The Incredible Jazz Guitar O. as his third album but the one that truly put the Indianapolis guitarist on the jazz map. Montgomery’s sidemen (pianist Tommy Flanagan, Modern Jazz Quartet bassist Percy Heath, and his brother, drummer Albert Montgomery) offer sterling support on a varied selection of original tunes (‘Four On Six’, ‘West Coast Blues’ and ‘Mr Walker’), covers (Sonny Rollins’ ‘Airegin’ and Dave Brubeck’s ‘In Your Own Sweet Way’) and standards (‘Polka Dots And Moonbeams’). Famed for his florid, virtuosic keyboard style, Pittsburgh-born Erroll Garner was heavily influenced by Earl Hines and Fats Waller but managed to find his own distinctive voice on the piano. Capturing Garner in an assembly hall in Carmel, California, in 1955, Concert By The Sea began as an unofficial recording made by a local broadcaster for US armed-forces radio.
Fats Waller's jazz legacy is an unlikely combination of pianist, composer, singer, and comedian. Sometimes referred to as "the greatest comedian who ever played jazz, Fats' appeal was as much visual as it was musical. Waller began an abundance of recording for the Victor label in 1934 under the moniker Fats Waller & His Rhythm. These were small-band sides, mostly limited to three minutes that swung hard and put him front and center in the jazz scene. He scored hits like "Jitterbug Waltz, "Honeysuckle Rose, and "The Joint is Jumpin, By 1938 Fats was as big a star as Louis Armstrong. Waller toured all over the country relentlessly between recordings, but never cared for the road or its discriminations.
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Fats Waller was often dubbed the "clown prince" of jazz who delighted crowds with his playful stage antics - a reputation that overshadowed his gifts as a musician and songwriter. A new CD collection of his recordings focuses on the music behind the merriment. Fats Waller was often called the "clown prince" of jazz, but the showbiz bluster sometimes overshadowed his unparalleled skill at the keyboard, both as a composer and performer.