Early style and early swing from the 20s, 30s and 40s.
Pianist Willie ‘the Lion’ Smith lived from 1897 to 1973. He originated from the traditions of Fats Waller and James P. Johnson, and became an inspiration for colleagues like Duke Ellington and Art Tatum. His style was based on that of the stride piano, but also includes more modern elements from the period of swing.
We begin with solo recordings from 1939, followed by duo recordings with his fellow pianist Don Ewell from 1967.
Tea for two
Between the devil & the deep blue sea
I can’t give you anything but love, baby
What is there to say
Just one of those things
Smoke gets in your eyes
( Willie the Lion Smith: Musidisc 30 CV 1152)
I’ve found a new baby
Porter’s love song
I would do anything for you
Some of these days
Just you, just me
(Grand Piano: Sackville SK 2 cd-5011)