Willie "The Lion" Smith - Echoes of Spring

Recording Location:
Paris, France
Release Date:
December 17, 1965
Recording Date:
December 17, 1965
Echoes of Spring
Early Jazz, Piano Blues, Stride, Jazz Instrument, Piano Jazz

On this CD pianist Willie "The Lion" Smith is featured during a solo concert from France. The recording quality is just ok and Smith's performance (which combines his piano with a few unfortunate vocals and a little reminiscing) was typical for the period but his piano playing is generally pretty strong. He performs four of his originals (including

choes of Spring" and "Zig Zag"), a few standards, a James P. Johnson medley, a medley of songs associated with some of his favorite pianists, Chopin's "Polonaise" and even "La Marseillaise." Although not quite essential, there are enough colorful moments on this set to make the date recommended to Willie ""The Lion"" Smith collectors."

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