Johnny Coles: An Annotated Discography

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The discography

Bull Moose Jackson: Bull Moose Jackson (vcl) acc by: Johnny Coles (tp) Ted “Snookie” Hulbert, Joe Collier (as) Benny Golson, Harry Porter (ts) Tadd Dameron (p) John Faire (g) Jymie Merritt (b) Jerry Potter (d)
Cincinnati, Ohio, October 17, 1951
I’ve Had a Hard Way to Go (unissued)
I Never Loved Anyone but You King 4493 [78] Audio Lab 1524 [LP] Audio Lab 1524 [CD], Classics R&B [Fra] 5156 [CD]
Note (1): All discographies list a third tune from this session—I’ll Be Home for Christmas. However, upon listening, the above band is not audible. It is a Jackson vocal accompanied by organ and vocal group.
Note (2): No arranger credit is given for I Never Loved Anyone but You, but it very much sounds like the work of Tadd Dameron.
Audio Lab 1524 = Bull Moose Jackson Sings His All Time Hits
Classics R&B 5156 = Bull Moose Jackson 1950-1953
Gene Ammons: Johnny Coles (tp) Lino Murray (tb) Gene Ammons (ts) McKinley Easton (ts, bs) John Houston (p) unknown (g) Ben Stuberville (b) George Brown (d) band (vcl-1)
Chicago, November 18, 1952
Just Chips United 149, Savoy 4528 [78] Savoy 14033, 1103 [LP] Membran {Ge) 22204-44 [CD], Classics [Fr] 1406 [CD], Ocium [Sp] 16 [CD]
Street of Dreams United 137, Savoy 4527 [78] - -
The Beat (Good Time Blues) - - -
Trav’lin’ Light United 185, Savoy 4526 [78] - -
Chicago, April 15, 1953
Red Top (jc solo) United 149, Savoy 4526 [78] - -
Chicago, June, 1953
Fuzzy United 185, Savoy 4529 [78] - -
Stairway to the Stars United 164, Savoy 4528 [78] - -
Jim Dawgs -, Savoy 4529 [78] - -
Big Slam (Pts 1 & 2) United 175 [78] - Ocium [Sp] 16 [CD]
Note: Big Slam probably edited on United; Ocium 16 only lists Part 1 in contents
Savoy 14033 = Golden Saxophone
Savoy 1103 = Red Top
Membran 22204-44 = You Can Depend on Me
Classics 1406 = Gene Ammons 1951-1953
Ocium 16 = My Foolish Heart
Tadd Dameron: Clifford Brown, Johnny Coles (tp) Steve Pullan (tb) Gigi Gryce (as) Benny Golson (ts) Cecil Payne or Kellice Swagerty (bs) Tadd Dameron (p,arr) Jymie Merritt (b) Philly Joe Jones (d)
Paradise Club, Atlantic City, NJ, June or early July, 1953
Bula-Beige Blues (incomplete) unissued
Note: information provided by Paul Combs in his accompanying discography to his biography of Tadd Dameorn, Dameronia: The Life and Times of Tadd Dameron, published by the University of Michigan Press available at https://www.press.umich.edu/resources/9780472114139-discography.pdf
This is planned for release in the Philology Brownie Eyes series.
Earl Bostic: Elmon Wright, Johnny Coles (tp) Earl Bostic (as) Benny Golson (ts) Teddy Charles (vib) Stash O”Laughlin (p) Jimmy Shirley (g) George Tucker (b) Granville Hogan (d) Sonny Carter (vcl-1)
New York, January 27, 1955
Cocktails for Two King 4790 [45,78] King 295-103 (10”), King 515 [LP] Classics R&B [Fr] 5179, ASV [En] 5635 [CD]
Blue Moon King 295-103 (10”), King 515 [LP] Classics R7B [Fr] 5179, Definitive [Sp] 11295 [CD]
Evening Star King 295-103 (10”) [LP]
When Your Lover Has Gone King 4790 [45,78] King 295-103 (10”), 515 [LP] Classics R&B [Fr] 5179, Definitive [Sp] 11295, ASV [En] 5635 [CD]
Remember King 4799 [45,78] - Classics R&B [Fr] 5179, ASV [En] 5635 [CD]
Melody of Love King 4776 [45,78] - -
Gotta Go (1) (unissued)
Note: all titles also on King 363 [EP]
King 295-103 = Earl Bostic & His Alto Sax
King 515 = Alto-Tude
Classics R&B 5179 = Earl Bostic 1954-1955
Definitive 11295 = Plays Jazz Standards
ASV 5635 = Earl Bostic Plays Flamingo
Earl Bostic: Elmon Wright, Johnny Coles (tp) Earl Bostic, Benny Carter (as) Benny Golson (ts) Frank Flynn (vib) Stash O’Laughlin (p) Ulysses Livingstone (g) George Tucker (b) Granville Hogan (d) unknown strings (1)
Los Angeles, May 4, 1955
Dream King 4815 [45,78] King 515 [LP]
Beyond the Blue Horizon (1) King 4829 [45,78] - Proper Box [En] 112 [CD]
East of the Sun (1) King 4815 [45,78] - Definitive [Sp] 11295, Proper Box [En] 112 [CD]
For All We Know King 4829 [45,78] King 558 [LP]
Note: Bostic, vibes, rhythm section, strings only heard on (1)
Note: All titles also issued on King 375 [EP]
King 515 = Alto-Tude
King 558 = C’mon Dance with Earl Bostic
Proper Box 112 = The Earl Bostic Story
Definitive 11295 = Plays Jazz Standards
Earl Bostic: Elmon Wright, Johnny Coles (tp) Phil Olivella (cl) Earl Bostic, Hymie Schertzer (as) Benny Golson (ts) Stash O’Laughlin (p) George Barnes (g) George Tucker (b) Granville Hogan (d) Kenneth Tyler (perc)
New York, January 11, 1956
Bugle Call Rag King 4905 [45,78] King 515 [LP]
I Love You Truly King 4883 [45,78] -
I’ll String Along With You King 4905 [45,78] -
‘Cause You’re My Lover King 4883 [45,78] -
Note (1): Lord, Ruppli (in his King label discography) list strings on this session, but none are audible
Note (2): there is a brief trumpet melody statement on I’ll String Along with You, but I think it is by Wright
King 515 = Alto-Tude
James Moody: Johnny Coles (tp) William Shepherd (tb) James Moody (as, ts, fl) Pee Wee Moore (bs) Jimmy Boyd (p, peck horn-1) John Latham (b) Clarence Johnston (d) Eddie Jefferson (vcl)
Chicago, February (?), 1956
Flute ‘n the Blues (jc solo) Argo 603, Chess 403, 9157 [LP] Avid (En) 1261
GRP 810, Vogue [Fr]
655016, Lonehill Jazz [Sp]
10195 [CD]
Breakin’ the Blues - -
Birdland Story (ej vcl) - -
Parker’s Mood (ej vcl) (jc solo) - -
Boo’s Tune - -
I Cover the Waterfront - -
It Could Happen to You (1) - -
Easy Living (jc solo) - -
Body and Soul (jc solo) - -
Richard’s Blues (jc solo) - -
If Dreams Come True Vogue [Fr] 655016 [CD]
untitled original (unissued)
Argo 603, Chess 9157 = Flute ‘N The Blues
Chess 403 = Moody’s Mood
Avid 1261 = 6 Classic Albums
GRP 810 = Return from Overbrook
Vogue 655016 = Moody’s Blues
Lonehill Jazz 10195 = Hey! It’s James Moody
Earl Bostic: Elmon Wright, Johnny Coles (tp) Earl Bostic (as) Benny Golson (ts) Larry Bunker (vib) Stash O’Laughlin (p) Barney Kessel (g) George Tucker (b) Ralph Jones (d) Kenneth Tyler (perc)
Los Angeles, April 23, 1956
Roses of Picardy King 4943 [45,78] King 525 [LP]
I Hear a Rhapsody King 4978 [45,78] - Definitive [Sp] 11295 [CD]
Where or When King 4943 [45,78] - -
Harlem Nocturne King 4978 [45,78] - -
King 525 = Dance Time
Definitive 11295 = Plays Jazz Standards
James Moody: Johnny Coles (tp) Donald Cole (tb) James Moody (ts, fl) Tate Houston (bs) Jimmy Boyd (p) John Latham (b) Clarence Johnston (d) Eddie Jefferson (vcl-1)
Chicago, December 14, 1956
I’m in the Mood for Love (1)Checker 855 [45] Argo 613, Chess 403 [LP] GRP 823, Vogue [Fr] 655016 Lonehill Jazz [Sp] 10195 [CD]
Billie’s Bounce - -
You Go to My Head - -
Phil Up - -
James Moody: Johnny Coles (tp) James Moody (ts, fl) Jimmy Boyd (p, peck horn-1) Benny Golson (p-1) John Latham (b) Clarence Johnston (d)
Chicago, January 13, 1957
Foolin’ the Blues (jc solo) (1) - -
Mean to Me (jc solo) - -
Stardust (jc solo) - -
Tenderly (unissued)
Don’t Blame Me (unissued)
Note: Coles lays out on one additional tune, Plus Eight, from this session
Argo 613, GRP 823 = Moody’s Mood for Love
Vogue 655016 = Moody’s Blues
Lonehill Jazz 10195 = Hey! It’s James Moody
Note: prefix LP on Argo 613=mono; prefix LPS=stereo
A. K. Salim: Johnny Coles (tp) Buster Cooper (tb) Johnny Griffin (ts) Howard Austin (bs) Tommy Flanagan (p) Kenny Burrell (g) George Duvivier (b) Osie Johnson (d) A. K. Salim (comp, arr, cond)
Hackensack, N.J., April 5, 1957
A Private Cloud Savoy 121115 [LP] Fresh Sound [Sp] 474 [CD]
Dejeuner (jc solo) - -
Back Talk (jc solo) - -
D Minor Dipper (jc solo) - -
Savoy 12115 = Stablemates
Fresh Sound 474 = Modern Sounds of A. K. Salim: Complete Savoy Recordings

