Ray Draper Leader Entry
by Michael Fitzgerald

Generated on Sat, Oct 01, 2011


Date: March 15, 1957
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ
Label: Prestige

Ray Draper (ldr), Jackie McLean (as), Webster Young (t), Ray Draper (tu), Mal Waldron (p), James 'Spanky' DeBrest (b), Ben Dixon (d)

a. 1143    House Of Davis - 5:28  (Webster Young)
b. 1144    Terry Anne - 6:39  (Webster Young)
c. 1145    You're My Thrill - 6:48  (Sidney Clare, Jay Gorney)
d. 1146    Pivot - 5:13  (Mal Waldron)
e. 1147    Jackie's Dolly - 4:54  (Ray Draper)
f. 1148    Mimi's Interlude - 8:14  (Ray Draper)
All titles on:      Prestige LP 12": PR 7096 — Tuba Sounds   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD 1936-2 — Tuba Sounds   (2000)

Date: July 12, 1957
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ
Label: Prestige

Ray Draper (ldr), Jackie McLean (as), Webster Young (t), Ray Draper (tu), Jon Mayer (p), Bill Salter (b), Larry Ritchie (d)

a. 1313    Disciples Love Affair - 6:49  (Ray Draper)
b. 1314    Millie's Pad - 11:15  (Webster Young)
c. 1315    Not So Strange Blues - 4:49  (Jackie McLean)
All titles on:      Prestige LP 12": PR 7500 — Strange Blues   (1969)
     Original Jazz Classics LP 12": OJC 354 — Strange Blues   (1989)
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-354-2 — Strange Blues   (1989)

Webster Young (t) on a-b; Ray Draper (tu) on a-b.

Jon Mayer wrongly listed as John Meyers in discographies and probably issues.


Date: December 20, 1957
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ
Label: Prestige

Ray Draper (ldr), John Coltrane (ts), Ray Draper (tu), Gil Coggins (p), James 'Spanky' DeBrest (b), Larry Ritchie (d)

a. 1410    Under Paris Skies - 7:44  (Jean Andre Brun, Hubert Giraud, Kim Gannon)
     New Jazz LP 12": NJ-8228 — The Ray Draper Quintet Featuring John Coltrane   
     Prestige CD: 16PCD 4405-2 — The Prestige Recordings   (1991)
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-986-2 — The Ray Draper Quintet Featuring John Coltrane   
b. 1411    Clifford's Kappa - 9:12  (Ray Draper)
     New Jazz LP 12": NJ-8228 — The Ray Draper Quintet Featuring John Coltrane   
     Prestige CD: 16PCD 4405-2 — The Prestige Recordings   (1991)
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-986-2 — The Ray Draper Quintet Featuring John Coltrane   
c. 1412    Fillide - 7:11  (Ray Draper)
     New Jazz LP 12": NJ-8228 — The Ray Draper Quintet Featuring John Coltrane   
     Prestige CD: 16PCD 4405-2 — The Prestige Recordings   (1991)
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-876-2 — The Believer   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-986-2 — The Ray Draper Quintet Featuring John Coltrane   
d. 1413    Two Sons - 5:20  (Ray Draper)
     New Jazz LP 12": NJ-8228 — The Ray Draper Quintet Featuring John Coltrane   
     Prestige CD: 16PCD 4405-2 — The Prestige Recordings   (1991)
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-986-2 — The Ray Draper Quintet Featuring John Coltrane   
e. 1414    Paul's Pal - 7:12  (Sonny Rollins)
     New Jazz LP 12": NJ-8228 — The Ray Draper Quintet Featuring John Coltrane   
     Prestige CD: 16PCD 4405-2 — The Prestige Recordings   (1991)
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-876-2 — The Believer   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-986-2 — The Ray Draper Quintet Featuring John Coltrane   
f. 1415    I Hadn't Anyone Till You  (Ray Noble)
     New Jazz LP 12": NJ-8228 — The Ray Draper Quintet Featuring John Coltrane   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-986-2 — The Ray Draper Quintet Featuring John Coltrane   
g. 1416    This Is No Laughing Matter  (Buddy Kaye, Al Frisch)

John Coltrane (ts) on a-e.


