Fats Waller — The More I Know You

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The More I Know You was written by Davis and Coots. It was recorded on June 5, 1936. Personnel on the recording date: Herman Autrey, Trumpet; Gene Sedric, reeds; James Smith, guitar; Charles Turner, bass; Yank Porter Drums. Fats was making it look and sound so easy.

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Art Tatum –Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes is from disc 4 track 17 of the Art Tatum Complete Pablo Solo Masterpieces. This version was recorded in 1953. The song was composed and written by Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes was introduced in the musical Roberta in 1933 and later became a standard. gullivior certainly finds the right picture for the right song.

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Frank Sinatra — Here’s That Rainy Day

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Here’s That Rainy Day was composed by Jimmy Van Heusen and lyrics by Johnny Burke (the poster corrected it.) This vocal version was arranged and produced by Gordon Jenkins for the No One Cares album released by Capitol Records in 1959. Since I posted the Barney Kessel instrumental version before, I thought you might like to hear the  vocal version by Frank Sinatra.

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Fats Waller — Carolina Shout

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The Carolina Shout was written by James Price Johnson and was the “admission test” for all pianists whose ambition was to become a member of the Harlem Stride Piano Players, in the 1920’s. As you can hear, Fats Waller passed the test with flying colors.

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Art Tatum — If I had You

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This is Art Tatum’s version of If I Had You, recorded in 1955 and available on the Art Tatum Complete Solo Masterpieces Compact Disc Edition Disc 7 track 1. The song was written by Shapiro-Campbell-Conelly. The Pablo compilations of Art Tatum’s solo and group masterpieces form a kind of Great American Songbook in their own way. And gullivior has done a great job in the past decade or so of creating these You Tubes of Tatum’s work.

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Benny Goodman — You Turned the Tables on Me (1936)

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My friend Jim who was once a bassist in a rock and roll band many years ago, recently asked me if I knew this record. Yes, I have a reissue copy of it somewhere, I replied. Helen Ward briefly was Benny Goodman’s first vocalist. She left Goodman’s band after they had a romantic falling out. From what I’ve read, being a female vocalist in a big band, especially Benny Goodman’s big band was more like combat than a romantic adventure.

You Turned the Tables on Me was written and composed by Louis Alter in 1936. Benny Goodman had released one of the earliest versions. This record came between two important events in the emergence of “Swing Music.” In the summer of 1935, the Goodman band had been on a tour that had been mostly a flop up until the dance they played at the Palomar Ballroom in Los Angeles. The Palomar dance and radio broadcast of it put Benny Goodman and Swing music on the map. Nevertheless,  Benny Goodman was not an early pioneer of swing music. Duke Ellington and Fletcher Henderson had been playing swing compositions since the late 1920’s. But their work hadn’t taken off in record sales. Indeed, Henderson was in financial trouble and had been seriously injured in an auto accident, so Goodman bought his arrangements and hired him. Although this record was not a Henderson arrangement, his work became the backbone of Goodman’s success.

The second event that established Swing Music as the dominant popular music and Benny Goodman as the King of Swing was the Carnegie Hall Concert in January 1938. It was a smashing success.  (Update:  I forgot the last paragraph.)

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Fats Waller — Sweet Thing

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Sweet Thing was recorded by Fats and Rhythm November 29, 1935. with five other songs. The musicians included Herman Autrey, trumpet; Gene Sedric, reeds; James Smith , guitar; Charles Turner, bass; Yank Porter, drums; and Fats on piano and vocal. The song was composed by Young, Baer, and Albert. I hear lots of surface noise on this and other You Tubes of the original 78’s of this song. That means the original owners of the records got plenty of enjoyment from these records. This recording date featured Fats in a mellow mood.

 

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Art Tatum — There’s a Small Hotel

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There’s a Small Hotel was composed and written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart in 1936. Like other songs they wrote, they wrote this song for one movie and the studio ended up using it in other movies instead. Art Tatum recorded it in 1954. It is available on Disc 5 track 3 on the Art Tatum Complete Pablo Solo Masterpieces. A nice and easy take on a much recorded song. For more on the song, look here.

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Barney Kessel – Here’s That Rainy Day

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Here’s That Rainy Day was composed by Jimmy Van Heusen and lyrics by Johnny Burke, published in 1953 .Here we have Barney Kessel’s performance with his group, recording date unknown. Barney Kessel was a great Jazz guitarist. The most famous vocal performances of this tune were done by Frank Sinatra. This song was a great favorite of Johnny Carson host of The Tonight Show that was once  the most popular late night talk show on U.S. television. For more about the song, look here. This post is for Linda.

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Fats Waller — West Wind

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West Wind was recorded February 1, 1936. The song was written by Ager, Newman and Mencher. In a rare incidence, the video  includes the Waller Rhythm band credits (it’s his usual group of players for the mid 1930’s) This Fats record is new to me, I’ve never heard it before, which is a good reason to play it. It certainly is a different record for Fats.

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