Leo Parker Leader Entry
by Michael Fitzgerald

Authority Control VIAF: 92581250

Generated on Tue, Jan 20, 2015


Date: October 4, 1947
Location: Detroit, MI
Label: Savoy

Leo Parker (ldr), Gene Ammons (ts), Leo Parker (bar), Howard McGhee (t), Junior Mance (p), Eugene Wright (b), Charles Williams (d)

a. DET800    El Sino - 3:13  (Charles Greenlee)
     Savoy 78: 912 — El Sino/Wild Leo   
     Savoy LP 10": MG 9018 — New Trends In Modern Music, vol. 5   
b. DET801    Ineta - 2:52  (Leo Parker)
     Savoy 78: 954 — Running Water/Ineta   
c. DET802    Wild Leo - 2:56  (Leo Parker)
     Savoy 78: 912 — El Sino/Wild Leo   
     Savoy LP 10": MG 9018 — New Trends In Modern Music, vol. 5   
d. DET803    Leapin' Leo - 3:03  (Leo Parker)
     Savoy LP 10": MG 9018 — New Trends In Modern Music, vol. 5   
 
All titles on:      Savoy Jazz LP 12": SJL 1103 — Red Top   
     Classics CD: 1203 — 1947-1950   (2001)

Howard McGhee listed as "Maggsi Evounce" on 78 rpm issues.


Date: December 19, 1947
Location: New York City
Label: Savoy

Leo Parker (ldr), Dexter Gordon (ts), Leo Parker (bar), Joe Newman (t), J. J. Johnson (tb), Hank Jones (p), Curly Russell (b), Shadow Wilson (d)

a. S3495-1   alt Wee Dot - 2:38  (J. J. Johnson, Leo Parker)
     Savoy Jazz LP 12": SJL 2211 — Long Tall Dexter - The Savoy Sessions   (1976)
b. S3495-2    Wee Dot - 4:56  (J. J. Johnson, Leo Parker)
     Savoy Jazz LP 12": SJL 2225 — The Bebop Boys   (1978)
     Classics CD: 1203 — 1947-1950   (2001)
c. S3495-3   alt Wee Dot - 2:37  (J. J. Johnson, Leo Parker)
     Savoy Jazz LP 12": SJL 2211 — Long Tall Dexter - The Savoy Sessions   (1976)
d. S3496-1   alt Solitude  (Duke Ellington, Edgar DeLange, Irving Mills)
e. S3496-2    Solitude - 2:50  (Duke Ellington, Edgar DeLange, Irving Mills)
     Savoy 78: 929 — Mad Lad Boogie/Solitude   
     Savoy Jazz LP 12": SJL 2225 — The Bebop Boys   (1978)
     Classics CD: 1203 — 1947-1950   (2001)
f. S3496-3   alt Solitude  (Duke Ellington, Edgar DeLange, Irving Mills)
g. S3497-1   alt Lion Roars - 2:52  (Leo Parker)
     Savoy Jazz LP 12": SJL 2211 — Long Tall Dexter - The Savoy Sessions   (1976)
h. S3497-4    Lion Roars - 5:46  (Leo Parker)
     Savoy Jazz LP 12": SJL 2225 — The Bebop Boys   (1978)
     Classics CD: 1203 — 1947-1950   (2001)
i. S3497-3   alt Lion Roars - 2:47  (Leo Parker)
     Savoy Jazz LP 12": SJL 2211 — Long Tall Dexter - The Savoy Sessions   (1976)
j. S3498-1   alt Mad Lad Boogie
k. S3498-2   alt Mad Lad Boogie
l. S3498-3    Mad Lad Boogie - 2:43
     Savoy 78: 929 — Mad Lad Boogie/Solitude   
     Classics CD: 1203 — 1947-1950   (2001)

