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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Newer Post Older Post Home. Parlophone put out a version with the title as Alligator Blues and the composer as ‘Williams’. It provides an excellent opportunity for understanding the man’s artistry on a deeper level than is often achieved or even hinted at by collections that focus upon his comedic talents. Jazz Latin New Age. Release Date January 12, See Dick Baker’s research at http: But of course, being Tuba Skinny, they in particular Shaye on cornet have introduced exciting alternative improvised phrasings of their own.
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. It acquired words by Andy Razaf, so it was also available as a song: Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Cyr on guitar and Pete Briggs on tuba had made a lusty three-minute recording in Chicago of Alligator Crawl.
Its structure is as follows. In most respects the Hot Seven interpretation is so different from the other that the two versions sound like two different pieces of music. A theory of Erwin Elvers of Luetjensee, Germany, is that the Alligator Crawl played by Armstrong was based on a Spencer Williams composition from which Fats Waller adopted the theme for his own composition.
This recording appears to have been made only a month after that of the Hot Seven. He probably composed it in and he called it Alligator Crawl.
Perhaps that’s what influenced Erwin Elvers; but both the title and the composer on this label are are surely incorrect: Watch the performance by clicking here. Draggin’ My Heart Around. This led me to speculate that Armstrong 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 more slowly than Louis but they follow meticulously the structure and spirit wxller his recording, afts down to that ‘extra’ bar I have called Segment 6 watch out for it at precisely 2 mins. In the beginning there was a composition by the young Fats Waller. 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?
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Even the four bar blues sequences especially the ensemble one that is repeated in the Armstrong version are not any old improvisations: My guess was that Lil Hardin’s was the brain behind the project. Unless somebody finds a manuscript or orchestration fromwe may never know the full story.
I believe this version is still popular as a party piece for solo pianists. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. But this theory – though it appeals to me as plausible – seems unsupported by paper records. Waller is heard with his Rhythm group on two sides dating from January One craal in which Louis modulates the key back to F making the previous theme virtually stretch to a highly unusual 25 bars.
Introspection Late Night Partying. His version makes it sound like a boogie-woogie blended with a rocking catchy song.
Bert Brandsma has kindly supplied me with an analysis of the structure: Their version has not much in common with the later recording by Fats Waller. With her classical training and skills as a jazz composer and arranger constantly in use fate this band in the midsnot to mention that she wlaler the piano on the recording, I would not be surprised if there is as much Hardin as Waller in the Hot Seven recording.
Aligator Crawl (Waller, Fats)
Never fails to bring wwaller happy feeling – Its tempo has a charm that grows and grows Keepin’ Out of Mischief Now. It plays dats bar theme only once from 1 min. 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. I nFats Waller himself recorded it as a piano solo.
It comprises eight segments: Streams Videos All Posts. Alligator Crawl is so appealing – A creepy rhythm that will tickle your toes. Love Wallfr or Leave Me. 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 bars: