Donald Brown Leader Entry
by Michael Fitzgerald

Generated on Sat, Oct 01, 2011


Date: June 4 & 5, 1987
Location: Manhattan Recording, New York City
Label: Sunnyside

Donald Brown (ldr), Donald Harrison (f, as), Bill Mobley (t, fh), Steve Nelson (vib), Donald Brown (p), Robert Hurst (b), Jeff Watts (d)

a. a-01    The Early Bird Gets The Short End Of The Stick - 7:20  (Donald Brown)
b. a-02    A Bad Case Of The Bu's - 6:30  (Donald Brown)
c. a-03    Quiet Fire - 8:27  (Donald Brown)
d. a-04    If You Could See Me Now - 3:40  (Tadd Dameron, Carl Sigman)
e. b-01    Bassically Simple - 7:05  (Donald Brown)
f. b-02    Playground For The Birds - 6:59  (Donald Brown)
g. b-03    Dorothy - 5:34  (Donald Brown)
h. b-04    Speak Low - 5:23  (Kurt Weill, Ogden Nash)
All titles on:      Sunnyside LP 12": SSC 1025 — Early Bird   (1988)
     Sunnyside CD: SSC 1025D — Early Bird   (1988)

Donald Harrison (f) on f; (as) on a-b, e, g; Bill Mobley (t) on a-b, e, g; (fh) on f; Steve Nelson (vib) on b-c, e-g; Robert Hurst (b) on a-c, e-h; Jeff Watts (d) on a-c, e-h.


Date: June 1988
Location: The Studio, New York City
Label: Jazz City

Donald Brown (ldr), Steve Nelson (vib), Donald Brown (p), Charnett Moffett (b), Alan Dawson (d)

a. 01    I Used To Think She Was Quiet - 7:04  (Donald Brown)
b. 02    I Should Care - 7:08  (Axel Stordahl, Paul Weston, Sammy Cahn)
c. 03    Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You - 5:37  (Don Redman, Andy Razaf)
d. 04    Theme For Ernie - 5:04  (Fred Lacey)
e. 05    The Sweetest Sounds - 5:07  (Richard Rodgers)
f. 06    Affaire D'Amour - 6:57  (Donald Brown)
g. 07    Nature's Folk Song - 7:14  (Donald Brown)
h. 08    Betcha By Golly, Wow! - 3:09  (Thomas Bell, Linda Creed)
i. 09    Woody 'n You - 6:58  (Dizzy Gillespie)
j. 10    Night Mist Blues - 6:50  (Ahmad Jamal)
k. 11    Killing Me Softly With His Song - 3:57  (Charles Fox, Norman Gimbel)
All titles on:      Jazz City CD: 660.53.008 — The Sweetest Sounds   (1989)
     Evidence CD: ECD 22203-2 — The Sweetest Sounds   (1998)

Date: December 20, 1988
Location: New York City
Label: [radio broadcast]

Donald Brown, Marian McPartland (ldr), Donald Brown, Marian McPartland (p)

a. 01    If I Should Lose You  (Leo Robin, Ralph Rainger)
b. 02    Nature's Folk Song  (Donald Brown)
c. 03    Speak Low  (Kurt Weill, Ogden Nash)
d. 04    You Go To My Head  (J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie)
e. 05    I Should Care  (Axel Stordahl, Paul Weston, Sammy Cahn)
f. 06    Swingin' Till The Girls Come Home  (Oscar Pettiford)
g. 07    Corcovado [aka Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars]  (Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gene Lees)
h. 08    It's You Or No One  (Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn)

Broadcast on NPR Piano Jazz program on July 1, 1989.

Personnel specifics needed.


