Joe Puma Leader Entry
by Michael Fitzgerald

Generated on Sun, Oct 02, 2011


Date: November 30, 1954
Location: New York City
Label: Bethlehem

Joe Puma (ldr), Don Elliott (vib), Barry Galbraith, Joe Puma (g), Vinnie Burke (b), Teddy Sommer (d)

a. a-01    Loris - 4:12  (Joe Puma)
b. a-02    A Little Rainy - 3:09  (Joe Puma)
c. a-03    What Is There To Say - 2:49  (Vernon Duke, E. Y. Harburg)
d. a-04    Hallelujah! - 3:26  (Vincent Youmans, Clifford Grey, Leo Robin)
e. b-01    How About You? - 3:28  (Ralph Freed, Burton Lane)
f. b-02    Pumatic - 4:07  (Joe Puma)
g. b-03    Liza - 3:06  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Gus Kahn)
h. b-04    Moon Song - 3:08  (Arthur Johnston, Sam Coslow)
All titles on:      Toshiba/Bethlehem LP 10": TOJJ 1012 — East Coast Jazz/3   (2000)
     Bethlehem LP 10": BCP 1012 — East Coast Jazz/3   
     Fresh Sound CD: FSR CD 435 — The Jazz Guitar Of Joe Puma   (2007)

Date: December 18, 1955
Label: ABC-Paramount

Dick Garcia, Joe Puma (ldr), Dick Garcia, Joe Puma (g), Danny Martucci (b), Al Levitt (d)

a. 5048    When You Wish Upon A Star  (Leigh Harline, Ned Washington)
b. 5049    It Might As Well Be Spring  (Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II)
c. 5050    I'm Old Fashioned - 2:46  (Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer)
     ABC-Paramount LP 12": ABC-109 — The Four Most Guitars   
     Fresh Sound CD: FSR CD 435 — The Jazz Guitar Of Joe Puma   (2007)
d. 5051    Time Was [aka Duerme] - 2:21  (Gabriel Luna, Miguel Prado, Sidney Keith 'Bob' Russell)
     ABC-Paramount LP 12": ABC-109 — The Four Most Guitars   
     Fresh Sound CD: FSR CD 435 — The Jazz Guitar Of Joe Puma   (2007)
e. 5052    Moon Of Manakoora  (Alfred Newman, Frank Loesser)
f. 5053    Jumpin' With Symphony Sid  (Lester Young)

Date: December 30, 1955
Label: ABC-Paramount

Dick Garcia, Joe Puma (ldr), Dick Garcia, Joe Puma (g), Danny Martucci (b), Al Levitt (d)

a. 5054    There's A Small Hotel  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
b. 5055    Ain't Misbehavin' - 2:27  (Thomas 'Fats' Waller, Harry Brooks, Andy Razaf)
     ABC-Paramount LP 12": ABC-109 — The Four Most Guitars   
     Fresh Sound CD: FSR CD 435 — The Jazz Guitar Of Joe Puma   (2007)
c. 5056    In A Minor Mode  (Phil Nimmons)
d. 5057    Lullaby In Rhythm  (Edgar Sampson, Walter Hirsch, Clarence Prift, Benny Goodman)
e. 5058    Back Home Again In Indiana  (James F. Hanley, Ballard MacDonald)
f. 5059    Li'l Basses - 2:45  (Dick Garcia)
     ABC-Paramount LP 12": ABC-109 — The Four Most Guitars   
     Fresh Sound CD: FSR CD 435 — The Jazz Guitar Of Joe Puma   (2007)
g. 5060    All The Things You Are  (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II)
h. 5061    It Could Happen To You  (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke)

Composer of "In A Minor Mode" needs confirmation.


Date: June 13, 1956
Location: New York City
Label: Dawn

Joe Puma (ldr), Steve Lacy (ss), Herbie Mann (ts), Tom Stewart (ah), Joe Puma (g), Whitey Mitchell (b), Herb Wasserman (d)

a.     Give Me The Simple Life - 3:37  (Rube Bloom, Harry Ruby)
     Harmony LP 12": HL 7196 — Modern Jazz Festival   (1959)
b.     Indian Blanket - 3:52  (Joe Puma)
     Jazztone LP 12": J 1245 — Modern Jazz Festival   
Both titles on:      Blue Moon CD: DCD 109 — Wild Kitten   

Date: February 1957
Location: New York City
Label: Dawn

Joe Puma (ldr), Joe Puma (g), Mat Mathews (acc), Oscar Pettiford (b), Shadow Wilson (d)

a.     Rosalie Ann - 3:30  (Joe Puma)
b.     Rose Room - 5:48  (Art Hickman, Harry Williams)
c.     Wild Kitten - 5:51  (Mat Mathews)
d.     Soon - 4:11  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
All titles on:      Euphoria LP 12": ELP 195 — Wild Kitten   
     Dawn LP 12": DLP 1118 — Wild Kitten   
     Blue Moon CD: DCD 109 — Wild Kitten   

Shadow Wilson (d) on b.


