[Dixielandjazz] Fats Waller tribute reviewed - NY Times July 18, 2013
marekboym at gmail.com
Sun Jul 21 02:28:01 PDT 2013
On 20 July 2013 10:42, david richoux <domitype at gmail.com> wrote:
> "Anyone saluting Waller has to find a balance between bawdy entertainment
> and musical
> exploration. Mr. Charlap, as was to be expected, chose a polite approach. "
> Why? I do not know who Bill Charlap is, but everybody knows (or should know
> by now) that Fats had been known to sell his songs for a bottle of booze,
> wrote songs about the crazy folks of his era and barely kept within the
> limits of "code" language. Why not celebrate who he was, in the times he
> lived? He was NOT "polite" by any stretch of the imagination.
> He WAS an amazing composer and musician, but I think a show like that
> should have been more honest...
Why? Mr. Charlap is NOT Fats Waller, he IS Bill Charlap. Whatever he
plays, he should sound like Bill Charlap, not like anybody else (there are
so many Waller imitators). As to teh show being "honest" - it can only be
honest if the players are honest to themselves!
> Dave Richoux
> On Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 12:20 PM, Robert Ringwald <rsr at ringwald.com>
> > An Appreciation of a Pianist's Artistry and a Nod to His Charisma
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