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Face the Music

Face the Music 5.23.13Fats Waller IV
This installment focuses exclusively on the year 1929. The playlist includes Thomas Waller’s first recordings as leader of his own groups, his historic collaborations with Don Redman and McKinney’s Cotton Pickers, an orchestra led by his mentor James P. Johnson and a fine ensemble billed as the Chocolate Dandies. A piano solo and a pipe organ solo were added in order to round out this portrait of young Fats Waller.
Ridin’ But Walkin’Fats Waller & his Buddies 1929
Harlem FussFats Waller & his Buddies 1929
Gee, Ain’t I Good To You?Mc Kinney’s Cotton Pickers 1929vocal by Don Redman
Six or Seven TimesThe Chocolate Dandies 1929
That’s AllPipe Organ Solo 1929
Looking For Another SweetieFats Waller & his Buddies 1929vocal by Orlando Roberson{shortly afterwards, this song was hijacked &retooled as “I’m Confessin’ That I Love You”}
Waiting At the End of the Roadpiano solo 1929
The Way I Feel TodayThe Chocolate Dandies 1929
That’s How I Feel TodayMc Kinney’s Cotton Pickers 1929vocal by Don Redman
Wherever There’s a Will, There’s a WayMc Kinney’s Cotton Pickers 1929vocal by Don Redman
I Need Someone Like YouFats Waller & his Buddies 1929vocal by the Four Wanderers
I’d Love ItMc Kinney’s Cotton Pickers 1929
Lookin’ Good But Feelin’ BadFats Waller & his Buddies 1929vocal by the Four Wanderers
PeggyMc Kinney’s Cotton Pickers 1929
Won’t You Get Up Off It Please?Fats Waller & his Buddies 1929
You Don’t UnderstandJimmy Johnson’s Orchestra 1929vocal by the Keep Shufflin’ Trio
Minor DragFats Waller & his Buddies 1929
Plain DirtMc Kinney’s Cotton Pickers 1929