Date: August 11, 1989
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Label: Muse

Donald Brown (ldr), Gary Bartz (ss, as), Eddie Henderson (t, fh), Donald Brown (p), Buster Williams (b), Carl Allen (d)

a. a-01    Capetown Ambush - 6:51  (Donald Brown) / arr: Donald Brown
     Muse LP 12": MR 5385 — Sources Of Inspiration   (1990)
b. a-02    Overtaken By A Moment - 6:25  (Donald Brown) / arr: Donald Brown
     Muse LP 12": MR 5385 — Sources Of Inspiration   (1990)
c. a-03    Do We Have To Say Goodbye? - 6:26  (Donald Brown) / arr: Donald Brown
     Muse LP 12": MR 5385 — Sources Of Inspiration   (1990)
d. a-04    Embraceable You - 6:45  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Donald Brown
     Muse LP 12": MR 5385 — Sources Of Inspiration   (1990)
e. b-01    New York - 6:31  (Donald Brown) / arr: Donald Brown
     Muse LP 12": MR 5385 — Sources Of Inspiration   (1990)
f. b-02    Phineas - 7:06  (Donald Brown) / arr: Donald Brown
     Muse LP 12": MR 5385 — Sources Of Inspiration   (1990)
g. b-03    The Insane Asylum - 4:11  (Donald Brown) / arr: Donald Brown
h. b-04    The Human Impersonator - 8:08  (Donald Brown) / arr: Donald Brown
All titles on:      Muse CD: MCD 5385 — Sources Of Inspiration   (1990)

Eddie Henderson (t) on a, c-h; (fh) on b.


Date: March 19 & 21, 1990
Location: New York City
Label: Muse

Donald Brown (ldr), Vincent Herring (f, ss, as), Tom Harrell (t, fh), Steve Nelson (vib), Donald Brown (p), Robert Hurst (b), Eric Walker [aka Samurai Celestial] (d, v), Daniel G. Sadownick (per), Lenora Zenzalai Helm (v)

a. 01    The Biscuit Man - 3:47  (Donald Brown)
b. 02    Gaslight - 6:23  (Duke Pearson)
c. 03    Prism - 5:03  (Donald Brown)
d. 04    Reruns From The Sixties - 9:02  (Donald Brown)
e. 05    Over At Herbie's Juke Joint - 5:43  (Donald Brown)
f. 06    I Love It When You Dance That Way - 5:45  (Donald Brown, Dorothy Brown)
g. 07    Graylon - 6:57  (Donald Brown)
h. 08    Booker T. - 5:43  (Donald Brown)
i. 09    Intensive Care Unit (I.C.U.) - 4:42  (James Williams)
All titles on:      Muse CD: MCD 5406 — People Music   (1991)

Vincent Herring (f) on c, f; (ss) on a, e; (as) on b, d, g, i; Tom Harrell (t) on a, d-e, i; (fh) on b-c, f-g; Steve Nelson (vib) on a-c, e-f; Robert Hurst (b) on a-g, i; Eric Walker [aka Samurai Celestial] (d) on a-g, i; (v) on f; Daniel G. Sadownick (per) on d, f; Lenora Zenzalai Helm (v) on f.

Engineer: Jim Anderson


Date: April 16 & 18, 1991
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Label: Muse

Donald Brown (ldr), James Spaulding (f), Joe Henderson (ts), Steve Nelson (vib, mar), Donald Brown (p), Ron Carter (b), Carl Allen, Kenny Washington (d), Rudy Bird, Donald Eaton (per), Lenora Zenzalai Helm (v), Marlon Saunders (v, spk)

a. 01    The Power Of The Drums - 6:04  (Donald Brown, Marshall E. Stephens)
b. 02    I Should Care - 6:23  (Axel Stordahl, Paul Weston, Sammy Cahn)
c. 03    A Free Man? - 7:42  (Donald Brown, Dorothy Brown, Marshall E. Stephens)
d. 04    Cause And Effect - 8:05  (Donald Brown)
e. 05    Theme For Mandela - 6:57  (Donald Brown)
f. 06    Black Narcissus - 7:07  (Joe Henderson)
g. 07    Daddy's Girl Cynthia - 7:12  (Donald Brown)
h. 08    The Smile Of The Snake - 7:10  (Donald Brown)
i. 09 (pt 1)    Man In A State Of Nature - 6:22  (Donald Brown)
j. 10 (pt 2)    Man In A State Of Nature - 4:45  (Donald Brown)
All titles on:      Muse CD: MCD 5447 — Cause And Effect   (1992)

James Spaulding (f) on a, c-f, h-j; Joe Henderson (ts) on a-h, j; Carl Allen (d) on a, d-e, g; Kenny Washington (d) on b-c, f, h-j; Rudy Bird (per) on a, e; Donald Eaton (per) on a, e; Lenora Zenzalai Helm (v) on a, e; Marlon Saunders (v) on a, c, e, i; (spk) on a, c, e, i.


