Willie "The Lion" Smith

Pork and Beans

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One of the last of the major stride pianists, Willie "The Lion" Smith pays tribute to some of his contemporaries during this solo studio set. Smith performs four numbers by Luckey Roberts, three by Eubie Blake, two apiece from Fats Waller and George Gershwin and four veteran standards. Smith was in the last part of his musical prime and is still quite strong on this spirited and definitive late-period program, infusing his hot stride with impressionistic ideas.

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feat: Willie Smith
2:09 Amazon
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2:58 Amazon
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3:56 Amazon
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2:13 Amazon
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3:17 Amazon
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2:47 Amazon
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1:20 Amazon
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2:47 Amazon
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2:55 Amazon
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2:10 Amazon
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4:53 Amazon
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2:42 Amazon
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1:41 Amazon
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4:46 Amazon
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feat: Willie Smith
2:36 Amazon
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