Breakin the Ice - Early Years 1
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Fats Waller: Breakin' the Ice: The Early Years, Part 1
By Dan Morgenstern
Thomas “Fats” Waller had been making records for almost a dozen years when, just five days short of his thirtieth birthday, he entered the Victor Studios in Manhattan with five fellow musicians in tow. While he no doubt was pleased that his manager, Phil Ponce, had worked out a contract for him to record in this format on a regular basis, neither Fats himself, Ponce, nor recording supervisor (the title “A&R man” had not yet been invented) Eli Oberstein could have known that they were about to embark on one of the most productive and longest-running enterprises in the annals of recorded popular music. Henceforth known as “Fats Waller and his Rhythm,” the sextet, with a changeable (and sometimes augmented) cast, made hundreds of records during the next eight years, many of them substantial hits, catapulting its hefty leader to international fame. But that gets us ahead of the story—the material included in this set did well enough in the marketplace to warrant further activity, but did not yet include any major best sellers.
Not that Fats Waller was an unknown entity when the Rhythm series began. He was certainly no stranger to Victor Records, having already produced a number of piano and pipe-organ solos for the label, as well as sev¬eral ad hoc band dates.Read more ›
Perhaps most uniquely, Fats utilizes his prodigious musicality completely in the service of fun. Indeed, the great lesson of these performances is that it is possible to have so much fun, until it is profound. Jazz does not get any finer.
Albert Einstein was recorded as saying on the occasion of the death of Mahatma Gandhi, "Future generations will scarcely believe that such a man, in flesh and blood, actually walked this earth." I believe the same thing could be said with complete accuracy about Fats Waller.
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A must for any Fats Waller fan, just make sure you get the whole set, you don't want to miss out on any of it.Published on July 10, 2014 by Alastair Reynolds
I have looked for this for a long time. Wonderful Fats Waller recordings sounding better today than they were when they were recorded.Published on October 2, 2013 by D. Peters
The first set in this collection Breakin' the Ice: The Early Years, Part 1 is by far the best in the collection! How can anyone not like Waller? Read morePublished on February 22, 2010 by Eric B. Borgman