at http: Keepin’ Out of Mischief Now. In most respects the Hot Seven interpretation is so different from the other that the two versions sound like two different pieces of music.
Although these 24 bars seem to my ear to use the same harmonic sequence as Fats Waller, Louis plays a walleer that is almost totally different, apart from the famous opening two bars: My guess was that Lil Hardin’s was the brain behind the project.
Alligator Crawl by Fats Waller on Apple Music
Unless somebody finds a manuscript or orchestration fromwe may never know the full story. This recording appears to have been made only a month after that of the Hot Seven. Perhaps that’s what influenced Erwin Elvers; but both the title and the composer on this label are are surely incorrect: Cyr on guitar and Pete Briggs on tuba had made a lusty three-minute recording in Chicago of Alligator Crawl.
Watch saller performance by clicking here. In the beginning there was a composition by the young Fats Waller. My Fate Is in Your Hands.
It acquired words by Andy Razaf, so it was also available as a song: Could the Hot Seven craal started by looking at the the same musical arrangement that Doc Cook used so precisely – re-interpreting it freely in their own way? Because of Once Upon a Time.
Waller is heard with his Rhythm group on two sides dating from January So I have to come to the conclusion that Waller probably wrote a bar theme as well as the famous theme when he originally composed the piece, but that he chose to re-write the tune, dropping the bar cawl and replacing it with some new bar material, when he came to cfawl it as a piano speciality seven years later.
Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. One bar in which Louis modulates the key back to F making the previous theme virtually stretch to a highly unusual 25 bars. A theory of Erwin Elvers of Luetjensee, Germany, is that the Alligator Crawl played by Armstrong was based on a Spencer Williams composition from which Fats Waller adopted the theme for his alligaor composition.
I believe this version is still popular as a party piece for solo pianists. The fact that this collection contains mostly piano solos means that the rcawl essence of Thomas Waller ‘s musical world is presented without a lot of distractions.