Charles Tolliver Leader Entry
by Michael Fitzgerald

Generated on Sun, Oct 02, 2011


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

Charles Tolliver (ldr), James Spaulding (as), Charles Tolliver (t), Bobby Hutcherson (vib), Cecil McBee (b), Billy Higgins (d)

a. 90378    Brilliant Corners - 9:50  (Thelonious Monk)
     Impulse! LP 12": A-90 — The New Wave In Jazz   
b. 90448    Plight - 13:12  (Charles Tolliver)
Both titles on:      GRP/Impulse! CD: GRD 137 — The New Wave In Jazz   (1994)

Date: July 2, 1968
Location: Town Sound Studios, Englewood, NJ
Label: Freedom

Charles Tolliver (ldr), Gary Bartz (as), Charles Tolliver (t), Herbie Hancock (p), Ron Carter (b), Joe Chambers (d)

a. a-01    Earl's World - 4:23  (Charles Tolliver)
b. a-02    Peace With Myself - 9:37  (Charles Tolliver)
c. a-03    Right Now - 5:47  (Charles Tolliver)
d. b-01    Household Of Saud - 6:06  (Charles Tolliver)
e. b-02    Lil's Paradise - 7:05  (Charles Tolliver)
f. b-03    Paper Man - 6:11  (Charles Tolliver)
All titles on:      Arista/Freedom LP 12": AL 1002 — Paper Man   (1975)

Gary Bartz (as) on d-f.


Date: February 1, 1969
Location: Austrophon Studio, Wien, Austria
Label: [radio broadcast]

Erich Kleinschuster, Charles Tolliver (ldr), Hans Salomon (ts), Charles Tolliver (t), Erich Kleinschuster (tb), Fritz Pauer (p), Jimmy Woode (b), Erich Bachtr├Ągl (d)

a. 01    Lil's Paradise - 8:46  (Charles Tolliver)
b. 02    Household Of Saud - 4:57  (Charles Tolliver)
c. 03    Paper Man - 6:31  (Charles Tolliver)
d. 04    On The Nile - 10:12  (Charles Tolliver)
e. 05    Truth - 7:54  (Charles Tolliver)
f. 06    Right Now - 4:29  (Charles Tolliver)

Date: March 21, 1969
Location: De Hertenkamp, Laren, Netherlands
Label: [radio broadcast]

Charles Tolliver (ldr), Charles Tolliver (t), Slide Hampton (tb), Frans Elsen (p), Rob Langereis (b), Peter Ypma (d)

a.     A Day In Vienna  (Slide Hampton)

Date: June 2, 1969
Location: Polydor Studios, London, England
Label: Freedom

Charles Tolliver (ldr), Charles Tolliver (t), Stanley Cowell (p), Steve Novosel (b), Jimmy Hopps (d)

a. a-01    Plight - 7:09  (Charles Tolliver)
b. a-02    On The Nile - 12:31  (Charles Tolliver)
c. b-01    The Ringer - 5:46  (Charles Tolliver)
d. b-02    Mother Wit - 8:46  (Charles Tolliver)
e. b-03    Spur - 5:02  (Charles Tolliver)
All titles on:      Black Lion CD: BLCD 760174 — The Ringer   (1992)

Date: May 1, 1970
Location: Slugs', New York City
Label: Strata-East

Charles Tolliver (ldr), Charles Tolliver (t), Stanley Cowell (p), Cecil McBee (b), Jimmy Hopps (d)

a. a-01    Drought - 9:04  (Charles Tolliver)
     Strata-East LP 12": SES 1972 — Live At Slugs' Volume 1   (1972)
b. a-02    Felicite - 8:05  (Cecil McBee)
     Strata-East LP 12": SES 1972 — Live At Slugs' Volume 1   (1972)
c. b-01    Orientale - 17:32  (Stanley Cowell)
     Strata-East LP 12": SES 1972 — Live At Slugs' Volume 1   (1972)
d. c-01    Spanning - 8:24  (Charles Tolliver)
     Strata-East LP 12": SES 19720 — Live At Slugs' Volume 2   
e. c-02    Wilpan's [aka Wilpan's Walk] - 10:35  (Cecil McBee)
     Strata-East LP 12": SES 19720 — Live At Slugs' Volume 2   
f. d-01    Our Second Father - 13:20  (Charles Tolliver)
     Strata-East LP 12": SES 19720 — Live At Slugs' Volume 2   
g.     On The Nile - 13:33  (Charles Tolliver)
h.     Ruthie's Heart - 18:46  (Charles Tolliver)
i.     Repetition - 8:51  (Neal Hefti)
All titles on:      Mosaic CD: MS 020 — Mosaic Select 20 - Charles Tolliver   

Group known as Music Inc.