Warm Sound

Eddie Chamblee: Johnny Coles (tp) Julian Priester (tb) Eddie Chamblee (ts) Charles Davis (bs) Jack Wilson (p) Richard Evans (b) Charlie Persip (d)
New York, October, 1957
At Your Beck and Call EmArcy 36124 [LP] Fresh Sound [Sp] 394 [CD], Phono Recors (Sp) 870226
And the Angels Sing - -
Without a Song - Fresh Sound [Sp] 394, Jazz Collectors [Sp] 423 [CD], Phono Recors (Sp) 870226
Chamblee Special (jc solo) - -
Whisper Not (jc solo) - -
EmArcy 36124 = Chamblee Music
Fresh Sound 394 = Chamblee Special
Jazz Collectors 423 = The Warm Sound (as by Johnny Coles—rest of CD below under Coles and Duke Pearson)
Phono Records 870226 = The Warm Sound (as by Johnny Coles - rest of CD below under Coles)
Dinah Washington with the Ernie Wilkins Orchestra: Dinah Washington (vcl) Johnny Coles, Reunald Jones, Joe Newman, Ernie Royal (tp) Julian Priester, Melba Liston, Chauncey Welsch (tb) Rod Levitt (b-tb) Jerome Richardson (fl, as) Sahib Shihab (as) Frank Wess (ts, fl) Benny Golson (ts), Eddie Chamblee (ts, vcl-1) Charles Davis (bs) Patti Bown, Jack Wilson (p) Freddie Green (g) Richard Evans (b) Charlie Persip (d) Wesley Landers (perc) Ernie Wilkins (arr, dir)
New York, October 1, 1957
Honeysuckle Rose EmArcy 36119 (m), 80011 (s), Wing 12271 (m) 16271 (s) [LP] EmArcy 818930, Mercury 838952, Mercury 832444, Fresh Sound [Sp] 576 [CD]
Ain’t Misbehavin’ - -
Everybody Loves My Baby (unissued)
Dinah Washington with the Ernie Wilkins Orchestra: personnel same as previous except Clark Terry (tp) replaces Jones and Jimmy Cleveland (tb) replaces Welsch
New York, October 2, 1957
Everybody Loves My Baby (unissued)
I’ve Got a Feeling I’m Falling (1) EmArcy 36119 (m), 80011 (s), Wing 12271 (m), 16271 (s) [LP] EmArcy 818930, Mercury 838952, Mercury 832444, Fresh Sound [Sp] 576 [CD]
Keepin’ Out of Mischief Now - -
Dinah Washington with the Eddie Chamblee Orchestra: personnel same as previous except Terry out; Sonny Russo (tb) replaces Cleveland. Ernie Wilkins (arr-2)
New York, October 4, 1957
Everybody Loves My Baby (2) Mercury 71220 [45] EmArcy 36119 (m), 80011 (s), Wing 12271 (m) 16271 (s) [LP] EmArcy 818930, Mercury 838952, Mercury 832444, Fresh Sound [Sp] 579 [CD]
Blues Down Home - --
Black and Blue --
I Remember Clifford Mercury 20439 (m), 60111 (s) [LP] Mercury 838952, 832444, Verve 830700 [CD]
EmArcy 36119, 80111, Wing 12271, 16271, Fresh Sound 579 = Dinah Washington Sings Fats Waller
EmArcy 818930 = The Fats Waller Songbook
Mercury 838952 = The Complete Dinah Washington on Mercury, Volume 5
Mercury 832444 = The Complete Dinah Washington on Mercury, Volume1-7
Mercury 20439, 60111= The Queen
Verve 830700= Compact Jazz: Dinah Washington
Oscar Pettiford: Johnny Coles (tp), Sahib Shihab (fl, as, bs) Hod O’Brien (p) Betty Glamann (harp) (1) Oscar Pettiford (b) Earl “Buster” Smith (d)
O. P’s Black Peal, New York City, March 15, 1958
Bohemia After Dark Uptown 27.86/87 [CD]
45 Degree Angle (JC solo) -
‘Willow Weep for Me (1) (JC solo) -
‘Now See How You Are (JC solo) -
‘Battle Axe (JC solo) -
Oscar Pettiford: same personnel
O.P’s Black Pearl, New York City, March 22 1958
‘Bohemia After Dark Uptown 27.86/87 [CD]
‘Stablemates (JC solo) -
‘Laura (1) -
‘Battle Axe (JC solo) -
Uptown 27.86/87 = Oscar Pettiford New York City 1955-1958
Gil Evans Orchestra: Johnny Coles, Louis Mucci, Ernie Royal (tp) Joe Bennett, Frank Rehak, Tom Mitchell (tb) Julius Watkins (frh) Harvey Phillips (tu) Cannonball Adderley (as) Jerry Sanfino (reeds) Gil Evans (p, arr, cond) Chuck Wayne (g) Paul Chambers (b) Art Blakey (d)
New York, April 9, 1958
St. Louis Blues World Pacific 1246, 1298, 1011 Pacific Jazz 40, Blue Note 461 [LP] Blue Note 46855, 58300 [CD]
King Porter Stomp - -
‘Round Midnight - -
Lester Leaps In - -
Personnel: as previous except Bill Barber (tu), Phil Bodner (reeds) Philly Joe Jones (d) replace Phillips, Sanfino, Blakey
New York, May 2, 1958
Willow Tree (jc solo) - -
Personnel: as previous except Clyde Reasinger (tp) replaces Royal and Art Blakey (d) replaces Jones
New York, May 21, 1958
Struttin’ with Some Barbeque - -
New York, May 26, 1958
Manteca - -
Bird Feathers (jc solo) - -
World Pacific 1246, 1298, 1011, Blue Note 46855 = New Bottle, Old Wine
Pacific Jazz 40 = Roots
Blue Note 461 = Pacific Standard Time
Blue Note 58300 = The Complete Pacific Jazz Sessions
Notes: World Pacific 1298, Pacific Jazz 40 as by Cannonball Adderley and Gil Evans; many discographies list an alternate take of Lester Leaps In on World Pacific 1257, a sampler LP. Michael Cuscuna verified in an email to me that it is actually an edited version of the master take.
Miles Davis With Orchestra Under the Direction of Gil Evans: Miles Davis (tp-1, flh) Johnny Coles, Bernie Glow, Ernie Royal Louis Mucci (tp) Joe Bennett, Frank Rehak, Jimmy Cleveland, Dick Hixson (b-tb) Willie Ruff, Julius Watkins, Gunther Schuller (frh)Bill Barber (tu) Phil Bodner, Romeo Penque (fl,cl) Danny Bank (b-cl, fl) Cannonball Adderley (as) Paul Chambers (b) Philly Joe Jones (d) Gil Evans (arr, cond)
New York, July 22, 1958
My Man’s Gone Now Columbia 1274 (m), 8095, 40647 (s), Mosaic 164 [LP] Columbia 40647, 65141, Columbia/Legacy 65338, 712764, 67397, 90923 [CD]
Gone, Gone, Gone - -
Gone - -
Gone, Gone, Gone (rehearsal) Mosaic 164 [LP] Columbia/Legacy 67397, 90923 [CD]
Gone (rehearsal) - -
Gone (tk 3) - -
Gone (tk 4) - Columbia 65141, Columbia/Legacy 67397, 90923 [CD]
New York, July 29, 1958
Here Comes de Honeyman (1) Columbia 1274 (m), 8095, 40647 (s), Mosaic 164 [LP] Columbia 40647, 65141, Columbia/Legacy 65338, 712764, 67397, 90923 [CD]
Bess, You Is My Woman Now - -
It Ain’t Necessarily So - -
Fisherman, Strawberry and Devil Crab - -
Bess, You Is My Woman Now (rehearsal) Mosaic 164 [LP] Columbia/Legacy 67397, 90923 [CD]
It Ain’t Necessarily So (tk 1) - -
Personnel: as previous except Jerome Richardson (fl, cl) replaces Bodner
New York, August 4, 1958
Prayer [Oh, Doctor Jesus] Columbia 1274 (m), 8095, 40647 (s), Mosaic 164 [LP] Columbia 40647, 65141, Columbia/Legacy 65338, 712764, 67397, 90923 [CD]
Oh Bess, Oh Where’s My Bess? - -
Buzzard Song - -
Summertime (1) - -
There’s a Boat That’s Leaving Soon for New York - -
Prayer [Oh, Doctor Jesus] (tk2) Mosaic 164 [LP] Columbia/Legacy 67397, 90923 [CD]
Oh Bess, Oh Where’s My Bess (tk 3) - -
Oh Bess, Oh Where’s My Bess (tk 5) - Columbia 65141, Columbia/Legacy 67397, 90923 [CD]
Summertime (1) (tk2) - Columbia/Legacy 67397, 90923 [CD]
There’s a Boat That’s Leaving Soon for New York (tk 2) - -
August 18, 1958
I Loves You Porgy (rehearsal) Mosaic 164 [LP}] -
I Loves You Porgy( (tk 1A) Colombia 1274 (m), 8095, 40647 (s), Mosaic 164 [LP] Columbia 40647, 65141, Columbia/Legacy 65338, 712764,
I Loves You Porgy (tk 1B) Mosaic 164 [LP] Columbia 64141 [CD]
There’s a Boat That’s Leaving Soon for New York (remake) - -
My Man’s Gone Now (remake) - -
All above issues with the exception of Columbia/Legacy 67397, 90923, Mosaic 164 = Porgy and Bess
Mosaic 164, Columbia Legacy 67397, 90923 = The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings of Miles Davis and Gil Evans
Gil Evans Orchestra: Johnny Coles, Louis Mucci, Allen Smith (tp) Bill Elton, Curtis Fuller (tb) Dick Lieb (b-tb) Bob Northern (frh) Bill Barber (tu) Steve Lacy (ss) Al Block (fl, cl, b-cl) Gil Evans (p, arr, cond) Chuck Wayne (g) Dick Carter (b) Dennis Charles (d)
New York, early 1959
Davenport Blues (jc solo) World Pacific 1270, Blue Note 461 [LP] Blue Note 46856, 58300 [CD]
Straight, No Chaser (jc solo) - -
Django (jc solo) - -
Gil Evans Orchestra: Johnny Coles, Louis Mucci, Danny Stiles (tp) Jimmy Cleveland, Curtis Fuller (tb) Rod Levitt (b-tb) Earl Chapin (frh) Bill Barber (tu) Steve Lacy (ss) Eddie Caine (as, fl) Budd Johnson (ts, cl) Gil Evans (p, arr, cond) Ray Crawford (g) Tommy Potter (b) Elvin Jones (d)
New York, February 2, 1959
Chant of the Weed (jc solo) - -
Ballad of the Sad Young Men - -
Joy Spring - -
Theme (La Nevada) - -
World Pacific 1270, Blue Note 46856 = Great Jazz Standards
Blue Note 461= Pacific Standard Time
Blue Note 58300 = The Complete Pacific Jazz Sessions
Note: All issues of Straight, No Chaser, except for Blue Note 58300, were faded; Blue Note 58300 restores edits to Budd Johnson’s clarinet solo on Chant of the Weed and to Ray Crawford’s guitar solo on Theme/La Nevada that existed on all previous issues.
Eddie Jefferson: Eddie Jefferson (vcl) acc by Johnny Coles, Howard McGhee (tp) James Moody (ts) Musa Kaleem (bs) Gene Kee (p) John Latham (b) Clarence Johnston (d)
New York, February 5, 1959
Lester’s Trip to the Moon [It's Only a Paper Moon] Inner City 1016 [LP] Inner City 1016, Evidence 22062 [CD]
T. D.’s Boogie Woogie - -
Memphis - -
Honeysuckle Rose (jc solo) - -
Workshop - Inner City 1016, Evidence 22062, Lonehill Jazz 10195 [CD]
Note: Inner City, Evidence issues have Baby Girl [These Foolish Things] as being from this session; listening reveals that it is from another session for 2/2/60 with different personnel
Inner City 1016, Evidence 22062 = The Jazz Singer
Lonehill Jazz 10195 = Hey! It’s James Moody
Miles Davis with Gil Evans And His Orchestra: Miles Davis (tp, flh-2) Ernie Royal, Clyde Reasinger, Louis Mucci, Johnny Coles, Emmett Berry (tp) Frank Rehak, Jimmy Cleveland, Bill Elton, Rod Levitt (tb) Julius Watkins, Bob Northern (frh) Bill Barber (tu) Romeo Penque, Eddie Caine (fl, cl) Danny Bank (b-cl) John Coltrane (ts, as-1) Wynton Kelly (p-3) Paul Chambers (b) Jimmy Cobb (d) Gil Evans (arr, cond)
CBS TV Studio 1, New York, April 2, 1959
So What (orchestra on introduction, only) (3) Ozone 18, Beppo [En] 502, Bandstand (It) 1501 [LP] Bandstand [It] 1501, Yadeon [Jpn) 502, Lonehill Jazz (Sp) 10206, Poll Winners (eu) 27208, Bandstand (It)1501, Onmia Collected Works (Sp) 348261 [CD]
The Duke (1,2) -
Blues for Pablo (1) -
New Rhumba (1) -
Notes: (1) From television show The Sound of Miles Davis from the series The Robert Herridge Theater, Herridge host and narrator (2) Rehak, Cleveland and Elton accompany Davis on second solo and concluding chorus on So What. (3) Bandstand 2101 incorrectly has date of August, 1958 for this session. (4) Kinescope of this broadcast also available on many VHS and DVD issues. Some video issues call Blues for Pablo and New Rhumba, Orchestral Suites 1 and 2. A currently available issue is Idem 1057, The Greatest Jazz Films Ever.
Ozone 18 = Miles Davis-John Coltrane-Sonny Rollins
Beppo 502 = Miles Davis All Stars and Gil Evans
Bandstand 1501 = Live in New York
Yadeon 502 = Rare Unreleased Broadcasts
Lonehill Jazz 10206 = Miles Davis Quintet - Live in Den Haag
