Kirk Lightsey Leader Entry
by Michael Fitzgerald

Generated on Sun, Oct 02, 2011


Date: September 22, 1982
Location: Penthouse Recordings, New York City
Label: Sunnyside

Kirk Lightsey (ldr), Kirk Lightsey (f, p)

a. a-01    Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum - 4:40  (Wayne Shorter)
     Sunnyside LP 12": SSC 1002 — Lightsey 1   (1983)
     Sunnyside CD: SSC 1002D — Lightsey 1   (1994)
b. a-02    Habiba - 5:29  (Kirk Lightsey)
     Sunnyside LP 12": SSC 1002 — Lightsey 1   (1983)
     Sunnyside CD: SSC 1002D — Lightsey 1   (1994)
c. a-03    Trinkle, Tinkle - 5:52  (Thelonious Monk)
     Sunnyside LP 12": SSC 1002 — Lightsey 1   (1983)
     Sunnyside CD: SSC 1002D — Lightsey 1   (1994)
d. a-04    Moon Ra - 3:51  (Kirk Lightsey)
     Sunnyside LP 12": SSC 1002 — Lightsey 1   (1983)
     Sunnyside CD: SSC 1002D — Lightsey 1   (1994)
e. b-01    Fresh Air - 6:18  (Jesse Farrow)
     Sunnyside LP 12": SSC 1002 — Lightsey 1   (1983)
     Sunnyside CD: SSC 1002D — Lightsey 1   (1994)
f. b-02    Wild Flower - 7:05  (Wayne Shorter)
     Sunnyside LP 12": SSC 1002 — Lightsey 1   (1983)
     Sunnyside CD: SSC 1002D — Lightsey 1   (1994)
g. b-03    Never Let Me Go - 5:20  (Ray Evans, Jay Livingston)
     Sunnyside LP 12": SSC 1002 — Lightsey 1   (1983)
     Sunnyside CD: SSC 1002D — Lightsey 1   (1994)
h. c-01    Pee Wee - 4:08  (Tony Williams)
     Sunnyside LP 12": SSC 1005 — Lightsey 2   (1983)
i. c-02    Speak No Evil - 5:18  (Wayne Shorter)
     Sunnyside LP 12": SSC 1005 — Lightsey 2   (1983)
j. c-04    Come Rain Or Come Shine - 5:15  (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
     Sunnyside LP 12": SSC 1005 — Lightsey 2   (1983)
k. c-05    Water Bearer - 3:55  (Kirk Lightsey)
     Sunnyside LP 12": SSC 1005 — Lightsey 2   (1983)

Kirk Lightsey (f) on e.

Some selections from October 5, 1982 - details needed.


Date: February 14, 1983
Location: Studio 44, Monster, Netherlands
Label: Criss Cross

Kirk Lightsey (ldr), Kirk Lightsey (p), Jesper Lundgaard (b), Eddie Gladden (d)

a. a-01    Isotope - 7:00  (Joe Henderson)
b. a-02    Oleo - 5:03  (Sonny Rollins)
c. a-03    Pee Wee - 9:51  (Tony Williams)
d. b-01    Witch Hunt - 8:02  (Wayne Shorter)
e. b-02    A Monk's Dream - 5:34  (Johnny Griffin)
f. b-03    Little Daphne - 12:49  (Rudolph Johnson)
All titles on:      Criss Cross LP 12": 1003 — Isotope   (1983)
     Criss Cross CD: 1003 CD — Isotope   (1993)

Date: March 14, 1983
Location: Monster, Netherlands
Label: Timeless

Kirk Lightsey (ldr), Chet Baker (t, v), Kirk Lightsey (p), David Eubanks (b), Eddie Gladden (d)

a. a-01    Ray's Idea - 4:52  (Dizzy Gillespie, Walter 'Gil' Fuller)
b. a-02    Everything Happens To Me - 10:45  (Matt Dennis, Tom Adair)
c. a-03    The Girl With The Purple Eyes - 6:08  (Dexter Gordon)
d. b-01    Speak No Evil - 6:57  (Wayne Shorter)
e. b-02    Inner Urge - 5:00  (Joe Henderson)
f. b-03    Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum - 6:52  (Wayne Shorter)
All titles on:      Timeless LP 12": SJP 176 — Everything Happens To Me   (1984)
     Timeless CD: CD SJP 176 — Everything Happens To Me   (2000)

Chet Baker (t) on a-b; (v) on b.