Date: November 11, 1970
Location: New York City
Label: Strata-East

Charles Tolliver (ldr), Bobby Brown (f), Wilbur Brown, Jimmy Heath, Clifford Jordan (f, ts), Howard Johnson (bar, tu), Lorenzo Greenwich, Virgil Jones, Danny Moore, Charles Tolliver, Richard Williams (t), Garnett Brown, Curtis Fuller, John Gordon, Dick Griffin (tb), Stanley Cowell (p), Cecil McBee (b), Jimmy Hopps (d)

a. a-01    Ruthie's Heart - 6:12  (Charles Tolliver)
b. a-02    Brilliant Circles - 4:48  (Stanley Cowell)
c. a-03    Abscretions - 6:58  (Stanley Cowell)
d. b-01    Household Of Saud - 6:38  (Charles Tolliver)
e. b-02    On The Nile - 9:48  (Charles Tolliver)
f. b-03    Departure - 5:00  (Stanley Cowell)
All titles on:      Strata-East LP 12": SES 1971 — Music Inc.   (1971)

Date: March 23, 1972
Location: Domicile, Munchen, Germany
Label: Enja

Charles Tolliver (ldr), Charles Tolliver (fh), Stanley Cowell (p), Ron Mathewson (b), Alvin Queen (d)

a. a-01    Impact - 7:58  (Charles Tolliver)
b. a-02    Brilliant Circles - 15:48  (Stanley Cowell)
c. b-01    Truth - 9:06  (Charles Tolliver)
     Enja CD: SPE 0907-2 — Jazzthing   (2007)
d. b-02    Prayer For Peace - 15:56  (Stanley Cowell)
All titles on:      Enja LP 12": 2016 ST — Impact   

Date: August 9, 1972
Location: Loosdrecht Jazz Festival, Loosdrecht, Netherlands
Label: Strata-East

Charles Tolliver (ldr), Charles Tolliver (t, fh), John Hicks (p), Reggie Workman (b), Alvin Queen (d)

a. a-01    Grand Max - 11:22  (Charles Tolliver)
b. a-02    Truth - 11:06  (Charles Tolliver)
c. b-01    Prayer For Peace - 15:15  (Stanley Cowell)
d. c-01    Our Second Father - 16:40  (Charles Tolliver)
e. d-01    Repetition - 13:10  (Neal Hefti)
All titles on:      Strata-East LP 12": SES 19740/1 — Live At The Loosdrecht Jazz Festival   (1973)
     Black Lion CD: BLCD 760145 — Grand Max   (1990)

Recorded by N.O.S. Radio, Hilversum, Netherlands.


Date: December 7, 1973
Location: Yubin Chokin Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Label: Strata-East

Charles Tolliver (ldr), Charles Tolliver (t), Stanley Cowell (p), Clint Houston (b), Clifford Barbaro (d)

a. a-01    Drought - 12:18  (Charles Tolliver)
     Strata-East LP 12": SES 19745 — Live In Tokyo   
b. a-02    Stretch - 10:39  (Charles Tolliver)
     Strata-East LP 12": SES 19745 — Live In Tokyo   
c. b-01    Truth - 7:04  (Charles Tolliver)
     Strata-East LP 12": SES 19745 — Live In Tokyo   
d. b-02    Effi - 10:43  (Stanley Cowell)
     Strata-East LP 12": SES 19745 — Live In Tokyo   
e. b-03    'Round Midnight - 8:36  (Thelonious Monk, Cootie Williams, Bernie Hanighen)
     Strata-East LP 12": SES 19745 — Live In Tokyo   
f.     Impact - 7:28  (Charles Tolliver)
g.     Our Second Father - 20:15  (Charles Tolliver)
h.     Earl's World - 6:24  (Charles Tolliver)
All titles on:      Mosaic CD: MS 020 — Mosaic Select 20 - Charles Tolliver   

Group known as Music Inc.


Date: January 17, 1975
Label: Strata-East

Charles Tolliver (ldr), James Spaulding (f, as), Harold Vick (f, ss, ts), Charles McPherson (as), George Coleman (ts), Charles Davis (bar), Jon Faddis, Lorenzo Greenwich, Virgil Jones, Jimmy Owens, Richard Williams (t), Charles Tolliver (t, fh, con), Garnett Brown, John Gordon, Kiane Zawadi (tb), Jack Jeffers (btb), Stanley Cowell (p), Clint Houston, Cecil McBee, Reggie Workman (b), Clifford Barbaro (d), Warren Smith (chi, per), Big Black, Billy Parker (per), Winston Collymore, Noel Da Costa, Gayle Dixon, Noel Pointer (vn), Julius Miller, Ashley Richardson (vl), Akua Dixon Turre, Edith Wint Porter (vc)