Date: February 25, 1957
Location: New York City
Label: Dawn

Joe Puma (ldr), Joe Puma (g), Mat Mathews (acc), Whitey Mitchell (b), Shadow Wilson (d)

a.     But Not For Me - 2:39  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
b.     Polka Dots And Moonbeams - 2:41  (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke)
     Dawn LP 12": DLP 1123 — Critics' Choice   (1957)
c.     Rigamarole - 3:50  (Mat Mathews)
d.     Sportin' With Morton - 3:21  (Joe Puma)
All titles on:      Euphoria LP 12": ELP 195 — Wild Kitten   
     Dawn LP 12": DLP 1118 — Wild Kitten   
     Blue Moon CD: DCD 109 — Wild Kitten   

Shadow Wilson (d) on a, c-d.


Date: Late Summer 1957
Location: New York City
Label: Jubilee

Joe Puma (ldr), Eddie Costa (vib), Joe Puma (g), Bill Evans (p), Oscar Pettiford (b), Paul Motian (d)

a. a-01    Ubas - 5:23  (Oscar Pettiford)
b. a-02    Blues For Midge - 5:47  (Joe Puma)
c. a-03    Stablemates - 5:45  (Benny Golson)
d. b-01    I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) - 4:31  (Duke Ellington, Paul Francis Webster)
e. b-02    Mother Of Earl - 4:30  (Earl Zindars)
f. b-03    Indian Summer - 7:05  (Victor Herbert, Al Dubin)
All titles on:      Jubilee LP 12": JLP 1070 — Jazz   
     Fresh Sound CD: FSR CD 435 — The Jazz Guitar Of Joe Puma   (2007)

Bill Evans (p) on d-f.


Date: October 13, 1960
Location: New York City
Label: Columbia

Joe Puma (ldr), Bobby Jaspar (f, ts), Don Elliott (mp, vib), Barry Galbraith (g), Joe Puma (g, eb), Dick Hyman (p, org), George Duvivier (b), Osie Johnson (d)

a. CO65774    Skippin' South - 2:36  (Joe Puma, Eddie Hall) / arr: Dick Hyman
b. CO65775    Noah's Ark - 2:40  (Joe Puma, Eddie Hall) / arr: Dick Hyman
c. CO65776    Shades Of Twilight - 2:56  (Joe Puma, Eddie Hall) / arr: Dick Hyman
d. CO65883    Thistle Serenade - 2:55  (Joe Puma, Eddie Hall) / arr: Dick Hyman
All titles on:      Columbia LP 12": CS 8418 — Like Tweet: Jazz Versions Of Authentic Bird Calls   (1961)
     Columbia LP 12": CL 1618 — Like Tweet: Jazz Versions Of Authentic Bird Calls   (1961)

LP issue gives date as above, part of three sessions. Some sources show all performances from only two sessions.


Date: January 6, 1961
Location: New York City
Label: Columbia

Joe Puma (ldr), Jerome Richardson (pic, f, ts), Bobby Jaspar (f, ts), Don Elliott (mp, vib), Barry Galbraith (g), Joe Puma (g, eb), Dick Hyman (p, org), George Duvivier (b), Osie Johnson (d)

a.     Bird's Eye View - 3:10  (Joe Puma, Eddie Hall) / arr: Dick Hyman
b. CO65882    Like Tweet - 2:37  (Joe Puma, Eddie Hall) / arr: Dick Hyman
c. CO65884    Melancholy Bird - 2:56  (Joe Puma, Eddie Hall) / arr: Dick Hyman
All titles on:      Columbia LP 12": CS 8418 — Like Tweet: Jazz Versions Of Authentic Bird Calls   (1961)
     Columbia LP 12": CL 1618 — Like Tweet: Jazz Versions Of Authentic Bird Calls   (1961)

LP issue gives date as above, part of three sessions. Some sources show all performances from only two sessions.


