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Red Hot Dan
Thomas Morris' Hot Babies
Feat. Fats Waller
Recorded in Camden, New Jersey on December 1st 1927 featuring Tom Morris cornet, leader, & vocals, Jimmy Archey trombone, Fats Waller piano, pipe organ, & vocals, Bobbie Leecan guitar, and Eddie King drums.
*"Red Hot Dan" was composed by Sidney Easton.
At a session held for Victor at the old Trinity Church building (or Studio 1) in Camden, New Jersey, Thomas "Fats" Waller joins Thomas Morris and His "Hot Babies" for their spectacular recorded version of this number written by pianist Sidney Easton. Easton, a black vaudevillian performer originally from Savannah, was known prominently for his songwriting skills as well as duets with Martha Copeland and work as both accompanist and collaborator with Ethel Waters.
As leader Thomas Morris starts things out blowing fluid lines from his cornet. Then Fats Waller initiates some soulful scat vocalizations ending with an impressive phrase from Morris, leading up to truly inspirational solos from trombonist Jimmy Archey and the strings of Bobbie Leecan.
Finally "Fats" can withstand temptation no longer and gives in switching from his usual piano to the Estey pipe organ (left over from the building's former life as a church) to the grand amusement of listeners. -Matt Chauvin
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