Weekend Extra: Generations—”Honeysuckle Rose”

Fats Waller, composer, pianist, 1941, New York.

Aaron Diehl, piano; Dominick Farinacci, trumpet; 2009, St. Joseph of the Holy Family Church, New York.

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  1. Terence Smith says

    NICE GARNERISMs from Diehl!!!

    Before the day is through, I will dig out the version on Satch Plays Fats. Fats is already immortal for this piece alone, in fact on THE BRIDGE alone, which Dizzy noted…

  2. Terence Smith says

    ( please forgive afterthought:) When I hear Brubeck and Desmond do “One Moment Worth Years”, I remember that Dave said that it was written to immortalize the moment he heard his first Fats Waller 78.

    Another thought: if you blindfold-tested the Waller solo 78s for all the musicians and asked them why the “obscure” ones aren’t universal jazz standards, they would be hard pressed for an explanation!

    Diehl & Farinacci get July to the appropriate temperature, yet cool.

    Thanks for creating such a nice climate!

  3. says

    Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller’s solo version of “Honeysuckle Rose” from 1941 is not only remarkable because of its impressionistic flavor and lyrical charm but also because there’s a glimpse, yes, of “Kind Of Blue”.

    You can hear the impression of the famous three-horns section ’round minute 2:53; sounds exactly like “Freddie Freeloader,” doesn’t it? Some more miles to go, though. — Beautiful!

    • Terence Smith says

      Of course I remember the MOMENT I first heard “KInd of Blue”.

      And I remember hearing a faint suggestion of Benny Goodman/Charlie Christian “Soft Winds”, within “Freddy Freeloader”.

      File Fats under “good as it gets”, and “source material, perpetual.”

  4. Terence Smith says

    PS: Go to you tube, RIGHT NOW, and type in

    Benny Goodman and Louis Armstrong 1939

    You will hear an air take of the BG Sextet doing “Ain’t Misbehavin” : Satch singing it, then playing in one chorus enough music for an entire career. They give the 1955 “Satch Plays Fats” a run for the money.

    On the bridge, and a tag like he would do later, Armstrong shows us that Fats Waller’s “songs” are Perfect.

  5. says

    Terence —

    Thanks for the tip! That Ain’t Misbehavin’ is indeed a marvelous gem; Louis Armstrong at his very strongest; listen to those quarter notes: as if they were chiseled, nevertheless swinging, as only Pops could deliver them.