Fats Waller: My Feelings Are Hurt
My Feelings Are Hurt
Fats Waller (piano)
The Fats Waller Piano Solos / Turn On The Heat (Bluebird 2482-2-RB)
Fats Waller (piano).
Composed by Thomas “Fats” Waller.
Recorded: New York, September 11, 1929
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Fats Waller's colorful story could start with his days as a teen prodigy winning his high school's talent contest playing James P. Johnson's "Carolina Shout." Soon afterward, the dean of Harlem pianists (Johnson) took the younger man under his wing and taught him the ways of stride piano playing. He eventually secured Waller's first piano-roll and recording dates as well. This Victor side, made when the pianist was all of 25, is a slow stride blues with some fascinating turns towards Tin Pan Alley. Despite these beautiful digressions the blues is never far from the surface. "One never knows, do one?"
Reviewer: Frank Murphy