Lion Roars: His Greatest 1934-44

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Although Willie "The Lion" Smith made some recordings during the 1920s, this Living Era compilation focuses exclusively upon the years 1934-1944, a time period that found the Lion operating as a soloist and in cahoots with such memorable characters as Clarence Williams, Banjo Ikey Robinson, and the Alabama Jug Band; clarinetists Mezz Mezzrow, Buster Bailey, and Rod Cless; trumpeters Frankie Newton, Dave Nelson, Max Kaminsky, and Charlie Shavers; saxophonists Benny Carter, Bud Freeman, Pete Brown, and Sidney Bechet; guitarists Albert Casey, Eddie Condon, and Everett Barksdale; bassists John Kirby, Jack Lesberg, and Wellman Braud; and percussionists Floyd Casey, O'Neill ...
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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Although Willie "The Lion" Smith made some recordings during the 1920s, this Living Era compilation focuses exclusively upon the years 1934-1944, a time period that found the Lion operating as a soloist and in cahoots with such memorable characters as Clarence Williams, Banjo Ikey Robinson, and the Alabama Jug Band; clarinetists Mezz Mezzrow, Buster Bailey, and Rod Cless; trumpeters Frankie Newton, Dave Nelson, Max Kaminsky, and Charlie Shavers; saxophonists Benny Carter, Bud Freeman, Pete Brown, and Sidney Bechet; guitarists Albert Casey, Eddie Condon, and Everett Barksdale; bassists John Kirby, Jack Lesberg, and Wellman Braud; and percussionists Floyd Casey, O'Neill Spencer, Manzie Johnson, George Wettling, and Chick Webb. Fortified with such a dizzying wealth of jazz talent, this is a veritable gold mine of classic small-band swing and Harlem stride piano. Eight of these tracks were originally issued as by Willie "The Lion" Smith & His Cubs, a small swing band of variable size and instrumentation. There is a jousting lesson with pianist Joe Bushkin and an emotionally charged rendering of Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit" by the Sidney Bechet Trio. The Lion's unaccompanied piano solos are well-chosen examples of his eloquent artistry, a force that exerted a healthy influence upon Duke Ellington.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/16/1998
  • Label: Asv Living Era
  • UPC: 743625527223
  • Catalog Number: 5272

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ida! Sweet as Apple Cider - Alabama Jug Band (2:41)
  2. 2 Somebody Stole My Gal (2:51)
  3. 3 Apologies (3:24)
  4. 4 Sendin' the Vipers (2:58)
  5. 5 Mutiny in the Parlor (3:00)
  6. 6 The Panic Is On (2:36)
  7. 7 What Can I Do with a Foolish Little Girl Like You? (2:45)
  8. 8 Harlem Joys (2:36)
  9. 9 Echoes of Spring (2:38)
  10. 10 Swing, Brother, Swing (2:46)
  11. 11 The Swampland Is Calling Me (2:55)
  12. 12 The Old Stamping Ground (3:17)
  13. 13 Let's Mop It (2:52)
  14. 14 Muskrat Ramble (2:44)
  15. 15 Morning Air (2:40)
  16. 16 Fading Star (2:37)
  17. 17 Rippling Waters (2:45)
  18. 18 Finger Buster (3:00)
  19. 19 The Lion and the Lamb (2:54)
  20. 20 I'm Coming Virginia - Sidney Bechet & His New Orleans Feetwarmers (2:37)
  21. 21 Limehouse Blues (2:34)
  22. 22 Strange Fruit (2:30)
  23. 23 Black and Blue (2:56)
  24. 24 Jazz Me Blues (3:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Willie "The Lion" Smith Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Buster Bailey Clarinet
Al Casey Guitar
Eddie Condon Guitar
Bud Freeman Tenor Saxophone
Max Kaminsky Trumpet
John Kirby Bass
Charlie Shavers Trumpet
Pete Brown Alto Saxophone
Joe Bushkin Piano
Frankie Newton Trumpet
Chick Webb Drums
George Wettling Drums
Willie Williams Washboard
Wellman Braud Bass
Ed Allen Cornet
Everett Barksdale Electric Guitar
Sidney Bechet Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Track Performer
Benny Carter Alto Saxophone
Rod Cless Clarinet
Richard "Dick" Fullbright Bass
Manzie Johnson Drums
Jack Lesberg Bass
Mezz Mezzrow Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Track Performer
Dave Nelson Trumpet
Floyd O'Brien Trombone
Ikey Robinson Banjo
Cecil Scott Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
O'Neill Spencer Drums
Cyrus St. Clair Bowed Bass
George Stafford Drums
Clarence Williams Jug
Chelsea Quealey Trumpet
Floyd Casey Washboard
Jimmy McLin Guitar
Frank Orchard Trombone
Alabama Jug Band Band, Track Performer
Eric Henry Drums
Robert Carroll Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Lyle Lovett Composer
Walter Bishop Jr. Composer
Kid Ory Composer
Marcus Roberts Composer
West Composer
Irving Bibo Composer
Wallace Bishop Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Eddie Leonard Composer
Willie "The Lion" Smith Composer
Clarence Williams Composer
Vic Bellerby Liner Notes
Ray Gilbert Composer
Martin Haskell Remastering
Vee Lawnhurst Composer
Charles LaFreniere Composer
Eddie Munson Composer
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