Date: June 27 & 28, 1992
Location: New York City
Label: Space Time

Donald Brown (ldr), Donald Brown (p), Ray Drummond (b), Alan Dawson (d)

a.     Harlem Nocturne  (Earle Hagen, Dick Rogers)
b.     The View From Here  (Donald Brown)
c.     Give Me The Simple Life  (Rube Bloom, Harry Ruby)
d.     The Midnight Sun Will Never Set  (Quincy Jones, Henri Gabriel Salvador, Dorcas Cochran)
All titles on:      Space Time CD: BG 9703 — A Season Of Ballads   

Date: June 29 & 30, 1992
Location: New York City
Label: Muse

Donald Brown (ldr), Donald Harrison (f, ss, as), Tom Williams (fh), Donald Brown (p), Charnett Moffett (b), Louis Hayes, Eric Walker [aka Samurai Celestial] (d), Rudy Bird (per)

a. 01    Whisper Not - 6:55  (Benny Golson)
b. 02    The Sequel - 6:55  (Mulgrew Miller)
c. 03    Blues For Harold - 5:42  (Donald Brown)
d. 04    Send One Your Love - 6:18  (Stevie Wonder)
e. 05    The Sweetest Sounds - 5:34  (Richard Rodgers)
f. 06    The Second Time Around - 5:55  (Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn)
g. 07    Crazeology [aka Little Benny] - 5:30  (Bud Powell)
h. 08    Theme For Malcolm - 7:14  (Donald Brown)
i. 09    Girl Watching - 6:48  (Donald Brown)
All titles on:      Muse CD: MCD 5479 — Send One Your Love   (1994)

Donald Harrison (f) on h; (ss) on d; (as) on e, i; Tom Williams (fh) on h-i; Louis Hayes (d) on a-c, e-g; Eric Walker [aka Samurai Celestial] (d) on d, h-i; Rudy Bird (per) on b, d, h-i.

Engineer: Joe Ferla


Date: September 2, 1993
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Label: Muse

Donald Brown (ldr), Don Braden (f, ts), Steve Wilson (ss, as), Bill Mobley (t, fh), Steve Nelson (vib), Donald Brown (p, v), Essiet Okun Essiet (b), Carl Allen (d, tam), Rudy Bird (per), Harold Mabern, Jr. (v)

a. 01    Car Tunes - 3:45  (Donald Brown)
b. 02    Theme For My Father - 7:16  (Donald Brown)
c. 03    Jay McShann - 4:20  (Donald Brown)
d. 04    Blues For Brother Jerome - 7:36  (Donald Brown)
e. 05    Mr. Felgeyrolles - 6:43  (Donald Brown)
f. 06    I Didn't Know What Time It Was - 6:48  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
g. 07    Being With You - 5:02  (Donald Brown)
h. 08    There Is A Rose In Spanish Harlem - 8:08  (Donald Brown)
i. 09    The Blues Is My Best Friend - 5:51  (Donald Brown)
j. 10    Car Tunes - 1:51  (Donald Brown)
All titles on:      Muse CD: MCD 5522 — Cartunes   (1995)

Don Braden (f) on a-b, h, j; (ts) on a, f; Steve Wilson (ss) on a-b, h-j; (as) on d; Bill Mobley (t) on a, d; (fh) on a-b, e, j; Steve Nelson (vib) on a-b, d-j; Essiet Okun Essiet (b) on a-b, d-j; Carl Allen (d) on a-b, d-j; (tam) on i; Rudy Bird (per) on a-b, d-j; Donald Brown (v) on i; Harold Mabern, Jr. (v) on i.


