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Wilbur Ware Discography

Date: September 15, 1938
Location: Chicago, IL
Label: Vocalion

Big Bill Broonzy (ldr), Buster Bennett (as), Walter Williams (t), Big Bill Broonzy (g, v), Blind John Davis (p), Wilbur Ware (b)

a. C-2324-1    Let Me Dig It - 2:35  (Bill Broonzy)
     Vocalion 78: 04591   
     Columbia LP 12": 467247 — Good Time Tonight   
     Document CD: 5129 — Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order, volume 7   (1992)
b. C-2325-1    W.P.A. Rag - 2:47  (Bill Broonzy)
     Vocalion 78: 04429   
     Columbia LP 12": 467247 — Good Time Tonight   
     Columbia Legacy CD: CK 46219 — Good Time Tonight   (1990)
     Document CD: 5129 — Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order, volume 7   (1992)
c. C-2326-1    I'm Going Back To Arkansas - 2:50  (Bill Broonzy)
     Columbia LP 12": 467247 — Good Time Tonight   
     Columbia Legacy CD: CK 46219 — Good Time Tonight   (1990)
     Document CD: 5130 — Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order, volume 8   (1992)
d. C-2327-1    Rider Rider Blues - 2:42  (Bill Broonzy)
     Vocalion 78: 04486   
     Document CD: 5130 — Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order, volume 8   (1992)

Buster Bennett (as) on b-d; Walter Williams (t) on b-d.

Bruyninckx lists bassist as "prob. Wilbur Ware or poss. Ransom Knowling" and notes "Some sources say that Joshua Altheimer may be the pianist". Additional guitarist is unknown.

http://hubcap.clemson.edu/~campber/bennett.html notes that Ware did not join the musicians union until 1946 and he may not be present at all so this session is included to err on the side of caution.


Date: September or October 1949
Location: United Broadcasting Studio, Chicago, IL
Label: Rondo

Johnny Perry (ldr), E. Parker McDougal (ts), Hobart Dotson (t), Ernest Ashley (g), Johnny Perry (p, v), Wilbur Ware (b), Charles Williams (d)

a. UB9-1191-R    Tails And Limas
     Rondo 78: 1557   
b. UB9-1192-R    Doggin' Me Blues  (Horace Holmes)
     Rondo 78: 1557   
c. UB9-1193-R    J. P. Boogie
     Rondo 78: 1558   
d. UB9-1194-R    Got Good News For Ya, Baby  (Horace Holmes)
     Rondo 78: 1558   

Johnny Perry (v) on b, d.

Additional composer DuPree on b.

Band vocal on a. c.

Subsequent recordings made by Johnny Perry in New York would appear to have no involvement by Chicago musicians such as Dotson and Ware.


Date: ca. 1955
Location: New York City
Label: Music Minus One

Mundell Lowe (g), Don Abney (p), Wilbur Ware (b), Bobby Donaldson (d)

a.     Crazy Rhythm  (Irving Caesar, Roger Wolfe Kahn, Joseph Meyer)
b.     Jeepers Creepers  (Harry Warren, Johnny Mercer)
c.     You Go To My Head  (J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie)
d.     Strike Up The Band  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
e.     My Heart Stood Still  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
f.     Just One Of Those Things  (Cole Porter)
g.     When Your Lover Has Gone  (Einar A. Swan)
h.     Don't Take Your Love From Me  (Henry Nemo)

This is a play-along recording designed to be used by musicians for practice.

Recording by vocalist Savina (issued on Rave 502) uses You Go To My Head from this session as backing track.


Date: ca. 1955
Location: New York City
Label: Music Minus One

Jim Chapin (ldr), Phil Woods (as), Bob Wilber (ts), Jimmy Nottingham (t), Urbie Green (tb), Hank Jones (p), Wilbur Ware (b), Jim Chapin (d)

a.     Pink Ice
b.    alt Pink Ice
c.     I'll Take Romance  (Ben Oakland, Oscar Hammerstein II)
d.    alt I'll Take Romance  (Ben Oakland, Oscar Hammerstein II)
e.     The Lady Is A Tramp  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
f.    alt The Lady Is A Tramp  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)

Date: ca. 1955
Location: New York City
Label: Music Minus One

Jim Chapin (ldr), George Dorsey (as), Bob Wilber (ts), Jimmy Nottingham (t), Urbie Green (tb), Hank Jones (p), Wilbur Ware (b), Jim Chapin (d)

a.     Like Help
b.    alt Like Help
c.     Cotton Tail  (Duke Ellington)
d.    alt Cotton Tail  (Duke Ellington)
e.     I May Be Wrong But I Think You're Wonderful  (Harry Ruskin, Henry Sullivan)
f.    alt I May Be Wrong But I Think You're Wonderful  (Harry Ruskin, Henry Sullivan)

Additional selection: #4 - Say What? (2 tks) - composer unknown. Lord incorrectly lists this as So What.


Date: ca. 1955
Location: home of Sun Ra, Chicago, IL
Label: [private recording]

Sun Ra (ldr), Sun Ra (p), Wilbur Ware (b)

a.     Piano Interlude - 1:51  (Sun Ra)
b.     Can This Be Love? - 5:57  (Paul James, Kay Swift)
     1201 Music CD: 9019-2 — Standards   (2000)
Both titles on:      El Saturn LP 12": 485 — Dreams Come True   (1973)
     Evidence CD: ECD 22014-2 — Sound Sun Pleasure!!   (1991)

Wilbur Ware (b) on b.


Date: ca. 1956
Location: Chicago, IL
Label: Argo

Johnny Griffin (ldr), Johnny Griffin (ts), Junior Mance (p), Wilbur Ware (b), Buddy Smith (d)

a.     I Cried For You - 3:37  (Gus Arnheim, Arthur Freed, Abe Lyman)
b.     Satin Wrap - 3:05  (Johnny Griffin)
c.     Yesterdays - 2:31  (Jerome Kern, Otto Harbach)
d.     Riff Raff - 3:10  (Wilbur Ware)
e.     Bees-Ees - 3:52  (Johnny Griffin)
f.     The Boy Next Door - 3:17  (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin)
g.     These Foolish Things - 3:36  (Harry Link, Holt Marvell, Jack Strachey)
h.     Lollypop - 3:02  (Johnny Griffin)
All titles on:      Argo LP 12": LP 624 — J. G.   
     Verve CD: — J. G.   (2004)

Date: June 25, 1956
Location: New York City
Label: Columbia

Art Blakey, Rita Reys (ldr), Ira Sullivan (ts, t), Donald Byrd (t), Kenny Drew, Sr. (p), Wilbur Ware (b), Art Blakey (d), Rita Reys (v)

a. CO56230    My One And Only Love - 4:11  (Robert Mellin, Guy Wood) / arr: Horace Silver
     Columbia LP 12": CL 903 — The Cool Voice Of Rita Reys   
     Philips LP 12": BO8006L — The Cool Voice Of Rita Reys   
b. CO56231    Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year - 3:37  (Frank Loesser) / arr: Horace Silver
     Columbia LP 12": CL 903 — The Cool Voice Of Rita Reys   
     Philips LP 12": BO8006L — The Cool Voice Of Rita Reys   
c. CO56232    Lil' T [aka The Third] - 8:08  (Donald Byrd)
     Columbia LP 12": FC 38036 — Originally   (1982)
     Columbia Legacy CD: CK 93637 — Drum Suite   (2005)
d. CO56233-1    The New Message [aka Little T] - 8:38  (Donald Byrd)
     Columbia LP 12": FC 38036 — Originally   (1982)
     Columbia Legacy CD: CK 93637 — Drum Suite   (2005)
e. CO56233-3   alt The New Message [aka Little T] - 5:33  (Donald Byrd)
     Columbia Legacy CD: CK 93637 — Drum Suite   (2005)

Art Blakey (ldr) on c-e; Rita Reys (ldr) on a-b; (v) on a-b; Ira Sullivan (t) on d-e.


Date: August 22, 1956
Location: Reeves Sound Studio, New York City
Label: Riverside

Matthew Gee (ldr), Ernie Henry (as), Matthew Gee (tb), Joe 'Earl' Knight (p), Wilbur Ware (b), Arthur Taylor (d)

a. a-01    Out Of Nowhere - 3:22  (Johnny Green, Edward Heyman) / arr: Bill Massey
b. a-02    I'll Remember April - 4:14  (Don Raye, Gene DePaul, Patricia Johnston)
c. a-03    Joram - 3:02  (Bill Massey) / arr: Bill Massey
d. a-04    Sweet Georgia Brown - 2:55  (Ben Bernie, Kenneth Casey, Maceo Pinkard)
e. a-05    Lover Man - 4:58  (Roger 'Ram' Ramirez, Jimmy Davis, Jimmy Sherman)
All titles on:      Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-221 — Jazz By Gee!   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-1884-2 — Jazz By Gee!   (1996)

Ernie Henry (as) on a-d.