Date: March 23, 1948
Location: Detroit, MI
Label: Savoy

Leo Parker (ldr), Charlie Rouse (ts), Leo Parker (bar), Joe Newman (t), Sir Charles Thompson (p), Al Lucas (b), Jack 'The Bear' Parker (d)

a. D842    On The House - 2:57  (Leo Parker)
     Savoy LP 10": MG 9018 — New Trends In Modern Music, vol. 5   
     Savoy Jazz LP 12": SJL 2225 — The Bebop Boys   (1978)
b. D843    Dinky - 2:23  (Leo Parker)
     Savoy LP 10": MG 9018 — New Trends In Modern Music, vol. 5   
     Savoy Jazz LP 12": SJL 2225 — The Bebop Boys   (1978)
c. D844    SeƱor Leo - 2:37  (Leo Parker)
     Savoy LP 10": MG 9018 — New Trends In Modern Music, vol. 5   
d. D845    Chasin' The Lion - 2:47  (Leo Parker)
     Savoy LP 10": MG 9022 — Birth Of Bop, vol. 1   
e. D846    Leo's Bells - 2:23  (Leo Parker)
     Savoy Jazz LP 12": SJL 2225 — The Bebop Boys   (1978)
f. D847    Sweet Talkin' Leo - 2:22  (Leo Parker)
     Savoy Jazz LP 12": SJL 2225 — The Bebop Boys   (1978)
g. D848    Swingin' For Love - 2:29  (Leo Parker)
     Savoy Jazz LP 12": SJL 2225 — The Bebop Boys   (1978)
h. D849    The New Look - 2:25  (Leo Parker)
 
All titles on:      Classics CD: 1203 — 1947-1950   (2001)

Charlie Rouse (ts) on e-h; Joe Newman (t) on a, c-h.


Date: July 20, 1950
Location: New York City
Label: Prestige

Leo Parker (ldr), Leo Parker (bar), Al Haig (p), Oscar Pettiford (b), Jack 'The Bear' Parker, Max Roach (d)

a. 94    Bewitched, Bothered, And Bewildered  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
b. 95-A   alt Mona Lisa  (Jay Livingston, Ray Evans)
c. 95-B    Mona Lisa - 3:14  (Jay Livingston, Ray Evans)
     Prestige CD: PCD 24114-2 — Prestige First Sessions, Vol. 1   (1992)
     Classics CD: 1203 — 1947-1950   (2001)
d. 96-A    Who's Mad - 3:05  (Leo Parker)
     Prestige CD: PCD 24114-2 — Prestige First Sessions, Vol. 1   (1992)
     Classics CD: 1203 — 1947-1950   (2001)
e. 97-A   alt Darn That Dream  (Jimmy Van Heusen, Edgar DeLange)
f. 97-B    Darn That Dream - 3:02  (Jimmy Van Heusen, Edgar DeLange)
     Prestige CD: PCD 24114-2 — Prestige First Sessions, Vol. 1   (1992)
     Classics CD: 1203 — 1947-1950   (2001)
g. 98-B? (JRC98-B)    I Cross My Fingers - 2:34  (Walter Kent, Walton Farrar)
     Prestige CD: PCD 24114-2 — Prestige First Sessions, Vol. 1   (1992)
     Classics CD: 1203 — 1947-1950   (2001)
h. 99-A   alt Mad Lad Returns  (Leo Parker)
i. 99-B   alt Mad Lad Returns - 3:19  (Leo Parker)
     Prestige CD: PCD 24114-2 — Prestige First Sessions, Vol. 1   (1992)
j. 99-C   inc Mad Lad Returns  (Leo Parker)
k. 99-D (JRC9)    Mad Lad Returns - 2:43  (Leo Parker)
     Prestige CD: PCD 24114-2 — Prestige First Sessions, Vol. 1   (1992)
     Classics CD: 1203 — 1947-1950   (2001)

Jack 'The Bear' Parker (d) on d, h-k; Max Roach (d) on a-c, e-g.

Lord notes: The take letters used here come form the covers of the Misterioso LPs. This listing is a correction by Niels Winther to Ruppli's Prestige disco. The ? after 98-B is on the Misterioso LP but Winther only lists one take of "I Cross My Fingers", so where's take A if this was ever used? The one listed is identical to Prestige 720.

Uncertain which alternative take of Mad Lad Returns is included on PCD-24114-2.


