Label: GNP Crescendo - GNPS 9011 • Series: Vintage Series • Format: Vinyl LP • Country: US • Genre: Jazz •
Willie "The Lion" Smith in the s was considered one of the big three of stride piano along with James P. Johnson and Fats Waller even though he made almost no recordings until the mid-'30s.
His mother was an organist and pianist, and Smith started playing piano when he was six. He earned a living playing piano as a teenager, gained his nickname "the Lion" for his heroism in World War I, and after his discharge he became one of the star attractions at Harlem's nightly rent parties. Although he toured with Mamie Smith and played piano on her pioneering blues record "Crazy Blues"Smith mostly freelanced throughout his life.
He was an influence on the young Duke Ellington who would later write "Portrait of the Lion" and most younger New York-based pianists of the s and '30s. Although he was a braggart and with his cigar and trademark derby hat appeared to be a rough character, Smith was actually more colorful than menacing and a very sophisticated pianist with a light touch.
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