Date: August 23, 1956
Location: New York City
Label: Riverside

Ernie Henry (ldr), Ernie Henry (as), Kenny Dorham (t), Kenny Drew, Sr. (p), Wilbur Ware (b), Arthur Taylor (d)

a. a-01    Gone With The Wind - 3:20  (Allie Wrubel, Herb Magidson)
b. a-02    Orient - 5:06  (Ernie Henry)
c. a-03    Free Flight - 5:43  (Ernie Henry)
d. a-04    Checkmate - 5:50  (Ernie Henry)
All titles on:      Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-222 — Presenting Ernie Henry   
     Original Jazz Classics LP 12": OJC 102 — Presenting Ernie Henry   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-1920-2 — Presenting Ernie Henry   (1999)

Date: August 30, 1956
Location: New York City
Label: Riverside

Ernie Henry (ldr), Ernie Henry (as), Kenny Dorham (t), Kenny Drew, Sr. (p), Wilbur Ware (b), Arthur Taylor (d)

a.    alt Cleo's Chant - 8:31  (Ernie Henry)
     Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-266 — Last Chorus   
     Original Jazz Classics LP 12": OJC 086 — Last Chorus   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-1906-2 — Last Chorus   (1998)
b.     Cleo's Chant - 8:18  (Ernie Henry)
     Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-222 — Presenting Ernie Henry   
     Original Jazz Classics LP 12": OJC 102 — Presenting Ernie Henry   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-1920-2 — Presenting Ernie Henry   (1999)
c.     I Should Care - 5:03  (Axel Stordahl, Paul Weston, Sammy Cahn)
     Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-222 — Presenting Ernie Henry   
     Original Jazz Classics LP 12": OJC 102 — Presenting Ernie Henry   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-1920-2 — Presenting Ernie Henry   (1999)
d.     Active Ingredients - 4:59  (Ernie Henry)
     Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-222 — Presenting Ernie Henry   
     Original Jazz Classics LP 12": OJC 102 — Presenting Ernie Henry   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-1920-2 — Presenting Ernie Henry   (1999)

Date: October 21, 1956
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ
Label: Blue Note

J.R. Monterose (ldr), J.R. Monterose (ts), Ira Sullivan (t), Horace Silver (p), Wilbur Ware (b), Philly Joe Jones (d)

a. tk 2   alt Wee-Jay - 7:17  (J.R. Monterose)
b. tk 3    Wee-Jay - 6:56  (J.R. Monterose)
     Blue Note LP 12": BLP 1536 — J.R. Monterose   
     Blue Note CD: TOCJ 9044 — J.R. Monterose   
c. tk 7    Mark V - 6:30  (J.R. Monterose)
     Blue Note LP 12": BLP 1536 — J.R. Monterose   
     Blue Note CD: TOCJ 9044 — J.R. Monterose   
d. tk 9    Lil' T [aka The Third] - 5:15  (Donald Byrd)
     Blue Note LP 12": BLP 1536 — J.R. Monterose   
     Blue Note CD: TOCJ 9044 — J.R. Monterose   
e. tk 10    Bobbie Pin - 8:03  (J.R. Monterose)
     Blue Note LP 12": BLP 1536 — J.R. Monterose   
     Blue Note CD: TOCJ 9044 — J.R. Monterose   
f. tk 12    Ka-link - 9:01  (Philly Joe Jones)
     Blue Note LP 12": BLP 1536 — J.R. Monterose   
     Blue Note CD: TOCJ 9044 — J.R. Monterose   
g. tk 15    Beauteous - 5:24  (Paul Chambers)
     Blue Note LP 12": BLP 1536 — J.R. Monterose   
     Blue Note CD: TOCJ 9044 — J.R. Monterose   
All titles on:      Blue Note CD: CDP 7243 8 29102 2 — J.R. Monterose   (1994)

d. listed as The Third.


Date: November 4, 1956
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ
Label: Blue Note

Lee Morgan (ldr), Clarence 'C' Sharpe (as), Lee Morgan (t), Horace Silver (p), Wilbur Ware (b), Philly Joe Jones (d)

a. tk 3    Gaza Strip - 3:54  (Owen Marshall)
     Blue Note LP 12": BLP 1538 — Indeed!   
b. tk 4    Reggie Of Chester - 4:52  (Benny Golson)
     Blue Note LP 12": BLP 1538 — Indeed!   
c. tk 6    The New Message [aka Little T] - 8:21  (Donald Byrd)
     Blue Note LP 12": BLP 1538 — Indeed!   
d. tk 7   alt The New Message [aka Little T] - 8:08  (Donald Byrd)
e. tk 9   alt Stand By - 5:49  (Benny Golson)
     Blue Note LP 12": BLP 1538 — Indeed!   
f. tk 11   alt Roccus - 8:15  (Horace Silver)
     Blue Note LP 12": BLP 1538 — Indeed!   
g. tk 14   alt The Lady - 6:44  (Owen Marshall)
     Blue Note LP 12": BLP 1538 — Indeed!   
All titles on:      Mosaic CD: MD4-162 — The Complete Blue Note Lee Morgan Fifties Sessions   (1995)

The New Message listed as Little T on issues. This is not the same tune as Lil' T by Donald Byrd (later recorded as The Third).


Date: December 13 & 18, 1956
Location: Reeves Sound Studio, New York City
Label: Riverside

Zoot Sims (ldr), Zoot Sims (as, ts), Nick Travis (t), George Handy (p), Wilbur Ware (b), Osie Johnson (d)

a.     Why Cry? - 5:54  (George Handy) / arr: George Handy
b.     Echoes Of You - 7:12  (George Handy) / arr: George Handy
c.     Swim, Jim - 7:07  (George Handy) / arr: George Handy
d.     Here And Now - 4:55  (George Handy) / arr: George Handy
e.     Fools Rush In - 4:30  (Rube Bloom, Johnny Mercer) / arr: George Handy
f.     Osmosis - 4:44  (Osie Johnson) / arr: George Handy
g.     Taking A Chance On Love - 6:01  (Vernon Duke, Ted Fetter, John Latouche) / arr: George Handy
All titles on:      Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-228 — Zoot!   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-228-2 — Zoot!   (1992)

Zoot Sims (as) on c, f; (ts) on a-e, g.


Date: 1957
Location: New York City
Label: Riverside

Kenny Drew, Sr. (ldr), Kenny Drew, Sr. (p), Wilbur Ware (b)

a.     Make Believe  (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II)
b.     The Way You Look Tonight  (Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields)
c.     I've Told Every Little Star  (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II)
d.     Can't Help Lovin' That Man  (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II)
e.     I'm Old Fashioned  (Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer)
f.     All The Things You Are  (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II)
g.     Long Ago And Far Away  (Jerome Kern, Ira Gershwin)
h.     All Through The Day  (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II)
i.     Smoke Gets In Your Eyes  (Jerome Kern, Otto Harbach)
j.     The Song Is You  (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II)
k.     Why Do I Love You  (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II)
l.     Yesterdays  (Jerome Kern, Otto Harbach)
All titles on:      Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-811 — I Love Jerome Kern   

Date: ca. February 1957
Location: Reeves Sound Studios, New York City
Label: Riverside

Kenny Drew, Sr. (ldr), Kenny Drew, Sr. (p), Wilbur Ware (b)

a.     Come Rain Or Come Shine - 2:43  (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
b.     That Old Black Magic - 3:24  (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
c.     Over The Rainbow - 3:12  (Harold Arlen, E. Y. Harburg)
d.     Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea - 2:20  (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler)
e.     As Long As I Live - 2:48  (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler)
f.     It's Only A Paper Moon - 2:15  (Harold Arlen, E. Y. Harburg, Billy Rose)
g.     Stormy Weather - 3:00  (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler)
h.     I've Got The World On A String - 2:19  (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler)
i.     Let's Fall In Love - 2:36  (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler)
j.     Ill Wind - 3:02  (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler)
k.     Blues In The Night - 2:42  (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
l.     Get Happy - 2:47  (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler)
All titles on:      Judson LP 12": L 3005 — A Harold Arlen Showcase   
     Milestone CD: MCD 47040 — Kenny Drew Plays The Music Of Harry Warren And Harold Arlen   (1995)

