Honi Gordon Discography
by Michael Fitzgerald

Generated on Sat, Sep 24, 2011


Date: April 29, 1953
Location: New York City
Label: Debut

Honi Gordon, The Gordons, Hank Jones (ldr), Hank Jones (p), Charles Mingus (b), Max Roach (d), Honi Gordon, George Gordon, Jr., Richard Gordon, George Gordon, Sr. (v)

a.     You Go To My Head - 2:43  (J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie)
     Debut LP 12": DEB 198 — Autobiography In Jazz   
     LoneHill Jazz CD: LHJ 10340 — Complete Original Trio Recordings   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-1829-2 — Debut Rarities, vol. 4   
b. RM-508    Can You Blame Me - 2:48  (George Gordon, Sonnie Leonard)
     Debut LP 12": DEB 198 — Autobiography In Jazz   
     Mythic Sound LP 12": MSLP-001 — The Rarest On Debut   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-1829-2 — Debut Rarities, vol. 4   
c. RM-509    You And Me - 2:47  (George Gordon, Sonnie Leonard)
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-1829-2 — Debut Rarities, vol. 4   
d.    alt You And Me - 2:44  (George Gordon, Sonnie Leonard)
     Mythic Sound LP 12": MSLP-001 — The Rarest On Debut   
e. RM-510    Bebopper - 2:41  (George Gordon, Sonnie Leonard)
     Debut LP 12": DEB 198 — Autobiography In Jazz   
     Mythic Sound LP 12": MSLP-001 — The Rarest On Debut   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-1829-2 — Debut Rarities, vol. 4   
f. RM-511    Cupid - 2:46  (George Gordon, Sonnie Leonard)
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-1829-2 — Debut Rarities, vol. 4   

Honi Gordon (ldr) on b, f; (v) on b-f; The Gordons (ldr) on c-e; Hank Jones (ldr) on a; George Gordon, Jr. (v) on c-e; Richard Gordon (v) on c-e; George Gordon, Sr. (v) on c-e.

Uwe Weiler: On its original release, Debut DEB-198, track a. was identified as Medley, since it appears to be the first tune of a medley. Other recorded parts of the Medley do not exist any more. On the master tape track a. ends with an abrupt edit, which has been somewhat softened on all existing issues except Debut OJCCD-1829-2.


Date: February 18, 1954
Location: New York City
Label: Columbia

The Gordons (ldr), Al Cohn (ts), Danny Bank (bar), Ernie Royal (t), Urbie Green (tb), Clifton 'Skeeter' Best (g), Teddy Brannon (p), Curly Russell (b), Louie Bellson (d), Honi Gordon, George Gordon, Jr., Richard Gordon, George Gordon, Sr. (v)

a.     Babs - 2:38  (Fred E. Ahlert, Joe Young)

Date: August 1, 1956
Location: New York City
Label: Jazztone

Lionel Hampton (ldr), Lionel Hampton (vib), Oscar Dennard (p), Oscar Pettiford (b), Gus Johnson (d), Honi Gordon, George Gordon, Jr., Richard Gordon, George Gordon, Sr. (v)

a.     My Man - 4:55  (Jacques Charles, Channing Pollock, Albert Willemetz, Maurice Yvain)
     Jazztone LP 10": J 1040 — Besuch Auf Einem Wolkenkratzer   
     Jazztone LP 10": J 1040 — Visit On A Skyscraper   
     Jazztone LP 12": SJS 1238   
b.     Too Much - 5:18
     Jazztone LP 10": J 1040 — Besuch Auf Einem Wolkenkratzer   
     Jazztone LP 10": J 1040 — Visit On A Skyscraper   
     Jazztone LP 12": SJS 1238   
c.     Time For Lyons - 6:20
     Jazztone LP 12": SJS 1238   
d.     Loch Lomond - 6:00  (Traditional)
     Jazztone LP 12": SJS 1238   
e.     Look! Four Hands - 3:41
     Jazztone LP 12": SJS 1238   
f.     Take The "A" Train - 4:18  (Billy Strayhorn)
     Jazztone LP 10": J 1040 — Besuch Auf Einem Wolkenkratzer   
     Jazztone LP 10": J 1040 — Visit On A Skyscraper   

Honi Gordon (v) on f; George Gordon, Jr. (v) on f; Richard Gordon (v) on f; George Gordon, Sr. (v) on f.