Date: February 28, 1995
Location: Espace Gardelle, Riom, France
Label: Space Time

Donald Brown (ldr), Donald Brown (p)

a. 01    I Didn't Know What Time It Was - 5:33  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
b. 02    For Pops - 4:34  (Donald Brown)
c. 03    On Green Dolphin Street - 5:26  (Bronislau Kaper, Ned Washington)
d. 04    I'm Through With Love - 5:09  (Joseph A. Livingston, Matt Malneck, Gus Kahn)
e. 05    In Walked Toot - 4:54  (Donald Brown)
f. 06    Dolphin Dance - 7:22  (Herbie Hancock)
g. 07    I Mean You - 4:55  (Thelonious Monk)
h. 08    Give Me The Simple Life - 5:16  (Rube Bloom, Harry Ruby)
i. 09    Black Narcissus - 5:06  (Joe Henderson)
j. 10    Self Portrait - 4:27  (Donald Brown)
k. 11    Clermont By Night - 7:56  (Donald Brown)
l. 12    Take The "A" Train - 5:40  (Billy Strayhorn)
m. 13    Philippe's Stomp - 6:38  (Donald Brown)
All titles on:      Space Time CD: BG 9601 — Piano Short Stories   

CD issue gives date as February 28 & 29, 1995, an impossibility. Further clarification needed.


Date: March 21 & 22, 1995
Location: Clinton Recording Studio, New York City
Label: Space Time

Donald Brown (ldr), Emanuel 'Manny' Boyd (f, ss, as), Sam Newsome (ss, ts), Bill Mobley (t, fh), Donald Brown (p), Essiet Okun Essiet (b), Billy Drummond (d), Daniel G. Sadownick (per)

a. 01    Shadow Chasers - 6:53  (Donald Brown)
b. 02    Judgment Day - 6:00  (Bill Mobley)
c. 03    Granny's Bathwater - 7:01  (Donald Brown)
d. 04    L's Bop - 7:08  (Lenny White)
e. 05    Song For My Mother - 6:32  (Donald Brown)
f. 06    Easley Said And Done - 6:39  (Donald Brown)
g. 07    The Thing About Harold Mabern - 7:11  (Donald Brown)
h. 08    For Lack Of A Better Word - 6:14  (Donald Brown)
i. 09    Pressing The Issue - 4:39  (Mulgrew Miller)
j. 10    Wurd On The Skreet (Ramone) - 9:12  (Donald Brown)
All titles on:      Space Time CD: BG 9806 — Wurd On The Skreet   (2002)

Date: July 17 & 18, 1997
Location: Chateau de Chazeron, Paris, France
Label: Space Time

Donald Brown (ldr), Donald Brown (p)

a. 01    Theme For Malcolm - 6:17  (Donald Brown)
b. 02    Enchanté! - 6:20  (Donald Brown)
c. 03    Suite Africa - 10:12  (Donald Brown)
d. 04    The McGhaw's Place - 5:13  (Donald Brown)
e. 05    A Dance For Marie-Do - 6:20  (Donald Brown)
f. 06    The Classic Introvert - 6:05  (Donald Brown)
g. 07    Dance Sucker - 7:45  (Donald Brown)
h. 08    Phineas - 5:49  (Donald Brown)
i. 09    Strangers In Paradise - 4:33  (Donald Brown)
j. 10    A Poem For Martin - 4:11  (Donald Brown)
k. 11    I Love It When You Say It In French - 6:08  (Donald Brown)
l. 12    A Diamond In The Rough - 4:12  (Donald Brown)
All titles on:      Space Time CD: BG 2422 — The Classic Introvert   (2004)

Date: January 12 & 13 and March 23, 1998
Location: New York City
Label: Space Time