Date: ca. February 1957
Location: Reeves Sound Studios, New York City
Label: Riverside

Kenny Drew, Sr. (ldr), Kenny Drew, Sr. (p), Wilbur Ware (b)

a.     You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby - 2:02  (Harry Warren, Johnny Mercer)
b.     Lullaby Of Broadway - 1:55  (Harry Warren, Al Dubin)
c.     Remember Me? - 3:55  (Harry Warren, Al Dubin)
d.     Jeepers Creepers - 3:06  (Harry Warren, Johnny Mercer)
e.     I Only Have Eyes For You - 4:02  (Harry Warren, Al Dubin)
f.     You're My Everything - 2:42  (Harry Warren, Mort Dixon, Joe Young)
g.     You'll Never Know - 2:52  (Harry Warren, Mack Gordon)
h.     The Boulevard Of Broken Dreams - 4:04  (Harry Warren, Al Dubin)
i.     You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me - 2:04  (Al Dubin, Harry Warren)
j.     Serenade In Blue - 3:05  (Harry Warren, Mack Gordon)
k.     About A Quarter To Nine - 2:33  (Harry Warren, Al Dubin)
l.     September In The Rain - 2:35  (Harry Warren, Al Dubin)
All titles on:      Judson LP 12": L 3004 — A Harry Warren Showcase   
     Milestone CD: MCD 47040 — Kenny Drew Plays The Music Of Harry Warren And Harold Arlen   (1995)

Date: between February 8 and March 7, 1957
Location: Café Bohemia, New York City
Label: [radio broadcast]

Buddy DeFranco (ldr), Buddy DeFranco (cl), Dick Garcia (g), Don Friedman (p), Wilbur Ware (b), Will Bradley, Jr. (d)

a.     I Remember You  (Victor Schertzinger, Johnny Mercer)
b.     Stella By Starlight  (Victor Young, Ned Washington)
c.     Like Someone In Love  (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke)

private tape exists

Village Voice ad from 1/30/57 gives dates.

"In 1956, Buddy DeFranco was forming a band for a nine month tour that played all around the East Coast. I auditioned for the gig and got it. That was my first chance to travel with a real jazz group. We came to New York and played all of the jazz clubs of that time, including Birdland and the original Basin Street." - df


Date: between February 8 and March 7, 1957
Location: Café Bohemia, New York City
Label: [radio broadcast]

Buddy DeFranco (ldr), Buddy DeFranco (cl), Dick Garcia (g), Don Friedman (p), Wilbur Ware (b), Will Bradley, Jr. (d)

a.     Thou Swell  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
b.     Lover Man  (Roger 'Ram' Ramirez, Jimmy Davis, Jimmy Sherman)
c.     Soft Winds  (Charlie Christian, Benny Goodman)
d.     Like Someone In Love  (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke)
e.     Abstract Art

private tape exists. Broadcast in West Germany.

Village Voice ad from 1/30/57 gives dates.


Date: March 28, 1957
Location: Reeves Sound Studios, New York City
Label: Riverside

Kenny Drew, Sr. (ldr), Hank Mobley (ts), Donald Byrd (t), Kenny Drew, Sr. (p), Wilbur Ware (b), Granville T. Hogan (d)

a.     You're My Thrill - 5:16  (Sidney Clare, Jay Gorney)
b.     Carol - 4:27  (Kenny Drew, Sr.)
c.     It's You Or No One - 7:59  (Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn)
d.     This Is New - 6:52  (Kurt Weill, Ira Gershwin)
All titles on:      Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-236 — This Is New   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-483-2 — This Is New    (1990)

"Carol" has been incorrectly credited to Donald Byrd on other issues. BMI shows Drew to be the composer.


Date: April 3, 1957
Location: Reeves Sound Studios, New York City
Label: Riverside

Kenny Drew, Sr. (ldr), Donald Byrd (t), Kenny Drew, Sr. (p), Wilbur Ware (b), Granville T. Hogan (d)

a.     The New Message [aka Little T] - 5:59  (Donald Byrd)
b.     Paul's Pal - 6:35  (Sonny Rollins)
c.     Why Do I Love You - 5:12  (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II)
All titles on:      Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-236 — This Is New   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-483-2 — This Is New    (1990)

The New Message listed as Little T on issues. This is not the same tune as Lil' T by Donald Byrd (later recorded as The Third).


Date: April 16, 1957
Location: Reeves Sound Studio, New York City
Label: Riverside

Thelonious Monk (ldr), John Coltrane (ts), Thelonious Monk (p), Wilbur Ware (b)

a.    fs Monk's Mood - 0:57  (Thelonious Monk)
b.     Monk's Mood - 7:52  (Thelonious Monk)
     Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-284 — Saxophone Revolt   
     Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-235 — Thelonious Himself   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-254-2 — Thelonious Himself   (1992)
Both titles on:      Riverside CD: RCD-022-2 — The Complete Riverside Recordings   
     Riverside CD: RCD2-30027-2 — The Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings   (2006)

Date: April 21, 1957
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ
Label: Blue Note

Hank Mobley (ldr), John Jenkins (as), Hank Mobley (ts), Donald Byrd (t), Bobby Timmons (p), Wilbur Ware (b), Philly Joe Jones (d)

a. tk 2    Easy To Love - 5:37  (Cole Porter)
b. tk 3    Fit For A Hanker - 7:20  (Hank Mobley)
c. tk 4    Hi Groove, Low Feedback - 9:52  (Hank Mobley)
d. tk 7    Time After Time - 6:45  (Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn)
e. tk 9    Dance Of The Infidels - 7:52  (Bud Powell)
All titles on:      Blue Note LP 12": BLP 1560 — Hank   (1957)
     Mosaic CD: MD6-181 — The Complete Blue Note Hank Mobley Fifties Sessions   (1998)

Date: May 2, 1957
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ
Label: Savoy

Herbie Mann (ldr), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Phil Woods (as), Eddie Costa (vib, p), Joe Puma (g), Wilbur Ware (b), Jerry Segal (d)

a.     World Wide Boots - 8:22  (Phil Woods)
b.     Green Stamp Monsta! - 7:58  (Herbie Mann)
Both titles on:      Savoy LP 12": MG-12112 — The Jazz We Heard Last Summer   
     Savoy Jazz CD: SV-0228 — The Jazz We Heard Last Summer   (1994)

Herbie Mann (f) on b; (ts) on a; Eddie Costa (vib) on b; (p) on a.

Studio needs confirmation.


Date: June 25, 1957
Location: Reeves Sound Studios, New York City
Label: Riverside

Thelonious Monk (ldr), Gigi Gryce (as), John Coltrane, Coleman Hawkins (ts), Ray Copeland (t), Thelonious Monk (p), Wilbur Ware (b), Art Blakey (d)

a. tk 1   alt Crepuscule With Nellie - 4:34  (Thelonious Monk)
b.    inc Crepuscule With Nellie - 1:01  (Thelonious Monk)
c.     Blues For Tomorrow - 13:32  (Gigi Gryce)
     Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-243 — Blues For Tomorrow   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-030-2 — Blues For Tomorrow   (1994)
All titles on:      Riverside CD: RCD-022-2 — The Complete Riverside Recordings   
     Riverside CD: RCD2-30027-2 — The Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings   (2006)

Thelonious Monk (ldr) on a-b; (p) on a-b.

Producer Orrin Keepnews says: "Note that, since virtually all Riverside sessions were held to produce long-play albums, no master numbers were ever assigned to individual selections."


