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“Fats Waller is a special kind of provocateur. It stems mainly from the fact that he was a singer as well as a pianist. Sometimes he was like an MC. It has always amazed me that a pianist whose playing was so deep could sing and keep a running commentary of what was going on around him all at the same time.”

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  • Audio CD (September 23, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CMG
  • ASIN: B00MHS56NO
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,199 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller, is a collaboration with the vocalist Meshell Ndegeocello that recasts the music of the legendary jazz entertainer Fats Waller as a modern dance party. The album which was produced by Ndegeocello and Blue Note Records president Don Was is the ninth in a formidable catalog that Moran has been building on Blue Note since 1999.

'Fats Waller is a special kind of provocateur,' says Moran. 'It stems mainly from the fact that he was a singer as well as a pianist. Sometimes he was like an MC. It has always amazed me that a pianist whose playing was so deep could sing and keep a running commentary of what was going on around him all at the same time.'

All Rise features Moran hosting a changeable cast of musicians that includes vocalists Ndegeocello and Lisa E. Harris, his longtime trio The Bandwagon featuring bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits, and a funky horn-inflected ensemble anchored by drummer Charles Haynes that features trumpeter Leron Thomas and trombonist Josh Roseman, as well as guest saxophonist Steve Lehman. The album was recorded and mixed by Bob Power, known for honing the sound on classic hip hop records by A Tribe Called Quest, Common and The Roots.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Manuel Grosso Galvan on October 9, 2014
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Jason Moran say that Fats Waller is a special kind of provocateur. It's true, in this sense, this album is a special kind of provocation. After the first audience I though that thIs Cd was only a way to make his music more modern, but now I think is a very serious work about Fast Waller in all direcctions. It's funny, deep, modern, clasic..is Waller. Have the seductiviness of the past and the feeling of the present. Jason Moran play electric and acostic piano, and like always, perfect. He tries also different styles from Fat Wallers's classics, is really a joyfull elegy. He play with members of his Bandwagon, and the voice of Ndegeocello and Lisa E Harris and with incedible wind secction.
Great production with a great risk because nobody expected from Moran a CD like this. Is not a game, isn't a comercial produc, is much more of this. Please hear it several tmes before give your opinion, I'm sure that at the end you will agree with me, "All Rise" is a greatalbum. Try it ¡¡¡
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There are a few sparks of the exuberance of Fats Waller's playing, but on the whole this "joyful elegy" misses both the spirit and the brilliant technique of an entertainer who, like Louis Armstrong, was also a complete master of his craft, one of the few musicians for whom the overused word "genius" would be entirely appropriate. "Ain't Misbehavin'," perhaps Fats' best-known song, is anything but "joyful" on the present recording. In fact, the NPR critic may have had this number in mind when he said about "All Rise" that Jason Moran has transformed Fats' energy and prodigious talent into "smooth jazz" (by contrast, Fats played inerrant stride piano at any tempo, occasionally "walking 10ths," all the while improvising around the melody in his right hand and maintaining a constant line of verbal patter, whether winking at the camera or talking to an unseen audience).

As a piano player myself, I'm more forgiving than the NPR critic. Who among living pianists could possibly do justice by the challenging technique perfected by Fats Waller? Oscar Peterson is no longer with us, and though he could play stride piano like Fats (and the late Dave Brubeck could "walk 10ths" in the manner of Fats), neither Oscar nor Dave demonstrated that they could handle this difficult technique for extended periods of time--or that they could carry on even a brief conversation while doing it for a short period of time.

Fats Waller died before the age of 40, and his most brilliant playing was in the late '30s, before the emergence of the first notable bass player--Jimmy Blanton--who was quickly hired and even featured by Duke Ellington in his great band of 1940-42.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian Wilder on October 31, 2014
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Interesting, enjoyable tribute to Fats especially if you listen to the originals by Waller
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Jason Moran is one of our greatest living piano players. He's interesting. So varied. Such good interpretations. Such competence in playing, too
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By O Buyne on November 11, 2014
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Jason Moran's tribute is a mixture of paying respect yet renewing and crossing borders.
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By Will- E. Simpson on November 15, 2014
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Fats Waller is joyful!
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