Poll Winners 27208 = Kind of Blue
Omnia Collected Works 348261 = Miles Davis - Complete Studio Recordings - The Master Takes
James Moody: Johnny Coles (tp) Tom McIntosh (tb) James Moody (as, ts, fl) Musa Kaleem (bs) Gene Kee (p) John Latham (b) Clarence Johnston (d)
Chicago, August, 1959
Casbah (as Out of Nowhere) (jc solo) Argo 648, Cadet 648 [LP] Verve 61769 [CD]
Darben the Redd Fox - -
Little Girl Blue - -
Daahoud (jc solo) - -
With Malice Toward None - -
Cookie (jc solo) - -
R. B. Q. (jc solo) - -
Yesterdays - -
Note: All issues list Casbah, the Tadd Dameron melody, as Out of Nowhere, the song which is Casbah’s harmonic basis.
Argo 648, Cadet 648, Verve 61769 = James Moody
Note: prefix LP on Argo 648=mono; prefix LPS=stereo
Miles Davis With Orchestra Under the Direction of Gil Evans: Miles Davis, Ernie Royal, Bernie Glow, Johnny Coles, Louis Mucci (tp) Dick Hixson, Frank Rehak (tb) Joe Singer, Tony Miranda, Jimmy Buffington (frh) Bill Barber (tu) Romeo Penque (oboe) Jack Knitzer (bassoon) Al Block, Harold Feldman (fl) Danny Bank (b-cl) Janet Putnam (harp) Paul Chambers (b) Jimmy Cobb (d) Elvin Jones (perc) Gil Evans (arr, cond)
New York, March 10, 1960
The Pan Piper Columbia 1480 (m), 8271, 40578 (s) Mosaic 164 [LP] Columbia 08271,40578, 65142, Columbia/Legacy 712762, 65142, 67397, 90923, 89697-43949-2 [CD]
Solea - -
Will O’ the Wisp - -
Saeta (faded version) - -
Song of Our Country Columbia 36474, Mosaic 164 [LP] Columbia/Legacy 712762, 67397, 65142, 90923, 88697-43949-2 CD]
Song of Our Country (tk9) Mosaic 164 [LP] Columbia/Legacy 67397, 90923 [CD]
Song of Our Country (tk 14) - -
The Pan Piper (tk 1) - -
Saeta (full version) - -
Columbia, Columbia/Legacy 1480, 8271, 40578, 65142, 712762, 88697-43949-2 = Sketches of Spain
Columbia 36474 = Directions
Columbia/Legacy 67397, 90923, Mosaic 164 = The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings of Miles Davis and Gil Evans
Gil Evans Orchestra: Johnny Coles, Phil Sunkel (tp) Jimmy Knepper, Keg Johnson (tb) Tony Studd (b-tb) Bill Barber (tu) Bud Johnson (ts,ss) Eddie Caine (fl, pic, as) Bob Tricarico (bassoon, fl, pic) Gil Evans (p, arr, cond) Ray Crawford (g) Ron Carter (b) Charlie Persip, Elvin Jones (d, perc)
New York, November 18 & 30, 1960
Sunken Treasure (jc solo) Impulse 4, 9340 [LP] MCA 5653, Impulse 9589, 186 [CD]
Where Flamingos Fly - -
Stratusphunk (jc solo) - -
Sister Sadie (jc solo) Impulse 9340 [LP] Impulse 9589, 186 [CD]
Personnel: as previous, except Ray Beckenstein (as, fl, pic) replaces Caine
New York, December 10 & 15, 1960
La Nevada (jc solo) Impulse 4, 9340 [LP] MCA 5653, Impulse 9589, 186 [CD]
Bilbao Song - -
Impulse 4, 9589, 186, MCA 5653 = Out of the Cool
Impulse 9340 = The Great Arrangers
Ray Crawford: Johnny Coles (tp) Cecil Payne (bs) Junior Mance (p) Ray Crawford (g) Ben Tucker (b) Frankie Dunlop (d)
New York, February, 1961
I Knew Prez (jc solo) CBS/SonyCandid [Jpn] 01121, Candid [Ge] 9028 [LP] Candid [Ge, En] 79028
Smooth Groove (jc solo) - -
Impossible (jc solo) - -
The Compendium Suite (jc solo) - -
Note: horns lay out on one additional title, Miss April
German, English editions = Smooth Groove
Japanese editions = I Know Prez
Tina Brooks: Johnny Coles (tp) Tina Brooks (ts) Kenny Drew (p) Wilbur Ware (b) Philly Joe Jones (d)
Englewood Cliffs, NJ, March 2, 1961
Dhyana (jc solo) Mosaic 106 [LP] Mosaic 106, Blue Note 40536 [CD]
The Waiting Game (jc solo) - -
Talkin’ About (jc solo) - - -
David the King (jc solo) - -
One for Myrtle (jc solo) - -
Stranger in Paradise (jc solo) - - -
Mosaic 106 = The Complete Blue Note Tina Brooks Quintets
Blue Note 40536 = The Waiting Game
Johnny Coles: Johnny Coles (tp) Kenny Drew (p-1) Randy Weston (p-2) Peck Morrison (b-1) George Tucker (b-2) Charlie Persip (d)
New York, April 10, 1961
Hi-Fly (tk2) (2) Epic 16015 (m), 17015 (s) [LP] Koch Jazz 7804, Epic/Legacy 88985308402, Jazz Collectors (Sp) 423 [CD]
Come Rain or Come Shine (1) - -
Pretty Strange (2) - -
If I Should Lose You (1) - -
Hi-Fly (tk 5) (2) - -
New York, April 13, 1961
Room 3 (1) - -
Where (2) - -
Babe’s Blues (2) Columbia 38509 [LP] -
Epic 16015, 17015, Koch 7804, Epic/Legacy 88985308402, Jazz Collectors 423 = The Warm Sound
Columbia 38509 = Almost Forgotten
Miles Davis Quintet With Gil Evans And His 21 Piece Orchestra: Miles Davis (tp) Hank Mobley (ts-1) Wynton Kelly (p-1,2) Paul Chambers (b) Jimmy Cobb (d) + Ernie Royal, Johnny Coles, Bernie Glow, Louis Mucci (tp) Jimmy Knepper, Dick Hixson, Frank Rehak (tb) Julius Watkins, Paul Ingraham, Robert Swisshelm (frh) Bill Barber (tu) Romeo Penque, Jerome Richardson, Eddie Caine, Bob Tricarico, Danny Bank (reeds) Janet Putnam (harp) Bobby Rosengarden, two unknown (perc) Gil Evans (arr, cond)
Carnegie Hall, New York City, May 19, 1961
So What (1, 2) (orchestra on Introduction, only) Columbia 1812 (m), 8612 (s) [LP] Columbia 65027 [CD]
Spring is Here (2) - -
Medley: - -
    The Meaning of the Blues - -
    Lament - -
    New Rhumba - -
Adagio from Concierto de Aranjuez (pts 1 & 2) Columbia 40609 [LP] Columbia 40609, 65027, Columbia/Legacy 88697-43949-2 [CD]
Note: remainder of concert by the quintet, only.
Columbia 1812, 8612, 65027 = Miles Davis at Carnegie Hall
Columbia 40609 = Live Miles: More Music from the Legendary Carnegie Hall Concert
Columbia/Legacy 88697-43949-2 = Sketches of Spain
Manny Albam: Bernie Glow, Al DeRisi, Nick Travis, Johnny Coles (tp) Urbie Green, Bill Elton, Alan Ralph, Willie Dennis (tb) Phil Woods (as) Oliver Nelson (ts) George Devens (vib-1) Jim Hall (g) George Duvivier (b) Gus Johnson (d) Manny Albam (arr, cond)
New York, January 12, 1962
Blues Company Impulse 100 [LP]
Steam Shuffle (1) Impulse 208 [45]
El Cid (1) (jc solo) Impulse 19 [LP]Fresh Sound (Sp) 855 [CD]
Moon River (1) (unissued)
Impulse 19 = Jazz Goes to the Movies
Impulse 100 = The Definitive Jazz Scene, Volume 2
Fresh Sound 855 = Manny Albam/Hal Schaeffer - Showcase: Great Songs from United Artists Movies + Jazz Goes to the Movies
Duke Pearson: Donald Byrd (1), Johnny Coles (tp) Duke Pearson (p) Bob Cranshaw (b) Walter Perkins (d)
New York, January 12, 1962
Groovin’ for Nat (1) (jc solo) Black Lion [Ge] 760134, Lonehill Jazz [Sp] 10324, 1201 Music 9030 [CD]
Child’s Play (tk2) (1) (jc solo) Jazzline 33-02, Trip 5000 [LP] -
Child’s Play (tk3) (1) (jc solo) --
Sudel (tk2) (1) (jc solo) --
Sudel (tk4) (1) (jc solo) - -
Friday’s Child (jc solo) - Black Lion [Ge] 760134, Lonehill Jazz [Sp] 10324, 1201 Music 9030, Jazz Collectors [Sp] 423 [CD]
Smoothie (1) (jc solo) - Black Lion [Ge] 760134, Lonehill Jazz [Sp] 10324, 1201 Music 9030 [CD]
Hush (tk1) (1) (jc solo) - -
Hush (tk2) (1) (jc solo) - -
Notes (1): Black Lion 760134 and 1201 Music 9030 has Sudel (tk2) and Child’s Play (tk3) as the originally issued takes and the other two takes as the previously unreleased alternates. They either reversed the actual recordings or the text—I cannot be sure of which as I no longer have my copy of the Jazzline LP. I am following Lord and other sources.
(2) Two additional tracks from this session, Angel Eyes and Out of This World are by Pearson, Cranshaw, Perkins, only.
Jazzline 33-02, Lonehill Jazz 10324 = Hush!
Trip 5000 = Two Sides of Donald Byrd
Black Lion 76034, 1201 Music 9030 = Donald Byrd: Groovin’ for Nat
Jazz Collectors 423 = Johnny Coles: The Warm Sound (see above for remainder of this CD)
Manny Albam: John Bello, Joe Newman, Al DeRisi, Johnny Coles (tp) Wayne Andre, Willie Dennis, Alan Ralph (tb) Bob Brookmeyer (v-tb) Phil Woods, Gene Quill (as) Oliver Nelson, Frank Socolow (ts) Gene Allen (bs) Eddie Costa (p, vib) Jim Hall (g) Bill Crow (b) Gus Johnson (d) Manny Albam (arr, cond)
New York, January 25, 1962
Exodus (jc solo) Impulse 19 [LP]Fresh Sound (Sp) 855 [CD]
Majority of One --
Green Leaves of Summer (jc solo) --
Paris Blues (jc solo) --
Impulse 19 = Jazz Goes to the Movies
Fresh Sound 855 = Manny Albam/Hal Schaeffer - Showcase: Great Songs from United Artists Movies + Jazz Goes to the Movies
Duke Jordan Quintet: Johnny Coles (tp) Cecil Payne (bs-1) Duke Jordan (p) Wendell Marshall (b) Walter Bolden (d)
New York, February 22, 1962
Yes, He’s Gone (1) (jc solo) Charlie Parker 805 [LP] Fresh Sound [Sp] 481 [CD]
Dexterity (1) (jc solo) - -
I’m Gonna Learn Your Style (1) (jc solo) - -
Like Church (1) (jc solo) - -
Tall Grass (jc solo) - -
Charlie Parker 805 = East and West of Jazz
Fresh Sound 481 = Cecil Payne: 1956-1962 Sessions
Horace Parlan: Johnny Coles (tp) Booker Ervin (ts) Horace Parlan (p) Grant Green (g) Butch Warren (b) Billy Higgins (d)
Englewood Cliffs, NJ, February 15, 1963
Happy Frame of Mind (jc solo) Blue Note 488, Mosaic 197 [LP] Blue Note 84134, Mosaic 197 [CD]
A Tune for Richard (jc solo) - -
Home is Africa (jc solo) - -
Dexi (jc solo) - -
Back from the Gig - -
Kucheza Blues (jc solo) - -
Note: Track listings on Blue Note 488 erroneously list Home is Africa as Home in Africa
Blue Note 488 = Booker Ervin: Back from the Gig
Blue Note 84134 = Happy Frame of Mind
Mosaic 197 = The Complete Blue Note Horace Parlan Sessions
Grant Green: Johnny Coles (tp) Joe Henderson (ts) John Patton (org) Grant Green (g) Ben Dixon (d)
Englewood Cliffs, NJ, May 16, 1963
Am I Blue?Blue Note 4139 (m), 84139 (s) [LP]Blue Note 35564 [CD]
Take These Chains from My Heart (jc solo)--
Sweet Slumber - -
I Wanna Be Loved (jc solo) - -
For All We Know (jc solo) - -
Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good to You (rejected)
Blue Note 4139, 84139, 35564 = Am I Blue?
James Moody: James Moody (ts, as, fl) with orchestra arranged and conducted by Tom McIntosh including: Johnny Coles, Thad Jones (tp) Hubert Laws (fl) Hank Jones or Bernie Leighton (p) Jim Hall (g) Richard Davis (b) Mel Lewis (d)
New York, June 17 & 18, 1963
Malice Toward NoneArgo 725, Chess 91522 [LP]Lonehill Jazz [Sp] 10313 [CD]
The Search - -
Blues Impromptu - -
Opalesque (jc solo) - -
Let’s Try (jc solo) - -
Great Day (jc solo) - -
One Never Knows - -
Argo 725, Chess 91522 = Great Day
Lonehill Jazz 10313 = James Moody/Thad Jones: The Legendary 1963/64 Sessions
Note: prefix LP on Argo 725=mono; prefix LPS=stereo
Antonio Diaz Mena: Richard Williams, Johnny Coles (tp) Britt Woodman (tb) Leo Wright (as, fl) Joe Henderson (ts) Duke Pearson (p, arr) Bob Cranshaw (b) Walter Perkins (d) Antonio Diaz Mena (cga) Ramon Sardinas, Carlos “Patato” Valdes (perc)
New York, July, 1963
Take FiveAudio Fidelity 2117 (m), 6117 (s) [LP]
Con Alma -
Caravan -
On Green Dolphin Street (jc solo) -
Poinciana (jc solo) -
Audio Fidelity 2117, 6117 = Eso es Latin Jazz. . .Man!

