Billy Higgins Leader Entry
by Michael Fitzgerald

Generated on Sun, Oct 02, 2011


Date: January 21, 1979
Location: Barigozzi Studio, Milan, Italy
Label: Red

Billy Higgins (ldr), Bob Berg (ts), Billy Higgins (g, d, v), Cedar Walton (p), Tony Dumas (b)

a. a-01    Soweto - 9:20  (Billy Higgins)
b. a-02    Clockwise - 8:08  (Cedar Walton)
c. a-03    Neptune - 5:36  (Bob Berg)
d. b-01    Back To Bologna - 8:05  (Cedar Walton)
e. b-02    Bahia, Bahia, Bahia - 10:20  (Billy Higgins)
All titles on:      Red LP 12": VPA 141 — Soweto   
     Red CD: 123 141-2 — Soweto   (1994)

Billy Higgins (v) on e.

Specifics needed on guitar performances.


Date: December 3, 1979
Location: Boogie Woogie Studios, New York City
Label: Timeless

Billy Higgins (ldr), Monty Waters (ss, as), Cedar Walton (p), Walter Booker (b), Billy Higgins (d), Roberta Davis (v)

a. a-01    Sugar And Spice - 4:50  (Monty Waters)
b. a-02    Midnight Waltz [aka Twilight Waltz] - 9:44  (Cedar Walton)
c. a-03    Just In Time - 5:39  (Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Adolph Green)
d. b-01    If You Could See Me Now - 6:44  (Tadd Dameron, Carl Sigman)
e. b-02    Peace - 6:23  (Horace Silver)
f. b-03    Sonnymoon For Two - 5:55  (Sonny Rollins)
All titles on:      Timeless LP 12": SJP 145 — The Soldier   (1981)
     Timeless CD: CD SJP 145 — The Soldier   (1989)

Monty Waters (ss) on a, d; (as) on b-c, e-f; Roberta Davis (v) on a.


Date: January 4 & 5, 1980
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Label: Contemporary

Billy Higgins (ldr), James Clay (ts), Cedar Walton (p), Tony Dumas (b), Billy Higgins (d)

a. b-01    Evidence  (Thelonious Monk)
b. b-02    Bridgework  (Cedar Walton)
c. b-03    Old Folks  (Willard Robison, Dedette Hill)
All titles on:      Contemporary LP 12": C 14024 — Bridgework   (1987)

Date: May 25, 1980
Location: Music Center, Bologna, Italy
Label: Red

Billy Higgins (ldr), Bob Berg (ts), Cedar Walton (p), Tony Dumas (b), Billy Higgins (d)

a. a-01    Plexus - 7:28  (Cedar Walton)
b. a-02    Lover Man - 7:33  (Roger 'Ram' Ramirez, Jimmy Davis, Jimmy Sherman)
c. a-03    Sabia [aka Song Of The Sabia] - 4:26  (Antonio Carlos Jobim, Chico Buarque de Hollanda, Norman Gimbel)
d. b-01    Amazon - 6:15  (Bob Berg)
e. b-02    Estate [aka Summer] [original or English lyric ver. 1] - 7:07  (Bruno Brighetti, Bruno Martino, Joel Siegel)
f. b-03    Horizons - 8:16  (Manfred Schoof)
All titles on:      Red LP 12": VPA 164 — Once More   
     Red CD: RR 123 164-2 — Once More   (1995)

Date: April 12 & May 29, 1984
Location: Sound Logic, Glendale, CA
Label: Riza Records

Billy Higgins (ldr), Gary Bias (ss, as, ts), William Henderson (p), Tony Dumas (b), Billy Higgins (d)

a. a-01    Dance Of The Clones - 9:03  (William Henderson)
b. a-02    John Coltrane - 12:15  (Bill Lee, Clifton Lee)
c. b-01    Morning Awakening - 12:00  (Gary Bias)
d. b-02    Humility - 4:58  (Gary Bias)
e. b-03    East Side Stomp - 5:23  (Gary Bias)
All titles on:      Riza Records LP 12": RRL 85-104 — Mr. Billy Higgins   (1985)
     Evidence CD: ECD 22120-2 — Mr. Billy Higgins   (1993)

Date: April 23, 1986
Location: Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA
Label: Contemporary

