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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‎Alligator Crawl by Fats Waller on Apple Music

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 walker record it as a piano speciality seven years later. 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 waler very essence of Thomas Waller ‘s musical world is presented without a lot of distractions.

It plays the bar theme only once from 1 min. Love Me or Leave Me. Bert Brandsma has kindly supplied me with an analysis of the structure: 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.

My guess was that Lil Hardin’s was the brain behind the project. Posted by Pops Coffee at In most respects the Hot Seven interpretation is so different from the other that the two versions sound like two different pieces of music. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes.

Aligator Crawl (Waller, Fats)

With her classical training and wlaler 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 wallet Waller in the Hot Seven recording.


Parlophone put out a version with the title as Alligator Blues and the composer as ‘Williams’. Newer Post Older Post Home. His version makes it sound like a boogie-woogie blended with a rocking catchy song.

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Sexy Trippy All Moods. Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully. Its structure is as follows. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Jazz Latin New Age. Never fails to bring a happy feeling – Its tempo has a charm that grows and grows My Fate Is in Your Hands. He probably composed it in and he called it Alligator Crawl.

Aligator Crawl (Waller, Fats) – IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library: Free Public Domain Sheet Music

This unusual Waller album concentrates almost exclusively upon his piano solos, beginning with “Handful allligator Keys” and “Numb Fumblin’,” recorded on March 1,and closing with two solos punctuated by vocal outbursts recorded for the Armed Forces V-Disc label on September 23, Watch the performance by clicking here. Unless somebody finds a manuscript or orchestration fromwe may never know the full story. Introspection Late Night Partying.

I nFats Waller himself recorded it as a piano solo. Alligator Crawl is so appealing – A creepy rhythm that will tickle your toes.

These are the salty “Because of Once Upon a Time” and the moody “Night Wind,” a song of heartbreak with breathtaking passages played upon the organ. 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?

It acquired words by Andy Razaf, so it was also available as a song: It comprises eight segments: 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. See Dick Baker’s research at http: Keepin’ Out of Mischief Now. 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 great video-maker digitalalexa playing it in public.


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: One bar in which Louis modulates the key back to F making the previous theme virtually stretch qaller a highly unusual 25 bars. Cyr on guitar and Pete Briggs on tuba had made a lusty three-minute recording in Chicago of Alligator Crawl.

Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Release Date January 12, I’m Crazy ‘Bout My Baby. You will find that Tuba Skinny take the tune a shade more 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.

Fafs led me to speculate that Armstrong and his pianist wife Lil Hardin ctawl 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. Waller is heard with his Rhythm group on two sides dating from January