Little Johnny C

Johnny Coles: Johnny Coles (tp) Leo Wright (as, fl) Joe Henderson (ts) Duke Pearson (p) Bob Cranshaw (b) Walter Perkins (d)
Englewood Cliffs, NJ, July 18, 1963
Little Johnny CBlue Note 4144 (m), 84144 (s) [LP]Blue Note 32129, 75265 Lonehill Jazz [Sp] 10324 [CD]
Jano- -
Hobo Joe - Blue Note 32129, 75265 [CD]
So Sweet My Little Girl (rejected)
Personnel same as above except Pete LaRoca (d) replaces Perkins
Englewood Cliffs, August 9, 1963
Heavy LegsBlue Note 4144 (m), 84144 (s) [LP]Blue Note 32129, 75265 [CD]
My Secret Passion- -
So Sweet My Little Girl- -
Blue Note 4144, 84144, 32129, 75265 = Little Johnny C
Lonehill Jazz 10324 = Duke Pearson: Hush!
Gil Evans: Johnny Coles, Louis Mucci, Ernie Royal (tp) Jimmy Cleveland, Tony Studd (tb) Jimmy Buffington, Bob Northern (frh) Steve Lacy, Eric Dolphy, Jerome Richardson, Bob Tricarico (reeds and woodwinds) Gil Evans (p, arr, cond) Milt Hinton, Paul Chambers, Richard Davis (b) Osie Johnson (d)
New York, September 18, 1963
El Toreador (jc solo)Verve 8555 [LP]Verve 833 804-2 [CD]
Verve 6-8555, 833 804-2 = The Individualism of Gil Evans
Note: for the following Charles Mingus entries I have followed the lead of Esa Onttonen’s Mingus discography (http://mingus.ottonen.info), and chosen the most common names for Mingus’s compositions, with the titles on the containers in parenthesis. At almost all concerts, a piano solo by Jaki Byard (ATFW You/USA, etc.) and a duet by Byard and Mingus (Sophisticated Lady) were performed as well as the compositions listed. Parkeriana is a pastiche of tunes associated with Charlie Parker whose main theme is Dizzy Gillespie’s Ow!.
Charles Mingus Sextet: Johnny Coles (tp) Eric Dolphy (fl, as, b-cl) Clifford Jordan (ts) Jaki Byard (p) Charles Mingus (b) Dannie Richmond (d)
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, March 18, 1964
Fables of Faubus (jc solo)Blue Note 92210 [CD]
Orange Was the Color of Her Dress, Then Blue Silk (jc solo) -
Take the “A” Train (jc solo) -
Meditations (jc solo) -
So Long, Eric (jc solo) -
When Irish Eyes are Smiling (jc solo) -
Jitterbug Waltz -
Blue Note 92210 = Cornell 1964

Town Hall

Charles Mingus: same as previous
Town Hall, New York, April 4, 1964
So Long, Eric (jc solo)Jazz Workshop 005, Fantasy JWS9, OJC 042, Prestige 24092 [LP]OJC 042, Mosaic 253 [CD]
Meditations (as Praying with Eric) (jc solo)- -
Peggy's Blue Skylight (JC solo)Mosaic 253 [CD]
Parkeriana Parts One & Two (JC solo) -
Fables of Faubus (jc solo) -
Jazz Workshop 005, Fantasy JWS9 = Town Hall Concert
OJC 042 = Town Hall Concert 1964
Prestige 24092 = Portrait
Mosaic 253=The Jazz Workshop Concerts 1964-65
Notes (1): Fantasy JWS9 (and if I remember correctly, the original Jazz Workshop LP as well) gives erroneous location of Tyrone Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, which is where another recorded concert of Mingus took place on May 13, 1965. As Tom Lord notes, adding to the confusion is the fact the original release of the 1965 concert on Jazz Workshop was JWS009
(2) There are obvious edits on Praying with Eric (especially Coles' solo) and perhaps also on So Long Eric. Searches by Sue Mingus, Michael Cuscuna and Larry Appelbaum of the Library of Congress (which houses a Mingus archives) were unable to discover unedited tapes of these performances.
(3) Many discographies list Orange was the Color of Her Dress, Then Blue Silk as being performed at this concert, but there is no evidence that it was.
(4) A portion of Clifford Jordan's solo on Parkeriana is lost in a switch of tape reels.
Gil Evans: Johnny Coles, Bernie Glow (tp) Jimmy Cleveland, Tony Studd (tb) Ray Alonge (frh) Steve Lacy, Eric Dolphy, Garvin Bushell, Bob Tricarico (reeds, woodwinds) Gil Evans (piano, arr, cond) Kenny Burrell (g) Paul Chambers, Ron Carter (b) Elvin Jones (d)
New York, April 6, 1964
Las Vegas TangoVerve 8555 [LP]Verve 833 804-2 [CD]
Hotel Me- -
Verve 8555, 833 804-2 = The Individualism of Gil Evans
Charles Mingus Sextet: Johnny Coles (tp) Eric Dolphy (fl, as, b-cl) Clifford Jordan (ts) Jaki Byard (p) Charles Mingus (b) Dannie Richmond (d)
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, April 10, 1964
Parkeriana (as Ow! [Dedicated To a Genius]) (jc solo)Ulysse [Fr] 50506//07 [LP]Ulysse [Fr] 1001 [CD], Jazz Collectors 429 [CD], Mosaic 253 [CD]
So Long, Eric (jc solo)--
Orange was the Color of Her Dress, Then Blue Silk (jc solo) --
Meditations (as Meditation on a Pair of Wire Cutters) (jc solo)-Ulysse [Fr] 1002 [CD], Jazz Collectors 429 [CD], Mosaic 253 [CD]
Fables of Faubus (jc solo)Ulysse [Fr] 50508 [LP]-
Note: Fables of Faubus issued in two parts
Ulysse 50506/07 = Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Vol. 1
Ulysse 50508 = Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Vol. 2
Ulysse 1001, 1002 = Concertgebouw Amsterdam April 10, 1964
Jazz Collectors 429 = Complete Live in Amsterdam
Mosaic 253=The Jazz Workshop Concerts 1964-65
Charles Mingus Sextet: same as previous
University Aula, Oslo, Norway, April 12, 1964
So Long, Eric (jc solo)Landscape [Fr] 913, Jazz Up [It] 307, Moon [It] 078 [CD]
Orange was the Color of Her Dress, Then Blue Silk (jc solo)-
Parkeriana (as Ow! on Jazz Up 307) (abandoned) (jc solo)-
Take the “A” Train (jc solo)-
Meditations (jc solo)Landscape [Fr] 919 [CD]
Parkeriana (jc solo)-
Fables of Faubus (jc solo)Landscape [Fr] 919, Moon [It] 078 [CD]
Note: first four titles are on several VHS and DVD releases. The best is the Jazz Icons series, Charles Mingus, Live in ‘64, Naxos 2.119006. It is also preferable to any CD release, which all suffer from a degraded tape source most evident on Orange. . .
Landscape 913, Jazz Up 307 = Live in Oslo, 1964, Vol. 1
Landscape 919 = Live in Oslo, 1964, Vol. 2
Moon 078 = Orange
Charles Mingus Sextet: same as previous
Rehearsal, Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden, April 13, 1964
So Long, Eric (tk 1) (jc solo)Royal Jazz [Den] 518 [CD]
Meditations (false start)-
Meditations (jc solo)-
So Long, Eric (tk 2) (jc solo)-
Note: all four performances are also on the Jazz Icons DVD, Charles Mingus, Live in ’64, Naxos 2.119006

