Waller and/or Johnson...?
- On Perry Bradford's session with Louis Armstrong (2 November, 1925),
discographies (and Maurice Waller's book) initially identified Fats Waller and
James P. Johnson, then later Fats *or* James P. Now most agree on just
James P. (hey, that rhymes). Listening closely to these low-fidelity sides, it
seems the early identification of both artists may be correct, though only one
piano is audible. On "Lucy Long" it does sound distinctly like Johnson, but on "I
Ain't Gonna Play No Second Fiddle" I think I might hear Waller's famous hard-
stomping, deep-in-the-keys left hand (though the sound is indistinct). It's
especially intriguing because Waller seems to have made no (other?) records
in 1925. Any opinions on this...?
- Hello Spacelights
The "Storyville Team" list seven records that Fats Waller made in 1925 accompanying Alberta Hunter, Anna Jones, and Hazel Meyers, but the Perry Bradford Jazz Phools' tracks with Louis Armstrong are not mentioned.
The Dave Carey/Albert McCarthy/Ralph Venables "Jazz Directory" (published July, 1949) states that the pianist on the November 2, 1925 session is James P. Johnson, and is probably the pianist on the October 7, 1925 session.
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- --- In RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com, "Robert Smith" <robert.smith@m...>
> Hello Spacelightsaccompanying Alberta Hunter, Anna Jones, and Hazel Meyers, but the Perry
> The "Storyville Team" list seven records that Fats Waller made in 1925
Bradford Jazz Phools' tracks with Louis Armstrong are not mentioned.
Thanks for the input; my sources (including Laurie and the "Team") list these
acc. Alberta Hunter c. July 1923
acc. Anna Jones c. July 1923
acc. Hazel Meyers 5 August 1924
After the Hazel Meyers date, Fats seems to have made no records for a year
and a half. Part of the confusion regarding the Bradford personnel on 2
November, 1925 might come from the rejected October session you
mentioned, which featured the same two songs. Also, Armstrong really
dominates the November date; it was to be his last in New York for a while, and
I guess he knew it (he was back in Chicago, recording, a week later)...