Date: July 19 & 21, 1983
Location: Penthouse Recordings, New York City
Label: Sunnyside

Harold Danko, Kirk Lightsey (ldr), Harold Danko, Kirk Lightsey (p)

a. a-01    Ana Maria - 9:26  (Wayne Shorter)
     Sunnyside LP 12": SSC 1004 — Shorter By Two   (1983)
b. a-02    Dolores - 4:23  (Wayne Shorter)
     Sunnyside LP 12": SSC 1004 — Shorter By Two   (1983)
c. a-03    Dance Cadaverous - 6:51  (Wayne Shorter)
     Sunnyside LP 12": SSC 1004 — Shorter By Two   (1983)
d. a-04    Pinocchio - 2:54  (Wayne Shorter)
     Sunnyside LP 12": SSC 1004 — Shorter By Two   (1983)
e.     Marie Antoinette - 4:06  (Wayne Shorter)
f. b-01    Armageddon - 3:35  (Wayne Shorter)
     Sunnyside LP 12": SSC 1004 — Shorter By Two   (1983)
g. b-02    Lester Left Town - 3:01  (Wayne Shorter)
     Sunnyside LP 12": SSC 1004 — Shorter By Two   (1983)
h. b-03    Witch Hunt - 5:46  (Wayne Shorter)
     Sunnyside LP 12": SSC 1004 — Shorter By Two   (1983)
i. b-04    Iris - 6:35  (Wayne Shorter)
     Sunnyside LP 12": SSC 1004 — Shorter By Two   (1983)
j. b-05    El Gaucho - 4:11  (Wayne Shorter)
     Sunnyside LP 12": SSC 1004 — Shorter By Two   (1983)
k. b-06    Nefertiti - 3:57  (Wayne Shorter)
     Sunnyside LP 12": SSC 1004 — Shorter By Two   (1983)
All titles on:      Sunnyside CD: SSC 1004D — Shorter By Two   (1989)

Date: August 19, 1983
Location: Penthouse Recordings, New York City
Label: Sunnyside

Kirk Lightsey (ldr), Kirk Lightsey (p), Roslyn Burrough (v)

a. a-03    Oleo - 5:15  (Sonny Rollins)
b. b-01    You Are So Beautiful - 5:47  (Bruce Fisher, Billy Preston)
c. b-02    Everything Is Changed - 5:35  (Kirk Lightsey)
d. b-03    Heaven Dance - 3:45  (Kirk Lightsey)
e. b-04    Goodbye Mr. Evans - 7:42  (Phil Woods)
All titles on:      Sunnyside LP 12": SSC 1005 — Lightsey 2   (1983)

Roslyn Burrough (v) on b.


Date: January 14-16, 1985
Location: Bradley's, New York City
Label: Sunnyside

Kirk Lightsey (ldr), Kirk Lightsey (p), Rufus Reid (b)

a. 01    I Told You So - 7:03  (George Cables)
b. 02    Speak No Evil - 12:03  (Wayne Shorter)
c. 03    A Time For Love - 10:38  (Johnny Mandel, Paul Francis Webster)
d. 04    Giant Steps - 4:22  (John Coltrane)
e. 05    From Dream To Dream - 10:53  (Benny Golson)
f. 06    In Your Own Sweet Way - 13:30  (Dave Brubeck)
g. 07    Oleo - 5:41  (Sonny Rollins)
All titles on:      Sunnyside CD: SSC 1136 — The Nights Of Bradley's   (2004)

Date: April 23, 1986
Location: Studio 44, Monster, Netherlands
Label: Limetree

Kirk Lightsey (ldr), Kirk Lightsey (p), Santi Debriano (b), Eddie Gladden (d), Jerry Gonzalez (cga, per)

a. a-01    Eighty-One - 5:49  (Ron Carter, Miles Davis)
b. a-02    From Dream To Dream - 5:11  (Benny Golson)
c. a-03    Habiba - 9:58  (Kirk Lightsey)
d. b-01    Blues On The Corner - 5:58  (McCoy Tyner)
e. b-02    One Finger Snap - 3:09  (Herbie Hancock)
f. b-03    Up Jumped Spring - 4:51  (Freddie Hubbard)
g. b-04    This Is For Albert - 7:23  (Wayne Shorter)
All titles on:      Limetree LP 12": MLP 0015 — First Affairs   (1987)
     Limetree CD: MCD 0015 — First Affairs   

Confirmation needed that final selection, listed as "For Albert" is actually the Wayne Shorter composition.


