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#1 Post by Addict » Sun Jun 13, 2004 12:26 pm

I recently saw the clip Jazz Dance, which had a combo including Willie the Lion Smith and some other players. I was wondering if anybody could recommend good later recordings of the Lion or James P Johnson, preferrably with small combos.

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#2 Post by mark0tz » Mon Jun 14, 2004 8:39 am

Classics label might be a good source for them... Lemme know becuase I'm lookin' for more, too.
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#3 Post by SpuzBal » Fri Jun 18, 2004 7:47 pm

I like 1925-1937 on Chrono[lo]gical for Willie the Lion. Especially the awesome washboard sound.
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#4 Post by AlekseyKosygin » Thu Jun 24, 2004 12:00 am

Best Willie "The Lion" Smith CD is:

Willie "The Lion" Smith and his Cubs 1935-1937

Timeless Records, Audio Restoration By John R.T. Davies, the sound quality on this is amazing...

For some reason all the best stride pianists came out of Jersey, Willie, James P., Donald Lambert, even the Count (he started out as a stride pianist until he find his niche)

There's also a documentary that came out on NJN in 2001 all about the Lion, it's really a must see, he's a very interesting character...