Johnny Coles Leader Entry
by Michael Fitzgerald

Generated on Sat, Oct 01, 2011


Date: April 10, 1961
Location: New York City
Label: Columbia

Johnny Coles (ldr), Johnny Coles (t), Kenny Drew, Sr., Randy Weston (p), Peck Morrison (b), Charli Persip (d)

a. CO66581    Room 3 - 5:42  (Johnny Coles)
b. CO66582    Where - 7:47  (Randy Weston)
c. CO66583    Babe's Blues - 5:15  (Randy Weston)
     Columbia LP 12": FC 38509 — Almost Forgotten   (1983)
All titles on:      Epic LP 12": LA 16015 — The Warm Sound   
     Koch Jazz CD: KOC3-7804-2 — The Warm Sound   (1995)

Kenny Drew, Sr. (p) on a; Randy Weston (p) on b-c.

Columbia 38509 identifies "Babe's Blues" as from April 13, 1961 and gives bassist as George Tucker.


Date: April 13, 1961
Location: New York City
Label: Columbia

Johnny Coles (ldr), Johnny Coles (t), Kenny Drew, Sr., Randy Weston (p), Peck Morrison (b), Charli Persip (d)

a. CO66907-2    Hi-Fly - 8:53  (Randy Weston)
b. CO66907-5    Hi-Fly - 5:36  (Randy Weston)
     Epic LP 12": LA 16015 — The Warm Sound   
c. CO66908    Come Rain Or Come Shine - 5:31  (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
     Epic LP 12": LA 16015 — The Warm Sound   
d. CO66909    Pretty Strange - 5:47  (Randy Weston)
     Epic LP 12": LA 16015 — The Warm Sound   
e. CO66910    If I Should Lose You - 5:20  (Leo Robin, Ralph Rainger)
     Epic LP 12": LA 16015 — The Warm Sound   
All titles on:      Koch Jazz CD: KOC3-7804-2 — The Warm Sound   (1995)

Kenny Drew, Sr. (p) on b-e; Randy Weston (p) on a.


Date: July 18, 1963
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Label: Blue Note

Johnny Coles (ldr), Leo Wright (f, as), Joe Henderson (ts), Johnny Coles (t), Duke Pearson (p), Bob Cranshaw (b), Walter Perkins (d)

a. tk 08    Little Johnny C - 5:09  (Duke Pearson)
     Blue Note LP 12": BST 84144 — Little Johnny C   (1964)
     Blue Note CD: CDP 7243 8 32129 2 7 — Little Johnny C   (1996)
     Blue Note CD: 7243 8 64475 2 4 — Little Johnny C   (2005)
b. tk 12    Hobo Joe - 8:12  (Joe Henderson)
     Blue Note LP 12": BST 84144 — Little Johnny C   (1964)
     Blue Note CD: CDP 7243 8 32129 2 7 — Little Johnny C   (1996)
     Blue Note CD: 7243 8 64475 2 4 — Little Johnny C   (2005)
c. tk 21    Jano - 7:21  (Duke Pearson)
     Blue Note LP 12": BST 84144 — Little Johnny C   (1964)
     Blue Note CD: CDP 7243 8 32129 2 7 — Little Johnny C   (1996)
     Blue Note CD: 7243 8 64475 2 4 — Little Johnny C   (2005)
d.     So Sweet My Little Girl  (Duke Pearson)

Date: August 9, 1963
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Label: Blue Note

Johnny Coles (ldr), Leo Wright (f, as), Joe Henderson (ts), Johnny Coles (t), Duke Pearson (p), Bob Cranshaw (b), Pete LaRoca Sims (d)

a. tk 4    Heavy Legs - 5:58  (Duke Pearson)
b. tk 18    My Secret Passion - 7:08  (Duke Pearson)
c. tk 22    So Sweet My Little Girl - 6:24  (Duke Pearson)
All titles on:      Blue Note LP 12": BST 84144 — Little Johnny C   (1964)
     Blue Note CD: CDP 7243 8 32129 2 7 — Little Johnny C   (1996)
     Blue Note CD: 7243 8 64475 2 4 — Little Johnny C   (2005)

Leo Wright (f) on b; (as) on a-b.

b. mistitled "My Sweet Passion" on CD issue.


