Ray Drummond Leader Entry
by Michael Fitzgerald

Generated on Sat, Oct 01, 2011


Date: July 17 & 19, 1984
Location: Minot Sound Studio, White Plains, NY
Label: Nilva

Ray Drummond (ldr), Emanuel 'Manny' Boyd, Branford Marsalis (ss, ts), John Hicks (p), Ray Drummond (pb, b), Alvin Queen (d)

a. a-01    Susanita - 8:53  (Ray Drummond)
b. a-02    Oh Jay - 5:55  (Ray Drummond)
c. a-03    I Can't Get Started - 6:15  (Vernon Duke, Ira Gershwin)
d. b-01    Leanin' And Preenin' - 5:53  (Ray Drummond)
e. b-02    Nardis - 6:13  (Miles Davis)
f. b-03    Bobby's Blue Sunday - 2:42  (Ray Drummond)
g. b-04    Manhã De Carnaval - 3:57  (Luiz Bonfá, Antonio María)
All titles on:      Nilva LP 12": NQ 3409 — Susanita   (1984)

Emanuel 'Manny' Boyd (ss) on a-f; (ts) on a-f; Branford Marsalis (ss) on b, d; (ts) on b, d; John Hicks (p) on a-f; Ray Drummond (pb) on g; Alvin Queen (d) on a-f.


Date: August 31 and September 1, 1985
Location: Minot Sound Studio, White Plains, NY
Label: Nilva

Ray Drummond (ldr), Emanuel 'Manny' Boyd (ss, ts), Tom Harrell (t, fh), Niels Lan Doky (p), Ray Drummond (b), Alvin Queen (d)

a.     Maya's Dance  (Ray Drummond) / arr: Ray Drummond
b.     What Is Happening Here?  (Ray Drummond) / arr: Ray Drummond
c.     Little Feet  (Ray Drummond) / arr: Ray Drummond
d.     Driftin'  (Ray Drummond) / arr: Ray Drummond
e.     Dolphin Dance  (Herbie Hancock) / arr: Ray Drummond

One additional selection "You Are My Love" - composer unknown. Composer of "Driftin'" needs confirmation.


Date: April 15, 1988
Location: Minot Sound Studio, White Plains, NY
Label: Nilva

Ray Drummond (ldr), John Richmond (ss, ts), Eddie Henderson (t, fh), Niels Lan Doky (p), Ray Drummond (b), Alvin Queen (d)

a.     Relentless Pursuit  (Ray Drummond) / arr: Ray Drummond
b.     Lotus Blossom  (Billy Strayhorn) / arr: Ray Drummond
c.     In A Sentimental Mood  (Duke Ellington, Manny Kurtz, Irving Mills) / arr: Ray Drummond

One additional selection "Norma" - composer unknown. Composer of "Lotus Blossom" needs confirmation.


Date: December 28, 1989
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Label: Criss Cross

Ray Drummond (ldr), David 'Fathead' Newman (f, ts), Steve Nelson (vib), Kenny Barron (p), Ray Drummond (b), Marvin 'Smitty' Smith (d)

a. 01    Camera In A Bag - 6:24  (Niels Lan Doky, Ray Drummond)
b. 02    Relentless Pursuit - 5:54  (Ray Drummond)
c. 03    Peace - 5:20  (Horace Silver)
d. 04    Weird Blues - 7:42  (Bobby Hutcherson)
e. 05    Suspended View - 4:46  (Tom Harrell)
f. 06    Thinkin' Of E. H. - 6:15  (Ray Drummond)
g. 07    Nefertiti - 8:58  (Wayne Shorter)
h. 08    Quiet Now - 5:17  (Denny Zeitlin)
i. 09    Leanin' And Preenin' - 7:58  (Ray Drummond)
All titles on:      Criss Cross CD: 1040 CD — Camera In A Bag   (1990)

Date: October 8 & 9, 1990
Location: The Carriage House, Stamford, CT
Label: dmp

Ray Drummond (ldr), Hank Jones (p), Ray Drummond (b), Billy Higgins (d)

a. 01    Things Ain't What They Used To Be - 6:09  (Mercer Ellington, Ted Parsons)
b. 02    Whisper Not - 5:52  (Benny Golson)
c. 03    What Am I Here For? - 8:20  (Duke Ellington, Frankie Laine)
d. 04    Emily - 5:42  (Johnny Mandel, Johnny Mercer)
e. 05    Wee [aka Allen's Alley] - 3:52  (Denzil Best)
f. 06    L'Essence - 5:20  (Ray Drummond)
g. 07    Love Walked In - 6:37  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
h. 08    Imagination - 9:28  (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke)
i. 09    Mr. Higgins, Suh - 3:22  (Ray Drummond)
All titles on:      dmp CD: CD-480 — The Essence   (1991)

