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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Newer Post Older Post Home. But of course, being Tuba Skinny, they in particular Shaye on cornet have introduced exciting alternative improvised phrasings of their own.

I believe this version is still popular as a party piece for solo pianists. Click hear to listen. Posted by Pops Coffee at My Fate Is in Your Hands. It plays the bar theme only aaller from 1 min.

Aligator Crawl (Waller, Fats)

Love Me or Leave Me. Jazz Latin New Age. Introspection Late Night Partying. I’m Crazy ‘Bout My Baby. InSaga Jazz fts two dozen Fats Waller recordings into a more or less chronologically arranged collection named after one of his very best compositions, The Alligator Crawl.

Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. But fars theory – though it appeals to me as plausible – seems unsupported by paper records.

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. Although these 24 bars seem to my ear to use the same harmonic sequence as Fats Waller, Louis plays a melody that is almost totally different, apart from the famous opening two bars: Never fails to bring a happy feeling – Its tempo has a charm that grows and grows Could ctawl Hot Seven have started by looking at the the same alligatir arrangement that Doc Cook used so precisely – re-interpreting it freely in their own way?


Cyr on guitar and Pete Briggs on tuba had made a lusty three-minute recording in Chicago of Alligator Crawl. Waller is heard with his Rhythm group on two sides dating from January See Dick Baker’s research at http: 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.

Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully. Bert Brandsma has kindly supplied me with an analysis of the structure: 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 vatsnot to mention that she plays the piano on the recording, I would not be surprised if there is wa,ler much Hardin as Waller in the Hot Seven recording. 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.


My guess was that Lil Hardin’s was the brain behind the project.

Alligator Crawl – Fats Waller | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic

Alligator Crawl is so appealing – A creepy rhythm that will tickle your toes. One bar in which Louis modulates the key back to F making the previous theme virtually stretch to a highly unusual 25 bars.

Its structure is as follows.

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, His version makes wallerr sound like a boogie-woogie blended with a rocking catchy song. It acquired words by Andy Razaf, so it was also available as a song: AllMusic relies heavily on JavaScript.

Keepin’ Out of Mischief Now. Drinking Hanging Out In Love.

In the beginning there was a composition by the young Fats Waller. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. This recording appears to have been made only a month after that of the Hot Seven. Perhaps that’s alligaator influenced Erwin Elvers; but both the title and the composer on this label are are surely incorrect: