Willow Tree

19 04 2012

Willow Tree—T. Waller/A. Razaf, 1928 (recorded April 19, 2012) I recorded this Fats Waller blues while in the last stages of my recovery from an upper resp infection, hence the raspy vocal. And hence the pallid, unshaven look. Bleah.

Thanks to the great Mildred Bailey for introducing me to this tune.

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Gee Baby Ain’t I Good to You

22 09 2011

Gee Baby Ain’t I Good to You—A. Razaf/D. Redman, 1929 (Recorded September 22, 2011) After this song was written in ’29 and first recorded by McKinney’s Cotton Pickers, it was not touched again until 1944 when Nat Cole had a hit with it. As Andy Razaf was a frequent writing partner with Fats Waller, I’m surprised that Waller never cut this tune…at least I’ve never heard a Fats version. I recorded this straight using an appropriate 1920s Lyon & Healy Washburn soprano ukulele, then I overdubbed the song through with a little maple banjo uke and distorted the sound on that for some background tone and rhythm. Added some percussion after the fact, and that was that.