Date: June 26, 1957
Location: Reeves Sound Studios, New York City
Label: Riverside

Thelonious Monk (ldr), Gigi Gryce (as), John Coltrane, Coleman Hawkins (ts), Ray Copeland (t), Thelonious Monk (p), Wilbur Ware (b), Art Blakey (d)

a. tk 4   alt Off Minor - 5:14  (Thelonious Monk)
     Jazzland LP 12": JLP 46 — Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane   
     Riverside CD: RCD-022-2 — The Complete Riverside Recordings   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-084-2 — Monk's Music   (1991)
b. tk 5    Off Minor - 5:08  (Thelonious Monk)
     Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-242 — Monk's Music   
     Riverside CD: RCD-022-2 — The Complete Riverside Recordings   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-084-2 — Monk's Music   (1991)
c. tk 1   alt Abide With Me - 0:52  (William H. Monk)
d.     Abide With Me - 0:53  (William H. Monk)
     Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-242 — Monk's Music   
     Riverside CD: RCD-022-2 — The Complete Riverside Recordings   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-084-2 — Monk's Music   (1991)
e. tk 4/5   alt Crepuscule With Nellie - 4:46  (Thelonious Monk)
     Riverside CD: RCD-022-2 — The Complete Riverside Recordings   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-084-2 — Monk's Music   (1991)
f. tk 6    Crepuscule With Nellie - 4:39  (Thelonious Monk)
     Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-242 — Monk's Music   
     Riverside CD: RCD-022-2 — The Complete Riverside Recordings   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-084-2 — Monk's Music   (1991)
g.    inc Epistrophy - 1:46  (Thelonious Monk, Kenny Clarke)
     Jazzland LP 12": JLP 46 — Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane   
     Riverside CD: RCD-022-2 — The Complete Riverside Recordings   
h.     Epistrophy - 10:45  (Thelonious Monk, Kenny Clarke)
     Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-242 — Monk's Music   
     Riverside CD: RCD-022-2 — The Complete Riverside Recordings   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-084-2 — Monk's Music   (1991)
i.    inc Well, You Needn't - 1:25  (Thelonious Monk)
     Riverside CD: RCD-022-2 — The Complete Riverside Recordings   
j.     Well, You Needn't - 11:23  (Thelonious Monk)
     Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-242 — Monk's Music   
     Riverside CD: RCD-022-2 — The Complete Riverside Recordings   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-084-2 — Monk's Music   (1991)
k.     Ruby, My Dear - 5:25  (Thelonious Monk)
     Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-242 — Monk's Music   
     Riverside CD: RCD-022-2 — The Complete Riverside Recordings   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-084-2 — Monk's Music   (1991)
All titles on:      Riverside CD: RCD2-30027-2 — The Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings   (2006)

Gigi Gryce (as) on a-j; John Coltrane (ts) on a-j; Ray Copeland (t) on a-j; Thelonious Monk (p) on a-b, e-k; Wilbur Ware (b) on a-b, e-k; Art Blakey (d) on a-b, e-k.

Producer Orrin Keepnews says: "Note that, since virtually all Riverside sessions were held to produce long-play albums, no master numbers were ever assigned to individual selections."


Date: probably July 1957
Location: Reeves Sound Studio, New York City
Label: Riverside

Thelonious Monk (ldr), John Coltrane (ts), Thelonious Monk (p), Wilbur Ware (b), Shadow Wilson (d)

a.     Ruby, My Dear - 6:19  (Thelonious Monk)
b.     Nutty - 6:36  (Thelonious Monk)
c.     Trinkle, Tinkle - 6:39  (Thelonious Monk)
All titles on:      Jazzland LP 12": JLP 46 — Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane   
     Riverside CD: RCD-022-2 — The Complete Riverside Recordings   
     Riverside CD: RCD2-30027-2 — The Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings   (2006)

Date: July 21, 1957
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ
Label: Blue Note

Sonny Clark (ldr), Hank Mobley (ts), Art Farmer (t), Curtis Fuller (tb), Sonny Clark (p), Wilbur Ware (b), Louis Hayes (d)

a. tk 2    Sonny's Mood - 8:35  (Sonny Clark)
     Blue Note LP 12": BLP 1570 — Dial "S" For Sonny   
b. tk 5    Bootin' It - 5:12  (Sonny Clark)
c. tk 5/insert    Bootin' It - 5:13  (Sonny Clark)
     Blue Note LP 12": BLP 1570 — Dial "S" For Sonny   
d. tk 8    Dial S For Sonny - 7:21  (Sonny Clark)
     Blue Note LP 12": BLP 1570 — Dial "S" For Sonny   
e. tk 11    It Could Happen To You - 6:56  (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke)
     Blue Note LP 12": BLP 1570 — Dial "S" For Sonny   
f. tk 13    Shoutin' On A Riff - 6:41  (Sonny Clark)
     Blue Note LP 12": BLP 1570 — Dial "S" For Sonny   
g. tk 15    Love Walked In - 5:48  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
     Blue Note LP 12": BLP 1570 — Dial "S" For Sonny   
All titles on:      Blue Note CD: CDP 7243 8 56585 2 5 — Dial "S" For Sonny   (1997)
     Blue Note CD: 7243 8 64469 2 3 — Dial "S" For Sonny   (2005)

Hank Mobley (ts) on a-f; Art Farmer (t) on a-f; Curtis Fuller (tb) on a-f.

CD issue gives date as November 10, 1957. Cuscuna/Ruppli (2nd edition) gives date as shown.

CD note: The mono take of "Bootin' It" is edited with an insert from the exchanges with the drums through the ending melody. No matching insert could be found on the stereo reels. So we have included the original mono take as issued and the stereo take 5 as it happened.


Date: July 26, 1957
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ
Label: Prestige

John Jenkins (ldr), John Jenkins (as), Clifford Jordan (ts), Bobby Timmons (p), Wilbur Ware (b), Dannie Richmond (d)

a. 1322    Cliff's Edge - 6:29  (Clifford Jordan)
     New Jazz LP 12": NJ 8232 — Jenkins, Jordan And Timmons   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-251-2 — Jenkins, Jordan And Timmons   (1994)
b. 1323    Princess - 6:15  (John Jenkins)
     New Jazz LP 12": NJ 8232 — Jenkins, Jordan And Timmons   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-251-2 — Jenkins, Jordan And Timmons   (1994)
c. 1324    Soft Talk - 10:32  (Julian Priester)
     New Jazz LP 12": NJ 8232 — Jenkins, Jordan And Timmons   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-251-2 — Jenkins, Jordan And Timmons   (1994)
d. 1325    Tenderly - 7:03  (Walter Gross, Jack Lawrence)
     New Jazz LP 12": NJ 8232 — Jenkins, Jordan And Timmons   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-251-2 — Jenkins, Jordan And Timmons   (1994)
e. 1326    Blue Jay - 7:07  (John Jenkins)
     New Jazz LP 12": NJ 8232 — Jenkins, Jordan And Timmons   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-251-2 — Jenkins, Jordan And Timmons   (1994)
f. 1327    Diggin' For Diz  (Dizzy Gillespie)

Date: August 12, 1957
Location: Reeves Sound Studios, New York City
Label: Riverside

Thelonious Monk (ldr), Gerry Mulligan (bar), Thelonious Monk (p), Wilbur Ware (b), Shadow Wilson (d)

a. tk 1   alt Straight No Chaser - 5:27  (Thelonious Monk)
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-301-2 — Mulligan Meets Monk   
b. tk 3    Straight No Chaser - 6:58  (Thelonious Monk)
     Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-247 — Mulligan Meets Monk   
     Riverside LP 12": RLP 1106 — Mulligan Meets Monk   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-301-2 — Mulligan Meets Monk   
c. tk 1    Rhythm-a-ning - 5:19  (Thelonious Monk)
     Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-247 — Mulligan Meets Monk   
     Riverside LP 12": RLP 1106 — Mulligan Meets Monk   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-301-2 — Mulligan Meets Monk   
d. tk 1   alt I Mean You - 6:22  (Thelonious Monk)
e. tk 2   alt I Mean You - 6:31  (Thelonious Monk)
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-301-2 — Mulligan Meets Monk   
f. tk 4    I Mean You - 6:51  (Thelonious Monk)
     Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-247 — Mulligan Meets Monk   
     Riverside LP 12": RLP 1106 — Mulligan Meets Monk   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-301-2 — Mulligan Meets Monk   
All titles on:      Riverside CD: RCD-022-2 — The Complete Riverside Recordings   

Date: August 13, 1957
Location: Reeves Sound Studios, New York City
Label: Riverside

Thelonious Monk (ldr), Gerry Mulligan (bar), Thelonious Monk (p), Wilbur Ware (b), Shadow Wilson (d)

a. tk 1    'Round Midnight - 8:27  (Thelonious Monk, Cootie Williams, Bernie Hanighen)
     Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-247 — Mulligan Meets Monk   
     Riverside LP 12": RLP 1106 — Mulligan Meets Monk   
b. tk 4 - stereo    Decidedly - 5:52  (Gerry Mulligan)
     Riverside LP 12": RLP 1106 — Mulligan Meets Monk   
c. tk 5 - mono    Decidedly - 6:35  (Gerry Mulligan)
     Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-247 — Mulligan Meets Monk   
d. tk 3    Sweet And Lovely - 7:15  (Gus Arnheim, Jules Lemare, Harry Tobias)
     Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-247 — Mulligan Meets Monk   
     Riverside LP 12": RLP 1106 — Mulligan Meets Monk   
All titles on:      Riverside CD: RCD-022-2 — The Complete Riverside Recordings   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-301-2 — Mulligan Meets Monk   

