Ellen Johnson Leader Entry
by Michael Fitzgerald

Generated on Sun, Oct 02, 2011


Date: 1993
Location: Studio West, San Diego, CA
Label: Vocal Visions

Ellen Johnson (ldr), Charles McPherson (as), L. C. Bebe (t), Rick Helzer (p), Bob Willey (syn), Charlie Chadwick, Rob Thorsen (b), Tim McMahon, Bob Weller (d), Mark Lamson (per), Robert Benda, Jason DeBord, Betsy Frater, Randal Frater, Ellen Johnson, Lillian Palmer, Kristy Peterson, Vicki Pierce, Jim Tompkins-MacLaine, Susanne Wingfield (v)

a. 01    Peggy's Blue Skylight [lyric version] - 7:05  (Charles Mingus, Ellen Johnson)
b. 02    Prelude To A Kiss - 7:00  (Duke Ellington, Irving Gordon, Irving Mills)
c. 03    Twisted - 5:46  (Wardell Gray)
d. 04    Edith And The Kingpin - 4:55  (Joni Mitchell)
e. 05    Bill Remembered - 5:19  (Rick Helzer, Ellen Johnson)
f. 06    Waltz For Debby - 3:37  (Bill Evans, Gene Lees)
g. 07    Heaven - 3:56  (Duke Ellington)
h. 08    A Girl Can Dream, Can't She? - 4:50  (Ellen Johnson, Rick Helzer)
i. 09    T.G.T.T. (Too Good To Title)  (Duke Ellington)
j. 09    Duke Ellington's Sound Of Love - 6:12  (Charles Mingus)
k. 10    TV News Blues - 6:24  (Ellen Johnson)
l. 11    My Romance - 4:12  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
m. 12    Way Over Yonder - 4:33  (Carole King) / arr: Jim Tompkins-MacLaine
All titles on:      Vocal Visions CD: VV 2300 — Too Good To Title   (1993)

i, j performed as medley.

Charles McPherson (as) on a; L. C. Bebe (t) on k; Rick Helzer (p) on a-k, m; Bob Willey (syn) on d, m; Charlie Chadwick (b) on d; Rob Thorsen (b) on a, c, e-h, k-m; Tim McMahon (d) on c, f-g; Bob Weller (d) on a, h, k, m; Mark Lamson (per) on d; Robert Benda (v) on m; Jason DeBord (v) on m; Betsy Frater (v) on m; Randal Frater (v) on m; Lillian Palmer (v) on m; Kristy Peterson (v) on m; Vicki Pierce (v) on m; Jim Tompkins-MacLaine (v) on m; Susanne Wingfield (v) on m.

Probably multiple sessions - details unknown.


Date: 1997
Label: Vocal Visions

Ellen Johnson (ldr), John Reckivics (cl, as), Gary Pack (t), Bill Yeager (tb), Peter Sprague (g), Rick Helzer (p), Ian Oakley (org), Gunnar Biggs, Bob Magnusson, Rob Thorsen (b), John Leftwich (eb), Danny Campbell, Mark Lamson, Duncan Moore, Richard Sellars (d), Tommy Aros (per), Ellen Johnson (v)

a. 01    Who Will Buy? - 3:07  (Lionel Bart) / arr: Rick Helzer, Ellen Johnson
b. 02    Yesterdays - 4:40  (Jerome Kern, Otto Harbach) / arr: Rick Helzer, Ellen Johnson
c. 03    A Child Is Born - 5:32  (Thad Jones, Alec Wilder) / arr: Rick Helzer, Ellen Johnson
d. 04    Samba Ulla [lyric version] - 4:18  (Michal Urbaniak, Ellen Johnson) / arr: Rick Helzer, Ellen Johnson
e. 05    You Turned The Tables On Me - 4:11  (Louis Alter, Sidney Mitchell) / arr: Ellen Johnson
f. 06    Someone To Light Up My Life (Se Todos Fossem Iguas A VocĂȘ) - 5:13  (Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius DeMoraes, Gene Lees) / arr: Rick Helzer, Ellen Johnson
g. 07    Chinchilla Serenade - 2:52  (Ellen Johnson) / arr: Rick Helzer, Ellen Johnson
h. 08    Freedom - 4:27  (Duke Ellington) / arr: Rick Helzer, Ellen Johnson
i. 09    Time After Time - 4:02  (Rob Hyman, Cyndi Lauper) / arr: Peter Sprague
j. 10    Goin' Home - 5:34  (Derek Cannon, Ellen Johnson) / arr: Rick Helzer, Ellen Johnson
All titles on:      Vocal Visions CD: VV 2310 — Chinchilla Serenade   (1997)

John Reckivics (cl) on h; (as) on j; Gary Pack (t) on h-i; Bill Yeager (tb) on h; Peter Sprague (g) on d, f-g, i; Rick Helzer (p) on a-g, j; Ian Oakley (org) on j; Gunnar Biggs (b) on e, j; Bob Magnusson (b) on i; Rob Thorsen (b) on a-c; John Leftwich (eb) on d, f-g; Danny Campbell (d) on g; Mark Lamson (d) on d, f; Duncan Moore (d) on j; Richard Sellars (d) on a-b, e, h; Tommy Aros (per) on d, f, i.

Probably multiple sessions - details unknown.


Date: 2006
Label: Vocal Visions

Ellen Johnson (ldr), Larry Koonse (g), Darek Oles (b), Roy McCurdy (d), Ana Gazzola (per), Ellen Johnson, Sheila Jordan (v)

a. 01    These Days - 5:35  (Jackson Browne)
b. 02    No Moon At All - 2:27  (Redd Evans, Dave Mann)
c. 03    The Crossing - 4:06  (Sheila Jordan)
d. 04    Inspiration - 4:52  (Darek Oles)
e. 05    I Feel The Same - 5:21  (Chris Smither)
f. 06    Noddin' Ya Head Blues [lyric version] - 3:50  (Charles Mingus, Ellen Johnson)
g. 07    Esperanca Perdida - 4:16  (Antonio Carlos Jobim, Billy Blanco) / arr: Kim Richmond
h. 08    Who Knows Where The Time Goes - 2:45  (Sandy Denny)
i. 09    If I Should Lose You - 4:41  (Leo Robin, Ralph Rainger)
j. 10    You Don't Know What Love Is - 5:54  (Don Raye, Gene DePaul)
k. 11    Nostalgia In Times Square [lyric version] - 2:53  (Charles Mingus, Ellen Johnson)
l. 12    Little Messenger - 2:06  (Ellen Johnson)
All titles on:      Vocal Visions CD: VV 2700 — These Days   (2006)

Larry Koonse (g) on a, d, g; Darek Oles (b) on a-k; Roy McCurdy (d) on a, k; Ana Gazzola (per) on d, g; Sheila Jordan (v) on c, l.

2006 is issue date.