Roaring, Vol. 2
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||Love Will Find a Way||Willie The Lion Smith & Willie "The Lion" Smith||2:55||€0.99||View In iTunes|
||Memories of You||Willie The Lion Smith & Willie "The Lion" Smith||2:46||€0.99||View In iTunes|
||Moonlight Cocktail||Willie "The Lion" Smith & Willie The Lion Smith||2:11||€0.99||View In iTunes|
||Pork and Beans||Willie "The Lion" Smith & Willie The Lion Smith||2:08||€0.99||View In iTunes|
||Spanish Venus||Willie "The Lion" Smith & Willie The Lion Smith||4:37||€0.99||View In iTunes|
||Squeeze Me||Willie "The Lion" Smith & Willie The Lion Smith||3:17||€0.99||View In iTunes|
||Summertime||Willie "The Lion" Smith & Willie The Lion Smith||1:21||€0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Man I Love||Willie "The Lion" Smith & Willie The Lion Smith||4:23||€0.99||View In iTunes|
This second volume of Willie "The Lion" Smith's recordings for Vogue took place during his stay in Paris in 1949 and 1950. The first session adds trumpeter Buck Clayton and clarinetist Claude Luter, in addition to drummer Wallace Bishop; no bassist was needed because a stride pianist the caliber of Smith has no problems creating a solid bassline. Two takes of "At the Darktown Strutter's Ball" and Fats Waller's "Ain't Misbehavin'" feature spirited vocals by Smith and great solos by Smith, Clayton, and Luter. Clayton shines during "Nagasaki," but Smith rises to the occasion to direct the spotlight back to himself. Most of Smith's originals from the solo tracks are fairly obscure originals, except for his jaunty "Conversation on Park Avenue" and a rather intricate arrangement of "Sweet Sue." Like its companion Vogue LP, this record (last reissued in 1974, the year after Smith's death) will be difficult to find but worth the investment.
Born: 25 November 1897 in Goshen, NY
Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s