Concert, Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden, April 13, 1964
Peggy’s Blue Skylight (jc solo)-
When Irish Eyes are Smiling (jc solo)-
Fables of Faubus (jc solo)-
Orange was the Color of Her Dress, [Then Blue Silk] (jc solo)-
Royal Jazz 518 = Live in Stockholm, 1964
Charles Mingus Sextet: personnel same
Odd Fellow Palǽet, Copenhagen, Denmark, April 14, 1964
Meditations (jc solo)Moon [It] 016 [LP]Moon [It] 016, Landscape [Fr] 905, Hi Hat {Cyp} 3090, (no name, no #) [CD]
Fables of Faubus (jc solo)--
Orange was the Color of Her Dress, Then Blue Silk (jc solo)Landscape [Fr] 905, (no name, no #) [CD]
So Long, Eric (jc solo)Hi Hat {Cyp} 3090, (no name, no #) [CD]
Parkeriana (as Ow!) (jc solo)-
Moon 016 = Astral Weeks
Landscape 905 = Live in Copenhagen, 1964
Hi Hat 3090 = Copenhagen 1964
No name, no number 2-CD set = Live in Copenhagen 1964
Note: I purchased the nameless and numberless 2-CD set from a Canadian e-Bay dealer in 2008; there is no information as to its provenance.
Track listing also includes Ysabels Table Dance which was never played by this band, so it is probably from some other source (the RCA?).
Charles Mingus Sextet: same personnel
Bremen, Germany, April 16, 1964
So Long Eric (pts 1 & 2) (as Hope So, Eric) (jc solo)Ingo (It) 10 [LP]Jazz Lips 774 [CD]
Fables of Faubus (pts 1 & 2) (jc solo)Ingo (It) 13 [LP]-
Parkeriana (as Ow!) (jc solo)Ingo (It) 15 [LP]-
Meditations (jc solo)--
Ingo 10 = Hope So Eric Vol. 1
Ingo 13 = Fables of Faubus Vol. 2
Ingo 15 = Parkeriana Vol 3
Jazz Lips 774 = The Complete Bremen Concert
Charles Mingus Sextet: same personnel
Salle Wagram, Paris, France, April 17, 1964
So Long, Eric (jc solo)America [Fr] 30AM003/4/5, Prestige 34001, France’s Concert 110 [LP]Revenge 32002, France’s Concert [Fr] 110, Jazz Hour [Ne] 73516, Accord [Fr] 50007-2, EmArcy (Fr) 98069-3, Jazz Collectors (Sp) 428, Domino (Sp) 891241 [CD]
Note: Coles collapsed on stage after his solo, and was hospitalized with a perforated stomach ulcer and did not perform on any other selections from this concert or the remainder of the tour. The piece itself is a discographal nightmare. Most releases list it as Goodbye, Porkpie Hat (Prestige, e.g.). Discographies list the America version as edited, but not having heard it, it may be that it simply does not have the spliced-on ending from the performance at the concert that occurred the following night by the group, minus Coles. This is definitely the case with the Prestige and which may also be true for other issues as well, given the disparities in time given on different issues.
America 30AM 003/4/5, Prestige 34001, EmArcy 98069-3 = The Great Concert of Charles Mingus
Revenge 32002 = Revenge
France’s Concert 110 = Live in Paris, 1964, Vol. 2
Le Jazz 38 = Paris 1964, Vol. 2
Jazz Hour 73516 = Goodbye Porkpie Hat
Jazz Collectors 428 = Charles Mingus/Eric Dolphy - The Salle Wagram Concert Complete Edition
Domino 891241 = Charles Mingus/Eric Dolphy - The Salle Wagram Concert
A. K. Salim: Johnny Coles (tp) Yusef Lateef (ts, fl, argol) Pat Patrick (bs, as, fl) Philemon Hon (African xyl, tambor) Osvaldo “Chihuahua” Martinez (bgo, cga, cowbell) Julito Collazo (as Julio Callazo on container) (cga, shakers) Marcelino Valdes, Juan Cadaviejo (cga) William Correa (Willie Bobo) (timb) A. K. Salim (comp, arr, cond)
New York, October 8, 1964
Afrika (Africa) (jc solo)Prestige 7379 [LP]
Ngomba Ya Tempo (Elephant Dance) (jc solo)-
Kumuamkia Mzulu (Salute to a Zulu) (jc solo)-
Pepo Za Sarari (Trade Winds) (jc solo)-
Prestige 7379 = Afro-Soul/Drum Orgy
Gil Evans: probable personnel: Johnny Coles (tp) Frank Rehak (tb) Ray Alonge, Julius Watkins (frh) Bill Barber (tu) Wayne Shorter, Al Block, Andy Fitzgerald, George Marge, Bob Tricarico (reeds, woodwinds) Bob Maxwell (harp) Gary Peacock (b) Elvin Jones (d)
New York, October 29, 1964
ProclamationVerve 833 804-2 [CD]
Nothing Like You-
Personnel listing from Verve 833 804-2
Verve 833 804-2 = The Individualism of Gil Evans
Kenny Burrell with orchestra arranged and conducted by Gil Evans: Johnny Coles or Louis Mucci (tp) Jimmy Cleveland, Jimmy Knepper (tb) Ray Alonge, Julius Watkins (frh) Bill Barber (tu) Andy Fitzgerald, (fl, enh) Ray Beckenstein (fl, b-cl) Steve Lacy (ss) Lee Konitz (as) Richie Kamuca (ts, oboe) Bob Tricarico (bassoon, ts, fl) Kenny Burrell (g) Ron Carter (b) Charlie Persip or Elvin Jones (d) Gil Evans (arr, cond)
Englewood Cliffs, NJ, December 4, 1964
Last Night When We Were YoungVerve 8612 [LP]Verve 521 403-2, 822 576 [CD]
Moon and Sand--
Englewood Cliffs, NJ, December 15, 1964
Lotus Land--
Loie--
Englewood Cliffs, NJ, December 4 or 15, 1964
Greensleeves--
Note: most discographies give a date of April 6, 1965 for Greensleeves. Liner notes to Verve 521 403-2 state that it was recorded at one of the December sessions and the April date may relate to post-production work.
Verve 8612, 521 403-2, 822 576 = Guitar Forms
Duke Pearson: Johnny Coles (tp) Garnett Brown (tb) Les Spann (fl) James Spaulding (as) George Coleman (ts) Pepper Adams (bs, cl) Duke Pearson (p, arr) Bob Cranshaw (b) Mickey Roker (d)
New York, May 25 & 26, 1965
Honeybuns (jc solo)Atlantic 3002 [LP]Koch Jazz 8519, Collectables 6754 [CD]
New Girl (jc solo)--
You Know I Care--
Is That So?--
Our Love--
Heavy Legs (jc solo)--
Atlantic 3002, Koch 8519, Collectables 6754 = Honeybuns
Johnny Coles and George Coleman: Johnny Coles (tp) George Coleman (ts) Toshiko Akiyoshi (p) Gene Taylor (b) Joe Chambers (d)
Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, RI, July 4 1965
Little Johnny C Wolfgang's Vault 331 [computer file]
You Don't Know What Love Is-
Heavy Legs-
Astrud Gilberto: Astrud Gilberto (vcl) accompanied by orchestra including Johnny Coles (tp) Bob Brookmeyer (v-tb) Kenny Burrell (g) Grady Tate (d) Gil Evans (p, arr, cond-1) or Al Cohn (arr, cond-2)
New York, November 22, 1965
Frevo (1)Verve 8643 [LP]Verve 821 556, 001117602 [CD]
New York, December 6, 1965
She’s a Carioca (2)--
Look to the Rainbow (1)--
Felicidade (1)--
Englewood Cliffs, NJ, December 10, 1965
Where is the Love? (1)--
Lugar Bonita (Pretty Place) (2)--
Bim Bom (1)--
New York, December 23, 1965
Once Upon a Summertime (1)--
Berimbou (1)--
New York, December, 1965
I Will Wait for You (1) (jc solo)--
El Preciso Aprender A Ser So (Learn to Live Alone) (2)--
Verve 8643, 821 556, 001117602 = Look To The Rainbow
Duke Pearson: Johnny Coles (tp) James Spaulding (as) George Coleman (ts) Harold Vick (ts-1) Duke Pearson (p, arr) Gene Bertoncini (g-2) Bob Cranshaw (b) Mickey Roker (d)
New York, 1966
Prairie Dog (2)Atlantic 3005 [LP]Koch Jazz 8532, Collectables 6755 [CD]
Little Waltz (2) (jc solo)--
Soulin’ (1) --
Atlantic 3005, Koch Jazz 8532, Collectables 6755 = Prairie Dog
Booker Ervin: Martin Banks, Johnny Coles, Ray Copeland, Richard Williams (tp) Bennie Green, Britt Woodman (tb) Benny Powell (b-tb) Booker Ervin (ts) Kenny Barron (p) Reggie Johnson (b) Lenny McBrowne (d) Teddy Edwards (arr, cond)
New York, September 13, 1967
East Dallas SpecialPacific Jazz 20127 [LP]Blue Note 94509 [CD]
Salt Lake City--
Kansas City--
Pacific Jazz 20127, Blue Note 94509 = Booker ‘N’ Brass
Gil Evans Orchestra: Orchestra including Johnny Coles (tp, flhrn) Jimmy Cleveland (tb) Steve Lacy (ss) Lee Konitz (as) Gil Evans (p, arr, cond) Ron Carter (b) Elvin Jones (d)
New York, October 15-21, 1967
unknown titles (unissued)
Note: Lord lists this as a movie soundtrack. According to the Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com) Evans wrote the score to the Danish film, Dage I Min Fars Hus, shown in the US as Days in My Father’s House, released in 1968.
Composers Workshop Ensemble: Johnny Coles (tp) Jack Jeffers (b-tb) Julius Watkins (frh) Howard Johnson (tu, bs) Al Gibbons (ts) Bross Townsend (p) Herb Bushler (b) Warren Smith (d, ldr)
New York, 1968 & 1969
Lament (What Does it All Mean?)Strata-East 1972-3 [LP]Claves Jazz 50-1195/2 [CD]
Sub Structure (jc solo)--
Blues by Monk--
Introduction to the Blues (jc solo)--
Hello Julius--
Note: On one additional selection from this session, Blues for E. L. C., Jimmy Owens replaces Coles
Strata-East 1972-3 = Composers Workshop Ensemble
Claves Jazz 50-1195/2 = Warren Smith & The Composers Workshop Ensemble
Warren Smith And The Composers Workshop Ensemble: Johnny Coles (tp, flh) Garnett Brown (tb) Jack Jeffers (b-tb) Al Gibbons (ts) Howard Johnson (bs) Bross Townsend (p) Herb Bushler (b) Warren Smith (d, ldr)
New York, 1968 &1969
Ecaroh SuiteMiff Music Company 1006 [LP]Claves Jazz 50-1195/2 [CD]
Miff Music Company 1006 = Cricket Song Poem
Claves Jazz 50-1195/2 = Warren Smith & The Composers Workshop Ensemble
Gil Evans Orchestra: Ernie Royal, Johnny Coles (tp) Garnett Brown (tb) Jimmy Cleveland (tb-1) Julius Watkins, Ray Alonge (frh) Howard Johnson (tu, bs-1) George Marge (fl, ss) Billy Harper (ts, fl) Gil Evans (p, el-p, arr, cond) Joe Beck (el-g) Herb Bushler (el-b) Donald McDonald, Alphonse Mouzon (d)
Village Vanguard, New York, 1969
ThoroughbredAmpex 10102, Inner City 3041 [LP]Enja [Ge] 3069, Tokuma [Jpn] 32157 [CD]
Blues in Orbit (1)--
Ampex 10102 = Gil Evans
Inner City 3041, Enja 3069, Tokuma 32157 = Blues in Orbit
James Moody: Johnny Coles (tp, flh) Tom McIntosh (tb, arr, cond) Joe Farrell (a-fl, oboe, as) James Moody (fl, a-fl, ss) Cecil Payne (bs) Kenny Barron (p) Sam Brown (g-3) Ron Carter (b-1) Ben Tucker (el-b or b-2) Freddie Waits (d) Heiner Stadler (arr-4)
New York, January 3 & February 11, 1969
Main Stem (1, 4)Milestone 9023 [LP]OJC 954 [CD]
Everyone Needs It (2, 3)--
Savannah Calling (2, 3)--
A Statement (1) (jc solo)--
Old Folks (2, 3)--
Milestone 9023, OJC 954 = The Blues and Other Colors
Herbie Hancock: Johnny Coles (flh) Garnett Brown (tb) Tony Studd (b-tb) Hubert Laws (fl) Jerome Richardson (b-cl, fl-1) Joe Henderson (ts, a-fl) Herbie Hancock (p, el-p) Buster Williams (b) Albert “Tootie” Heath (d)
Englewood Cliffs, NJ, April 18, 1969
The Prisoner (jc solo)Blue Note 84321 [LP]Blue Note 46845, 25649, 95569 [CD]
He Who Lives in Fear--
The Prisoner (alt tk) (jc solo)Blue Note 25649, 95569 [CD]
Englewood Cliffs, NJ, April 21, 1969
I Have a Dream (jc solo)Blue Note 84321 [LP]Blue Note 46845, 25649, 95569 [CD]
add Jack Jeffers (b-tb) Romeo Penque (b-cl)
Englewood Cliffs, NJ, April 23, 1969
Firewater (1) (jc solo)--
Promise of the Sun (1)--
Firewater (alt tk) (1) (jc solo)Blue Note 25649, 95569 [CD]
Blue Note 84321, 46845, 25649 = The Prisoner
Blue Note 95569 = Herbie Hancock: The Complete Blue Note Sixties Sessions
Herbie Hancock: Johnny Coles (tp, flh) Garnett Brown (tb) Joe Henderson (ts, a-fl) Herbie Hancock (p, el-p) Buster Williams (b) Albert “Tootie” Heath (d)
Englewood Cliffs, NJ, October 4 & 16, November 26, December 8, 1969
Fat MamaWarner Bros. 1834 [LP]Warner Archives 45732, Rhino 8122795904 [CD]
Tell Me a Bedtime Story--
Oh! Oh! Here He Comes--
Jessica--
Fat Albert Rotunda--
Johnny Coles, Joe Newman, Ernie Royal (tp) Garnett Brown, Benny Powell (tb) Ray Alonge (frh) Joe Farrell (as, ts) Joe Henderson (ts, a-fl) Arthur “Babe” Clarke (bs) Herbie Hancock (p, el-p) Eric Gale, Billy Butler (el-g) Jerry Jermott (el-b) Bernard Purdie (d) George Devens (perc)
Wiggle Waggle--
Lil’ Brother--
Fat Mama (mono take)-Rhino 8122795904 [CD]
Notes: personnel and dates from Warner Archives 45732; Coles does not solo but does play lead melody on Jessica.
Warner Archives 45732= Mwandishi: The Complete Warner Bros. Recordings
Rhino 8122795904 = Herbie Hancock: The Warner Brothers Years 1969-1972

