Grachan Moncur III Leader Entry
by Michael Fitzgerald

Generated on Sun, Oct 02, 2011


Date: November 21, 1963
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Label: Blue Note

Grachan Moncur III (ldr), Jackie McLean (as), Lee Morgan (t), Grachan Moncur III (tb), Bobby Hutcherson (vib), Bob Cranshaw (b), Tony Williams (d)

a. tk 11    Monk In Wonderland - 7:52  (Grachan Moncur III)
b. tk 12    The Coaster - 11:39  (Grachan Moncur III)
c. tk 14    Evolution - 12:24  (Grachan Moncur III)
d. tk 17    Air Raid - 9:18  (Grachan Moncur III)
All titles on:      Blue Note LP 12": BST 84153 — Evolution   
     Blue Note CD: CDP 7 84153 2 — Evolution   (1988)
     Mosaic CD: MS-001 — Mosaic Select 1 - Grachan Moncur   (2003)
     Blue Note CD: 5099 9 215365 2 6 — Evolution   (2008)

Date: July 6, 1964
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Label: Blue Note

Grachan Moncur III (ldr), Wayne Shorter (ts), Grachan Moncur III (tb), Herbie Hancock (p), Cecil McBee (b), Tony Williams (d)

a. 1382 (tk 1)    The Twins - 12:53  (Grachan Moncur III)
b. 1383 (tk 6)    Gnostic - 11:41  (Grachan Moncur III)
c. 1384 (tk 14)    Thandiwa - 8:16  (Grachan Moncur III)
d. 1385 (tk 19)    Nomadic - 7:41  (Grachan Moncur III)
All titles on:      Blue Note LP 12": BST 84177 — Some Other Stuff   
     Blue Note CD: CDP 7243 8 32092 2 4 — Some Other Stuff   (1995)
     Mosaic CD: MS-001 — Mosaic Select 1 - Grachan Moncur   (2003)
     Blue Note CD: 50999 2 65152 2 9 — Some Other Stuff   (2009)
     Blue Note CD: TOCJ 9548 — Some Other Stuff   

Date: March 28, 1965
Location: Village Gate, New York City
Label: Impulse!

Grachan Moncur III (ldr), Grachan Moncur III (tb), Bobby Hutcherson (vib), Cecil McBee (b), Beaver Harris (d)

a. 90376    Blue Free - 6:43  (Grachan Moncur III)
     Impulse! LP 12": A-90 — The New Wave In Jazz   
b. 90447    The Intellect - 24:08
Both titles on:      GRP/Impulse! CD: GRD 137 — The New Wave In Jazz   (1994)

Beaver Harris listed as Bill Harris on LP issue.


Date: August 29, 1965
Location: Madison Club, Baltimore, MD
Label: [private recording]

Grachan Moncur III (ldr), Bill Barron (ts), Grachan Moncur III (tb), Lenny Grazier (p), Butch Warren (b), Harry T. 'Stump' Saunders (d)

a.     [unknown titles]  (Composer Unknown)

Tape may exist in the archives of the Left Bank Jazz Society.


Date: August 11, 1969
Location: Saravah Studio, Paris, France
Label: byg

Grachan Moncur III (ldr), Roscoe Mitchell (pic, as), Archie Shepp (ts), Grachan Moncur III (tb), Dave Burrell (p), Alan Silva (b), Andrew Cyrille (d)

a. a-01    New Africa - 17:34  (Grachan Moncur III)
b. a-02    Space Spy - 6:57  (Grachan Moncur III)
c. b-01    Exploration - 10:42  (Grachan Moncur III)
d. b-02    When - 12:06  (Grachan Moncur III)
All titles on:      Piccadilly LP 12": PIC 3520 — African Concepts   (1990)
     byg LP 12": 529.321 — New Africa   
     byg LP 12": 529.205 — New Africa/Aco Dei De Madrugada (One Morning I Waked Up Very Early)   
     Snapper CD: SNAP 159 — New Africa/One Morning I Woke Up Very Early   (2003)

Archie Shepp (ts) on d.

"New Africa" is in four movements: Queen Taman/New Africa/Black Call/Ethiopian Market.

"Queen Taman" somtimes listed as "Queen Tamam" - clarification needed.


Date: September 10 and November 4, 1969
Location: Saravah Studio, Paris, France
Label: byg

Grachan Moncur III (ldr), Grachan Moncur III (tb), Fernando Martins (p, v), Beb Guerin (b), Nelson Serra de Castro (d)

a. a-01    Aco Dei De Madrugada (One Morning I Waked Up Very Early) - 7:05  (Traditional)
b. a-02    Ponte Lo - 6:51  (Traditional)
c. b-01    Osmosis - 9:26  (Grachan Moncur III)
d. b-02    Tiny Temper - 5:33  (Grachan Moncur III)
All titles on:      byg LP 12": 529.333 — Aco Dei De Madrugada (One Morning I Waked Up Very Early)   (1970)
     Get Back LP 12": GET 333 — Aco Dei De Madrugada (One Morning I Waked Up Very Early)   (2002)
     byg LP 12": 529.205 — New Africa/Aco Dei De Madrugada (One Morning I Waked Up Very Early)   
     Snapper CD: SNAP 159 — New Africa/One Morning I Woke Up Very Early   (2003)

Fernando Martins (v) on a-b.