Donald Brown (ldr), Bill Easley (f, cl, as), Stéphane Belmondo (t, fh), Steve Nelson (vib), Mark Boling (g), Donald Brown (p), Essiet Okun Essiet (b), Billy Higgins (d), Daniel G. Sadownick (per)

a. 01    Strangers In Paradise - 9:49  (Donald Brown) / arr: Donald Brown
b. 02    Diane - 8:55  (Lew Pollack, Erno Rapee) / arr: Donald Brown
c. 03    Day Dream - 6:50  (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, John Latouche) / arr: Donald Brown
d. 04    Quiet Lady - 4:55  (Thad Jones) / arr: Donald Brown
e. 05    A Dance For Marie-Do - 6:11  (Donald Brown) / arr: Donald Brown
f. 06    You're Lookin' At Me - 8:26  (Bobby Troup) / arr: Donald Brown
g. 07    Big Bertha - 7:19  (Duke Pearson) / arr: Donald Brown
h. 08    Don't Explain - 8:13  (Arthur Herzog, Billie Holiday) / arr: Donald Brown
i. 09    Like Someone In Love - 6:53  (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke) / arr: Donald Brown
j. 10    Enchanté! - 7:05  (Donald Brown) / arr: Donald Brown
All titles on:      Space Time CD: BG 9910 — Enchanté!   (2002)

Mark Boling (g) on a, e, h; Daniel G. Sadownick (per) on a, c, e.

Additional recording in Paris on December 11, 1998.


Date: March 30 & 31, 1999
Location: Studio Sysmo, Paris, France
Label: Space Time

Donald Brown (ldr), Jérôme Barde (g), Donald Brown (p), Essiet Okun Essiet (b), Billy Kilson (d), Miguel 'Anga' Diaz (per)

a. 01    Utopia - 7:30  (McCoy Tyner)
b. 02    The McGhaw's Place - 6:53  (Donald Brown)
c. 03    Keep Taking Me Higher - 7:35  (Lenora Zenzalai Helm, Marlon Saunders)
d. 04    Pomponio - 6:55  (Bobby Hutcherson)
e. 05    All My Yesterdays - 6:04  (McCoy Tyner)
f. 06    Mr. Day's Dream - 6:22  (James Williams)
g. 07    French Kiss - 8:12  (Donald Brown)
h. 08    A Poem For Martin - 3:54  (Donald Brown)
i. 09    Smile - 3:59  (Charles Chaplin, Geoffrey Parsons, John Turner)
j. 10    49th Street - 4:38  (Bill Mobley)
All titles on:      Space Time CD: BG 2012 — French Kiss...   (2002)

Jérôme Barde (g) on d, f-g, j; Miguel 'Anga' Diaz (per) on c-d, h.


Date: May 22 & 23, 2000
Location: Studio du Palais, Paris, France
Label: Space Time

Donald Brown (ldr), Donald Brown (p), Essiet Okun Essiet (b), Billy Kilson (d)

a. 01    Make Sure You're Sure - 6:48  (Stevie Wonder)
b. 02    I Can't Give You Anything But Love - 7:47  (Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields)
c. 03    Strange - 5:14  (Marvin Fisher, John Latouche)
d. 04    Miro's Flight - 5:41  (Donald Brown)
e. 05    I Was Just Thinking About You - 6:32  (Donald Brown)
f. 06    Dorothy's Love Letter - 6:20  (Donald Brown)
g. 07    If I Should Lose You - 8:18  (Leo Robin, Ralph Rainger)
h. 08    Willow, Weep For Me - 6:27  (Ann Ronell)
i. 09    Killer Joe - 6:20  (Benny Golson)
j. 10    Autumn In New York - 5:39  (Vernon Duke)
All titles on:      Space Time CD: BG 2219 — Autumn In New York   (2003)

Date: May 25 & 26, 2000
Location: Studio du Palais, Paris, France
Label: Space Time

Donald Brown (ldr), Jean Toussaint (ss, ts), Bill Mobley (t, fh), Jérôme Barde (g), Donald Brown (p), Essiet Okun Essiet (eb), Billy Kilson (d), Miguel 'Anga' Diaz (per)

a. 01    Reruns From The Seventies - 9:06  (Donald Brown)
b. 02    Dear Waddia - 6:40  (Donald Brown)
c. 03    No Man's Land - 8:04  (Donald Brown)
d. 04    Procession  (Donald Brown)
e. 04    Gypsy Hangout  (Donald Brown)
f. 04    Get Out Of That Bush, Essiet  (Donald Brown)
g. 04    Sunrise In Morocco  (Donald Brown)
h. 04    Procession - 12:04  (Donald Brown)
i. 05    What Do You Think Of Me Now? - 5:40  (Donald Brown)
j. 06    Dorothy's Love Letter - 7:15  (Donald Brown)
k. 07    Silk Slick - 10:38  (Jean Toussaint)
l. 08    Back Down In Lu Easy Anna - 6:17  (Donald Brown)
All titles on:      Space Time CD: BG 2115 — At This Point In My Life   (2001)

d, e, f, g, h performed as medley.