Katumbo

Johnny Coles: Johnny Coles (tp, flh) Astley Fennell (tb-1) Howard Johnson (tu-1) Gregory Herbert (ts) Cedar Walton (p, el-p) Reggie Workman (b, el-b) Bruce Ditmas (d)
New York, 1971
Never Can Say Goodbye (1)Mainstream 346 [LP]Mainstream 4246 (Jpn) [CD]
September of My Years (1)--
728--
Petits Machins (1)--
Betty’s Bossa (1)--
Funk Dumplin’--
Note: Coles overdubs second solos over his original ones on 728 and Funk Dumplin’
Mainstream 346, 4246 = Katumbo
Gil Evans: Johnny Coles (tp) Howard Johnson (tu, bs-1) Billy Harper (ts) Harry Lookofsky (t-vln) Gil Evans (el-p, tack-p-1, arr, cond) Don Preston (synth) Joe Beck (g, mandolin-1) Bruce Johnson (el-g) Herb Bushler (el-b) Lenny White (d) Sue Evans (perc-1, marimba) Airto Moreira, Flora Purim (vcl, perc-1)
New York, 1971
El Matador (1) (jc solo)Artists House 14 [LP]A&M 0831 [CD]
Zee Zee (jc solo)--
Note: Evans on tack piano, Moreira and Purim, vocals and percussion, overdubbed.
Johnny Coles, Hannibal Marvin Peterson, Stan Shafran (tp) Jimmy Knepper (tb) Billy Harper (ts, chimes-1) Howard Johnson (bs, flh-3) Trevor Koehler (ss, bs) Gil Evans (p, el-p-2, arr, cond) Phil Davis, Don Preston (synth) Bruce Johnson (g) Richard Davis (b) Bill Quinze (el-b) Bruce Ditmas (d) Sue Evans (perc-4) Airto Moreira, Flora Purim (vcl-4)
New York, 1971
Love Your Love (1)--
Hotel Me (2)--
Where Flamingos Fly (3)--
Nana (4)--
Note: Moreira, Purim vocals, Harper on chimes, overdubbed
Artists House 14, A&M 0831= Where Flamingos Fly
Note on the following Ellington concert recordings: according to Lord, Goof was recorded eight times in concert, and issued three times (two Azure cassettes, one Poljazz LP), as well as on a DVD of a Copenhagen concert. There are also three unissued performances of How High the Moon, and four unissued performances of Spacemen. While I presume Coles solos on all recordings of the first two titles, and perhaps solos on the third, I have indicated a solo only where I have heard the performance. Coles also plays flugelhorn in the band and solos on it on Goof on the Storyville DVD.
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: Cootie Williams, Johnny Coles, Mercer Ellington, Eddie Preston, Harold “Money” Johnson (tp) Chuck Connors, Malcolm Taylor, Bootie Wood (tb) Russell Procope (as, cl) Norris Tunney (as, ts, cl, fl) Harold “Geezil” Minerve (as, fl, pic) Paul Gonzalves (ts) Harold Ashby (ts, cl) Harry Carney (bs, cl, b-cl) Duke Ellington (p) Joe Benjamin (b) Tony Watkins, Nell Brookshire (vcl).
Colston Hall, Bristol, England, October 22, 1971
Soul FluteUnited Artists 24911/12, 92 [LP]Blue Note 30082 [CD]
Toga Brava Suite--
    Soul Soothing Beach--
    Naturellement--
    Amour, Amour--
    Right On Togo--
La Plus Belle Africaine--
In A Mellotone--
Addi--
1st concert, Birmingham Theatre, Birmingham, England, October 24, 1971
C Jam Blues--
Cotton Tail--
I Got It Bad (nb, vcl)--
2nd concert, Birmingham Theatre, Birmingham, England, October 24, 1971
Perdido Azure [Swe] 27 [CASS]
Black Beauty-
C Jam Blues-
Checkered HatUnited Artists 24911/12, 92 [LP]Blue Note 30082 [CD]
The Hard WayAzure [Swe] 27 [CASS]
Take the “A” Train-
Azure-
Cotton Tail-
La Plus Belle Africaine-
Come Off the Veldt-
Note: band lays out on three other titles from the United Artists, Blue Note releases. Melancholia, an Ellington piano solo, is incorrectly listed as Goof on United Artists LP issues.
UA 24911/12, 92, BN 30082 = Toga Brava Suite
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: as previous, but add Raymond Fol (p-2)
1st concert, Theatre National Populaire, Paris, France, October 28, 1971
Take the ‘A’ TrainDuke Ellington Music Society 811 [CD]
Togo Brava Suite-
    Soul Soothing Beach-
    Naturellement-
    Amour, Amour-
    Right on Togo-
2nd concert, Theatre National Populaire, Paris, France, October 28, 1971
I Can’t Get StartedAzure [Swe] 27 [CASS]
The Goutelas Suite-
    Get-with-itness-
    Something-
    Having It All-
I Got It Bad (nb,tw vcl)-
Goof (prob JC solo)-
Addi-
Satin Doll (2)-
Note: band lays out on two other titles from the Azure release.
Duke Ellington Music Society 811 = Santiago, Chile and a Bit of Paris
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: Raymond Fol out; rest the same
De Doelen, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, October 29, 1971
Get With-itnessAzure [Swe] 9 [CASS]
I Got It Bad (nb,cw vcl)Azure [Swe] 2 [CASS]
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: same personnel
Sali Kongresowej, Warsaw, Poland, October 30, 1971
La Plus Belle AfricainePoljazz (Pol) 0673Gambit (And) 69323, Squatty Roo 0268 [CD]
(Medley)--
    I’m Beginning to See the Light--
    Everybody Wants to Know (nb vcl)--
    Sophisticated Lady--
    Caravan--
Satin Doll--
Goof (jc solo)--
Addi--
Hello Dolly (hj, vcl)--
Poljazz 0673 = Last Time
Note: LP jacket and label lists Goof as Unknown #2, and Addi as Unknown #1 (label) or Duke’s Tune (jacket)
Gambit 69323 = Live in Warsaw 1971
Squatty Roo 0268 = Live in Poland (1971)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: same personnel
Berlin Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany, November 5, 1971
C Jam BluesAzure [Swe] 24 [CASS]
Kinda Dukish/Rockin’ In Rhythm-
Take the “A” Train-
Fife-
Aristocracy a la Jean Lafitte-
Chinoiserie-
I Can’t Get Started-
Satin Doll-
Things Ain’t What They Used to Be-
Note: band lays out on one other title from the Azure release.
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: same personnel, but add Ben Webster (ts)
1st concert, Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark, November 7, 1971
C-Jam Blues Storyville [Den] 9550 [DVD]
Rockin’ in Rhythm -
All Too Soon -
Cotton Tail -
Take the “A” Train -
Fife -
Satin Doll -
Chinoiserie -
Quadruped -
Rufus Jones -
Medley: -
    Prelude to a Kiss -
    Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me -
    I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart -
    Don’t Get Around Much Anymore -
    Mood Indigo -
    I’m Beginning to See the Light -
    Solitude (TW, vcl) -
    Love You Madly (NB, vcl) -
    Sophisticated Lady -
    Caravan -
Goof (jc solo) -
2nd concert, Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark, November 7, 1971
C-Jam Blues -
Rockin’ in Rhythm -
Cotton Tail -
Take the “A” Train -
Fife -
Chinoiserie -
Satin Doll -
Things Ain’t What They Used to Be -
Quadruped -
Medley: -
    Prelude to a Kiss -
    Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me -
    In a Sentimental Mood -
    I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart -
    Don’t Get Around Much Anymore -
    Mood Indigo -
    I’m Beginning to See the Light -
    Solitude (TW, vcl) -
    Love You Madly (NB, vcl) -
    Sophisticated Lady -
    Caravan -
Hello Dolly (HJ, vcl) -
One More Time (TW, NB, vcl) -
Two tunes from the second concert are by Gonzalves (Happy Reunion) and Webster (I Got it Bad and That Ain’t Good) accompanied by the rhythm section, only.
Storyville 9550=Duke Ellington Live at the Tivoli Gardens, Parts One and Two
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: same personnel except Webster out.
Universitetsaulan, Uppsala, Sweden, November 9, 1971
ChinoiserieMF Productions 2536, Black Lion [Eng] 52041 [LP]
I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good (tw, nb vcl)Azure 24 (Swe) [cass]
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: same personnel
Teatro Caupolican, Santiago, Chile, November 28, 1971
C Jam Blues-Duke Ellington Music Society 811 [CD]
Medley:
    Black and Tan FantasyAzure (Swe) 31 [cass]-
    Creole Love Call--
    The Mooche--
Medley:
    Rockin’ in Rhythm--
    Kinda Dukish--
Take the ‘A’ Train--
Fife--
Soul Flute--
I Can’t Get Started--
Harlem--
Satin Doll--
Things Ain’t What They Used to Be--
In Triplicate--
La Plus Belle Africaine--
Come off the Veldt--
Come off the Veldt (encore)--
Medley:
    Prelude to a Kiss--
    Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me--
    In a Sentimental Mood--
    Don’t You Know I Care--
    I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart--
    Don’t Get Around Much Anymore--
    Mood Indigo--
    I’m Beginning to See the Light--
    Solitude--
    It Don’t Mean a Thing (tw vcls)--
    I Got it Bad (nb,tw vcl)--
    I Don’t Know What Kind of Blues I Got (nb vcl)--
    Everybody Wants to Know (nb vcl)--
    Sophisticated Lady--
Caravan--
Mood Indigo--
I’m Beginning to See the Light--
Goof (prob. JC solo)--
How High the Moon (prob JC solo)--
Addi--
Hello Dolly (hmj vcl)--
One More Time [for the People]--
Duke Ellington Music Society 811 = Santiago, Chile and a Bit of Paris
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: Eddie Preston out; rest of personnel the same
Koseinenkin Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan, January 6, 1972
Soul Soothing BeachEllington ’86 Special Release
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: Cootie Williams, Harold “Money” Johnson, Mercer Ellington, Johnny Coles (tp) Chuck Connors, Vincent Prudente, Tyree Glenn (tb) Russell Procope (as, cl) Harold “Geezil” Minerve (as, fl, pic) Norris Turney (as, ts, cl, fl) Harold Ashby (ts, cl) Paul Gonzalves (ts) Harry Carney (bs, cl, b-cl) Duke Ellington (p) Joe Benjamin (b) Rufus Jones (d)
New York, June 12, 1972
Don’t You Know I CareLaserLight 15 782 [CD]
Mood Indigo (jc solo)Storyville [Den] 101-8402 [CD]
BlemPablo 231-815 [LP]OJC 633 [CD]
ChinoiserieLaserLight 15 782 [CD]
Pablo 2310 815, OJC 633 = Up in Dukes Room
LaserLight 15 753 = The Jazz Collectors Edition
LaserLight 15 782 = Cool Rock
Storyville 101 8402 = New York, New York
Notes: above information for “Blem” from Lord; liner notes for Pablo 231-815 give date as April 25, 1969. LaserLight 15 782 has Fred Stone for Cootie Williams.
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: same personnel
Toronto, Canada, June 22, 1972
Satin DollLaserLight 15 753 [CD] (2nd ed. Only)
Hello Dolly (hj vcl)LaserLight 15 782 [CD]
Relaxin’ (mislabeled “Vancouver Nights”)-
Things Ain’t What They Used to Be-
Vancouver LightsAzure [Swe] 22 [CASS]
LaserLight 15 782 = Cool Rock
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: same personnel
O’Keefe Center, Toronto, Canada, June 23, 1972
C Jam BluesAzure [Swe] 20 [CASS]
Kinda Dukish/Rockin’ in Rhythm-
Goof (prob JC solo)-
Togo Brava Suite-
    Soul Soothing Beach-
    Right on Togo-
    Amour, Amour-
    Naturellement-
In a Sentimental Mood-
Up Jump-
Fife-
Take the “A” Train-
Chinoiserie-
Harlem-
Perdido-
Satin Doll-
La Plus Belle Africaine-
Come off the Veldt-
Mood Indigo-
Note: band lays out on one more title on Azure release
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: add Barney Bigard (cl-1) and Betty Farmer (vcl); rest of personnel the same
Carnegie Hall, New York, July 8, 1972
Take the “A” TrainLost Secret 001 [CD]