Date: December 28, 1950
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Label: Gotham

Leo Parker (ldr), Henry Durant (ts), Leo Parker (bar), James Robertson (t), Kenny Drew, Sr. (p), Curly Russell (b), Eddie Bourne (d)

a. LP1    Woody - 2:48
     Gotham 78: G 262 — Woody/Rolling With Parker   
     Krazy Kat LP 12": KK 829 — Back To Back Baritones   (1988)
     Collectables CD: COL CD 5329 — Back To Back Baritones   
     Classics CD: 1203 — 1947-1950   (2001)
b. LP2    Rollin' With Leo - 2:39  (Leo Parker)
     Gotham 78: G 262 — Woody/Rolling With Parker   
     Onyx LP 12": ORI 201 — The Foremost!   (1972)
     Krazy Kat LP 12": KK 829 — Back To Back Baritones   (1988)
     Collectables CD: COL CD 5329 — Back To Back Baritones   
     Classics CD: 1203 — 1947-1950   (2001)
c. LP2-?   alt Rollin' With Leo - 2:33  (Leo Parker)
     Krazy Kat LP 12": KK 829 — Back To Back Baritones   (1988)
     Collectables CD: COL CD 5329 — Back To Back Baritones   
d. tk 1   alt Leo Leaps In - 2:24
     Onyx LP 12": ORI 201 — The Foremost!   (1972)
     Krazy Kat LP 12": KK 829 — Back To Back Baritones   (1988)
     Collectables CD: COL CD 5329 — Back To Back Baritones   
e. tk 2    Leo Leaps In - 2:10
     Onyx LP 12": ORI 201 — The Foremost!   (1972)
     Krazy Kat LP 12": KK 829 — Back To Back Baritones   (1988)
     Collectables CD: COL CD 5329 — Back To Back Baritones   
     Classics CD: 1203 — 1947-1950   (2001)
f. tk 3   alt Leo Leaps In - 2:50
     Onyx LP 12": ORI 201 — The Foremost!   (1972)
     Krazy Kat LP 12": KK 829 — Back To Back Baritones   (1988)
     Collectables CD: COL CD 5329 — Back To Back Baritones   
g.     Solitude - 3:21  (Duke Ellington, Edgar DeLange, Irving Mills)
     Onyx LP 12": ORI 201 — The Foremost!   (1972)
     Krazy Kat LP 12": KK 829 — Back To Back Baritones   (1988)
     Collectables CD: COL CD 5329 — Back To Back Baritones   
     Classics CD: 1203 — 1947-1950   (2001)
h.    alt Solitude  (Duke Ellington, Edgar DeLange, Irving Mills)

Henry Durant (ts) on a-f.

Location needs confirmation.

It is believed that the tracks on Onyx ORI 201 listed as "On The House" (tks 1-3) are not the earlier composition (first recorded on March 23, 1948) but are actually "Leo Leaps In" - confirmation needed.

Further details needed on Onyx LP to confirm issued takes.


Date: July 4, 1951
Location: Universal Recording, Chicago, IL
Label: Chess

Leo Parker (ldr), Eddie Johnson (ts), Leo Parker (bar), Claude Jones (p, org), Johnny Pate (b), Al Williams (d)

a. U7353    Candlelight Serenade - 2:57  (Leo Parker)
     Chess 78: 1477   (1951)
     Chess LP 12": CHV 413 — Baritone Great (1951-1953)   (1971)
b. U7354    Hornet - 2:52  (Leo Parker)
     Chess LP 12": CHV 413 — Baritone Great (1951-1953)   (1971)
c. U7355    Reed Rock  (Leo Parker)
     Chess 78: 1477   (1951)
d. U7356    Leo's Blues - 2:36  (Leo Parker)
     Chess LP 12": CHV 413 — Baritone Great (1951-1953)   (1971)

Claude Jones (p) on a-b, d; (org) on c.

Jones plays Lowrey Organo.

Date sometimes listed as July 7, 1951, but this is believed to be incorrect.


Date: November 15, 1952
Location: Chicago, IL
Label: Chess

Leo Parker (ldr), Leo Parker (bar), Ira Pettiford (t, b), Bill Jennings (g), Andy Johnson (p), Jack 'The Bear' Parker (d)

a. U1159    Leo's Boogie
b. U1160-2    Cool Leo
c. U1161    Jam Leo
d. U1162    Hey, Good Lookin'

According to Red Saunders Research Foundation, Jennings is not heard on "Leo's Boogie" and may not be present on this session.