Date: June 22 & 23, 1992
Location: Sound On Sound, New York City
Label: Arabesque

Ray Drummond (ldr), Craig Handy, Joe Lovano (f, ss, ts), Danilo Perez (p), Ray Drummond (b), Marvin 'Smitty' Smith, Mor Thiam (d, per)

a. 01    Susanita - 8:51  (Ray Drummond)
b. 02    Penta-Major - 4:17  (Ray Drummond)
c. 03    Prelude - 1:41  (Ray Drummond)
d. 04    Quads - 9:01  (Ray Drummond)
e. 05    Invitation - 8:35  (Bronislau Kaper, Paul Francis Webster)
f. 06    Well, You Needn't - 6:19  (Thelonious Monk)
g. 07    Andei - 5:21  (Hermeto Pascoal)
h. 08    Blues African - 8:06  (Ray Drummond)
i. 09    Excursion - 12:06  (Ray Drummond)
All titles on:      Arabesque CD: AJ 0106 — Excursion   (1993)

"Excursion" is in five movements: Prologue/Waterfall/Mother Africa/Danse De Joie/Epilogue.


Date: January 16, 1994
Location: Sound On Sound, New York City
Label: Arabesque

Ray Drummond (ldr), Thomas Chapin (f, af, bf), Randy Brecker (t), Steve Nelson (vib), John Scofield (g), Kenny Barron (p), Ray Drummond (b), Marvin 'Smitty' Smith (d), Mor Thiam (per)

a. 01    A Blues From The Sketchpad - 7:25  (Ray Drummond)
b. 02    Equipoise - 6:51  (Stanley Cowell)
c. 03    The Intimacy Of The Blues - 5:00  (Billy Strayhorn)
d. 04    Gloria's Step - 11:51  (Scott LaFaro)
e. 05    Some Serious Steppin' - 8:23  (Ray Drummond)
f. 06    Sakura - 5:42  (Traditional)
g. 07    Sail Away - 7:55  (Tom Harrell)
h. 08    Blues In The Closet [aka Collard Greens And Black-Eyed Peas] - 7:04  (Oscar Pettiford)
i. 09    Sophisticated Lady - 6:29  (Duke Ellington, Mitchell Parish, Irving Mills)
All titles on:      Arabesque CD: AJ 0111 — Continuum   (1994)

Date: August 23 & 24, 1995
Location: EastSide Sound, New York City
Label: Arabesque

Ray Drummond (ldr), Gary Bartz (ss, as), Joe Lovano, Chris Potter, John Richmond (ts), Renee Rosnes (p), Ray Drummond (b), Billy Hart (d)

a. 01    Susanita-Like - 7:58  (Ray Drummond)
b. 02    Ballade Poetique #2 - 4:33  (Ray Drummond)
c. 03    Dance To The Lady - 12:18  (John Handy)
d. 04    Dedication (To John Hicks) - 6:32  (Ray Drummond)
e. 05    I-95 - 10:02  (Ray Drummond)
f. 06    Poor Butterfly - 8:20  (John Golden, Raymond Hubbell)
g. 07    Eleanor Rigby - 8:41  (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
h. 08    Ballade Poetique #1 - 3:45  (Ray Drummond)
All titles on:      Arabesque CD: AJ 0122 — Vignettes   (1996)

Gary Bartz (ss) on a, c-g; (as) on a, c-g; Joe Lovano (ts) on g; Chris Potter (ts) on a, c-g; John Richmond (ts) on g.


Date: June 9 & 10, 1997
Location: Eastside Sound, New York City
Label: Arabesque

Ray Drummond (ldr), Craig Handy (ss, ts), Stephen Scott (p), Ray Drummond (b), Billy Hart (d)

a. 01    Ana Maria - 8:01  (Wayne Shorter)
b. 02    Ballade Poetique #1 - 3:55  (Ray Drummond)
c. 03    Driftin' - 6:37  (Ray Drummond)
d. 04    Prelude To A Kiss - 2:31  (Duke Ellington, Irving Gordon, Irving Mills)
e. 05    What Is Happening Here? - 8:04  (Ray Drummond)
f. 06    Little Waltz - 3:59  (Ron Carter)
g. 07    Goin' Home - 7:57  (Antonín Dvořák)
h. 08    Kinda Like - 3:46  (Ray Drummond)
i. 09    Nefertiti - 6:53  (Wayne Shorter)
j. 10    Mr. P. C. - 4:07  (John Coltrane)
k. 11    Oh Jay - 5:12  (Ray Drummond)
l. 12    Willow, Weep For Me - 5:27  (Ann Ronell)
All titles on:      Arabesque CD: AJ 0141 — 1-2-3-4   (1999)

Craig Handy (ss) on a, c; (ts) on b, e, g-i, k; Stephen Scott (p) on a-c, e-g, i, k-l; Billy Hart (d) on a-c, e, g-l.