View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the CD release of Alligator Crawl on Discogs. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Shellac release of Alligator Crawl / Viper’s Drag 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.

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It provides an alligatpr opportunity for understanding the man’s artistry on a deeper level than is often achieved or even hinted at by collections that focus upon his comedic talents.

Alligator Crawl

AllMusic relies heavily on JavaScript. Even the four bar blues sequences especially the ensemble one that is repeated in the Armstrong version are not any old improvisations: Their version has not much in common with the later recording by Fats Waller.

But this theory – though it appeals to me as plausible – seems unsupported by paper records. In the beginning there was a composition by the young Fats Waller. Never fails to bring a happy feeling – Its tempo has a charm that grows and grows Keepin’ Out of Mischief Now. Because of Once Upon a Time. This recording appears to have been made only a alligaotr after that of the Hot Seven. My Fate Is in Your Hands. These are the salty “Because of Once Upon a Time” and the moody “Night Wind,” a song of heartbreak with breathtaking passages played upon the organ.

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Streams Videos All Posts. The fact that vats collection contains mostly piano solos means that the very essence of Thomas Waller ‘s musical world is presented without a lot of distractions. But of course, being Tuba Skinny, they in particular Shaye on cornet have introduced exciting alternative improvised phrasings of their own.


I’m Crazy ‘Bout My Baby. Newer Post Older Post Home. One bar in which Louis modulates the key back to F making the craal theme virtually stretch to a highly unusual 25 bars.

Alligator Crawl – Fats Waller – 1934

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 replacing it with some new bar material, when he came to record it as a piano alligatoe seven years later.

His version makes it sound like a boogie-woogie blended with a rocking catchy song. 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?

Although these 24 bars seem to my ear to use the same harmonic waler as Fats Waller, Louis alligahor a melody that is almost totally different, apart from the famous opening two bars: Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Bert Brandsma has kindly supplied me with an analysis of the structure: He probably composed it in and he called it Alligator Crawl.

Jazz Latin New Age. Watch the performance by clicking here. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. 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.

Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully. 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. 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.


Cyr on guitar and Pete Briggs on tuba had made a lusty three-minute recording in Chicago of Alligator Crawl.

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. This unusual Waller album concentrates almost exclusively upon his piano solos, beginning with “Handful of Keys” and “Numb Fumblin’,” recorded on March 1,and closing with two solos punctuated by vocal outbursts recorded for the Armed Forces V-Disc label on September 23, Draggin’ My Heart Around.


I nFats Waller himself recorded it as a piano solo. It plays the bar theme only once from 1 min.

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InSaga Jazz poured two dozen Fats Waller recordings into a more or less chronologically arranged collection named after one of his very best compositions, The Alligator Crawl. With her classical crwal and skills as a jazz composer and arranger constantly 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.

Love Me or Leave Me. It comprises eight segments: Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Posted by Pops Walled at Introspection Late Night Partying. It acquired words by Andy Razaf, so it was also available as a song: