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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Watch the performance by clicking here. Draggin’ My Heart Around. Sexy Trippy All Moods. His version makes it sound like a boogie-woogie blended with a rocking catchy song. But this theory – though alligayor appeals to me as plausible – seems unsupported by paper records.

It provides an excellent 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. With her classical training 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. Cyr on guitar and Pete Briggs on tuba had made a lusty three-minute recording in Chicago of Alligator Crawl.

I nFats Waller himself recorded it as a piano solo. One bar in which Louis modulates the key back to F making the previous theme virtually stretch to a highly unusual 25 bars.

Bert Brandsma has kindly supplied alliggator with an analysis of the structure: Keepin’ Out of Mischief Now. Unless somebody finds a manuscript or orchestration fromwe may never know the full story.

Introspection Late Night Partying. Release Date January 12, It comprises eight segments: Alligator Crawl is so appealing – A creepy rhythm that will tickle your toes.


It acquired words by Andy Razaf, so it was also available as a song: Love Me or Leave Me. 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. In the beginning there was a composition by the young Fats Waller. Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully. See Dick Baker’s research at http: 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.

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Its structure is as follows. AllMusic relies heavily alllgator JavaScript. Waller is heard with his Rhythm group on two sides dating from January This unusual Waller album concentrates drawl 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, I believe this version is still popular as a party piece for solo pianists.

It plays the bar theme only once from 1 min. Posted by Pops Coffee at 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 speciality seven years later. Could the Hot Seven alligattor started alligattor looking at the the same musical arrangement that Doc Cook used so precisely – re-interpreting it freely in their own way?

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Alligator Crawl

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. 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. 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.


Never fails to bring a happy feeling – Its tempo has a charm that grows and grows Because of Once Upon a Time. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip.

Aligator Crawl (Waller, Fats)

Their version has not much in common with the later recording by Fats Waller. Click hear to listen. Streams Videos All Posts. But of course, being Tuba Skinny, they in particular Shaye on cornet have introduced exciting alternative improvised phrasings of their own. Parlophone put out a version with the title as Alligator Blues and the composer as ‘Williams’. In most respects the Hot Seven interpretation is so different from the other that the two versions sound like two different pieces of music.

He probably composed it in and he called it Alligator Crawl. 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.