Date: June 4 & 5, 1986
Location: New York City
Label: Sunnyside

Kirk Lightsey (ldr), Jerry Gonzalez (t, fh, cga), Bobby Routch (frh), Kirk Lightsey (p), Santi Debriano (b), Eddie Gladden (d), Chico Freeman, Famadou Don Moye (cga, per)

a. a-01    Everything Is Changed - 7:05  (Kirk Lightsey)
     Sunnyside LP 12": SSC 1020 — Everything Is Changed   (1987)
b. a-02    Billie's Bounce - 6:36  (Charlie Parker)
     Sunnyside LP 12": SSC 1020 — Everything Is Changed   (1987)
c. a-03    Estate [aka Summer] [original or English lyric ver. 1] - 11:28  (Bruno Brighetti, Bruno Martino, Joel Siegel)
     Sunnyside LP 12": SSC 1020 — Everything Is Changed   (1987)
d. b-01    Evidence - 6:35  (Thelonious Monk)
     Sunnyside LP 12": SSC 1020 — Everything Is Changed   (1987)
e. b-02    Nandi - 11:20  (Santi Debriano)
     Sunnyside LP 12": SSC 1020 — Everything Is Changed   (1987)
f. b-03    Alone Together - 7:21  (Arthur Schwartz, Howard Dietz)
     Sunnyside LP 12": SSC 1020 — Everything Is Changed   (1987)
g.     Lament - 10:50  (J. J. Johnson)
h.     Blues On The Corner - 5:20  (McCoy Tyner)
All titles on:      Sunnyside CD: SSC 1020D — Everything Is Changed   (1987)

Bobby Routch (frh) on e; Chico Freeman (cga) on d; (per) on d; Famadou Don Moye (cga) on d; (per) on d.


Date: December 24 & 26, 1986
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Label: Criss Cross

Kirk Lightsey (ldr), Jean Toussaint (ts), Marcus Belgrave (t), Kirk Lightsey (p), Santi Debriano (b), Eddie Gladden (d)

a. a-01    All My Love - 6:34  (Marcus Belgrave)
     Criss Cross LP 12": 1030 — Kirk 'n' Marcus   (1987)
b. a-02    Loves I Once Knew - 6:41  (David Durrah)
     Criss Cross LP 12": 1030 — Kirk 'n' Marcus   (1987)
c. a-03    Windmill - 8:46  (Kenny Dorham)
     Criss Cross LP 12": 1030 — Kirk 'n' Marcus   (1987)
d. b-01    Marcus' Mates - 5:13  (Robert Pipho)
     Criss Cross LP 12": 1030 — Kirk 'n' Marcus   (1987)
e. b-02    Golden Legacy - 6:39  (Santi Debriano)
     Criss Cross LP 12": 1030 — Kirk 'n' Marcus   (1987)
f. b-03    Lower Bridge Level - 5:36  (Jean Toussaint)
     Criss Cross LP 12": 1030 — Kirk 'n' Marcus   (1987)
g.     Lolita - 6:42  (Marcus Belgrave, Dean Jenkins)
h.     Fixed Wing - 8:30  (Santi Debriano)
All titles on:      Criss Cross CD: 1030 CD — Kirk 'n Marcus   (1987)

Date: May 5 & 6 and June 13, 1987
Location: Monster, Netherlands
Label: Timeless

Kirk Lightsey (ldr), Freddie Hubbard (t), Kirk Lightsey (p), Santi Debriano (b), Eddie Gladden (d), Jerry Gonzalez (per)

a. 01    Gibraltar - 10:29  (Freddie Hubbard)
b. 02    Evidence - 7:22  (Thelonious Monk)
c. 03    Society Red - 7:59  (Dexter Gordon)
d. 04    Temptation - 11:06  (Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed)
e. 05    Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing - 8:13  (Sammy Fain, Paul Francis Webster)
f. 06    Brigitte - 6:04  (Freddie Hubbard)
All titles on:      Timeless CD: CD SJP 257 — Temptation   (1990)

Jerry Gonzalez (per) on a.

Details needed on June 13, 1987 session as Hubbard was in USA then.


Date: July 4, 1990
Location: Festival International de Jazz de Montréal - Théâtre Port Royal of Place Des Arts , Montréal, Canada
Label: [radio broadcast]

Harold Danko, Kirk Lightsey (ldr), Harold Danko, Kirk Lightsey (p)

a. 01    Pinocchio - 8:10  (Wayne Shorter)
b. 02    Wayne Shorter - 9:25  (Harold Danko)
c. 03    The Water Bearer - 8:27  (Kirk Lightsey)
d. 04    The Three Marias - 7:02  (Wayne Shorter)

Broadcast on June 22, 1991 on CBC-FM "JazzBeat".


