Fats Waller and His Rhythm – A Handful Of Keys – Music. Handful Of Keys Lyrics: I like to tinkle on an old piana / I like to play it in a subtle mannah / I get a lot of pleasure / With a spano’ keys / Underneath my finger tips. The song Handful of Keys was written by Fats Waller and was first recorded and released by Thomas Waller in It was covered by Anthony Wonsey, Henry.

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All that’s missing is the knuckles ‘n’ know-how piano solo “Blue Black Bottom” ofbut you can’t have everything.

Even more than his piano it was Thomas Waller ‘s voice that made him into a nationally famous recording artist by the middle of the s. Release Date September 2, Waller in or could sometimes sound just a little bit tired of Tin Pan Alley rejects.

On the contrary, Waller ‘s recording of “Night Wind” is among the loveliest of his organ performances, and he trundled the instrument out on a regular basis throughout his career, particularly during the year Hank loves Hxndful Waller, and he wallef the better part of two years playing his music every night on Broadway in the musical Ain’t Misbehavin’.

One irritating shortcoming of most American reissues has been an apparent reluctance to include more than a thimbleful of Waller ‘s exciting material from the s.

Only three of the piano solos are included, fts they illustrate perfectly why all of Waller ‘s piano solos need to be made available and kept in circulation for the rest of time, possibly protected hanrful an act of Congress or a United Nations resolution. Besides his legendary impeccable technique and musicianship, he brings to waaller playing a warm, engaging musical personality, wonderfully inventive harmonies, melodies and rhythmic ideas, and a terrific sense of fun and wit.


Here is Fats cutting a hot piano solo at the age of 19, daring to play such stuff on the pipe organ a few years later, and incorporating both instruments into hot ensembles, resulting in some of the toughest records of the entire decade.

To use a dreadful adjective, it’s fully “pianistic,” as is the work of all the greatest jazz piano masters: I had a hand in writing that musical.

Song: Handful of Keys written by Fats Waller | SecondHandSongs

AllMusic relies heavily on JavaScript. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. A wonderfully selected chronological taste of Fats Waller from his first piano solo up through the glorious ensemble swing of The Music of Thomas ‘Fats’ Wsller 3: And like Fats Waller, he uses all of the instrument — technically and in its expressive range.

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Handful of Keys (album)

The inclusion of a piano duet with Benny Payne comes as a surprise, as previous compilers have often seemed to resent the rats of a second pianist, but indeed there is something exciting about hearing Cab Calloway ‘s piano man interacting with Fats. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. Muscle Shoals Blues Fats Waller. Harlem Fuss Fats Waller.

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Hank Jones: ‘A Handful of Keys: The Music of Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller’

Somebody Stole My Gal. Nearly every side they made in these first couple of years as a working unit had this fresh and cheeky quality. Streams Videos All Posts. Sexy Trippy All Moods. This is a first-rate solo piano CD that’s pretty recent — recorded in Waller was the first jazz organist, and the inclusion of two organ solos makes this disc all the more valuable, even if the liner notes imply that he didn’t record with the organ between the years and What you have here then is Waller at his very best.


But in this case, we can do both.

Handful of Keys (album) – Wikipedia

The Music of Thomas “Fats” Waller. Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email. It’s hard to think of a great musician he hasn’t played with. Nine examples of Waller and his Rhythm recorded in and round off the album beautifully. Nearly half of the sides included here date from before You’ve Been Taking Lessons in Love.

For the purposes of this CD, three will do, but there’s plenty more piano solos where these came from, and one can never have enough.

As time passed, some of the charm would occasionally fade as producers kept handing Fats ridiculously lousy material. Jazz Latin New Age. And like Fats Waller, Hank Jones shows you how hard fatz man can swing. August 1, 1: It’s played by Hank Jones, one of the most consistent and excellent jazz pianists of all time.