Date: September 30, 1957
Location: Reeves Sound Studio, New York City
Label: Riverside

Ernie Henry (ldr), Ernie Henry (as), Wynton Kelly (p), Wilbur Ware (b), Philly Joe Jones (d)

a.     Soon - 6:00  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
     Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-248 — Seven Standards And A Blues   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-1722-2 — Seven Standards And A Blues   (1992)
b.     My Ideal - 2:46  (Newell Chase, Leo Robin, Richard Whiting)
     Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-248 — Seven Standards And A Blues   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-1722-2 — Seven Standards And A Blues   (1992)
c.     Specific Gravity - 6:39  (Ernie Henry)
     Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-248 — Seven Standards And A Blues   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-1722-2 — Seven Standards And A Blues   (1992)
d.     Lover Man - 2:41  (Roger 'Ram' Ramirez, Jimmy Davis, Jimmy Sherman)
     Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-248 — Seven Standards And A Blues   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-1722-2 — Seven Standards And A Blues   (1992)
e.     I've Got The World On A String - 6:33  (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler)
     Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-248 — Seven Standards And A Blues   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-1722-2 — Seven Standards And A Blues   (1992)
f.     Sweet Lorraine - 5:01  (Mitchell Parish, Cliff Burwell)
     Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-248 — Seven Standards And A Blues   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-1722-2 — Seven Standards And A Blues   (1992)
g.     I Get A Kick Out Of You - 4:39  (Cole Porter)
     Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-248 — Seven Standards And A Blues   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-1722-2 — Seven Standards And A Blues   (1992)
h.     Like Someone In Love - 5:14  (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke)
     Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-248 — Seven Standards And A Blues   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-1722-2 — Seven Standards And A Blues   (1992)
i.    alt Like Someone In Love - 4:40  (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke)
     Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-266 — Last Chorus   
     Original Jazz Classics LP 12": OJC 086 — Last Chorus   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-1906-2 — Last Chorus   (1998)

Date: October 15, 1957
Location: Reeves Sound Studios, New York City
Label: Riverside

Kenny Drew, Sr. (ldr), Kenny Drew, Sr. (p), Wilbur Ware (b), Philly Joe Jones (d)

a.     Bewitched, Bothered, And Bewildered - 4:08  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
b.     Do It The Hard Way - 5:47  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
c.     I Didn't Know What Time It Was - 3:58  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
d.     Happy Hunting Horn - 4:15  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
e.     I Could Write A Book - 4:38  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
f.     The Lady Is A Tramp - 5:40  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
g.     My Funny Valentine - 4:05  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
h.     What Is A Man? - 5:04  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
All titles on:      Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-249 — Jazz Impressions Of Pal Joey   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-1809-2 — Jazz Impressions Of Pal Joey   (1992)

Wilbur Ware (b) on a-f, h; Philly Joe Jones (d) on a-f, h.


Date: October 16, 1957
Location: Reeves Sound Studios, New York City
Label: Riverside

Wilbur Ware (ldr), John Jenkins (as), Johnny Griffin (ts), Junior Mance (p), Wilbur Ware (b), Wilbur Campbell (d)

a.     Be-Ware - 4:28  (John Jenkins)
b.     Desert Sands - 5:28  (Stuff Smith)
c.     Latin Quarters - 4:37  (John Jenkins)
d.     Lullaby Of The Leaves - 2:56  (Bernice Petkere, Joe Young)
e.     Mamma-Daddy - 3:53  (Wilbur Ware)
f.     31st And State - 6:27  (Wilbur Ware)
All titles on:      Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-252 — The Chicago Sound   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-1737-2 — The Chicago Sound   

Date: October 30, 1957
Location: New York City
Label: Riverside

Dick Johnson (ldr), Dick Johnson (as), Dave McKenna (p), Wilbur Ware (b), Philly Joe Jones (d)

a. a-01    Lee-Antics - 6:37  (Dick Johnson)
b. a-02    It's So Peaceful In The Country - 2:34  (Alec Wilder)
c. a-03    Aw C'mon, Hoss - 3:09  (Dick Johnson)
d. a-04    Stella By Starlight - 4:28  (Victor Young, Ned Washington)
e. a-05    Me 'n Dave - 4:42  (Dick Johnson)
f. b-01    It's Bad For Me - 3:55  (Cole Porter)
g. b-02    The End Of A Love Affair - 5:17  (Edward C. Redding)
h. b-03    Folderol - 7:29  (Dick Johnson)
i. b-04    The Loop - 3:35  (Dick Johnson)
All titles on:      Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-253 — Most Likely...Dick Johnson   
     JVC CD: VICJ 2144 — Most Likely...Dick Johnson   (1996)

Date: November 3, 1957 - evening
Location: Village Vanguard, New York City
Label: Blue Note

Sonny Rollins (ldr), Sonny Rollins (ts), Wilbur Ware (b), Elvin Jones (d)

a. tk 6    A Night In Tunisia - 9:03  (Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Paparelli)
     Blue Note LP 12": BN-LA475-H2 — More From The Vanguard   (1975)
     Blue Note CD: CDP 7 46517 2 — A Night At The Village Vanguard, volume 1   (1987)
     Blue Note CD: 7243 4 99795 2 9 — A Night At The Village Vanguard   (1999)
b. tk 7    Softly As In A Morning Sunrise - 6:43  (Sigmund Romberg, Oscar Hammerstein II)
     Blue Note LP 12": BN-LA475-H2 — More From The Vanguard   (1975)
     Blue Note CD: CDP 7 46517 2 — A Night At The Village Vanguard, volume 1   (1987)
     Blue Note CD: 7243 4 99795 2 9 — A Night At The Village Vanguard   (1999)
c. tk 8    Four - 8:26  (Eddie Vinson, Miles Davis)
     Blue Note LP 12": BN-LA475-H2 — More From The Vanguard   (1975)
     Blue Note CD: CDP 7 46517 2 — A Night At The Village Vanguard, volume 1   (1987)
     Blue Note CD: 7243 4 99795 2 9 — A Night At The Village Vanguard   (1999)
d. tk 9    Woody 'n You - 8:29  (Dizzy Gillespie)
     Blue Note LP 12": BLP 1581 — A Night At The Village Vanguard   
     Blue Note LP 12": BN-LA475-H2 — More From The Vanguard   (1975)
     Blue Note CD: CDP 7 46517 2 — A Night At The Village Vanguard, volume 1   (1987)
     Blue Note CD: 7243 4 99795 2 9 — A Night At The Village Vanguard   (1999)
e. tk 10    Old Devil Moon - 8:19  (Burton Lane, E. Y. Harburg)
     Blue Note CD: CDP 7 46517 2 — A Night At The Village Vanguard, volume 1   (1987)
     Blue Note CD: 7243 4 99795 2 9 — A Night At The Village Vanguard   (1999)
f. tk 11    What Is This Thing Called Love - 14:03  (Cole Porter)
     Blue Note LP 12": BN-LA475-H2 — More From The Vanguard   (1975)
     Blue Note CD: CDP 7 46518 2 — A Night At The Village Vanguard, volume 2   (1987)
     Blue Note CD: 7243 4 99795 2 9 — A Night At The Village Vanguard   (1999)
g. tk 12    Softly As In A Morning Sunrise - 8:03  (Sigmund Romberg, Oscar Hammerstein II)
     Blue Note LP 12": BLP 1581 — A Night At The Village Vanguard   
     Blue Note CD: CDP 7 46518 2 — A Night At The Village Vanguard, volume 2   (1987)
     Blue Note CD: 7243 4 99795 2 9 — A Night At The Village Vanguard   (1999)
h. tk 13    Sonnymoon For Two - 8:46  (Sonny Rollins)
     Blue Note LP 12": BLP 1581 — A Night At The Village Vanguard   
     Blue Note CD: CDP 7 46518 2 — A Night At The Village Vanguard, volume 2   (1987)
     Blue Note CD: 7243 4 99795 2 9 — A Night At The Village Vanguard   (1999)
i. tk 14    I Can't Get Started - 4:54  (Vernon Duke, Ira Gershwin)
     Blue Note LP 12": BLP 1581 — A Night At The Village Vanguard   
     Blue Note CD: CDP 7 46518 2 — A Night At The Village Vanguard, volume 2   (1987)
     Blue Note CD: 7243 4 99795 2 9 — A Night At The Village Vanguard   (1999)
j. tk 15    I'll Remember April - 9:20  (Don Raye, Gene DePaul, Patricia Johnston)
     Blue Note LP 12": BN-LA475-H2 — More From The Vanguard   (1975)
     Blue Note CD: CDP 7 46518 2 — A Night At The Village Vanguard, volume 2   (1987)
     Blue Note CD: 7243 4 99795 2 9 — A Night At The Village Vanguard   (1999)
k. tk 16    Get Happy - 9:08  (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler)
     Blue Note LP 12": BN-LA475-H2 — More From The Vanguard   (1975)
     Blue Note CD: CDP 7 46518 2 — A Night At The Village Vanguard, volume 2   (1987)
     Blue Note CD: 7243 4 99795 2 9 — A Night At The Village Vanguard   (1999)
l. tk 17    Striver's Row - 5:59  (Sonny Rollins)
     Blue Note LP 12": BLP 1581 — A Night At The Village Vanguard   
     Blue Note CD: CDP 7 46518 2 — A Night At The Village Vanguard, volume 2   (1987)
     Blue Note CD: 7243 4 99795 2 9 — A Night At The Village Vanguard   (1999)
m. tk 18    All The Things You Are - 6:46  (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II)
     Blue Note LP 12": BN-LA475-H2 — More From The Vanguard   (1975)
     Blue Note CD: CDP 7 46518 2 — A Night At The Village Vanguard, volume 2   (1987)
n. tk 19    Get Happy - 4:38  (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler)
     Blue Note LP 12": BN-LA475-H2 — More From The Vanguard   (1975)
     Blue Note CD: CDP 7 46518 2 — A Night At The Village Vanguard, volume 2   (1987)
     Blue Note CD: 7243 4 99795 2 9 — A Night At The Village Vanguard   (1999)
o. tk 20    Striver's Row  (Sonny Rollins)