Date: November 28, 1990
Location: Manhattan Recording Studio, New York City
Label: Criss Cross

Kirk Lightsey (ldr), Kevin Eubanks (g), Kirk Lightsey (p), Rufus Reid (b)

a. 01    You And The Night And The Music - 6:09  (Arthur Schwartz, Howard Dietz)
b. 02    Sweet Lorraine - 7:38  (Mitchell Parish, Cliff Burwell)
c. 03    Never Let Me Go - 4:42  (Ray Evans, Jay Livingston)
d. 04    Bop Kick - 5:33  (Nat King Cole)
e. 05    Sophisticated Lady - 8:03  (Duke Ellington, Mitchell Parish, Irving Mills)
f. 06    The Best Is Yet To Come - 6:20  (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh)
g. 07    Close Enough For Love - 4:29  (Johnny Mandel, Paul Williams)
h. 08    Little Old Lady - 5:53  (Hoagy Carmichael, Stanley Adams)
i. 09    Kirk's Blues - 5:35  (Kirk Lightsey)
All titles on:      Criss Cross CD: 1050 CD — From Kirk To Nat   (1991)

Date: January 3, 1991
Location: New York City
Label: Criss Cross

Kirk Lightsey (ldr), Craig Handy (f, ts), Marcus Belgrave (t, fh), Kirk Lightsey (p), David Williams (b), Eddie Gladden (d)

a. 01    Donkey Dust - 9:53  (Kirk Lightsey)
b. 02    Number Nine - 7:52  (David Williams)
c. 03    Everyday Politics - 7:29  (Craig Handy)
d. 04    Wayne Shorter - 8:23  (Harold Danko)
e. 05    Pinocchio - 7:29  (Wayne Shorter)
f. 06    Moon - 7:26  (David Durrah)
g. 07    Working Together - 8:57  (David Williams)
h. 08    Midnight Sun - 9:05  (Lionel Hampton, Johnny Mercer, Johnny Burke)
All titles on:      Criss Cross CD: 1306 CD — Lightsey To Gladden   

Date: September 9, 1991
Location: WNYC-FM Studios, New York City
Label: [radio broadcast]

Kirk Lightsey (ldr), Kirk Lightsey (p)

a. 01    Pee Wee - 6:00  (Tony Williams)
b. 02    Habiba - 6:14  (Kirk Lightsey)

Live broadcast on "Around New York" program on WNYC-FM hosted by John Schaefer. This broadcast also included brief interview segments with Kirk Lightsey.


Date: December 13, 1991
Location: New York City
Label: Criss Cross

Kirk Lightsey (ldr), Kirk Lightsey (p), Jesper Lundgaard (b), Eddie Gladden (d)

a.     I'll Never Stop Loving You - 6:40  (Nicholas Brodszky, Sammy Cahn)
     Criss Cross CD: 1003 CD — Isotope   (1993)

Date: May 12, 1994
Location: Break Away Studio, Bern, Switzerland
Label: Evidence

Kirk Lightsey (ldr), Kirk Lightsey (p), Tibor Elekes (b), Famadou Don Moye (d)

a. 01    A New Blue - 10:41  (Jimmy Heath)
b. 02    In Your Own Sweet Way - 9:04  (Dave Brubeck)
c. 03    From Chopin To Chopin - 6:38  (Frederic Chopin) / arr: Tibor Elekes
d. 04    Freedom Jazz Dance  (Eddie Harris)
e. 04    Pinocchio  (Wayne Shorter)
f. 04    Temptation  (Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed)
g. 04    Giant Steps - 9:35  (John Coltrane)
h. 05    Four In One - 6:37  (Thelonious Monk)
i. 06    Habiba - 10:22  (Kirk Lightsey)
j. 07    Goodbye Mr. Evans - 12:52  (Phil Woods)
All titles on:      Evidence CD: ECD 22165-2 — Goodbye Mr. Evans   (1996)

d, e, f, g performed as medley.

Details needed on specific Chopin pieces included in c.


Date: 2000
Label: Itinera

Kirk Lightsey (ldr), Kirk Lightsey (p), Tibor Elekes (b), Famadou Don Moye (d)

a. 01    Estate [aka Summer] [original or English lyric ver. 1] - 8:35  (Bruno Brighetti, Bruno Martino, Joel Siegel)
b. 02    You And The Night And The Music - 7:23  (Arthur Schwartz, Howard Dietz)
c. 03    Heaven Dance - 9:32  (Kirk Lightsey)
d. 04    Infant Eyes - 8:32  (Wayne Shorter)
e. 05    One Finger Snap - 4:28  (Herbie Hancock)
f. 06    Goodbye Mr. Evans - 8:57  (Phil Woods)
g. 07    Kutala - 8:15  (Famadou Don Moye)
h. 08    Vapallia - 7:54  (Keith Jarrett)
All titles on:      Itinera CD: ITN 006 — Estate   (2008)