Group known as Donald Brown And The Bush Messengers.

Suite is titled "In Search Of The Bush Man Essiet"


Date: November 3, 2003
Location: Juilliard School, New York City
Label: [private recording]

Donald Brown (ldr), Jonathan Irabagon, Erica von Kleist (as), Christopher Madsen (ts), Dominick Farinacci, Brandon Lee, Jumaane Smith (t), Willie Applewhite, Matthew McDonald (tb), Donald Brown, Aaron Diehl, Drew Pierson (p), Ivan Taylor, David Wong (b), Marion Felder, Carmen Intorre (d)

a. 01    Episode From A Village Dance  (Donald Brown) / arr: Donald Brown
b. 02    New York  (Donald Brown) / arr: Donald Brown
c. 04    I Was Just Thinking About You  (Donald Brown) / arr: Donald Brown
d. 05    Capetown Ambush  (Donald Brown) / arr: Donald Brown
e. 06    Nancy And The Children's Playground  (Donald Brown) / arr: Donald Brown
f. 07    Car Tunes  (Donald Brown) / arr: Donald Brown
g. 08    The Early Bird Gets The Short End Of The Stick  (Donald Brown) / arr: Donald Brown
h. 09    Waltz For Monk  (Donald Brown) / arr: Donald Brown
i. 10    The Biscuit Man  (Donald Brown) / arr: Donald Brown
j. 12    The Insane Asylum  (Donald Brown) / arr: Donald Brown
k. 13    The Thing About George Coleman  (Donald Brown) / arr: Donald Brown
l. 14    Havana Days (Cuba 1954)  (Donald Brown) / arr: Donald Brown

Collective personnel, at least two separate student ensembles - specific details needed.

Two additional selections: #3 Carter Country; #11 The Morning After - composers unknown.


Date: September 17, 2005
Location: Cox Auditorium, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
Label: [private recording]

Donald Brown, Knoxville Jazz Orchestra (ldr), Bill Scarlett (cl, ts), Bob Maxon, Greg Tardy (ss, ts), David King, Mark Tucker (as), Tom Johnson (bar), Seneca Black, Stewart Cox, Thomas Heflin, Michael Spirko, Michael Wyatt (t), Vance Thompson (t, dir), Don Hough, Tom Lundberg, Brad McDougall, Jeremy Wilson (tb), Stefon Harris (vib), Mark Boling (g), Donald Brown (p, ep), Bill Swann (p), John Clayton (b), Rusty Holloway (eb), Keith Brown (d), Carlos Fernandez (per)

a. 01    Nancy And The Children's Playground - 9:27  (Donald Brown) / arr: Bill Mobley
b. 02    Blues For Brother Jerome - 8:56  (Donald Brown) / arr: Vance Thompson
c. 03    Theme For Malcolm - 7:23  (Donald Brown) / arr: Vance Thompson
d. 04    Daddy's Girl Cynthia - 7:20  (Donald Brown) / arr: Vance Thompson
e. 05    New York - 8:56  (Donald Brown) / arr: Bill Mobley
f. 06    The Scenic Route To Donny's Heart - 9:20  (Donald Brown) / arr: Donald Brown
g. 07    The Thing About George Coleman - 7:25  (Donald Brown) / arr: Vance Thompson
h. 08    Peace For Zim - 10:48  (Donald Brown) / arr: Vance Thompson
All titles on:      Blue Canoe CD: BC 1040 — Blues Man From Memphis   (2007)

Greg Tardy (ss) on a; (ts) on b-h; Donald Brown (p) on a-f; (ep) on g-h.

Three selections from above date. Remainder from an additional studio session. Personnel specifics needed.