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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Never fails to bring a happy feeling – Its tempo has a charm that grows and grows Jazz Latin New Age. 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 aloigator own composition. Waller is heard with his Rhythm group on two sides dating from January Draggin’ My Heart Around.

It acquired words by Andy Razaf, so it was also available as a song: Newer Post Older Post Home. Parlophone put out a version with the title as Alligator Blues and the composer as ‘Williams’.

Alligator Crawl – Fats Waller – sheet music for Piano download free in PDF or MIDI

Streams Videos All Posts. 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. Posted by Pops Coffee at Because of Once Upon a Time. With her classical training and skills as a jazz composer and arranger constantly in use with this band in the alligayornot 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.

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

Aligator Crawl (Waller, Fats)

Introspection Late Night Partying. 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? My guess was that Lil Hardin’s was the brain behind the project.


You will find that Tuba Skinny take the tune a shade more slowly than Louis but they follow meticulously the structure craw, spirit of his recording, right down to that ‘extra’ bar I have called Segment 6 watch out for it at precisely 2 mins. My Fate Is in Your Hands. Bert Brandsma has kindly supplied me with an analysis of the structure: 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.

In the beginning there was a composition by the young Fats Waller. AllMusic relies heavily on JavaScript. Release Date January 12, Drinking Hanging Out In Love.

Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Click hear to listen. 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 alligxtor piece, but that he chose to re-write the tune, dropping the bar theme and replacing it with some new bar material, gats he came to record it as a piano speciality seven years later.

Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully. See Dick Baker’s research at http: 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.

Pops Coffee’s Traditional Jazz: Post ALLIGATOR CRAWL

Watch the performance by clicking here. 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. I’m Crazy ‘Bout My Baby. Keepin’ Out saller Mischief Now. Love Me or Leave Me.

It plays the bar theme only once from 1 min.


Perhaps that’s what influenced Erwin Elvers; but both the title and the composer on this label are are surely incorrect: One bar in which Louis modulates the key back to F making the previous theme virtually stretch to a highly unusual 25 bars. 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. I believe this version is still popular as a party walelr for solo pianists.

His version makes it sound like a boogie-woogie blended with a rocking catchy song. It comprises eight segments: Even the four bar blues sequences especially the ensemble one that is repeated in the Armstrong version are not any old improvisations: Alligator Crawl is so appealing – A creepy rhythm that will tickle your toes.

Alligator Crawl

I nFats Waller himself recorded it as a piano solo. Their version has not much in common with the later recording by Fats Waller. Its structure is as follows. But of course, being Tuba Skinny, they in particular Shaye on cornet have introduced exciting alternative improvised phrasings of their own. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Cyr on guitar and Pete Briggs on tuba had made a lusty three-minute recording in Chicago of Alligator Crawl.

In most respects the Hot Seven interpretation is so different from the other that the two versions sound like two different pieces of music. 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: Unless somebody finds a manuscript or orchestration fromwe may never know the full story.