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  1. The liner notes his LP The Legend of Willie "The Lion" Smith (Grand Awards Records GA ) state: "Duke Ellington has never lost his awe of the Lion's prowess." It quotes Ellington as saying, "Willie The Lion was the greatest influence of all the great jazz piano players who have come along.
  2. A superb example of Harlem piano, and especially rewarding to hear the seriously underrecorded Luckey Roberts. Roberts was 71 at the time of this recording and long past his prime, but at the very least we can hear him play several of the pieces by which he made his name--"Spanish Fandango," "Railroad Blues," "Complainin'," and of course the famous ragtime tour-de-force "Nothin'," with which /5(9).
  3. William Henry Joseph Bonaparte Bertholf Smith (November 23, – April 18, ), also known as " The Lion ", was an American jazz pianist and one of the masters of the stride style, usually grouped with James P. Johnson and Thomas "Fats" Waller as the three greatest practitioners of the genre in its golden age, from about to
  4. Luckey Roberts* & Willie 'The Lion' Smith* Luckey Roberts* & Willie 'The Lion' Smith* - Luckey & The Lion: Harlem Piano Solos By Luckey Roberts & Willie 'The Lion' Smith ‎ (LP, Album, Mono) La Voix De Son Maître, La Voix De Son Maître: HTX , HTX France: Unknown: Sell This Version.
  5. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Vinyl release of Piano Solos By Willie Smith, The Lion Of The Piano: Original Compositions on Discogs.
  6. Willie "The Lion" Smith was widely recognised as on a par with James P. Johnson and Fats Waller in the Harlem pianistic pantheon. A wonderful band pianist, his compositions contrasted romantic and rhapsodic themes with explosive stride. This disc includes the peak of Smith's recording output, the 14 solos he recorded for Commodore in /5(4).
  7. Willie 'The Lion' was one of the founders of the stride style, along with James P. Johnson and Fats Waller. This album contains the fourteen tracks of solos he cut for Commodore in January , plus two additional tracks discussed below. The original tracks were comprised of eight of Smith's compositions and six renditions of standards.5/5(1).
  8. Willie “The Lion” Smith $ William Henry Joseph Bonaparte Bertholoff Smith a.k.a. “The Lion”, was an American jazz pianist and one of the masters of the stride style, usually grouped with James P. Johnson and Thomas “Fats” Waller as the three greatest practitioners of the genre from its Golden Age, c. –

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