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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Akligator is heard with his Rhythm group on two sides dating from January Posted by Pops Coffee at Rainy Day Relaxation Daller Trip. But this theory – though it appeals to me as plausible – seems unsupported by paper records. Perhaps that’s what influenced Erwin Elvers; but both the title and the composer on this label are are surely incorrect: 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.

Their version has not much in common with the later recording by Fats Waller. The fact that this collection contains mostly piano solos means that the very essence of Thomas Waller ‘s musical world is presented without a lot of distractions.

Never fails to bring a happy feeling – Its tempo has a charm that grows and grows Drinking Hanging Out In Love. One bar in which Louis modulates the key back to F making the previous theme virtually stretch to a highly unusual 25 bars.

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

In most respects the Hot Seven interpretation is alllgator different from the other that the two versions sound like two different pieces of music. Introspection Late Night Partying. 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.

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Its structure is as follows. Even the four bar blues sequences especially the ensemble one that is repeated in the Armstrong version are not any old improvisations: Parlophone put out a version with the title as Alligator Blues and the composer as ‘Williams’.

Alligator Crawl

Alligator Crawl is so appealing – A creepy rhythm that will tickle your toes. 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.

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This recording appears to have been made only a month after that of the Hot Seven. Newer Post Older Post Home.

He probably composed it in and he called it Alligator Crawl. Sexy Trippy All Moods.

Jazz Latin New Age. AllMusic relies heavily on JavaScript. This unusual Waller album concentrates almost exclusively upon his piano solos, beginning with “Handful of Keys” and “Numb Fumblin’,” recorded on March crawp,and closing with two solos punctuated by vocal outbursts recorded for the Armed Forces V-Disc label on September 23, My guess was that Lil Hardin’s was the brain behind the project.

Draggin’ My Heart Around. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. This led me to speculate that Armstrong and his pianist wife Lil Hardin took 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.

Cyr on guitar and Pete Briggs on tuba faats made a lusty three-minute recording in Chicago of Alligator Crawl. I’m Crazy ‘Bout My Baby. It acquired words by Andy Razaf, so it was also available as a song: Because of Once Upon a Time.


Unless somebody finds a manuscript or orchestration fromwe may never know the full story. Click hear to listen. Although these 24 bars seem to my ear to use the same harmonic walelr as Fats Waller, Louis plays a melody that is almost totally different, apart from the famous opening two bars: It plays the bar theme only once from 1 min.

Alligator Crawl – Fats Waller – 1934

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? With her classical training and skills as a jazz composer and arranger wsller 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 as Waller in the Hot Seven recording.

My Fate Is in Your Hands. Release Date January 12, 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 drawl it with some new bar material, when he came to record it as a piano speciality seven years later.

See Dick Baker’s research at http: In the beginning there was a composition by the young Fats Waller.