All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller

All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller

by Jason MoranJason Moran


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Yeah, All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller is a tribute to the great stride pianist, but in Jason Moran's hands, it's not what one would expect. This album isn't full of stride piano, but it is full of Fats Waller's larger persona as a performer. Waller mixed jokes and comic routines, and did whatever he could to connect with his audience in his act, and if his piano playing was the hinge, it sat on a door that opened straight to the dancefloor. This album had its beginnings when Moran was commissioned by the N.Y.C. performing arts venue Harlem Stage Gatehouse to create a tribute to Waller as part of its Harlem Jazz Shrines series. Moran came up with a unique combination of piano, vocal jazz, and dance that used Waller's signature songs as springboards. Collaborating with singer Meshell Ndegeocello, wearing a large papier-mâché mask of Waller's head created for him by Haitian artist Didier Civil, and adding interpretive dancers, Moran called his conceptual tribute The Fats Waller Dance Party, and All Rise is the studio-recorded rendition of the project. It's a stunning mix of piano jazz with moody, winsome late-night vocals, and it has plenty of get-up-and-go when it's time for it. If it doesn't sound much like Waller, one could imagine Waller would love it, and his signature songs are well represented, including "Ain't Misbehavin'," which Ndegeocello sings with a wistfully sultry edge, "The Joint Is Jumpin'," which is just that, a joyous and yet graceful romp, and a ethereal take on "Ain't Nobody's Business," which in Moran and Ndegeocello's hands becomes a dark, moody, and elegantly defiant statement in modal jazz. This set manages to be reverent to Waller's original recordings, but since facsimile was never the goal, it also manages to create a completely new veneer for them, and the end result is a marvelous tribute that still retains its own shape and coherency.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2014
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0602537534296
catalogNumber: 001926102
Rank: 125740

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jason Moran   Primary Artist,Piano,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Tarus Mateen   Bass
Meshell Ndegeocello   Vocals
Nasheet Waits   Drums
Josh Roseman   Trombone
Lisa Harris   Vocals
Leron Thomas   Trumpet,Vocals
Charles Haynes   Drums,Vocals
Stephen Lehman   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Herman Autrey   Composer
Dubin   Composer
Porter Grainger   Composer
J.C. Johnson   Composer
Meshell Ndegeocello   Arranger,Producer
Jack Palmer   Composer
Bob Power   Engineer
Ted Snyder   Composer
Andy Taub   Engineer
Harry Warren   Composer
Don Was   Producer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Harry Brooks   Composer
Everett Robbins   Composer
Francis Wheeler   Composer
Jason Moran   Arranger,Composer
Rick Kwan   Engineer
Harry B. Smith   Composer
Hayden Miller   Art Direction
D. Parks   Arranger

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