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At The Piano (Bluebird's Best Series)

At The Piano (Bluebird's Best Series)

August 28, 2007

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 21, 2002
  • Release Date: May 21, 2002
  • Label: RCA Bluebird
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  • Total Length: 46:17
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  • ASIN: B0013AT2HS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #863,085 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 18, 2009
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Thomas Waller's first keyboard experience was at age 5 on his family's small reed organ. Although his minister father wanted young Tom to be classically trained, the boy gravitated to a neighbor's piano and the more swinging sounds then circulating throughout Harlem.

A theater organ stint brought Tom to the attention of "stride" piano pioneer James P. Johnson, who tutored the 15-year-old in stride technique. Waller's future was set. "Fats" as he was now called cut records by age 18 with Ted Lewis, Fletcher Henderson and other luminaries. He also began composing at this time. In 1926, RCA signed Waller to what would be a lifetime contract.

In his 30s, Fats battled against both excessive drink and weight. These complications contributed to the pneumonia that eventually claimed him in December, 1943. Fats Waller was 39 years old.

The 14 sides presented on RCA/BLUEBIRD's reissued FATS WALLER AT THE PIANO include several of his most popular recordings. The samples on this product page may be remastered; what's on the CD clearly hasn't been. All these original 78s have surface hiss and crackle; some show evidence of groove damage in louder passages. If not for track condition, this CD would rate a solid 5 stars.

The quad-fold insert provides a four-page bio, plus session data.

Also from RCA's archives:
FATS WALLER - GREATEST HITS offers clean dubs of 14 signature Waller sides.
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Another reviewer complained about the sound quality. Well, I'm hear to tell ya, considering that these recordings run from the late 1920s to the early 1940s, the sound quality is amazingly good. Certainly I've never heard these songs sound any better. (To me, sound is part of the charm of these early recordings.)

Really, the only basis on which you can complain about this collection is that they could have included more songs. What is here is definitely among the best of Fats Waller's many great recordings, and therefore serves as a strong introduction to the man's work.
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Fats Waller is perhaps the most underrated jazz composer of the 20th century.
Each phrase is considered and can be profound or just joking in a profoundly intelligent and unique musical dialect.
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