The emphasis in
this listing is not to provide a complete discography of Fats Waller's
prodigious output, but rather to guide viewers of this web site
to a selection of his most important, easily accessible recordings,
in addition to some recent reissues of Waller rarities.
The most complete set of Waller's
recordings available is a 19-volume set on the Jazz Chronological
Classics label issued between 1992 and 2000. Of particular interest
are volumes 1 and 2 (Classics 664 and 674) covering the years
1922-27 leading up to his Bluebird recordings. The London Suite,
excerpts of which are heard on this web site, can be found on
Classics 973 and London Sessions (1938-1939) on EMI Pathe/Jazztime
The bulk of the best-known recordings
by Fats Waller and His Rhythm and his solo work can be found on
eight volumes of his Bluebird/BMG Music recordings made between
1927-1943. These include:
Fats Waller and
His Buddies [1927-29]. Bluebird 61005 (1992).
The Fats Waller
Piano Solos: Turn on the Heat [1927-1941]. Bluebird 2482-2-RB
Fractious Fingering: The Early
Years, Part 3 (1936). Bluebird 66747-2 (1997)
The Middle Years,
Part 1 (1936-1938). Bluebird 66083 -2 (1992)
A Good Man Is Hard
to Find: The Middle Years, Part 2 (1938-40). Bluebird 66552-2
The Last Years (1040-1943).
Bluebird 9883-2-RB (1989)
Other rare or unusual
Waller recordings can be found on the following compact discs:
Fats At the Organ.
ASV Living Era 5007 (1992)
Fine Arabian Stuff.
Highnote 7053 (2000)
More Radio Rarities.
Jasmine [UK] 2555 (2000)
Collector's Choice Music 6672 (1999)
Fats Waller: The
1935 Transcriptions. Naxos Jazz Legends, 8.120557 (2001)
Bands. Bluebird 7636 (1988)
Fats Waller: Low
Down Papa. Biograph BCD 114 (1990)
Waller: Classic Jazz from Rare Piano Rolls. Biograph 104 (1988)