Willie "The Lion" Smith Discography

1944 (age 51)

The Lion And The Cubs / The Lion's Jazz Band

Max Kaminsky, trumpet; Frank Orchard, trombone; Rod Cless, clarinet; Willie "The Lion" Smith, piano; Jack Lesberg, bass; Mac McGrath as "Mack" McGrath, drums.

NYC, August 19, and September 29, 1944

BW29Let's Mop ItBlack & White 6; Jazztone J-1039; Tops L 1508; Storyville (D) SLP 806
BW30Muskrat RambleBlack & White 24; Jazztone J-1039; Tops L 1508; Storyville (D) SLP 806
BW31Bugle Call RagBlack & White 24; Tops L 1508; Storyville (D) SLP 806
BW32How Could You Put Me DownBlack & White 6; Storyville (D) SLP 806

* Tops L 1508   Various Artists - Jazz Greats
* Storyville (D) SLP 806   Cliff Jackson, Lil Armstrong, Willie "The Lion" Smith - A Reissue Of Some Famous Black And White Masters Vol. 2
* Jazztone J-1039   James P. Johnson Quartet, Lil Armstrong, The Lion's Jazz Band, The Spirits Of Rhythm - Happy Harlem
* Black & White 6   The Lion And The Cubs - Let's Mop It / How Could You Put Me Down
* Black & White 24   The Lion's Jazz Band - Bugle Call Rag / Muskrat Ramble

1949

Willie "The Lion" Smith Duo

Willie "The Lion" Smith, piano; Wallace Bishop, drums.

Paris, France, December 1, 1949

RJS925Echoes Of SpringRoyal Jazz (F) RJ 730; Vogue (F) LD 045; Mode (F) CMDINT 9860
RJS926Here Comes The BandRoyal Jazz (F) RJ 732; Vogue (F) LD 045; Mode (F) CMDINT 9860
RJS927Relaxin'Royal Jazz (F) RJ 732; Mode (F) CMDINT 9736
RJS928Contrary MotionRoyal Jazz (F) RJ 733; Mode (F) CMDINT 9736
RJS929Zig Zag-
RJS930Twelfth Street RagRoyal Jazz (F) RJ 735; Mode (F) CMDINT 9736
RJS931Late Hours-
RJS932Portrait Of The DukeRoyal Jazz (F) RJ 730; Mode (F) CMDINT 9736

* Mode (F) CMDINT 9860   Willie "The Lion" Smith - The Many Faces Of Jazz Vol. 49
= Vogue (F) DP 20   Willie "The Lion" Smith - Memorial
* Mode (F) CMDINT 9736   Willie "The Lion" Smith - The Many Faces Of Jazz Vol. 30
= Vogue (F) DP 20   Willie "The Lion" Smith - Memorial
* Vogue (F) LD 045   Willie Smith "The Lion"
* Royal Jazz (F) RJ 730   Willie "The Lion" Smith - Echoes Of Spring / Portrait Of The Duke
* Royal Jazz (F) RJ 732   Willie "The Lion" Smith - Here Comes The Band / Relaxin'
* Royal Jazz (F) RJ 733   Willie "The Lion" Smith - Contrary Motion / Zig Zag
* Royal Jazz (F) RJ 735   Willie "The Lion" Smith - Twelfth Street Rag / Late Hours

Willie "The Lion" Smith Solo

Willie "The Lion" Smith, piano.

Paris, France, December 24, 1949

RJS932DardanellaRoyal Jazz (F) RJ 744; Vogue (F) LD 045; Mode (F) CMDINT 9860
RJS933La MadelonRoyal Jazz (F) RJ 744; Mode (F) CMDINT 9736
RJS934Cuttin' OutVogue (F) V 5038, LD 045; Mode (F) CMDINT 9860
RJS935CharlestonRoyal Jazz (F) RJ 745; Vogue (F) LD 045; Mode (F) CMDINT 9860
RJS936Carolina Shout-
RJS937I'm Gonna Ride The Rest Of The WayVogue (F) V 5038, LD 045; Mode (F) CMDINT 9860

* Mode (F) CMDINT 9860   Willie "The Lion" Smith - The Many Faces Of Jazz Vol. 49
= Vogue (F) DP 20   Willie "The Lion" Smith - Memorial
* Mode (F) CMDINT 9736   Willie "The Lion" Smith - The Many Faces Of Jazz Vol. 30
= Vogue (F) DP 20   Willie "The Lion" Smith - Memorial
* Vogue (F) LD 045   Willie Smith "The Lion"
* Royal Jazz (F) RJ 744   Willie "The Lion" Smith - Dardanella / La Madelon
* Vogue (F) V 5038   Willie "The Lion" Smith - Cuttin' Out / I'm Gonna Ride The Rest Of The Way
* Royal Jazz (F) RJ 745   Willie "The Lion" Smith - Charleston / Carolina Shout

Willie "The Lion" Smith Quartet

Buck Clayton, trumpet; Claude Luter, clarinet; Willie "The Lion" Smith, piano; Wallace Bishop, drums.

