Johnny Coles: An Annotated Discography


Recommended recordings

Note: these recommendations are based on Johnny Coles’ contributions, only.

As leader:
The Warm Sound Koch Jazz 7804 (CD)
Little Johnny C Blue Note 32129 (CD)
New Morning Criss Cross 1005 (CD)
Two at the Top Uptown 2769 [CD]
As sideman:
With Gil Evans:
The Complete Pacific Jazz Sessions Blue Note 58300 (CD)
Out of the Cool Impulse 186 (CD)
Where Flamingos Fly Artists House 14 (LP), A&M 0831 (CD) (both out of print)
With Charles Mingus:
Cornell 1964 Blue Note 92210 (CD)
Town Hall Concert 1964 OJC 042 (CD)
Live in ’64 Naxos 2.119006 (DVD)
With Ray Charles:
Genius + Soul: 50th Anniversary Collection Rhino 72859 (CD) (for Am I Blue?) (out of print) *
With Tina Brooks:
The Waiting Game Blue Note 45036 (CD)
Highly recommended
As leader:
Katumbo Mainstream 346 (LP) (out of print)
As sideman:
With Ray Crawford:
Smooth Groove Candid 79028 (CD)
With Duke Pearson:
Hush! Lonehill Jazz 10324 (CD)
Honeybuns Koch Jazz 8519 (CD)
With Horace Parlan:
Happy Frame of Mind Blue Note 84134 (CD)
With Grant Green:
Am I Blue Blue Note 35564 (CD)
With Herbie Hancock:
The Prisoner Blue Note 25469 (CD)
With Frank Morgan:
Bebop Lives! Contemporary 14026 (CD) (out of print)
With James Moody:
The Legendary 1963/64 Sessions Lone Hill Jazz 10313 (CD)
(for Great Day)
With Dameronia:
To Tadd with Love Uptown 27.11 (LP) (out of print)
With Buck Hill:
The Buck Stops Here Muse 5416 (CD) (out of print)
With the Mark Masters Jazz Orchestra:
Plays the Jimmy Knepper Songbook Focus 1001 (CD) (out of print)

*Am I Blue? can be purchased as an mp3 selection from Amazon. Go here:

Out of print items can be found on e-Bay, from Amazon Marketplace sellers, Euclid Records (, the Jazz Record Center ( and Cadence (, among others.

Last revised 17 June 2018