Billy Higgins (ldr), Harold Land (ts), Cedar Walton (p), Buster Williams (b), Billy Higgins (d)

a. a-01    Deceptakon  (Charles 'Buster' Williams)
b. a-02    I Hear A Rhapsody  (George Fragos, Dick Gasparre, Jack Baker)
c. a-03    Plexus  (Cedar Walton)
d. b-04    The Theme  (Harold Land)
All titles on:      Contemporary LP 12": C 14024 — Bridgework   (1987)

Date: January 27, 1993
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Label: Red

Billy Higgins (ldr), Harold Land (ss, ts), William Henderson (p), Jeff Littleton (b), Billy Higgins (d)

a. 01    3/4 For Peace - 8:35  (William Henderson)
b. 02    In The Trenches - 5:27  (Charles Tolliver)
c. 03    Together With Love - 7:15  (William Henderson)
d. 04    Short Subject - 7:42  (Harold Land)
e. 05    Dark Mood - 10:46  (Harold Land)
f. 06    What's New - 7:57  (Bob Haggart, Johnny Burke)
g. 07    Step Right Up To The Bottom - 9:19  (Harold Land)
h. 08    Someday My Prince Will Come - 7:48  (Frank E. Churchill, Larry Morey)
i. 09    Something For Juno - 6:08  (Billy Higgins)
All titles on:      Red CD: RR 123 258-2 — 3/4 For Peace   (1993)

Date: April 18, 1993
Location: The Power Station, New York City
Label: Sweet Basil

Billy Higgins (ldr), Harold Land (ts), Oscar Brashear (t), Cedar Walton (p), David Williams (b), Billy Higgins (d)

a. 01    Step Right Up To The Bottom - 8:12  (Harold Land)
b. 02    Seeker - 10:54  (Oscar Brashear)
c. 03    The Vision - 11:04  (Cedar Walton)
d. 04    Hot House - 7:52  (Tadd Dameron)
e. 05    You Must Believe In Spring - 10:10  (Michel Legrand, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman)
f. 06    Jackie-ing - 9:51  (Thelonious Monk)
g. 07    Churn - 15:23  (Oscar Brashear)
All titles on:      Sweet Basil CD: APCZ 8003 — Billy Higgins Quintet   (1993)
     Evidence CD: ECD 22189-2 — Billy Higgins Quintet   (1997)
     Sweet Basil CD: TECW 20460 — Billy Higgins Quintet   (1997)

Date: June 13, 1998
Location: Playboy Jazz Festival - Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, CA
Label: [radio broadcast]

Billy Higgins (ldr), Charles McPherson (as), Harold Land (ts), Oscar Brashear (t), Billy Childs (p), Jeff Littleton (b), Billy Higgins (d)

a. 01    The Night Has A Thousand Eyes  (Buddy Bernier, Jerome Brainin)
b. 02    Darn That Dream  (Jimmy Van Heusen, Edgar DeLange)
c. 03    Dark Mood  (Harold Land)
d. 04    Klact-oveeseds-tene  (Charlie Parker)

Date: July 14, 1998
Location: Umbria Jazz Festival, Perugia, Italy
Label: [radio broadcast]

Billy Higgins (ldr), Harold Land (ts), Oscar Brashear (t), William Henderson (p), Richard Reid (b), Billy Higgins (d)

a. 01    The Night Has A Thousand Eyes - 17:47  (Buddy Bernier, Jerome Brainin)
b. 02    Heartstrings - 10:55  (Oscar Brashear)
c. 03    [unknown title] - 20:41  (Composer Unknown)
d. 04    Nature Boy - 9:53  (Eden Ahbez)
e. 05    Dolores - 14:49  (Wayne Shorter)
f. 06    Dark Mood - 19:35  (Harold Land)

Spoken comments by Billy Higgins follow the first (3:10) and last (0:33) selections.


Date: ca. 1999
Location: Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Label: [private recording]

Billy Higgins (ldr), Harold Land (ts), Cedar Walton (p), Tony Dumas (b), Billy Higgins (d)

a.     The Night Has A Thousand Eyes  (Buddy Bernier, Jerome Brainin)
     MOCA CD: 1 — The Best Of Summer Nights At MOCA   (2001)

Date is uncertain. Further details needed.