Willie "The Lion" Smith

Memoirs of Willie "The Lion" Smith

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This double LP is the equivalent of Jelly Roll Morton's Library of Congress recordings. The legendary Willie "The Lion" Smith reminisces about his colorful life, plays some piano and warbles out some vocals. Particularly interesting are his stories of the early days, his medleys of songs associated with Eubie Blake, James P. Johnson, Fats Waller and Duke Ellington, and his performances of eight of his own compositions, some of which are quite obscure. Not everything works and some of the talking rambles on a bit, but overall this is a fascinating historical document that has many interesting moments.

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 9:28
2 2:11
3 8:43
4 4:47
5
0:25
6 2:10
7 2:36
8
0:46
9 2:09
10 0:23
11 0:41
12 0:33
13 2:53
14
0:34
15 2:55
16 3:43
17 4:01
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