Ira Pettiford is reported as playing trumpet and bass - further details needed.


Date: August 10, 1953
Location: Chicago, IL
Label: Parrot

Leo Parker (ldr), Leo Parker (bar)

a. P53107    Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - 2:35  (Jerome Kern, Otto Harbach)
b. P53107-?   alt Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - 2:35  (Jerome Kern, Otto Harbach)
c. P53108    Anything Can Happen - 3:05  (Leo Parker)
d. P53109    Tippin' Lightly - 2:54  (Leo Parker)
e. P53110    Blue Sails - 2:50  (Leo Parker)
 
All titles on:      Chess LP 12": CHV 413 — Baritone Great (1951-1953)   (1971)

Additional personnel (p, b, d) unknown.

The alternative take of "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" includes a second baritone part added by overdubbing.


Date: July 6 & 7, 1954
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Label: King

Bill Jennings, Leo Parker (ldr), Leo Parker (bar), Bill Jennings (g), Andy Johnson (p, org), Joe Williams (b), George De Hart (d)

a. K9452    Piccadilly Circus - 2:05  (William Strethen 'Wild Bill' Davis)
b. K9453    There Will Never Be Another You - 2:59  (Harry Warren, Mack Gordon)
c. K9454    What'll I Do - 4:00  (Irving Berlin)
d. K9455    Billy In The Lion's Den - 2:59  (Bill Jennings, Leo Parker)
e. K9456    Fine And Dandy - 2:34  (Paul James, Kay Swift)
f. K9457    Just You, Just Me - 2:53  (Jesse Greer, Raymond Klages)
g. K9458    Down To Earth - 2:25  (Bill Jennings, Leo Parker)
h. K9459    May I? - 2:59  (Kurt Weill, Mack Gordon)
i. K9460    Get Hot - 2:33
j. K9461    Stuffy - 3:05  (Coleman Hawkins, Sir Charles Thompson)
k. K9462    Solitude - 2:58  (Duke Ellington, Edgar DeLange, Irving Mills)
 
All titles on:      Swingtime LP 12": ST 1025 — Billy In The Lion's Den   
     King LP 12": LP 527 — Billy In The Lion's Den   

Date: September 9, 1961
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Label: Blue Note

Leo Parker (ldr), Bill Swindell (ts), Leo Parker (bar), John Burks (t), Yusef Salim (p), Stan Conover (b), Purnell Rice (d)

a. tk 4    Glad Lad - 5:19  (Leo Parker)
b. tk 5   alt Low Brown - 8:24  (Yusef Salim)
c. tk 6    Low Brown - 5:50  (Yusef Salim)
     Blue Note 45: 45-1823 — Parker's Pals/Low Brown   
d. tk 9    Parker's Pals - 6:25  (Leo Parker)
     Blue Note 45: 45-1823 — Parker's Pals/Low Brown   
e. tk 11    TCTB - 6:26  (Leo Parker, Bill Swindell)
f. tk 18    The Lion's Roar - 4:26  (Leo Parker)
g. tk 25    Vi - 4:42  (Robert Lewis)
h. tk 28    Let Me Tell You 'Bout It - 4:19  (Robert Lewis)
     Blue Note 45: 45-1822 — Blue Leo/Let Me Tell You 'Bout It   
i. tk 31    Blue Leo - 5:09  (Leo Parker, Ike Quebec)
     Blue Note 45: 45-1822 — Blue Leo/Let Me Tell You 'Bout It   
 
All titles on:      Blue Note CD: CDP 7 84087 2 — Let Me Tell You 'Bout It   (1990)
     Blue Note CD: 0946 3 11490 2 3 — Let Me Tell You 'Bout It   (2005)

Bill Swindell (ts) on a-h; John Burks (t) on a-h.