Date: April 11, 1974
Location: Blue Rock Studio, New York City
Label: JCOA

Grachan Moncur III (ldr), Keith Marks, Pat Patrick (f), Carlos Ward (f, as), Perry Robinson (cl), Stafford Osborne, Marvin 'Hannibal' Peterson (t), Grachan Moncur III (tb, v, con), Janice Robinson (tb), Jack Jeffers (btb), Mark Elf (g), Carla Bley (p), Charlie Haden, Cecil McBee (b), Beaver Harris (d), Jakuba Abiona, Coster Massamba, Malonga Quasquellourd, Frederick Simpson, Titos Sompa (per), Leroy Jenkins, Ngonia (vn), Toni Marcus (vl), Mervine Grady, Jeanne Lee (v)

a.     Prologue  (Grachan Moncur III)
b.     Reverend King's Wings I  (Grachan Moncur III)
c.     Medgar's Menace I  (Grachan Moncur III)
d.     Drum Transition I  (Grachan Moncur III)
e.     Space Station [aka Garvey's Ghost] - 12:09  (Grachan Moncur III)
f.     Angela's Angel I  (Grachan Moncur III)
g.     Drum Transition II - 8:30  (Grachan Moncur III)
h.     Right On I  (Grachan Moncur III)
i.     Angela's Angel II  (Grachan Moncur III)
j.     Right On II  (Grachan Moncur III)
k.     Reverend King's Wings II
l.     Medgar's Menace II  (Grachan Moncur III)
m.     Drum Transition III  (Grachan Moncur III)
n.     African Percussion Ensemble - 20:02  (Grachan Moncur III)
o.     Right On III  (Grachan Moncur III)
p.     Angela's Angel III (Jamboree)  (Grachan Moncur III)
q.     Drum Transition IV  (Grachan Moncur III)
r.     Amen Cadence  (Grachan Moncur III)
s.     Epilogue: Excuse Me, Mr. Justice - 3:42  (Grachan Moncur III)
All titles on:      JCOA LP 12": LP 1009 — Echoes Of Prayer   (1974)

Keith Marks (f) on b.

Material is grouped into four medleys. Percussionists known as Tawana Dance Ensemble. Specific percussion assignments:

Titos Sompa-conga, talking drum
Coster Massamba-torpedo, guica
Malonga Quasquellourd-cowbell, shekere
Jakuba Abiona, Frederick Simpson-maracas, hairdrum

e. listed as Garvey's Ghost.


Date: June 19 & 20, 1977
Location: Long View Farm Studio, North Brookfield, MA
Label: Denon

Grachan Moncur III (ldr), Marion Brown (as), Grachan Moncur III (tb), Roland Prince (g), Dave Burrell (p), Reggie Workman (b), Joe Chambers (d), Andy Bey (v)

a. a-01    Down Broadway - 7:45  (Grachan Moncur III)
b. a-02    Autumn In New York - 10:10  (Vernon Duke)
c. b-01    Teardrops For Jimmy - 7:43  (Dave Burrell)
d. b-02    Misty - 14:58  (Erroll Garner, Johnny Burke)
All titles on:      Denon LP 12": YX 7572 ND — Shadows   

Marion Brown (as) on c-d.


Date: June 30, 2004
Location: Bennett Studios, Englewood, NJ
Label: Capri

Grachan Moncur III (ldr), Gary Bartz (as), Billy Harper (ts), Gary Smulyan (bar), Tim Hagans (t), John Clark (frh), Grachan Moncur III, Dave Woodley (tb), Ray Drummond (b), Andrew Cyrille (d)

a. 01    Exploration - 8:11  (Grachan Moncur III) / arr: Mark Masters
b. 02    Monk In Wonderland - 5:26  (Grachan Moncur III) / arr: Mark Masters
c. 03    Love And Hate - 8:48  (Grachan Moncur III) / arr: Mark Masters
d. 04    New Africa - 9:54  (Grachan Moncur III) / arr: Mark Masters
e. 05    When - 7:34  (Grachan Moncur III) / arr: Mark Masters
f. 06    Frankenstein - 6:59  (Grachan Moncur III) / arr: Mark Masters
g. 07    Excursion - 2:55  (Grachan Moncur III) / arr: Mark Masters
h. 08    Sonny's Back - 4:13  (Grachan Moncur III) / arr: Mark Masters
All titles on:      Capri CD: 74068 — Exploration   (2004)

Date: June 14, 2006
Location: Vision Festival - Angel Orensanz Center, New York City
Label: [private recording]

Grachan Moncur III (ldr), Grachan Moncur III (tb), Khan Jamal (vib), Bruce Edwards (g), Noriko Kamo (p), Bob Arkin (b), Richard Pearson (d)

a. 01    Blue Rondo - 22:45  (Jackie McLean) / arr: Noriko Kamo, Grachan Moncur III
b. 02    Footprints - 15:02  (Wayne Shorter)
c. 03    So What - 9:19  (Miles Davis)

Spoken comments (1:05) precede the first selection.


Date: February 7, 2007
Location: New York City
Label: Lunar Modules

Grachan Moncur III (ldr), Mitch Marcus (ts), Erik Jekabson (t), Grachan Moncur III (tb, v), Ben Adams (vib), Lukas Vesely (eb), Sameer Gupta (d)

a. 01    G Train - 11:34  (Grachan Moncur III)
b. 02    Inner Cry Blues - 10:20  (Grachan Moncur III)
c. 03    Hilda - 9:58  (Grachan Moncur III)
d. 04    A For Pops - 8:36  (Grachan Moncur III)
e. 05    Blue Rondo - 11:23  (Jackie McLean)
f. 06    Sonny's Back - 8:49  (Grachan Moncur III)
All titles on:      Lunar Modules CD: 10011 — Inner Cry Blues: Dedication Album, Vol. 1   (2007)

Grachan Moncur III (v) on d, f.

"Sonny's Back" listed with two sections: "Sonny's Back" and "Clifford Browning".