Spoken introductions (0:20 and 0:36) precede d. and e.


Date: November 18, 1957
Location: Reeves Sound Studios, New York City
Label: Riverside

Wilbur Ware (ldr), John Jenkins (as), Johnny Griffin (ts), Junior Mance (p), Wilbur Ware (b), Frankie Dunlop (d)

a.     The Man I Love - 7:21  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
b.     Body And Soul - 3:15  (Johnny Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton)
Both titles on:      Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-252 — The Chicago Sound   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-1737-2 — The Chicago Sound   

John Jenkins (as) on a.


Date: December 2, 1957
Location: Reeves Sound Studios, New York City
Label: Riverside

Kenny Dorham (ldr), Ernie Henry (as), Kenny Dorham (t), Wilbur Ware (b), Granville T. Hogan (d)

a. a-04    Is It True What They Say About Dixie? - 4:42  (Irving Caesar, Sammy Lerner, Gerald Marks)
b. b-04    Jazz-Classic - 3:14  (Kenny Dorham)
Both titles on:      Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-255 — 2 Horns/2 Rhythm   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-463-2 — 2 Horns/2 Rhythm   (1992)

Date: December 30, 1957
Location: Reeves Sound Studio, New York City
Label: Riverside

Jean 'Toots' Thielemans (ldr), Jean 'Toots' Thielemans (h, g), Pepper Adams (bar), Kenny Drew, Sr. (p), Wilbur Ware (b), Arthur Taylor (d)

a.     East Of The Sun - 7:14  (Brooks Bowman)
b.     Fundamental Frequency - 4:54  (Jean 'Toots' Thielemans)
c.     18th Century Ballroom - 3:46  (Nat Adderley, Ray Bryant)
d.     Soul Station - 6:58  (Jean 'Toots' Thielemans)
e.     Struttin' With Some Barbecue - 4:30  (Lillian Hardin Armstrong, Don Raye)
f.     Isn't It Romantic - 5:16  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
All titles on:      Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-257 — Man Bites Harmonica   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-1738-2 — Man Bites Harmonica   

Jean 'Toots' Thielemans (h) on a-b, d-f; (g) on c-d.


Date: January 7, 1958
Location: Reeves Sound Studio, New York City
Label: Riverside

Jean 'Toots' Thielemans (ldr), Jean 'Toots' Thielemans (h, g), Kenny Drew, Sr. (p), Wilbur Ware (b), Arthur Taylor (d)

a.     Don't Blame Me - 2:27  (Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields)
b.     Imagination - 4:27  (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke)
Both titles on:      Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-257 — Man Bites Harmonica   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-1738-2 — Man Bites Harmonica   

Jean 'Toots' Thielemans (h) on a; (g) on b.


Date: February 25, 1958
Location: Reeves Sound Studio, New York City
Label: Riverside

Johnny Griffin, Thelonious Monk (ldr), Johnny Griffin (ts), Pepper Adams (bar), Donald Byrd (t), Kenny Drew, Sr., Thelonious Monk (p), Wilbur Ware (b), Philly Joe Jones (d)

a.     Coming On The Hudson - 6:03  (Thelonious Monk)
     Milestone LP 12": M 9124 — Blues Five Spot   
     Riverside CD: RCD-022-2 — The Complete Riverside Recordings   
b.     Stix' Trix - 7:37  (Wilbur Campbell)
     Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-264 — Johnny Griffin Sextet   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-1827-2 — Johnny Griffin Sextet   (1994)
c.     What's New - 7:45  (Bob Haggart, Johnny Burke)
     Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-264 — Johnny Griffin Sextet   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-1827-2 — Johnny Griffin Sextet   (1994)
d.     Johnny G. G. - 9:38  (John Hines)
     Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-264 — Johnny Griffin Sextet   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-1827-2 — Johnny Griffin Sextet   (1994)
e.     Catharsis - 9:53  (Johnny Griffin)
     Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-264 — Johnny Griffin Sextet   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-1827-2 — Johnny Griffin Sextet   (1994)

Johnny Griffin (ldr) on b-e; Thelonious Monk (ldr) on a; (p) on a; Kenny Drew, Sr. (p) on b-e.


Date: February 26 or 27, 1958
Location: Reeves Sound Studio, New York City
Label: Riverside

Johnny Griffin (ldr), Johnny Griffin (ts), Kenny Drew, Sr. (p), Wilbur Ware (b), Philly Joe Jones (d)

a.     Woody 'n You - 6:09  (Dizzy Gillespie)
     Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-264 — Johnny Griffin Sextet   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-1827-2 — Johnny Griffin Sextet   (1994)
b.     Hot Sausage - 4:01  (Jodie Christian)
     Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-274 — Way Out!   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-1855-2 — Way Out!   (1994)
c.     Where's Your Overcoat, Boy? - 6:16  (Richard Evans)
     Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-274 — Way Out!   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-1855-2 — Way Out!   (1994)
d.     Sunny Monday - 9:52  (John Hines)
     Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-274 — Way Out!   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-1855-2 — Way Out!   (1994)
e.     Cherokee - 6:38  (Ray Noble)
     Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-274 — Way Out!   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-1855-2 — Way Out!   (1994)
f.     Teri's Tune - 8:00  (Teri Thornton)
     Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-274 — Way Out!   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-1855-2 — Way Out!   (1994)
g.     Little John - 7:30  (John Hines)
     Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-274 — Way Out!   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-1855-2 — Way Out!   (1994)

Date: July 2 & 3, 1958
Location: New York City
Label: Riverside

Blue Mitchell (ldr), Johnny Griffin (ts), Blue Mitchell (t), Curtis Fuller (tb), Wynton Kelly (p), Wilbur Ware (b), Philly Joe Jones (d)

a. a-01    Blues March - 10:23  (Benny Golson)
b. a-02    Big Six - 6:42  (William Boone, Jr.)
c. a-03    There Will Never Be Another You - 4:59  (Harry Warren, Mack Gordon)
d. b-01    Brother 'Ball - 7:21  (Richard 'Blue' Mitchell)
e. b-02    JAMPH - 3:46  (Curtis Fuller)
f. b-03    Sir John - 8:05  (Richard 'Blue' Mitchell)
g. b-04    Promenade - 1:40  (William Boone, Jr.)
All titles on:      Riverside LP 12": RLP-12-273 — Big 6   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-615-2 — Big 6   (1992)

Johnny Griffin (ts) on a-b, d-g; Curtis Fuller (tb) on a-b, d-g.


