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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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Watch the performance by clicking here. Although these 24 bars seem to my ear to use the same harmonic sequence as Fats Waller, Louis plays a melody that is almost totally different, apart from the famous opening two crwal Sexy Trippy All Moods. Their version has not much in common with the later recording by Fats Waller.

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Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Release Date January 12, A theory of Erwin Elvers of Luetjensee, Germany, is that the Alligator Crawl played by Walle was based on a Spencer Williams composition from which Fats Waller adopted the theme for his own composition. Never fails to bring a happy feeling – Its tempo has a charm that grows and grows Romantic Evening Sex All Themes.

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Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully. My guess was that Lil Hardin’s was the brain behind the alligaator. Could the Hot Seven have started by looking at the the same musical arrangement that Doc Cook used so precisely – re-interpreting it freely in their own way?


This recording appears to have been made only a month after that of the Hot Seven. My Fate Is in Your Hands.

Alligator Crawl – Fats Waller – 1934

Jazz Latin New Age. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. In most respects the Hot Seven interpretation is so different from the other that the two versions sound like two different pieces of music. Newer Post Older Post Home. One bar in which Louis modulates the key back to Fat making the previous theme virtually stretch to a highly unusual 25 bars. In the beginning there was a composition by the young Fats Waller.

Aligator Crawl (Waller, Fats)

Posted by Pops Coffee at Alligator Crawl is so appealing – A creepy rhythm that will tickle your toes. The fact that this collection contains mostly piano solos means that the very essence of Thomas Waller ‘s musical world is presented without a lot of distractions.

Draggin’ My Heart Around. Even the four bar blues sequences especially the ensemble one that is repeated in the Armstrong version are not any old improvisations: But this theory – though it appeals to me as plausible – seems unsupported by paper records.

It acquired words by Andy Razaf, so it was also available as a song: I nFats Waller himself recorded it as a piano solo.

This led me to speculate that Fafs 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. You will find that Tuba Skinny take the tune a shade alliigator 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.


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Streams Videos All Posts. See Walled Baker’s research at http: Unless somebody finds a manuscript or orchestration fromwe may never know the full story. With her classical training and skills as a jazz composer and arranger constantly in use with this band in the midsnot to mention that she plays the piano on the recording, I would not be surprised if there is as much Hardin as Waller in the Hot Seven recording.

His version makes it sound like a boogie-woogie blended with a rocking catchy song. 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 theme and replacing it with some new bar material, when he came to record it as a piano speciality seven years later.

InSaga Jazz poured two dozen Fats Waller recordings into a more or less chronologically arranged collection named after one of his very best compositions, The Alligator Crawl. 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 alligqtor video-maker digitalalexa playing it in public.