Date: 1971
Location: New York City
Label: Mainstream

Johnny Coles (ldr), Gregory Herbert (ts), Johnny Coles (t, fh), Astley Fennell (tb), Howard Johnson (tu), Cedar Walton (p, ep), Reggie Workman (b, eb), Bruce Ditmas (d)

a. a-01    Never Can Say Goodbye  (Clifton Davis)
b. a-02    September Of My Years  (Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn)
c. a-03    728  (Johnny Coles)
d. b-01    Eleven [aka Petits Machins]  (Miles Davis, Gil Evans)
e. b-02    Betty's Bossa  (Cecil Bridgewater)
f. b-03    Funk Dumplin'  (Johnny Coles)
All titles on:      Mainstream LP 12": MRL 346 — Katumbo (Dance)   (1971)

Astley Fennell (tb) on a-b, d-e; Howard Johnson (tu) on a-b, d-e.

LP issue gives no recording date - 1971 is issue date.

d. listed as Petits Machins.


Date: December 19, 1982
Location: Studio 44, Monster, Netherlands
Label: Criss Cross

Johnny Coles (ldr), Johnny Coles (fh), Horace Parlan (p), Reggie Johnson (b), Billy Hart (d)

a. a-01    Super 80 - 9:58  (Charles Davis)
b. a-02    Duke Ellington's Sound Of Love - 6:38  (Charles Mingus)
c. a-03    Mr. B - 6:56  (Johnny Coles)
d. b-01    New Morning - 6:11  (Johnny Coles)
e. b-02    United - 5:41  (Wayne Shorter)
f. b-03    I Don't Know Yet - 6:31  (Johnny Coles)
All titles on:      Criss Cross LP 12": 1005 — New Morning   
     Criss Cross CD: 1005 CD — New Morning   (1992)

Date: June 8 & 9, 1983
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Label: Uptown

Johnny Coles, Frank Wess (ldr), Frank Wess (as, ts), Johnny Coles (fh), Kenny Barron (p), Reggie Johnson (b), Kenny Washington (d)

a. a-01    Whistle Stop - 5:56  (Kenny Dorham) / arr: Don Sickler
b. a-02    Morning Star - 5:31  (Rodgers Grant) / arr: Don Sickler
c. a-03    Celia - 4:57  (Bud Powell) / arr: Don Sickler
d. a-04    Nica's Tempo - 6:36  (Gigi Gryce) / arr: Don Sickler
e. b-01    Minority - 5:40  (Gigi Gryce) / arr: Don Sickler
f. b-02    Ill Wind - 6:29  (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) / arr: Don Sickler
g. b-03    Stablemates - 6:00  (Benny Golson) / arr: Don Sickler
h. b-04    An Oscar For Oscar - 4:13  (Kenny Dorham) / arr: Don Sickler
All titles on:      Uptown LP 12": UP 27.14 — Two At The Top   (1983)

Frank Wess (as) on a-e, h; (ts) on a-e, g-h.


Date: February 11, 1985
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Label: Uptown

Johnny Coles, Maria Muldaur, Frank Wess (ldr), Frank Wess (as, ts), Don Sickler (t), Johnny Coles (fh), Kenny Barron (p), Ray Drummond (b), Ben Riley (d), Maria Muldaur (v)

a.     Santa Baby - 4:06  (Joan Javits, Phil Springer, Tony Springer) / arr: Don Sickler
     Uptown LP 12": UP 27.33 — An Uptown Christmas   
     Uptown CD: UPCD 27.33 — An Uptown Christmas   (1990)
b. b-04    Looking Back - 5:08  (Brook Benton, Belford Hendricks, Clyde Otis) / arr: Don Sickler
     Uptown LP 12": UP 27.25 — Transblucency   (1986)
c.     I'll Be Home For Christmas - 6:22  (Kim Gannon, Walter Kent, Buck Ram) / arr: Don Sickler
     Uptown CD: UPCD 27.33 — An Uptown Christmas   (1990)

Johnny Coles (ldr) on c; (fh) on c; Maria Muldaur (ldr) on a-b; (v) on a-b; Frank Wess (ldr) on c; (as) on c; (ts) on a-b; Don Sickler (t) on a.


Date: January 15, 1988
Location: Yoshi's, Oakland, CA
Label: [radio broadcast]

Johnny Coles, Frank Wess (ldr), Frank Wess (f, as, ts), Johnny Coles (fh), Smith Dobson (p), Larry Grenadier (b), Donald Bailey (d)

a. 01    One For Amos - 14:34  (Sam Jones)
b. 02    If You Can't Call, Don't Come - 9:15  (Frank Wess)
c. 03    Morning Star - 9:12  (Rodgers Grant) / arr: Don Sickler
d. 04    Minority - 12:07  (Gigi Gryce) / arr: Don Sickler
e. 05    Blues For David - 14:56  (Buddy Montgomery)

Frank Wess (f) on a; (as) on c-d; (ts) on b, e; Johnny Coles (fh) on a, c-e.