Date: March 2, 1961
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Label: Blue Note

Tina Brooks (ldr), Tina Brooks (ts), Johnny Coles (t), Kenny Drew, Sr. (p), Wilbur Ware (b), Philly Joe Jones (d)

a. tk 1    Dhyana - 6:53  (Tina Brooks)
b. tk 6    The Waiting Game - 6:12  (Tina Brooks)
c. tk 7    Talkin' About - 7:41  (Tina Brooks)
d. tk 19    David The King - 6:40  (Tina Brooks)
e. tk 21    One For Myrtle - 4:39  (Tina Brooks)
f. tk 22    Stranger In Paradise - 7:32  (George 'Chet' Forrest, Robert Craig Wright, Alexander Borodin)
All titles on:      Mosaic LP 12": MR4-106 — The Complete Blue Note Recordings Of The Tina Brooks Quintets   (1985)
     Blue Note CD: 7243 5 40536 2 7 — The Waiting Game   (2002)

Date: March 19, 1961
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Label: Blue Note

Kenny Dorham (ldr), Charles Davis (bar), Kenny Dorham (t), Grant Green (g), Kenny Drew, Sr. (p), Wilbur Ware (b), unidentified (d)

a. tk 9    Mason-Dixon Line  (Kenny Dorham)
b. tk 20    Blue Lament  (Kenny Dorham)
c. tk 24    Cross "D" Tracks  (Kenny Dorham)
d. tk 26    Blue Ching  (Kenny Dorham)
e. tk 27    Spadesville  (Kenny Dorham)
f. tk 31    9 1/2 Street  (Kenny Dorham)

Cuscuna/Ruppli (1st edition) lists drummer as "poss. Philly Joe Jones" but Cuscuna/Ruppli (2nd edition) gives drummer as "Kal ?".


Date: June 14, 1961
Location: Plaza Sound Studios, New York City
Label: Riverside

Clifford Jordan (ldr), Clifford Jordan (ts), Kenny Dorham (t), Cedar Walton (p), Wilbur Ware (b), Albert 'Tootie' Heath (d)

a.     Sunrise In Mexico - 5:58  (Kenny Dorham)
b.     Extempore - 5:15  (Clifford Jordan)
c.     Quittin' Time - 4:02  (Clifford Jordan)
All titles on:      Jazzland LP 12": JLP 52 — Starting Time   
     Original Jazz Classics LP 12": OJC 147 — Starting Time   
     Milestone CD: MCD 47092-2 — Mosaic   (2001)

Date: June 15, 1961
Location: Plaza Sound Studios, New York City
Label: Riverside

Clifford Jordan (ldr), Clifford Jordan (ts), Kenny Dorham (t), Cedar Walton (p), Wilbur Ware (b), Albert 'Tootie' Heath (d)

a.     Down Through The Years - 4:45  (Clifford Jordan)
b.     One Flight Down - 4:43  (Cedar Walton)
c.     Windmill - 3:52  (Kenny Dorham)
d.     Don't You Know I Care - 4:55  (Duke Ellington, Mack David)
e.     Mosaic - 4:56  (Cedar Walton)
All titles on:      Jazzland LP 12": JLP 52 — Starting Time   
     Original Jazz Classics LP 12": OJC 147 — Starting Time   
     Milestone CD: MCD 47092-2 — Mosaic   (2001)

Kenny Dorham (t) on a-c, e.


Date: August 29, 1961
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Label: Blue Note

Grant Green (ldr), Grant Green (g), Horace Parlan (p), Wilbur Ware (b), Al Harewood (d)

a.     Love Walked In  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
b. tk 5    I'll Remember April - 9:06  (Don Raye, Gene DePaul, Patricia Johnston)
     Blue Note LP 12": GXF 3071 — Remembering   
     Blue Note CD: CDP 7243 8 21284 2 7 — Standards   (1998)
c. tk 6    You And The Night And The Music - 8:12  (Arthur Schwartz, Howard Dietz)
     Blue Note LP 12": GXF 3071 — Remembering   
     Blue Note CD: CDP 7243 8 21284 2 7 — Standards   (1998)
d. tk 9    All The Things You Are - 8:13  (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II)
     Blue Note LP 12": GXF 3071 — Remembering   
     Blue Note CD: CDP 7243 8 21284 2 7 — Standards   (1998)
e. tk 13   alt If I Had You - 7:09  (Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Ted Shapiro)
     Blue Note CD: CDP 7243 8 21284 2 7 — Standards   (1998)
f. tk 14    If I Had You - 7:07  (Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Ted Shapiro)
     Blue Note LP 12": GXF 3071 — Remembering   
     Blue Note CD: CDP 7243 8 21284 2 7 — Standards   (1998)
g. tk 15    I Remember You - 5:33  (Victor Schertzinger, Johnny Mercer)
     Blue Note LP 12": GXF 3071 — Remembering   
     Blue Note CD: CDP 7243 8 21284 2 7 — Standards   (1998)
h. tk 17    You Stepped Out Of A Dream - 4:57  (Nacio Herb Brown, Gus Kahn)
     Blue Note CD: CDP 7243 8 21284 2 7 — Standards   (1998)
i. tk 18    Love Walked In - 6:32  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
     Blue Note LP 12": GXF 3071 — Remembering   
     Blue Note CD: CDP 7243 8 21284 2 7 — Standards   (1998)

Horace Parlan (p) on a.


Date: January 1968
Location: New York City
Label: Frontier

Ed Blackwell (ldr), Lukman Lateef (ts), Don Cherry (c), Wilbur Ware (b), Ed Blackwell (d)

a. a-02    That Moment Of Glance - 4:50
b. b-01    Farid - 9:05

Date: January 1968
Location: New York City
Label: Frontier

Don Cherry (ldr), Clifford Jordan (ts), Ahmed Muvaffak 'Maffy' Falay (t), Don Cherry (c), Wilbur Ware (b), Ed Blackwell (d)

a.     Sound Shine (part 1)
b.     Dee Boo-Dat
c.     Ahmed Muvaffak

Above information from Lord. Bruyninckx and Raben give this material as: Sound Shines; Bird Tank; unknown titles - all recorded in 1968/69 [Raben] or c. late 1968/early 1969 [Bruyninckx] with Charlie Haden (b) Albert Heath (d) instead of Ware and Blackwell and without Jordan. As neither can be confirmed, this is included to err on the side of caution.


Date: ca. 1969
Location: New York City
Label: Savoy

Charles Moffett (ldr), Paul Jeffrey (acl, ts), Charles Moffett (t, vib, d, v), Wilbur Ware (b), Codaryl Moffett, Dennis O'Toole (d)

a. a-01    Avant Garde Got Soul Too - 8:04  (Codaryl Moffett, Charles Moffett, Sr.)
b. a-02    Adnerb - 8:50  (Charles Moffett, Sr.)
c. b-01    The Gift - 5:28  (Charles Moffett, Jr., Charles Moffett, Sr.)
d. b-02    Blues Strikes Again - 3:00  (Codaryl Moffett, Charles Moffett, Sr.)
e. b-03    Yelrihs - 11:04  (Charles Moffett, Sr.)
All titles on:      Savoy LP 12": MG 12194 — The Gift   
     Savoy Jazz CD: SV 0217 — The Gift   (1993)

Paul Jeffrey (acl) on e; Charles Moffett (t) on d; (d) on a; (v) on d; Codaryl Moffett (d) on a-c, e; Dennis O'Toole (d) on d-e.

Issued verison of d. ends with a sharp fade.


Date: January 1969
Location: New York City
Label: Frontier

Wilbur Ware (ldr), Clifford Jordan (ts), Don Cherry (t), Wilbur Ware (b), Ed Blackwell (d)

a. a-01    Symphony For .... - 10:16  (Wilbur Ware)
b. a-02    Red Cross - 8:21  (Charlie Parker)
c. a-03    Mod House - 5:49
d. b-01    Superbass [aka ? BeWare] - 7:24  (Wilbur Ware)
e. b-02    Sophisticated Lady - 8:35  (Duke Ellington, Mitchell Parish, Irving Mills)
f. b-03    All By Myself - 7:43  (Irving Berlin)

Clifford Jordan (ts) on b-e; Don Cherry (t) on b-e; Ed Blackwell (d) on b-e.

Frontier documents list Sophisticated Lady as "A Real Nice Lady".