Paris, France, December 24, 1949

RJS938-1Darktown Strutter's Ball (take 1)Royal Jazz (F) RJ 742; Mode (F) CMDINT 9736
RJS938-2Darktown Strutter's Ball (take 2)Mode (F) CMDINT 9736
RJS939Ain't Misbehavin'Royal Jazz (F) RJ 742; Mode (F) CMDINT 9736
RJS940 | V3094Stormy WeatherVogue (F) V 5063; Mode (F) CMDINT 9736
RJS941Get Together BluesRoyal Jazz (F) RJ 743; Mode (F) CMDINT 9736
RJS942Nagasaki-

* Mode (F) CMDINT 9736   Willie "The Lion" Smith - The Many Faces Of Jazz Vol. 30
= Vogue (F) DP 20   Willie "The Lion" Smith - Memorial
* Royal Jazz (F) RJ 742   Willie "The Lion" Smith - Darktown Strutter's Ball / Ain't Misbehavin'
* Vogue (F) V 5063   Buck Clayton - Swingin' At Sundown / Stormy Weather
* Royal Jazz (F) RJ 743   Willie "The Lion" Smith - Get Together Blues / Nagasaki

1950

Willie "The Lion" Smith Solo

Willie "The Lion" Smith, piano.

Paris, France, January 29, 1950

RJS943Can You Hear MeVogue (F) V 5059, LD 045; Mode (F) CMDINT 9860
RJS944Trains And Boats And PlanesVogue (F) V 5099; Mode (F) CMDINT 9736
RJS945Conversation On Park AvenueVogue (F) V 5059, LD 045; Mode (F) CMDINT 9860
RJS946Pretty BabyVogue (F) V 5099, LD 045; Mode (F) CMDINT 9860
RJS947Sweet Sue Part 1Vogue (F) V 5075, LD 045; Mode (F) CMDINT 9860
RJS948Sweet Sue Part 2-

same session.

Don't You Hit That Lady Dressed In GreenVogue (F) LD 008, (E) LDE 177; Dial LP 305
Maple Leaf Rag-
Don't You Dare To Strike Me Again-
Shine-
Dark Town Strutters Ball-
Pork And Beans-
Chevy Chase-
Oh, You Devil, Rag-
When I Walk With Billy-
Buddy Bolden's Blues-
Passionette-

* Mode (F) CMDINT 9860   Willie "The Lion" Smith - The Many Faces Of Jazz Vol. 49
= Vogue (F) DP 20   Willie "The Lion" Smith - Memorial
* Mode (F) CMDINT 9736   Willie "The Lion" Smith - The Many Faces Of Jazz Vol. 30
= Vogue (F) DP 20   Willie "The Lion" Smith - Memorial
* Vogue (F) LD 045   Willie Smith "The Lion"
* Vogue (F) LD 008   Willie "The Lion" Smith - Reminiscing The Piano Greats
* Vogue (E) LDE 177   Willie "The Lion" Smith - Reminiscing The Piano Greats
* Dial LP 305   Willie "The Lion" - Reminiscing The Piano Greats
* Vogue (F) V 5059   Willie "The Lion" Smith - Can You Hear Me / Conversation On Park Avenue
* Vogue (F) V 5099   Willie "The Lion" Smith - Trains And Boats And Planes / Pretty Baby
* Vogue (F) V 5075   Willie "The Lion" Smith - Sweet Sue Parts 1 & 2

1958 (age 65)

Willie "The Lion" Smith Solo

Willie "The Lion" Smith, piano.

NYC, March 18, 1958

Morning AirGood Time Jazz M12035
Relaxin'-
Rippling Water-
Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea-
Tango La Caprice-
Concentratin'-

* Good Time Jazz M12035, S10035; Vogue (E) LAG 12256; Good Time Jazz GTJCD-10035-2   Harlem Piano Solos By Luckey Roberts & Willie 'The Lion' Smith - Luckey & The Lion