Stereo issue SJS-1238 contains edited versions of a. (3:53) and b. (3:49)


Date: April 17, 1957
Location: WOR Studios, New York City
Label: Verve

Dizzy Gillespie, Stuff Smith (ldr), Dizzy Gillespie (t), Wynton Kelly (p), Paul West (b), J. C. Heard (d), Stuff Smith (vn), Honi Gordon, George Gordon, Jr., Richard Gordon, George Gordon, Sr. (v)

a. 20866-5    Rio Pakistan - 11:31  (Dizzy Gillespie)
b. 20867-6    It's Only A Paper Moon - 8:28  (Harold Arlen, E. Y. Harburg, Billy Rose)
c. 20868-8    Purple Sounds - 10:08  (Dizzy Gillespie)
d. 20869-10    Russian Lullaby - 7:57  (Irving Berlin)
e. 20870-12    Oh, Lady Be Good - 4:11  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
All titles on:      Verve LP 12": MGV 8214 — Dizzy Gillespie And Stuff Smith   
     Mosaic CD: MD4-186 — The Complete Verve Stuff Smith Sessions   (1999)
     Verve CD: 314 521 676-2 — Stuff Smith, Dizzy Gillespie & Oscar Peterson   

Honi Gordon (v) on e; George Gordon, Jr. (v) on e; Richard Gordon (v) on e; George Gordon, Sr. (v) on e.


Date: January 19, 1959
Location: Bell Sound Studio, New York City
Label: Triumph

Eddie Jefferson (ldr), Sahib Shihab (as), Musa Kaleem [aka Orlando Wright] (ts), Bill Graham (bar), Frank Galbreath, John McFarland (t), Matthew Gee (tb), Johnny Acea (p), Osie Johnson (d), Babs Gonzales, Honi Gordon, Ned Gravely, Eddie Jefferson (v)

a.     Sherry - 2:58  (Ray Charles, Eddie Jefferson) / arr: Johnny Acea
     Triumph 45: 606 — Body And Soul/Sherry   
b.     Now's The Time - 2:54  (Charlie Parker) / arr: Johnny Acea
c.     Body And Soul - 3:27  (Johnny Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton) / arr: Johnny Acea
     Triumph 45: 606 — Body And Soul/Sherry   
All titles on:      Inner City LP 12": IC 1016 — The Jazz Singer   
     Evidence CD: ECD 22062-2 — The Jazz Singer   (1993)

Date: November 1, 1959
Location: Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City
Label: Columbia

Charles Mingus (ldr), Jerome Richardson (f, bar), John Handy (as), Booker Ervin, Benny Golson (ts), Richard Williams (t), Jimmy Knepper (tb), Teddy Charles (vib), Roland Hanna (p), Charles Mingus (b), Dannie Richmond (d), Honi Gordon (v)

a. CO63881-4    Gunslinging Bird - 5:12  (Charles Mingus)
     Columbia LP 12": CL 1440 — Mingus Dynasty   (1960)
     Columbia Legacy CD: CK 65513 — Mingus Dynasty   (1998)
b. CO63882-4    Song With Orange - 6:47  (Charles Mingus)
     Columbia LP 12": CL 1440 — Mingus Dynasty   (1960)
     Columbia Legacy CD: CK 65513 — Mingus Dynasty   (1998)
c. CO63882-5   alt Song With Orange - 6:42  (Charles Mingus)
     Columbia Legacy CD: CK 65514 — Alternate Takes   (1998)
d. CO63883-8    Strollin' - 4:33  (Charles Mingus, George Gordon)
     Columbia Legacy CD: CK 65513 — Mingus Dynasty   (1998)
e. CO63884-5   alt Diane - 7:29  (Charles Mingus)
     Columbia Legacy CD: CK 65514 — Alternate Takes   (1998)
f. CO63884-7    Diane - 7:28  (Charles Mingus)
     Columbia LP 12": CL 1440 — Mingus Dynasty   (1960)
     Columbia Legacy CD: CK 65513 — Mingus Dynasty   (1998)
g. CO63885-2    Far Wells, Mill Valley - 6:11  (Charles Mingus)
     Columbia LP 12": CL 1440 — Mingus Dynasty   (1960)
     Columbia Legacy CD: CK 65513 — Mingus Dynasty   (1998)
h. CO63886-2   alt New Now, Know How - 4:19  (Charles Mingus)
     Columbia Legacy CD: CK 65514 — Alternate Takes   (1998)
i. CO63886-3    New Now, Know How - 4:12  (Charles Mingus)
     Columbia LP 12": CL 1440 — Mingus Dynasty   (1960)
     Columbia Legacy CD: CK 65513 — Mingus Dynasty   (1998)
All titles on:      Columbia Legacy CD: C3K 65145 — The Complete 1959 Columbia Recordings   (1998)

Jerome Richardson (f) on a-g; (bar) on a-g; Benny Golson (ts) on a-g; Richard Williams (t) on a-g; Teddy Charles (vib) on a-c, e-g; Honi Gordon (v) on d.


