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Music Review: 'All Rise: A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller'

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Wednesday September 17, 2014

From NPR

Music Review: ‘All Rise: A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller’
By Tom Moon

One of the important thinkers in present-day jazz is taking his cue from the 1920’s on his latest project. Pianist Jason Moran has released All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

When filmmakers want to evoke the romance of American nightlife in the roaring 1920s, they often turn to the hot ripping music of Fats Waller.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “THE JOINT IS JUMPING”)

FATS WALLER: (Singing) The joint, it’s really jumpin’. Every Mose is on his toes, I mean this joint is jumpin’.

SIEGEL: With his latest album, Jazz pianist Jason Moran reinvents some of Fats Waller’s best-known songs. The album is called, “All Rise: A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller.” Tom Moon has a review.

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