Ac-Ac-
Satin Doll-
A Tone Parallel to Harlem-
Hello Dolly (hj vcl)-
La Plus Belle Africaine-
Rose Room (1)-
St. Louis Blues (1) (bf, vcl)Azure 27 (Swe) [cass]
Note: band lays out on one more title from the Lost Secret release; liner notes for Lost Secret 001 has Eddie Preston (tp) on date
Lost Secret 001 = Rugged Jungle
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
Union Theater, Madison, Wisconsin, July 21, 1972
The Uwis Suite:Azure [Swe] 6 [CASS]
    Loco Madi-
    Uwis-
    Klop-
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: Cootie Williams, Mercer Ellington, Harold “Money” Johnson, Johnny Coles (tp) Booty Wood, Vince Prudente, Chuck Connors (tb) Russell Procope (as, cl) Harold “Geezil” Minerve (as, fl, pic) Norris Turney (as, ts, cl fl) Russ Andrews (ts) Harold Ashby (ts, cl) Harry Carney (bs, cl, b-cl) Duke Ellington (p) Joe Benjamin (b) Wulf Freedman (el-b-1) Rufus Jones (d)
New York, October 5, 1972
Chinoiserie Azure [Swe] 6 [CASS]
Ac-Ac Azure [Swe] 5 [CASS]
The Uwis SuitePablo 2310-762 [LP]OJC 446, 34614-02 [CD]
    Uwis--
    Klop--
    Loco Madi (1)--
The Kiss -OJC 34614-02
Pablo 2310-762, OJC 446, 34614-02 = The Ellington Suites
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: Cootie Williams, Mercer Ellington, Harold “Money” Johnson, Johnny Coles (tp) Jimmy Cheatham, Vince Prudente, Chuck Connors (tb) Russell Procope (as, cl) Harold Ashby (ts, cl) Paul Gonzalves (ts) Harry Carney (bs, cl, b-cl) Duke Ellington (p) Joe Benjamin (b) Rufus Jones (d) Sam Woodyard (cga)
Eagle’s Ballroom, Kenosha, Wisconsin, May 11, 1973
Jeep’s BluesEllington ’86 Special Release [LP]
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: Cootie Williams, Mercer Ellington, Harold “Money” Johnson, Johnny Coles (tp) Chuck Connors, Vince Prudente, Murray McEachern (tb) Russell Procope (as, cl) Harold “Geezil” Minerve (as, fl, pic) Harold Ashby (ts, cl) Paul Gonzalves, Doug Harris (ts) Harry Carney (bs,-cl,-b-cl) Duke Ellington (p) Joe Benjamin (b) Rufus Jones (d)
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg Canada, May 25, 1973
C Jam BluesEllington ’87 Special Release [LP]Lost Secret 001 [CD]
Creole Love Call--
Perdido--
Caravan/How High the Moon (jc solo on “Moon”)--
Chinoiserie--
Lost Secret 001 = Rugged Jungle
Alice Babs accompanied by Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: Alice Babs (vcl) Harold “Money” Johnson, Johnny Coles, Barry Lee Hall, Willie Cook, Mercer Ellington (tp) Vince Prudente, Chuck Connors, Murray McEachern (tb) Russell Procope (as, cl) Harold “Geezil” Minerve (as, f,l pic) Harold Ashby (ts, cl) Paul Gonzalves, Doug Harris (ts) Harry Carney (bs, cl, b-cl) Joe Benjamin (b) Wulf Freedman (el-b) Rufus Jones (d) Sam Woodyard, Aziz Latif (cga)
New York, July 3, 1973
Far Away StarPhontastic [Swe] 5011, Blue Bell [Swe] 160 [LP]
Serenade to Sweden-
Spacemen-
Jeep’s Blues-
Phontastic 5011, Blue Bell 160 = Far Away Star
Duke Ellington Orchestra: Cootie Williams, Barry Lee Hall, Mercer Ellington, Harold "Money" Johnson, Johnny Coles (tp), Jimmy Cleveland, Chuck Connors, Vince Prudente, Art Baron (tb) Russell Procope (cl) Harold Minerve (as) Paul Gonsalves, Harold Ashby, Percy Marion (ts) Harry Carney (bs) Duke Ellington (p) Joe Benjamin (b) Quentin White (d) Anita Moore (vcl)
Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY, July 8, 1973
C Jam BluesWolfgang's Vault 91 [computer file]
Take the "A" Train-
Sophisticated Lady-
Up Jump-
Things Ain't What They Used to Be-
New York, New York (am vcl)-
I Got it Bad (and That Ain't Good) (am vcl)-
Scat Spectacular (am vcl)-
Satin Doll-
One More Time for the People (am vcl)-
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra with Teresa Brewer: Harold “Money” Johnson, Johnny Coles, Barry Lee Hall, Ray Nance (tp) Chuck Connors, Vince Prudente, Art Baron (tb) Russell Procope (as, cl) Harold “Geezil” Minerve (as, fl, pic) Norris Turney (as, ts) Harold Ashby (ts, cl) Harry Carney (bs, cl, b-cl) Duke Ellington (p) Joe Benjamin (b) Quentin White (d) Teresa Brewer (vcl).
New York, September 4, 1973
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore (tb vcl)Flying Dutchman 10166, Columbia 37340 [LP]Columbia 37340 [CD]
Satin Doll (tb vcl)--
I Got It Bad (tb vcl)--
It’s Kinda Lonesome Out Tonight (tb vcl)--
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra with Teresa Brewer: add to previous: Tyree Glenn (tb) Bunny Briggs (tap, vcl-1) Mercer Ellington, Joe Newman, Jimmy Owens, Jimmy Nottingham (tp-1)
New York, September 5, 1973
I’m Beginning to See the Light (tb vcl)Flying Dutchman 10166, Columbia 37340 [LP]Columbia 37340 [CD]
I Ain’t Got Nothin’ But the Blues (tb vcl)--
I’ve Got to Be a Rug Cutter (tb, bb vcl-1)--
It Don’t Mean a Thing (tb, bb vcl-1)--
Flying Dutchman 10166, Columbia 37340 = It Don’t Mean a Thing If it Ain’t Got That Swing
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Harold “Money” Johnson, Mercer Ellington, Johnny Coles, Barry Lee Hall (tp) Vince Prudente, Art Baron, Chuck Connors (tb) Russell Procope (a,s cl) Harold Ashby (ts, cl) Harold “Geezil” Minerve (as, fl, pic) Percy Marion (ts) Harry Carney (bs, cl, b-cl) Duke Ellington (p) Joe Benjamin (b) Quentin White (d) Alice Babs, Tony Watkins, The John Alldis Choir (vcl)
Westminster Abbey, London, England, October 24, 1973
My Love (ab vcl)RCA Victor APL1-0785 [LP]RCA Victor 63386 [CD]
Hallelujah (jac vcl)--
Is God a Three-Letter Word for Love? Pt 1 (ab jac vcl)--
Is God a Three-Letter Word for Love? Pt 2 (ab, jac vcl)--
The Brotherhood--
Every Man Prays in His Own Language (ab, jac vcl)--
Ain’t Nobody Nowhere Nothin’ Without God (tw vcl)--
The Majesty of God (ab, jac vcl)--
Note: Band lays out during one vocal on this release
RCA Victor APL1-0785 = Third Sacred Concert – The Majesty of God
RCA Victor 63386 = Duke Ellington Centennial Edition: The Complete RCA Victor Recordings (1927-1973)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: Harold “Money” Johnson, Johnny Coles, Barry Lee Hall, Mercer Ellington, Rolf Ericson (tp, flh) Vince Prudente, Art Baron, Chuck Connors, Ǻke Persson (tb) Russell Procope (as, cl) Harold “Geezil” Minerve (as, fl,pic) Harold Ashby (ts,cl) Percy Marion (ts) Harry Carney (bs, cl, b-cl) Duke Ellington (p) Nils Lindberg (p-1) George Wein (p-2) Joe Benjamin (b) Quentin White (d) Alice Babs, Anita Moore, Tony Watkins (vcl)
Malmö Stadsteater, Malmö, Sweden, October 25, 1973
Rockin’ In RhythmCaprice [Swe] 21599 [CD]
Creole Love Call-
Caravan-
In Duplicate-
Take the “A” Train-
Satin Doll-
Serenade to Sweden (ab vcl)-
Checkered Hat (ab vcl)-
Spacemen (ab vcl) (jc solo)-
Jeep’s Blues (ab vcl)-
There’s Something about Me (ab vcl) (1)-
Somebody Cares (ab, am, tw vcl)-
I’m Beginning to See the Light-
Take the “A” Train (ab vcl) (1,2)-
Note: Band lays out on two encores that feature Ellington and others, but not Coles
Caprice 21599 = Duke Ellington in Sweden 1973
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: Ericson, Persson, Babs out. Rest of personnel same as previous.
Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden, October 28, 1973
Tea for TwoAzure [Swe] 3 [CASS]
Take the “A” Train-
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: Raymond Fol (p-1), Claude Bolling (p-2). Rest of personnel same as previous.
Palais de Sports, Paris, France, November 14, 1973
Rockin’ in RhythmSquatty Roo 0197 [CD]
Creole Love Call-
Spacemen-
Caravan-
How High the Moon (JC solo)-
New York, New York-
I Got it Bad and That Ain’t Good-
Blem-
Chinoiserie-
Basin Street Blues-
Medley: Don’t Get Around Much Anymore / Mood Indigo / I’m Beginning to See the Light / Sophisticated Lady-
In Triplicate-
Love You Madly-
One More Time-
Woods-
Somebody Cares-
Take the A Train (1)-
Take the A Train (2)-
Lotus Blossom (piano solo, de)-
Squatty Roo 0197 = Duke Ellington: Last Trip to Paris
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: omit Fol, Bolling; rest of personnel same as 10/28
1st concert, Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, England, December 1, 1973
Don’t You Know I CareRCA Victor APL1-1023 [LP]RCA Victor 63386 [CD]
I Can’t Get Started--
Basin Street Blues (hj vcl)--
Woods--
2nd concert, same venue, same date
Creole Love Call--
Don’t You Know I CareAzure [Swe] 9 [CASS]-
How High the Moon (jc solo)RCA Victor APL1-1023 [LP]RCA Victor 63386, 63953 [CD]
New York, New York (am vcl)--
Note: Band lays out on three other numbers on this release
RCA Victor APL1-1023 = Eastbourne Performance
RCA Victor 63386 = Duke Ellington Centennial Edition: The Complete RCA Victor Recordings (1927-1973)
RCA Victor 63953 = Live and Rare
Ray Charles Orchestra: incl: Johnny Coles (tp, flh) Phil Guilbeau (tp) Glenn Childress (tb) Clifford Solomon (as) James Clay (ts) Leroy Cooper (bs) Ernie Vantrease (p, el-p)
Los Angeles, c. 1975
I’m Gonna Go Fishin’Crossover 9007 [LP]Concord 31669 [CD]
For Her (jc solo)--
Sister Sadie--
¾ of the Time (jc solo)--
Ray Minor Ray--
Samba de Elencia--
Metamorphosis--
Nothing Wrong--
Project “S” (jc solo)--
Crossover 9007 = My Kind of Jazz Part 3
Concord 31669 = Genius Plus Soul = Jazz (expanded edition)
Ray Charles: Johnny Coles, Jack Evans, Ken Tussing (tp) Bob Caulson, Steve Davis, Wally Huff (tb) Eddie Pratt, Clifford Solomon (as) James Clay, Andrew Ennis (ts) Leroy Cooper (bs) Ernest Vantrease (p, el-p, org) Tony Matthews (g) Edgar Willis (b) Scott Van Ravensberg (d)
Koseinenkin Hall, Tokyo, Japan, November 27, 1975 and Kenmin Hall, Yokohama, Japan, November 30, 1975
MetamorphosisCrossover/London 535/536 [[Jpn]
A Pair of Threes (jc solo)-
Adagio from Concierto de Aranjuez/Spain-
Blowing the Blues Away-
Add Ray Charles (p, vcl) The Raeletts (vcl)
Let the Good Times Roll-
Then We’ll Be Home-Rhino 7826 [CD]
Till There Was You-Rhino 72859 [CD]
Feel So Bad-Rhino 7826 [CD]
Georgia on My Mind--
Busted--
Living for the City--
I Can’t Stop Loving You--
What’d I Say--
Charles, Coles, Willis, Van Ravensberg, only
Am I Blue? (jc solo)-Rhino 72859 [CD]
Note: Two additional numbers—Take Me Home Country Roads, Don’t Let Her Know—by Charles, Raeletts and rhythm section only. These titles are on Rhino 7826
Crossover/London 535/536 = Ray Charles Live in Japan
Rhino 7826 = Ray Charles in Concert
Rhino 72859 = Genius & Soul: 50th Anniversary Collection
Notes: all titles also on an unlabeled, unnumbered 2-CD set, purportedly to be licensed for a European jazz society. Personnel from Rhino 72859.
Dameronia: Johnny Coles (tp, flh) Don Sickler (tp-1, dir) Britt Woodman (tb) Frank Wess (as) Charles Davis (ts) Cecil Payne (bs) Walter Davis Jr. (p) Larry Ridley (b) Philly Joe Jones (d)
New York City, June 28, 1982
Philly J. J. (1) (jc solo)Uptown 27.11 [LP]
Soultrane (1)-
Sid’s Delight (jc solo)-
On a Misty Night (1)-
Fontainebleau (jc solo)-
The Scene is Clean-
Uptown 27.11 = To Tadd with Love