Date: January 15, 1961
Location: Bell Sound Studio, New York City
Label: Triumph

Eddie Jefferson (ldr), James Moody (ts), Musa Kaleem [aka Orlando Wright] (bar), Howard McGhee (t), Gene Kee (p), John Latham (b), Osie Johnson (d), Babs Gonzales, Honi Gordon, Ned Gravely, Eddie Jefferson (v)

a.     So What - 3:27  (Miles Davis)
b.     Sister Sadie - 2:35  (Horace Silver)
c.     The Preacher - 2:25  (Horace Silver)
d.     Night Train - 2:28  (Jimmy Forrest, Oscar Washington)
All titles on:      Inner City LP 12": IC 1016 — The Jazz Singer   
     Evidence CD: ECD 22062-2 — The Jazz Singer   (1993)

The Preacher listed as A Crazy Romance and performed with lyrics by Jefferson.


Date: March 23, 1962
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Label: Prestige

Honi Gordon (ldr), Makanda Ken McIntyre (f, as), Wally Richardson (g), Jaki Byard (p), George Duvivier (b), Ed Shaughnessy (d), Honi Gordon (v)

a. 3442    Ill Wind - 2:30  (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler)
b. 3443    Strollin' - 4:30  (Charles Mingus, George Gordon)
c. 3444    Love Affair - 3:40  (George Gordon, Sonnie Leonard)
d. 3445    Lament Of The Lonely - 2:43  (Esmond Edwards)
e. 3446    Walkin' Out The Door - 3:05  (Mary Lou Williams)
f. 3447    Why - 3:20  (Consuela Lee Moorehead)
g. 3448    My Kokomo - 5:15  (George Gordon)
h. 3449    Why Try To Change Me Now - 4:55  (Cy Coleman, Joseph McCarthy)
i. 3450    Cupid - 3:20  (George Gordon, Sonnie Leonard)
All titles on:      Prestige LP 12": PR 7230 — Honi Gordon Sings   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-1783-2 — Honi Gordon Sings   (1992)

Makanda Ken McIntyre (f) on a-d, f-g; (as) on e.

An unknown percussionist is present on a.


Date: October 9, 1963
Location: Nola Studios, New York City
Label: MPS

Mary Lou Williams (ldr), Budd Johnson (bcl, ts), Grant Green (g), Mary Lou Williams (p), Teddy Cromwell, Larry Gales, Ben Tucker (b), Percy Brice, George Chamble (d), Honi Gordon, George Gordon, Jr., Richard Gordon, George Gordon, Sr., Jimmy Mitchell (v), Melba Liston, Howard Roberts (con)

a.     Black Christ Of The Andes - 6:23  (Mary Lou Williams, Anthony Woods)
b.     The Devil - 3:55  (Mary Lou Williams, Anthony Woods)
c.     Anima Christi - 2:43  (Mary Lou Williams, Anthony Woods) / arr: Melba Liston
d.     Praise The Lord - 5:47  (Mary Lou Williams, Anthony Woods) / arr: Melba Liston
e.     It Ain't Necessarily So - 4:35  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
f.     Miss D. D. - 2:25  (Mary Lou Williams)
g.     A Fungus Amungus - 2:48  (Mary Lou Williams)
All titles on:      MPS LP 12": MPS 15020 — Black Christ Of The Andes   

Budd Johnson (bcl) on c; (ts) on d; Grant Green (g) on c-d; Teddy Cromwell (b) on f; Larry Gales (b) on c-d; Ben Tucker (b) on e; Percy Brice (d) on c-e; George Chamble (d) on f; Honi Gordon (v) on c-d; George Gordon, Jr. (v) on c-d; Richard Gordon (v) on c-d; George Gordon, Sr. (v) on c-d; Jimmy Mitchell (v) on c-d; Melba Liston (con) on c-d; Howard Roberts (con) on a-b.

Choral group present on a. b.


