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

by Willie "The Lion" SmithWillie "The Lion" Smith


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/21/2008
Label: Ghb Jazz Foundation
UPC: 0762247636724
catalogNumber: 367
Rank: 105487

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   Producer
Hank O'Neal   Engineer
Roy Turk   Composer
Gary Wilkinson   Liner Notes,Annotation
George H. Buck   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Sharon Wendel   Graphic Design
Houcine Harrabi   Cover Design

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