Fats Waller : Grandfather spells arranged for Brass quintet
Product Code : Waller_01
Thomas Wright "Fats" Waller (May 21, 1904 – December 15, 1943) was an American jazz pianist, organist, composer, violinist, singer, and comedic entertainer. His innovations in the Harlem stride style laid the groundwork for modern jazz piano. His best-known compositions, "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "Honeysuckle Rose", were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1984 and 1999. Waller copyrighted over 400 songs, many of them co-written with his closest collaborator, Andy Razaf. Razaf described his partner as "the soul of melody, a man who made the piano sing!” Waller started playing the piano when he was still at Nursery school and became a professional organist by the ripe old age of 15! By the age of 18 he was a recording artist, and he became one of the most popular performers of his era, touring internationally and achieving commercial success in both the United States and Europe. Sadly, he died prematurely from pneumonia, aged only 39. His Grandfather spells composition displays his virtuosity as a composer in this genre. We would class this arrangement for Brass quintet as difficult, mainly for the difficult trombone solo riff, but this is extremely playable for those trombone players who are prepared to put the effort in!
In most cases, this is the arrangment being played back using the Sibelius video export facility, but in some cases this is an actual performance by groups commissioned by Undiscovered Brass to actually perform the arrangment.