Date: November 1958
Location: New York City
Label: Jubilee

Ray Draper (ldr), John Coltrane (ts), Ray Draper (tu), Jon Mayer (p), James 'Spanky' DeBrest (b), Larry Ritchie (d)

a. B11145    Essil's Dance  (Ray Draper)
b. B11146    Doxy  (Sonny Rollins)
c. B11147    I Talk To The Trees  (Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe)
d. B11148    Yesterdays  (Jerome Kern, Otto Harbach)
e. B11149    Oleo  (Sonny Rollins)
f. B11150    Angel Eyes  (Matt Dennis, Earl Brent)
All titles on:      Roulette LP 12": RE 128 — Locking Horns   (1976)
     Josie LP 12": JJM 3504 — Ray Draper   
     Jubilee LP 12": JLP 1090 — A Tuba Jazz   
     Roulette CD: CDP 7 93901 2 — Like Sonny   (1990)

Jon Mayer wrongly listed as John Maher on issues and in discographies.


Date: ca. 1968
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Label: Columbia

Ray Draper (ldr), Richard Aplanalp [aka Richard Aplan] (bcl, ts), Rodney Gooden III (bcl, v), Philip Wood (t, fh, p, v), David Dahlsten (tb, cga), Ray Draper (vtb, tu, v), Bob Hogans (vtb, org, v), Tom Trujillo (g, v), Ron Johnson (eb), Paul Lagos (d)

a. a-01    Happiness  (Ray Draper) / arr: Ray Draper
     Epic 45: 5-10482 — Happiness/Mess Around   (1969)
b. a-02    Empty Streets  (Ray Draper) / arr: Richard Aplanalp [aka Richard Aplan], Ray Draper
c. a-03    Trilogy  (Philip Wood) / arr: Philip Wood
d. a-04    Gentle Old Sea  (Philip Wood) / arr: Philip Wood
e. b-01    Go Down, Moses  (Traditional) / arr: Richard Aplanalp [aka Richard Aplan], Ray Draper
f. b-02    Mess Around  (Ray Draper) / arr: Ray Draper
     Epic 45: 5-10482 — Happiness/Mess Around   (1969)
g. b-03    Home  (Fred Schwab, Philip Wood) / arr: Philip Wood
h. b-04    If You Ever Wanna  (Tom Trujillo) / arr: Philip Wood
All titles on:      Epic LP 12": BN 26461 — Red Beans & Rice, Featuring Ray Draper   (1969)

Group known as Red Beans & Rice.

"Go Down, Moses" listed as "Let My People Go".

Recording location and date of "New York City, early 1960" is false. Several musicians (Lagos, Trujillo, and Aplanalp) were based in Los Angeles. 1969 is issue date. Probably recorded in 1968, prior to Paul Lagos joining Kaleidoscope. This session, like Kaleidoscope's third and fourth LPs (1969 and 1970), was produced by Jackie Mills for Wednesday's Child Productions. Down Beat review (January 22, 1971) quotes LP notes as saying Draper formed the band in spring 1968 and liner notes also state that "As this album is released, Red Beans & Rice is stashed away in the hills and/or smog of L.A."

Engineer: Bob Breault


Date: March 21, 1972
Location: Trenton, NJ
Label: [television broadcast]

Ray Draper (ldr), Clive Stevens (ss, ts), Atlee Chapman (vtb), Ray Draper (eu, tu, per, v), Bu Pleasant (org, v), Stu Williamson (b), Richard Crooks (d)

a.     [unknown titles]  (Composer Unknown)

Group known as Ray Draper and the New Island Social Club.

Broadcast on PBS television program "The Jazz Set".