Wille "The Lion Smith" and His Jazz Cubs [Jazzology]

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
The 17 recordings reissued by Jazzology under the heading of Willie The Lion Smith & His Jazz Cubs are uncommon and well worth experiencing. This compilation could conceivably be confused with the Timeless label's 24-track reissue of jazz from the mid-'30s played by a small swing band billed as Willie "The Lion" Smith & His Cubs. Both collections are excellent and the two sets have no tracks in common. Jazzology's "Jazz Cubs" edition combines piano solos performed at New York's Ritz Theatre in July 1944, and selections recorded live at Town Hall in February 1971 with a small unit designated as Willie "The Lion" Smith's Washington Cubs. Drawn from an LP on the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
The 17 recordings reissued by Jazzology under the heading of Willie The Lion Smith & His Jazz Cubs are uncommon and well worth experiencing. This compilation could conceivably be confused with the Timeless label's 24-track reissue of jazz from the mid-'30s played by a small swing band billed as Willie "The Lion" Smith & His Cubs. Both collections are excellent and the two sets have no tracks in common. Jazzology's "Jazz Cubs" edition combines piano solos performed at New York's Ritz Theatre in July 1944, and selections recorded live at Town Hall in February 1971 with a small unit designated as Willie "The Lion" Smith's Washington Cubs. Drawn from an LP on the small time Fat Cat Jazz label, these tracks feature the Lion with Wild Bill Davison's bassist Van Perry, Max Kaminsky's drummer Skip Tomlinson, Virginian clarinetist Tom Gwaltney, and Australian trumpeter Tony Newstead. Vocals are attributed to Johnson "Fat Cat" McRee, a producer, promoter, and record label owner based in Manassas, Virginia. Formerly difficult to obtain, these historic tidbits of Harlem stride piano and traditional ensemble jazz are a welcome addition to the ever-so-slowly-increasing number of digitally reissued works by Willie "The Lion" Smith.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/21/2008
  • Label: Jazzology
  • UPC: 762247636724
  • Catalog Number: 367
  • Sales rank: 141,064

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Willie "The Lion" Smith Primary Artist, Piano
Tommy Gwaltney Clarinet
Van Perry Bass
Skip Tomlinson Drums
Technical Credits
Rudolf Friml Composer
Gene Krupa Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Fred E. Ahlert Composer
Frédéric Chopin Composer
Johnson McRee Jr. Producer
Hank O'Neal Engineer
Jack Towers Mastering
Roy Turk Composer
Gary Wilkinson Liner Notes, Annotation
George H. Buck Jr. Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Parker Dinkins Remastering
Ted Koehler Composer
Sharon Wendel Graphic Design
Houcine Harrabi Cover Design
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