Willie "The Lion" Smith

1937-1938

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The second Classics CD in their Willie "The Lion" Smith series is surprisingly weak. Of the 25 selections, 21 actually feature the dated organ of Milt Herth. Smith's presence in the trio (with drummer-vocalist O'Neil Spencer) fails to uplift the music (Herth's wheezing organ mostly drowns him out) although guitarist Teddy Bunn helps a bit on the last seven numbers. Easily the best selections on the CD are two songs performed by Willie "The Lion" Smith and His Cubs (a septet with trumpeter Frankie Newton and clarinetist Buster Bailey) and a pair of duets with drummer Spencer on Smith's own "Passionette" and "Morning Air." But the preceding and following volumes in this program are much more valuable.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:00
2
2:43
3 2:49
4 2:29
5 2:49
6 2:23
7 2:29
8 2:54
9 2:37
10 2:29
11 2:30
12 2:50
13 2:52
14 2:40
15 3:00
16 2:53
17 3:03
18
2:49
19 2:53
20 2:58
21 2:53
22 2:59
23
2:33
24 2:51
25 2:53
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