Date: February 5, 1967
Location: Carnegie Hall, New York City
Label: Avant Garde

Mary Lou Williams (ldr), Julius Watkins (frh), Mary Lou Williams (p), Bill Salter (eb), Percy Brice (d), Ralph MacDonald (cga), Honi Gordon (v), Leon Thomas (v, spk), Bobby Banks (con)

a. a-01    Joycie - 2:19  (Mary Lou Williams)
b. a-02    Thank You, Jesus - 3:50  (Mary Lou Williams)
c. a-03    Our Father - 4:00  (Mary Lou Williams) / arr: Mary Lou Williams
d. a-04    Praise The Lord - 3:25  (Mary Lou Williams, Anthony Woods) / arr: Mary Lou Williams
All titles on:      Avant Garde LP 12": AVS-103 — Praise The Lord In Many Voices   

Julius Watkins (frh) on c-d; Ralph MacDonald (cga) on a-b, d; Honi Gordon (v) on c; Leon Thomas (v) on b, d; (spk) on d; Bobby Banks (con) on b-d.

Concert begins with long spoken introduction by Father C. J. McNaspy and then scripted lecture on jazz history accompanied by Williams performing short solo piano examples of spiritual, ragtime, swing, boogie-woogie.

Interfaith Chorus performs on b. c. d., adding handclaps on d.

Correct date (not 1970) from Carnegie Hall concert program in Mary Lou Williams collection at Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies.


Date: January 6 & 7, 1972
Location: New York City
Label: Mary Records

Mary Lou Williams (ldr), Roger Glenn (f), Mary Lou Williams (p), Milton Suggs (b), Honi Gordon (v), Howard Roberts (con)

a.     Act Of Contrition - 1:26  (Mary Lou Williams)
b.     Lamb Of God - 3:23  (Mary Lou Williams)
Both titles on:      Mary Records LP 12": M 102 — Mary Lou's Mass   (1975)

Roger Glenn (f) on b; Howard Roberts (con) on b.

Unknown choir is present on b.

Recorded as part of a project with the Alvin Ailey dance company.


Date: February 4, 1972
Location: Philharmonic Hall, New York City
Label: Columbia

Charles Mingus (ldr), James Moody (f), Rich Perry (f, as), Bobby Jones (cl, ts), Howard Johnson (bcl, bar), George Dorsey, Lee Konitz, Charles McPherson (as), Gene Ammons (ts), Gerry Mulligan (bar), Jon Faddis, Lonnie Hillyer, Lloyd Michaels, Eddie Preston (t), Richard Berg, Sharon Moe (frh), Eddie Bert (tb), Bob Stewart (tu), John Foster, Randy Weston (p), Milt Hinton, Charles Mingus (b), Joe Chambers (d), Bill Cosby (v, con), Dizzy Gillespie, Honi Gordon (v), Teo Macero (con)

a. CO112563    Honeysuckle Rose  (Thomas 'Fats' Waller, Andy Razaf)
     Columbia LP 12": KG 313614 — Charles Mingus And Friends In Concert   (1973)
b. CO112564    Jump Monk - 7:28  (Charles Mingus) / arr: Sy Johnson
     Columbia LP 12": KG 313614 — Charles Mingus And Friends In Concert   (1973)
     Columbia Legacy CD: C2K 64975 — Charles Mingus And Friends In Concert   (1996)
c. CO112565    E. S. P. - 9:25  (Charles Mingus) / arr: Sy Johnson
     Columbia LP 12": KG 313614 — Charles Mingus And Friends In Concert   (1973)
     Columbia Legacy CD: C2K 64975 — Charles Mingus And Friends In Concert   (1996)
d. CO112566    Ecclusiastics - 9:31  (Charles Mingus) / arr: Sy Johnson
     Columbia LP 12": KG 313614 — Charles Mingus And Friends In Concert   (1973)
     Columbia Legacy CD: C2K 64975 — Charles Mingus And Friends In Concert   (1996)
e. CO112567    Eclipse - 4:03  (Charles Mingus) / arr: Sy Johnson
     Columbia LP 12": KG 313614 — Charles Mingus And Friends In Concert   (1973)
     Columbia Legacy CD: C2K 64975 — Charles Mingus And Friends In Concert   (1996)
f. CO112568    Us Is Two - 10:12  (Charles Mingus) / arr: Sy Johnson
     Columbia LP 12": KG 313614 — Charles Mingus And Friends In Concert   (1973)
     Columbia Legacy CD: C2K 64975 — Charles Mingus And Friends In Concert   (1996)
g. CO112569    Taurus In The Arena Of Life - 4:53  (Charles Mingus) / arr: Sy Johnson
     Columbia Legacy CD: C2K 64975 — Charles Mingus And Friends In Concert   (1996)
h. CO112570    Mingus Blues - 5:33  (Charles Mingus) / arr: Charles Mingus
     Columbia LP 12": KG 313614 — Charles Mingus And Friends In Concert   (1973)
     Columbia Legacy CD: C2K 64975 — Charles Mingus And Friends In Concert   (1996)
i. CO112571    Little Royal Suite - 20:20  (Charles Mingus) / arr: Sy Johnson, Teo Macero, Charles Mingus
     Columbia LP 12": KG 313614 — Charles Mingus And Friends In Concert   (1973)
     Columbia Legacy CD: C2K 64975 — Charles Mingus And Friends In Concert   (1996)
j. CO112572    Strollin' - 10:14  (Charles Mingus, George Gordon) / arr: Sy Johnson
     Columbia Legacy CD: C2K 64975 — Charles Mingus And Friends In Concert   (1996)
k. CO112573    The I Of Hurricane Sue - 11:12  (Charles Mingus) / arr: Sy Johnson
     Columbia Legacy CD: C2K 64975 — Charles Mingus And Friends In Concert   (1996)
l. CO112574    E's Flat, Ah's Flat Too - 17:08  (Charles Mingus) / arr: Charles Mingus
     Columbia LP 12": KG 313614 — Charles Mingus And Friends In Concert   (1973)
     Columbia Legacy CD: C2K 64975 — Charles Mingus And Friends In Concert   (1996)
m. CO113019    Ool-Ya-Koo - 3:54  (Dizzy Gillespie, Walter 'Gil' Fuller)
     Columbia LP 12": KG 313614 — Charles Mingus And Friends In Concert   (1973)
     Columbia Legacy CD: C2K 64975 — Charles Mingus And Friends In Concert   (1996)
n.     Portrait - 3:58  (Charles Mingus) / arr: Sy Johnson
     Columbia Legacy CD: C2K 64975 — Charles Mingus And Friends In Concert   (1996)
o.     Don't Be Afraid, The Clown's Afraid Too - 10:36  (Charles Mingus) / arr: Sy Johnson
     Columbia Legacy CD: C2K 64975 — Charles Mingus And Friends In Concert   (1996)