Bruyninckx lists drummer as Al Foster but Frontier documents list Blackwell.

Composers of a. c. f. need confirmation.


Date: spring 1969
Location: Town Sound Studios, New York City
Label: Frontier

Clifford Jordan (ldr), Clifford Jordan (ts), Don Cherry (t), Julian Priester (tb), Wynton Kelly (p), Richard Davis (b, vc), Wilbur Ware (b), Albert 'Tootie' Heath (d)

a. a-01    Vienna - 17:10  (Clifford Jordan)
b. a-02    Doug's Prelude - 4:47  (Clifford Jordan)
Both titles on:      Strata-East LP 12": SES 19721 — In The World   (1972)

Wilbur Ware (b) on a; Richard Davis (vc) on a.

Studio not confirmed, but engineer listed as Orville O'Brien (misspelled O'Brion) who is known to have worked there.


Date: spring 1969
Location: Town Sound Studios, New York City
Label: Frontier

Clifford Jordan (ldr), Clifford Jordan (ts), Kenny Dorham (t), Julian Priester (tb), Wynton Kelly (p), Richard Davis, Wilbur Ware (b), Ed Blackwell, Roy Haynes (d)

a. b-01    Ouagoudougou - 11:00  (Clifford Jordan)
b. b-02    872 - 7:14  (Clifford Jordan)
Both titles on:      Strata-East LP 12": SES 19721 — In The World   (1972)

Wilbur Ware (b) on a.

Studio not confirmed, but engineer listed as Orville O'Brien (misspelled O'Brion) who is known to have worked there.


Date: August 26, 1969
Location: RCA Studios, New York City
Label: Impulse!

Archie Shepp (ldr), Cecil Payne (f, bar), Archie Shepp (ss, ts), Clarence 'C' Sharpe (as), Woody Shaw (t), Matthew Gee (tb), Cedar Walton (p), Wilbur Ware (b), Joe Chambers (d), China Lin Sharpe (v)

a. 91096    Un Croque Monsieur (Poem: For Losers) - 21:45  (Archie Shepp)
     Impulse! LP 12": AS 9188 — For Losers   
b. 91097    Slow Drag - 10:15  (Archie Shepp)
     Impulse! LP 12": AS 9262 — Kwanza   
c. 91098    What Would It Be Without You  (Cal Massey)
     Impulse! LP 12": AS 9188 — For Losers   
d. 91099    I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)  (Duke Ellington, Paul Francis Webster)
     Impulse! LP 12": AS 9188 — For Losers   

Cecil Payne (f) on c; (bar) on a-c; Archie Shepp (ss) on b; Clarence 'C' Sharpe (as) on a, d; Woody Shaw (t) on a-b; Matthew Gee (tb) on a-b; China Lin Sharpe (v) on a, d.


Date: late 1969 or early 1970
Location: New York City
Label: Frontier

Cecil Payne (ldr), Cecil Payne (as, bar), Kenny Dorham (t), Wynton Kelly (p, org), Wilbur Ware (b), Albert 'Tootie' Heath (d)

a. a-01    Martin Luther King, Jr. - 6:55  (Cecil Payne)
b. a-01    I Know Love - 2:09  (Cecil Payne)
c. a-02    Girl, You Got A Home - 10:48  (Cecil Payne)
d. a-03    Slide Hampton - 4:21  (Cecil Payne)
e. b-01    Follow Me - 9:16  (Cecil Payne)
f. b-02    Flying Fish - 12:20  (Cecil Payne)
All titles on:      Strata-East LP 12": SES 19734 — Zodiac   (1976)

a, b performed as medley.

Cecil Payne (as) on d; Wynton Kelly (org) on c.


Date: ca. 1970
Location: New York City
Label: Frontier

Wilbur Ware (ldr), Cecil Payne (f, bar), Roland Alexander (ts), Kiane Zawadi (eu), Norman Simmons (p), Wilbur Ware (b), Al Foster (d)

a.     [unknown titles]  (Composer Unknown)

"Alexander and Zawadi were also on a recent record date led by bassist Wilbur Ware for New Frontier records with Cecil Payne, baritone saxophone and flute; Norman Simmons, piano, and Al Foster, drums." - db 2/5/70 p.39


Date: 1972
Location: New York City
Label: Mainstream

Paul Jeffrey (ldr), Hamiet Bluiett (f, bar), J. C. Williams (bcl), Paul Jeffrey (ts), Joe Gardner (t, fh), Stuart Butterfield (frh), Bob Stewart (tu), George Cables (p), Stanley Clarke, Wilbur Ware (b), T. S. Monk, Jr. (d)

a.     F. U.  (Paul Jeffrey)
b.     Immigration  (Paul Jeffrey)
c.     Motor Drive  (Paul Jeffrey)
d.     Ina  (Paul Jeffrey)
e.     Kim  (Paul Jeffrey)
f.     Rodan  (Sylvester 'Sonny Red' Kyner)
g.     Bianca  (Paul Jeffrey)
All titles on:      Mainstream LP 12": MRL 376 — Family   (1972)

J. C. Williams (bcl) on d-f; Wilbur Ware (b) on a-b, d-g.

LP issue gives no recording date - 1972 is issue date.

Confirmation needed on composer of f.


Date: 1973
Location: home of Sun Ra, Philadelphia, PA
Label: [private recording]

Sun Ra (ldr), John Gilmore (ts), Akh Tal Ebah (t), Sun Ra (org, syn), Wilbur Ware (b), Lex Humphries (d)

a.     Improvisation - 12:49  (collective improvisation)

Date and identity of drummer uncertain.

This recording (or 12:41 excerpt of a longer recording) was supplied by Sun Ra and broadcast by WKCR-FM as part of their April 1987 Sun Ra festival. Further details needed.


Date: July 21, 1975
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Label: Why Not

Walt Dickerson (ldr), Walt Dickerson (vib), Wilbur Ware (b), Andrew Cyrille (d)

a. a-01    The Nexus - 22:38  (Walt Dickerson)
b. b-01    Tell Us Only The Beautiful Things - 18:30  (Walt Dickerson)
Both titles on:      Why Not LP 12": PA 7118 — Tell Us Only The Beautiful Things   

Date: 1976
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Label: Why Not

Walt Dickerson (ldr), Walt Dickerson (vib), Wilbur Ware (b), Jamaaladeen Tacuma (eb), Edgar Bateman (d)

a. 01    Sky - 10:17  (Walt Dickerson)
b. 02    Awareness - 4:29  (Walt Dickerson)
c. 03    Keys Of Wisdom - 5:59  (Walt Dickerson)
d. 04    Yesterdays - 9:24  (Jerome Kern, Otto Harbach)
e. 05    I Love You - 12:00  (Cole Porter)
All titles on:      Why Not CD: MTCJ 2009 — 1976   

Wilbur Ware (b) on c-e; Jamaaladeen Tacuma (eb) on a; Edgar Bateman (d) on a, c-e.

Probably multiple sessions. No details.


Date: May 18 & 19, 1976
Location: Blue Rock Studio, New York City
Label: Muse

Clifford Jordan (ldr), Clifford Jordan (ts), Roy Burrowes (t, fh), Chris Anderson (p, ep), Kyoto Fujiwara, Wilbur Ware (b), George Avaloz (d), Hank Diamond Smith (per, v), Donna Jordan, Boo Boo Monk, Terri Plair (v)

a. a-01    It's Time - 7:29  (Max Roach)
b. a-02    Powerful Paul Robeson - 5:51  (Clifford Jordan, Hank D. Smith)
c. a-03    Symphony In Blues - 6:15  (Roy Burrowes)
d. b-01    Ole Funny Columbine - 10:11  (Clifford Jordan, J. Cridland)
e. b-02    Mama's Little Boy Thinks He's A Man - 4:36  (Clifford Jordan)
f. b-03    Me-Me [aka Prayer To The People] - 3:30  (Clifford Jordan, Hank D. Smith)
All titles on:      Muse LP 12": MR 5105 — Remembering Me-Me   (1977)

Roy Burrowes (t) on a-d, f; (fh) on b, d-e; Chris Anderson (p) on a-c, e-f; (ep) on d; Kyoto Fujiwara (b) on c-d; Wilbur Ware (b) on a-b, e-f; Hank Diamond Smith (per) on d; (v) on b, f; Donna Jordan (v) on d; Boo Boo Monk (v) on b, d; Terri Plair (v) on d.

Smith credited as playing African wedding drum. Unidentified cowbell player present on d.


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