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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Even the four bar blues sequences especially the ensemble one that is repeated in the Armstrong version are not any old improvisations: One bar in which Louis modulates the key back to F making the previous theme virtually stretch to a highly unusual 25 bars.
Perhaps that’s what influenced Erwin Elvers; but both the title and the composer on this label are are surely incorrect: Draggin’ My Heart Around. 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. He probably composed it in and he called it Alligator Crawl.
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Aligator Crawl (Waller, Fats) – IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library: Free Public Domain Sheet Music
But this theory – though it appeals to me as plausible – seems unsupported by paper records. Streams Videos Wsller Posts.
Their version has not much in common with the later recording by Fats Waller. This recording appears to have been made only a month after that of the Hot Seven. Release Date January 12, My guess was that Lil Hardin’s was the brain behind the project. Alligator Crawl is so appealing – A creepy rhythm that will tickle your toes. Never fails to bring a happy feeling – Its tempo has a charm that grows and alligaor See Dick Baker’s research at http: Waller is heard with his Rhythm group on two sides dating from January 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.
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My Fate Is in Your Hands. Wallsr Me or Leave Me. 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.
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: Cyr on guitar and Pete Briggs on tuba had made a lusty three-minute recording in Chicago of Alligator Crawl. Its structure is as follows.
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Aligator Crawl (Waller, Fats)
Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. It acquired words by Andy Waler, so it was also available as a song: 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.
But of course, being Tuba Skinny, they in particular Shaye on cornet dats introduced exciting alternative improvised phrasings of their own.
In the beginning there was a composition by the young Fats Waller. 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.
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His version makes it sound like a boogie-woogie blended with a rocking catchy song. Unless somebody finds a manuscript or orchestration fromwe may never know the full story. Bert Brandsma has kindly supplied me with an analysis of the structure: Posted by Pops Coffee at 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.