James Moody (f) on l; Randy Weston (p) on l; Milt Hinton (b) on a-g, i-l, n-o; Bill Cosby (v) on m; (con) on a; Dizzy Gillespie (v) on m; Honi Gordon (v) on e, j, n; Teo Macero (con) on b-o.

Spoken introductions by Bill Cosby precede the first selection (1:06), Little Royal Suite (0:14), and Strollin' (0:50).

While LP issue specifically names Bert as playing trombone (bass), CD issue specifically says tenor trombone.

According to liner notes by Sy Johnson: "E's Flat was a smaller band arrangement by Bob Hammer from the Mingus, Mingus, Mingus album, passed out for a simple fast blues to play."


Date: October 30 & 31, 1973
Location: New York City
Label: Atlantic

Charles Mingus (ldr), George Adams (f, ts), Ronald Hampton (t, tam), Don Pullen (p, org), Charles Mingus (b), Dannie Richmond (d), Honi Gordon, Doug Hammond (v)

a. 28319    Opus Four - 6:22  (Charles Mingus)
     Atlantic LP 12": SD 1653 — Mingus Moves   
     32 Jazz CD: 32131 — Mingus Moves   (1999)
b. 28320    Moves - 3:43
     Atlantic LP 12": SD 1653 — Mingus Moves   
     32 Jazz CD: 32131 — Mingus Moves   (1999)
c. 28321    Wee - 9:00  (Sy Johnson) / arr: Sy Johnson
     Atlantic LP 12": SD 1653 — Mingus Moves   
     32 Jazz CD: 32131 — Mingus Moves   (1999)
d. 28322    Flowers For A Lady - 6:45  (George Adams)
     Atlantic LP 12": SD 1653 — Mingus Moves   
     32 Jazz CD: 32131 — Mingus Moves   (1999)
e. 28323    Newcomer - 7:12  (Don Pullen)
     Atlantic LP 12": SD 1653 — Mingus Moves   
     32 Jazz CD: 32131 — Mingus Moves   (1999)
f. 28324    Opus Three - 10:28  (Charles Mingus)
     Atlantic LP 12": SD 1653 — Mingus Moves   
     32 Jazz CD: 32131 — Mingus Moves   (1999)
g. 28325    The Calling - 7:15  (Don Pullen)
h. 28326    Big Alice - 5:44  (Don Pullen)
All titles on:      Rhino CD: R2 71454 — Mingus Moves   (1993)

Don Pullen (p) on a-g; (org) on h; Honi Gordon (v) on b; Doug Hammond (v) on b.