Date: January 13, 1961
Location: New York City
Label: Columbia

Joe Puma (ldr), Jerome Richardson (pic, f, ts), Bobby Jaspar (f, ts), Don Elliott (mp, vib), Barry Galbraith (g), Joe Puma (g, eb), Dick Hyman (p, org), George Duvivier (b), Osie Johnson (d)

a. CO65879    Flight Patterns - 3:54  (Joe Puma, Eddie Hall) / arr: Dick Hyman
b. CO65880    Cotton Candy Clouds - 2:20  (Joe Puma, Eddie Hall) / arr: Dick Hyman
c. CO65881    Panic In The Bird Cage - 2:57  (Teo Macero) / arr: Dick Hyman
d. CO65485    Sturnella - 3:05  (Joe Puma, Eddie Hall) / arr: Dick Hyman
All titles on:      Columbia LP 12": CS 8418 — Like Tweet: Jazz Versions Of Authentic Bird Calls   (1961)
     Columbia LP 12": CL 1618 — Like Tweet: Jazz Versions Of Authentic Bird Calls   (1961)

LP issue gives date as above, part of three sessions. Some sources show all performances from only two sessions.


Date: November 1973
Label: Choice

Joe Puma, Chuck Wayne (ldr), Joe Puma, Chuck Wayne (g)

a. a-01    My Favorite Things - 5:54  (Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II)
     Choice LP 12": CRS 1004 — Interactions   (1974)
b. a-02    Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) - 4:29  (Bart Howard)
     Choice LP 12": CRS 1004 — Interactions   (1974)
c. a-03    Let's Do It Again - 4:22  (Chuck Wayne)
     Choice LP 12": CRS 1004 — Interactions   (1974)
d. a-04    Little Joe's Waltz - 5:19  (Joe Puma)
     Choice LP 12": CRS 1004 — Interactions   (1974)
e. b-01    Body And Soul - 7:01  (Johnny Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton)
     Choice LP 12": CRS 1004 — Interactions   (1974)
f. b-02    Lester Leaps In - 4:44  (Lester Young)
     Choice LP 12": CRS 1004 — Interactions   (1974)
g. b-03    Here's That Rainy Day - 5:43  (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke)
     Choice LP 12": CRS 1004 — Interactions   (1974)
h. b-04    Baubles, Bangles And Beads - 4:37  (George 'Chet' Forrest, Robert Craig Wright)
     Choice LP 12": CRS 1004 — Interactions   (1974)
i.     Satin Doll - 4:49  (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Johnny Mercer)
j.     There Will Never Be Another You - 5:14  (Harry Warren, Mack Gordon)
k.     I'll Get Along - 7:16  (Chuck Wayne)
All titles on:      Choice CD: SHCJ 1005 — Interactions   (1990)

Date: June 1, 1984
Location: Orpheus Music, New York City
Label: Uptown

Joe Puma (ldr), Joe Puma (g), Hod O'Brien (p), Red Mitchell (b)

a. a-01    Lovely - 5:14  (Stephen Sondheim)
b. a-02    My Shining Hour - 6:04  (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
c. a-03    Mood Indigo - 3:44  (Duke Ellington, Barney Bigard, Irving Mills)
d. a-04    Remember - 4:14  (Irving Berlin)
e. b-01    For All We Know - 5:25  (J. Fred Coots, Sam M. Lewis)
f. b-02    Love Nest - 6:30  (Otto Harbach, Louis Hirsch)
g. b-03    Little Joe's Waltz - 6:55  (Joe Puma)
All titles on:      Reservoir LP 12": RSR 102 — Shining Hour   
     Reservoir CD: RSR CD 102 — Shining Hour   (2000)

This session planned for UP 27.22 was never issued on Uptown.


Date: October 27 & 28, 1997
Location: New York City
Label: Euphoria

Joe Puma (ldr), Joe Puma (g), Murray Wall (b), Eddie Locke (d)

a. 01    It's A Blue World - 5:00  (George 'Chet' Forrest, Robert Craig Wright)
b. 02    For You - 3:06  (Joe Burke, Al Dubin)
c. 03    My Romance - 3:50  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
d. 04    See Jim, See Jane, See Joe - 4:30  (Joe Puma)
e. 05    I'll Never Stop Loving You - 4:13  (Nicholas Brodszky, Sammy Cahn)
f. 06    Sing - 4:40  (Joe Raposo)
g. 07    Only Trust Your Heart - 4:00  (Benny Carter, Sammy Cahn)
h. 08    Just For You - 3:32  (Joe Puma)
i. 09    Sweet Sue, Just You - 4:51  (Victor Young, Will J. Harris)
j. 10    I'll Remember April - 7:10  (Don Raye, Gene DePaul, Patricia Johnston)
All titles on:      Euphoria CD: 175 — It's A Blue World   (1999)