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By Alyn Shipton

Fats Waller (1904-1943) used to be an outsize guy in all respects: 5 ft, 11 inches tall, he weighed 285 kilos. the best of the Harlem "stride" pianists, he composed enormous quantities of songs, he led a band that remodeled four hundred recordings, and he wrote a number of Broadway exhibits. Waller's gargantuan appetites were celebrated in anecdotes and previous biographies. he's noticeable by way of jazz historians as a guy of great musical expertise that was once by no means fulfilled. during this totally revised and up-to-date biography of Waller, Alyn Shipton re-examines his profession, arguing that his skills as a songwriter, express composer, and incredible recording and broadcasting artist haven't been totally preferred. In a newly written ultimate bankruptcy, there's a finished survey of Waller's recordings as they've been reissued for the CD era.

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