Date: October 12, 1961
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Label: Blue Note

Leo Parker (ldr), Bill Swindell (ts), Leo Parker (bar), Dave Burns (t), Johnny Acea (p), Stan Conover (b), Purnell Rice (d)

a. tk 1    Rollin' With Leo - 6:20  (Leo Parker)
     Blue Note LP 12": LT 1076 — Rollin' With Leo   (1980)
     Blue Note LP 12": BST 84095 — Rollin' With Leo   (1986)
     Blue Note CD: CDP 7 84095 2 — Rollin' With Leo   (1988)
     Blue Note CD: 50999 2 65140 2 4 — Rollin' With Leo   (2009)
b. tk 8    Music Hall Beat - 4:53  (Illinois Jacquet)
     Blue Note LP 12": LT 1076 — Rollin' With Leo   (1980)
     Blue Note LP 12": BST 84095 — Rollin' With Leo   (1986)
     Blue Note CD: CDP 7 84095 2 — Rollin' With Leo   (1988)
     Blue Note CD: 50999 2 65140 2 4 — Rollin' With Leo   (2009)
c.    alt Bad Girl  (Stan Conover)
d.    alt Jumpin' Leo  (Leo Parker)
e.    alt Stuffy  (Coleman Hawkins, Sir Charles Thompson)
f.    alt Mad Lad Returns  (Leo Parker)

Date: October 20, 1961
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Label: Blue Note

Leo Parker (ldr), Bill Swindell (ts), Leo Parker (bar), Dave Burns (t), Johnny Acea (p), Al Lucas (b), Wilbert Hogan (d)

a.    alt Rollin' With Leo  (Leo Parker)
b.    alt Music Hall Beat  (Illinois Jacquet)
c. tk 22    Bad Girl - 6:12  (Stan Conover)
     Blue Note LP 12": LT 1076 — Rollin' With Leo   (1980)
     Blue Note LP 12": BST 84095 — Rollin' With Leo   (1986)
     Blue Note CD: CDP 7 84095 2 — Rollin' With Leo   (1988)
     Blue Note CD: 50999 2 65140 2 4 — Rollin' With Leo   (2009)
d. tk 27    Mad Lad Returns - 4:34  (Leo Parker)
     Blue Note LP 12": LT 1076 — Rollin' With Leo   (1980)
     Blue Note LP 12": BST 84095 — Rollin' With Leo   (1986)
     Blue Note CD: CDP 7 84095 2 — Rollin' With Leo   (1988)
     Blue Note CD: 50999 2 65140 2 4 — Rollin' With Leo   (2009)
e. tk 30    Stuffy - 5:38  (Coleman Hawkins, Sir Charles Thompson)
     Blue Note LP 12": LT 1076 — Rollin' With Leo   (1980)
     Blue Note LP 12": BST 84095 — Rollin' With Leo   (1986)
     Blue Note CD: CDP 7 84095 2 — Rollin' With Leo   (1988)
     Blue Note CD: 50999 2 65140 2 4 — Rollin' With Leo   (2009)
f. tk 32    Jumpin' Leo - 4:28  (Leo Parker)
     Blue Note LP 12": LT 1076 — Rollin' With Leo   (1980)
     Blue Note LP 12": BST 84095 — Rollin' With Leo   (1986)
     Blue Note CD: CDP 7 84095 2 — Rollin' With Leo   (1988)
     Blue Note CD: 50999 2 65140 2 4 — Rollin' With Leo   (2009)
g. tk 37    Talkin' The Blues - 6:26  (Leo Parker)
     Blue Note LP 12": LT 1076 — Rollin' With Leo   (1980)
     Blue Note LP 12": BST 84095 — Rollin' With Leo   (1986)
     Blue Note CD: CDP 7 84095 2 — Rollin' With Leo   (1988)
     Blue Note CD: 50999 2 65140 2 4 — Rollin' With Leo   (2009)
h. tk 38    The Lion's Roar - 4:49  (Leo Parker)
     Blue Note LP 12": LT 1076 — Rollin' With Leo   (1980)
     Blue Note LP 12": BST 84095 — Rollin' With Leo   (1986)
     Blue Note CD: CDP 7 84095 2 — Rollin' With Leo   (1988)
     Blue Note CD: 50999 2 65140 2 4 — Rollin' With Leo   (2009)

Sessions Reported: 12

Performances Reported: 90

Unique Songs Reported: 59

Unique Issues Reported: 26