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Smith, Willie "The Lion" & Don Ewell / Stride Piano Duets
Album:Stride Piano Duets Collection:Jazz
Artist:Smith, Willie "The Lion" & Don Ewell Added:Jul 2008
Label:Delmark Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2008-07-20 Pull Date:2008-09-21 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:Sep 21Aug 31Aug 10Aug 3Jul 27

 Recent Airplay
1.Sep 28, 2018:Traditions
I Found A New Baby, Relaxin'
4.Aug 08, 2008:No Cover, No Minimum
2.Sep 19, 2008:Memory Select, early edition
Here Comes The Band
5.Aug 01, 2008:No Cover, No Minimum
You're Driving Me Crazy
3.Aug 29, 2008:No Cover, No Minimum
I Found A New Baby
6.Jul 25, 2008:Oatmeal
I Found A New Baby

Album Review
Reviewed 2008-07-19 
In the 1920’s Mr. “The Lion” Smith was ranked up there with Fats Waller (and his eyebrows) as a stride piano king. He was playing up until the early ‘70s so he was a link between the glory days of early jazz and the next generations of musicians. This is great stuff, glorious, fun, liquidly cool duets (track 7 is the only exception, it’s just Smith).

1. Jumpin’ midtempo swing w/nice flair & some talking, la-la-ing.
2. Midtempo, bright and tripping version of a Berlin classic.
*3. Starts mid, picks way up into a fast, fabulous tour-de-force. So good!
4. Starts slowish, gets mid, nice interplay and great keywork.
*5. Everybody Charleston! Nicely retro classic.
*6. Bright & bouncy with a warm charm.
*7. Smith goes solo – upbeat, tripping, entirely captivating.
8. Nicely tinny homage w/great technique. Midtempo.
9. Relaxed and fluid w/a touch of drama & emotion.
*10. An upbeat jump that showcases how well they play together.
11. Like an old Vaudeville love song. Sweet, relaxed, old-fashioned.
12. Mid/upbeat jump w/some fast fingerwork & lots of style.
13. Lazily warm w/some perkier bits near end.
*14. Solid rag w/lots of tripping interplay. Fun & catchy.

Track Listing
1.Relaxin' 8.Sweet Georgia Brown
2.Blue Skies 9.Georgia On My Mind
3.I Found A New Baby 10.Linger Awhile/Shine
4.Tea For Two 11.If I Could Be With You
5.Charleston 12.Just You, Just Me
6.You're Driving Me Crazy 13.Squeeze Me
7.Here Comes The Band 14.Twelfth Street Rag