New Morning

Johnny Coles: Johnny Coles (flh) Horace Parlan (p) Reggie Johnson (b) Billy Hart (d)
Monster, the Netherlands, December 19, 1982
Super 80Criss Cross Jazz [Ne] 1005 [LP, CD]
[Duke Ellington’s] Sound of Love-
Mister B-
New Morning-
United-
I Don’t Know Yet-
Criss Cross 1005 = New Morning

Two At Top

Frank Wess/Johnny Coles: Johnny Coles (flh) Frank Wess (as-1, ts-2) Kenny Barron (p) Reggie Johnson (b) Kenny Washington (d) Don Sickler (arr)
Englewood Cliffs, NJ, June 8 & 9, 1983
Whistle Stop (2)Uptown 27.14 [LP]Uptown 2769 [CD]
Morning Star (1)--
Celia (2)--
Nica’s Tempo (1)--
Minority (1)--
Ill Wind (2)--
Stablemates (2)--
An Oscar for Oscar (2)--
A Blue Time-
Whistle Stop (tk 1)-
Morning Star (tk1)-
Minority (tk1)-
Stablemates (tk1)-
An Oscar for Oscar (tk1)-
Uptown 27.14, 2769 = Two at the Top
Mingus Dynasty: Johnny Coles (tp) Jimmy Knepper (tb) Ricky Ford (ts) Roland Hanna (p) Reggie Johnson (b) Dannie Richmond (d)
Kool Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, New York, June 26, 1983
Fables of Faubus (jc solo)(unissued)
Reincarnation of a Lovebird-
Lord, Oh, Lord (Consider Me)-
Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting (jc solo)-
Note: Coles also plays the melody on the bridge on Lovebird, and is the melodic lead on Lord, Oh, Lord.
Tapes are in the Voice of America Music Library Collection, Library of Congress. LCCN: 2002-656468
Gil Evans Repertory Orchestra: Jon Faddis, Dean Pratt, Johnny Coles, Mike Perubia [sic] (tp) Sam Burtis, Jimmy Knepper (tb) John Clark, Gregory Williams (frh) Bill Barber (tu) Lee Konitz (dir) (as-1) Ricky Ford, Budd Johnson (ts) Tom Boras, Wally Kane, Norris Turney (reeds) Gerry Mulligan (bs-2) Hank Jones (p) Kevin Eubanks (g) Larry Ridley (b) Freddie Waits (d) Don Sickler (cond)
Kool Jazz Festival, Avery Fisher Hall, New York, July 2, 1983
Yardbird Suite (1,2)(unissued)
Maids of Cadiz (1)-
Gone-
Saeta-
Summertime-
La Nevada (jc solo)-
Struttin’ with Some Barbeque (1)-
Theater for a Story-
Tapes are in the Voice of America Collection, Library of Congress. LCCN: 2002-656476
Notes:(1) Lee Konitz mistakenly listed as playing tenor saxophone in LC cataloging record; Tom Boras listed as “Tom Borris.”
(2) Concert announcer Gary Giddins explains in introduction that Maids of Cadiz is not the arrangement Evans wrote for Miles Davis on the Miles Ahead session, but an earlier dance band arrangement of the same tune that he wrote for Claude Thornhill, and which was never recorded.
John Shaw: Greg Ruvolo, Gerry Lafurn, Johnny Coles (tp) Gerald Carelli (tb) Dale Turk (tu) Pete Yellin (as, fl, cl) John Shaw (ts, ss, fl, comp, arr) Frank Wess (ts, fl) David Schnitter (ts) Jeff Franzel (synth) Don Friedman (p) Bill Bickford (g) Calvin Hill (b) Alan Chip White (d) Candido Camero (perc) Tom Briggs (vcl)
New York, 1984
Sun and Moon DanceAisha 1002 [LP]
Blue on Blue (jc solo)-
Che Lo Ne-
Is It Now in Season? (jc solo)-
Aisha 1002 = Assemblage
Frank Wess/Johnny Coles: Johnny Coles (flh) Frank Wess (as) Kenny Barron (p) Ray Drummond (b) Ben Riley (d) Don Sickler (arr)
Englewood Cliffs, NJ, February 11, 1985
I’ll Be Home for ChristmasUptown 27.33 [CD]
Uptown 27.33 = An Uptown Christmas
Count Basie Orchestra under the direction of Freddy Green: personnel similar to Caterina Valente date just below with Johnny Coles (tp, flh) Danny Turner (as) Tee Carson (p) Freddy Green (dir, g).
Chicago Jazz Festival, Chicago, August 31, 1985
The Heat is on(unissued)
Way Out Basie (jc solo)-
Everything Happens to Me (jc solo)-
From One to Another-
Lil’ Darlin’-
Note: Radio broadcast. Private recording of NPR broadcast exists. As taping began after broadcast started, one, possibly two, performances are missing from my copy.
The Manhattan Transfer: The Manhattan Transfer (Laurel Massé, Janis Siegel, Tim Hauser, Alan Paul) (vcl) acc by Byron Stripling, Bob Ojeda, Sonny Cohn, Johnny Coles (tp) Mel Wanzo, Clarence Banks, Charles Loper, Bill Hughes (tb) Marshall Royal, Danny House (as) Kenny Hing, Eric Dixon (ts) John Williams (bs) Yaron Gershovsky (p) Freddy Green (g) Ray Brown (b) Grady Tate (d) Thad Jones (cond)
autumn, 1985
RamboAtlantic 81266-1 [LP]Atlantic 81266-2 [CD]
Snooky Young (tp) Danny Turner (as) replace Ojeda, House
autumn, 1985
Blee Blop Blues--
Atlantic 81266 = Vocalese
Caterina Valente and the Count Basie Orchestra: Caterina Valente (vcl) accompanied by the Count Basie Orchestra: Sonny Cohn, Johnny Coles, Bob Ojeda, Byron Stripling, Melvin Mustafa (tp) Clarence Banks, Bill Hughes, Mel Wanzo, Dennis Wilson (tb) Danny Turner, Danny House (as) Eric Dixon, Kenny Hing (ts) John Williams (bs) Tee Carson (p) Freddy Green (g) Lynn Seaton (b) Dennis Mackrel (d) Thad Jones (cnt, arr, cond) with guests: Gabor Kristof (tp) Giuseppe Solera (woodwinds) Silvio Franceso (g) Milan Pilar (b) Curt Cress (perc) unknown strings and vocal group arranged by Boris Jojic
Miami, FL, October 1985, Munich, Germany, November-December, 1985, January-February 1986
Sweet Georgia BrownGlobal [Ger] 207646-630 [CD], Mobile Fidelity 889 [CD]
When in Paris Shadows Fall-
The Breeze and I-
Take the “A” Train-
Li’l Darlin’-
Poinciana-
Cute-
St. Louis Blues-
Stompin’ at the Savoy-
I Love Paris-
Solitude-
I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm-
Malaguena-
I’m Getting Sentimental Over You-
‘Till-
Canto de Ossanha-
Global 207646-630, Mobile Fidelity 889 = Caterina Valente ‘86
Note: all titles sung in German; an English language version is available on Global Horzo [Ger] 257646-222 [CD].
Thad Jones and the Count Basie Orchestra: Sonny Cohn, Johnny Coles, Byron Stripling, Bob Ojeda (tp, fln) Dennis Wilson, Clarence Banks, Mel Wanzo, Bill Hughes (tb) Danny Turner, Danny House (as) Eric Dixon, Kenny Hing (ts) John Williams (bs) Tee Carson (p) Freddie Green (g) Lynn Seaton (b) Dennis Mackrel (d) Thad Jones (cond).
Koseinenkin Kalkan, Tokyo, Japan, November 11, 1985
The Heat’s OnPhillips (Jpn) 25PJ-62 [LP]Phillips (Jpn) 32JD-160 [CD]
And That’s That (JC solo)--
Way Out Basie (JC solo)--
Darn That Dream--
Good Time Blues--
Wind Machine--
Corner Pocket (JC solo)--
Moonlight Becomes You--
Night in Tunisia--
Jumpin’ at the Woodside--
One O’clock Jump--
April in Paris--
Phillips 25PJ-62, 32JD-160 = Way Out Basie
Note: video of concert also has band accompanying vocalists Nancy Wilson and Joe Williams.
Gil Evans and the Monday Night Orchestra: Lew Soloff, Shunzo O’no, Miles Evans (tp) Dave Bargeron, Dave Tucker (tb) John Clark (frh, hornette) Chris Hunter (ss, as, fl) Bill Evans (ss, ts, fl) Hamiett Bluiett (bs, c, b-cl) Gil Evans (p, arr) Peter Levin, Gil Goldstein (synth) Hiram Bullock (g) Mark Egan (b) Danny Gottlieb (d). Special guest: Johnny Coles (flh)
Sweet Basil, New York, December 1 & 22, 1986
Bud and BirdProJazz [Jpn] 671 [CD], Evidence 22003 [CD]
Half Man-Half Cookie (jc solo)-
Gates-Illumination-
Nicaragua Blues-
Groove from the Louvre-
Let the Juice LooseProJazz [Jpn] 680 [CD], Evidence 22031 [CD]
Your Number-
Waltz (jc solo)-
Little Wing-
Note: Coles probably appears only on numbers on which he solos.
ProJazz 671, Evidence 22003 = Bud and Bird
ProJazz 680, Evidence 22031 = Farewell
Frank Morgan: Johnny Coles (flh) Frank Morgan (as) Cedar Walton (p) Buster Williams (b) Billy Higgins (d)
Village Vanguard, New York, December 14 & 15, 1986
What is This Thing Called Love? (jc solo)Contemporary 14026 [LP]Contemporary 14026 [CD]
Parker’s Mood (jc solo)--
Well You Needn’t (jc solo)--
Little Melonae (jc solo)--
All the Things You Are (jc solo)--
A Night in Tunisia (jc solo)-
Note: Coles lays out on one additional selection, Come Sunday, a Morgan-Walton duo
Contemporary 14026 = Bebop Lives!
Johnny Coles and Frank Wess: Johnny Coles (flh) Frank Wess (as-1, fl-2, ts-3) Smith Dobson (p) Larry Grenadier (b) Donald Bailey (d) Don Sickler (arr-1)
Yoshi’s, Oakland, CA, January 15, 1988
One for Amos (2)Uptown 2769 [CD]
Morning Star (1)-
Minority (1)-
Blues for David (2)-
Coles lays out on one more selection from broadcast.
Uptown 2769 = Two at the Top
Dawan Muhammad: Johnny Coles (tp, flhrn) Dan Marcus (tb-2,3) Dawan Muhammad (fl-1, ts-2, ss-3) Glen Pearson (p) Jeff Chambers (b) Eddie Marshall (d)
Menlo Park, CA February, 1988
Ota (1) (jc solo)LifeForcejazz 1020 [CD]
Seems to Me (2) (jc solo)-
Muqaddimah (3) (jc solo)-
LifeForcejazz 1020 = Hereafter
Gene Harris and the Philip Morris Superband: Joe Mosello, Michael Philip Mossman, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Johnny Coles (tp) Urbie Green, James Morrison, Eddie Bert (tb) Paul Faulise (b-tb) Jerry Dodgion, Frank Wess (as, fl) James Moody (ts, fl, cl) Ralph Moore (ts) Gary Smulyan (bs) Gene Harris (p, ldr) Herb Ellis (g) Ray Brown (b) Jeff Hamilton (d) Ernestine Anderson (vcl-1) Ernie Andrews (vcl-2)
Town Hall, New York, September 23, 1989
The Surrey with the Fringe on TopConcord 4397 [CD]
Crème de Menthe-
When It’s Sleepy Time Down South-
Love Is Here to Stay (2)-
I’m Just a Lucky So and So-
Serious Grease-
Like a Lover-
Ol’ Man River-
Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans-
Porgy and Bess Medley:-
    Strawberry Woman-
    I Loves You Porgy-
    It Ain’t Necessarily So-
You’re My Everything (1)-
There is No Greater Love (1)-
Things Ain’t What They Used to Be-
Concord 4397 = Live at Town Hall, New York City
Buck Hill: Johnny Coles (flh) Buck Hill (ts) Barry Harris (p) Ray Drummond (b) Kenny Washington (d)
Englewood Cliffs, NJ, April 13, 1990
Someone Like That in Your Life (jc solo)Muse 5416 [CD]
I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face (jc solo)-
Brakes (jc solo)-
Wip Wap (jc solo)-
You Don’t Know What Love Is (jc solo)-
R H Blues (jc solo)-
Ghost of a Chance (jc solo)-
Note: Coles lays out on one more selection, Harlem Nocturne
Muse 5416 = The Buck Stops Here
Charles Earland: Johnny Coles (flh) Jeff Newell (ss,as) Houston Person (ts) Charles Earland (org) Robert Block (g) Marvin Jones (d) Lawrence Killian (cga, perc)
Englewood Cliffs, NJ, May 23, 1990
SongbirdMuse 5409 [CD]
Whip Appeal-
Burner’s Desire (jc solo)-
No Brain, No Pain (jc solo)-
Eight After Ten (jc solo)-
More Today Than Yesterday-
Muse 5409 = Whip Appeal
Etta Jones: Etta Jones (vcl) accompanied by: Johnny Coles (flh) Bill Easley (ts, fl) George Devens (vib) Horace Ott (keyboards, arr) Randy Johnston (g) Wilbur “Dud” Bascomb, Jr. (b) Cecil Brooks, III (d) Sammy Figueroa (cga, perc)
Englewood Cliffs, NJ, June 14 & 15, 1990
It’s Christmas Time (jc solo)Muse 5411 [LP,CD], 32 Jazz 32034
Merry Christmas Baby (jc solo)-
Ring the Bells-
Note: horns lay out on one other selection from this session
Muse 5411 = Christmas with Etta Jones, 32 Jazz 32034 = Christmas with Houston Person and Etta Jones
Bobby Zankel: Johnny Coles (tp) Stan Slotter (tp, fl) Bobby Zankel (as) Odean Pope (ts) Ray Wright (bs) Sumi Tonooka (p) Tyrone Brown (b) Craig McIver (d)
Philadelphia, PA, March 13, 1991
Heritage (jc solo)Cadence Jazz 1050 [CD]
Spherical Motion-
Rush Hour (jc solo)-
Block Party-
Cause and Effect-
Cadence Jazz 1050 = Seeking Spirit
Frances Lynne: Frances Lynne (vcl) acc by the John Coppola Orchestra: Johnny Coles, John Coppola (tp, flh) Bill Klingelhoffer (frh) Herb Steward (ss, as, cl) John Handy (ts) Mike Abene (p, arr, cond) Bill Douglass (b) Eddie Marshall or John Markham (d) unknown strings
Berkeley, CA, 1991
Let’s Face the Music and Dance (jc solo)Lark (no #) [CASS]SSJ 1018 [Jpn] [CD]
I Get Along Without You Very Well--
If I Had You--
Last Night When We Were Young--
The Touch of Your Hand--
San Francisco, CA, 1991
All or Nothing at All--
Guess I’ll Have to Hang My Tears Out to Dry--
Stars Fell on Alabama--
Can I Forget You?--
Blue Prelude--
Remember--
Note: trumpets lay out on some selections
SSJ (Sinatra Society of Japan) 1018 = Remember
Mark Masters Jazz Orchestra: Louis Fasman, Les Lovitt, Bob Summers, Johnny Coles (tp) Rick Culver, Dave Woodley, Jimmy Knepper (tb) Gary Foster (as, a-fl, b-fl) Jerry Pinter (ts) Terry Federoff (ts, a-fl) Danny House (bs, b-cl) Tommy Gill, Jr. (p) Dean Taba (b) Ralph Penland (d) Mark Masters (ldr, arr)
Hollywood, CA, February 22 & 23, 1993
Primrose Path (jc solo)Focus 1001 [CD]
Figment Fragment (jc solo)-
Languid-
Under the Sun-
Who You? (jc solo)-
When I See You-
Leave of Absinth (jc solo)-
Bertha the Dragoness-
Focus 1001 = Plays the Jimmy Knepper Songbook
Geri Allen Trio featuring Johnny Coles: Johnny Coles (flh) Geri Allen (p) Palle Danielsson (b) Lenny White (d)
Tønder, Denmark, March 15, 1996
Old Folks (jc solo)Storyville [Den] 4212 [CD]
Geri Allen and the JAZZPAR 1996 Nonet: add Henrik Bolberg Pedersen (tp, flh) Kjeld Ipsen (tb) Michael Hove (as, fl, cl) Ulfe Markussen (ss, ts, fl, b-cl) Axel Windfeld (tu)
Tønder, Denmark, March 16, 1996
Smooth Attitudes-
Some Aspects of Water (jc solo)-
Storyville 4212 = Some Aspects of Water