Fats Waller: Honeysuckle Rose

Track

Honeysuckle Rose

Artist

Fats Waller (piano, vocals)

CD

The Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2: A Handful Of Keys, CD D (JSP 928)

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Musicians:

Fats Waller (piano, vocals), Bill Coleman (trumpet), Gene Sedric (clarinet, tenor sax), Al Casey (guitar), Billy Taylor (bass),

Harry Dial (drums)

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Composed by Fats Waller & Andy Razaf

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Recorded: New York, November 7, 1934

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Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

When Roaring '20s Chicago gangsters abducted Fats Waller to sing "Happy Birthday" to Al Capone, they showed more musical refinement than etiquette. Too voluminous to fit in a cake (his emergence would've been a sight!), Waller was a premier entertainer in an era when jazzmen actually strove to ensure people enjoyed themselves. Here, after a chorus of his delightfully decorous stride piano, Fats dispenses a tongue-in-cheek vocal with a wink in his voice broad enough to make the primmest librarian laugh out loud. "Honeysuckle Rose" is a trip to the candy store without the guilt. Confection, goodness knows! Yas, yas.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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