a. a-01    Impact - 7:57  (Charles Tolliver) / arr: Charles Tolliver
b. a-02    Mother Wit - 8:22  (Charles Tolliver) / arr: Charles Tolliver
c. a-03    Grand Max - 6:20  (Charles Tolliver) / arr: Charles Tolliver
d. b-01    Plight - 9:47  (Charles Tolliver) / arr: Charles Tolliver
e. b-02    Lynnsome - 7:23  (Charles Tolliver) / arr: Charles Tolliver
f. b-03    Mournin' Variations - 8:06  (Charles Tolliver) / arr: Charles Tolliver
All titles on:      Strata-East LP 12": SES 19757 — Impact   (1975)

Clint Houston (b) on c-d; Cecil McBee (b) on a, e; Reggie Workman (b) on b, f; Warren Smith (chi) on a, f; (per) on a, f; Big Black (per) on a, e-f; Billy Parker (per) on a, f.


Date: November 10, 1976
Location: Mozartsaal, Wien, Austria
Label: [radio broadcast]

Charles Tolliver (ldr), Charles Tolliver (t), Nathen Page (g), Sonny Brown (d)

a. 01    'Round Midnight - 9:05  (Thelonious Monk, Cootie Williams, Bernie Hanighen)
b. 02    The Ringer - 16:31  (Charles Tolliver)

Date: November 1977
Location: Paris, France
Label: Baystate

Charles Tolliver (ldr), Charles Tolliver (t), Nathen Page (g), Steve Novosel (b), Alvin Queen (d)

a. a-01    Earl's World - 13:10  (Charles Tolliver)
b. a-02    Impact - 5:33  (Charles Tolliver)
c. b-01    Compassion - 10:50  (Charles Tolliver)
d. b-02    Truth - 9:42  (Charles Tolliver)
All titles on:      Strata-East LP 12": SES 8001 — Compassion   (1980)

Date: February 1979
Location: Funkhaus des NDR Studio, Hamburg, Germany
Label: [radio broadcast]

Charles Tolliver (ldr), Herb Geller (as), Benny Bailey (t, fh), Charles Tolliver (t), Wolfgang Schl├╝ter (vib), Wolfgang Dauner (p), Lucas Lindholm (b), Alvin Queen (d)

a. 01    Impact - 8:08  (Charles Tolliver) / arr: Charles Tolliver
b. 02    Grand Max - 6:14  (Charles Tolliver) / arr: Charles Tolliver
c. 03    Lynnsome - 7:13  (Charles Tolliver) / arr: Charles Tolliver
d. 04    Rejoicin' - 7:45  (Charles Tolliver) / arr: Charles Tolliver
e. 05    Ruthie's Heart - 8:46  (Charles Tolliver) / arr: Charles Tolliver
f. 06    Mother Wit - 7:09  (Charles Tolliver) / arr: Charles Tolliver
g. 07    Plight - 5:33  (Charles Tolliver) / arr: Charles Tolliver

Date: July 21 & 22, 1988
Location: Quasimodo, Berlin, Germany
Label: Strata-East

Charles Tolliver (ldr), Charles Tolliver (t), Alain Jean-Marie (p), Ugonna Okegwa (b), Ralph Van Duncan (d)

a.     Ruthie's Heart - 16:17  (Charles Tolliver)
     Strata-East CD: SECD 9003 — Live In Berlin At The Quasimodo, Volume 1   (1990)
b.     Ah, I See - 9:41  (Charles Tolliver)
     Strata-East CD: SECD 9003 — Live In Berlin At The Quasimodo, Volume 1   (1990)
c.     Stretch - 16:07  (Charles Tolliver)
     Strata-East CD: SECD 9003 — Live In Berlin At The Quasimodo, Volume 1   (1990)
d.     On The Nile - 16:37  (Charles Tolliver)
     Strata-East CD: SECD 9003 — Live In Berlin At The Quasimodo, Volume 1   (1990)
e.     Toughin' - 7:24  (Charles Tolliver)
     Strata-East CD: SECD 9013 — Live In Berlin At The Quasimodo, Volume 2   (1992)
f.     Drought - 8:57  (Charles Tolliver)
     Strata-East CD: SECD 9013 — Live In Berlin At The Quasimodo, Volume 2   (1992)
g.     For Love Of What - 9:08  (Charles Tolliver)
     Strata-East CD: SECD 9013 — Live In Berlin At The Quasimodo, Volume 2   (1992)
h.     Impact - 11:14  (Charles Tolliver)
     Strata-East CD: SECD 9013 — Live In Berlin At The Quasimodo, Volume 2   (1992)
i.     In The Trenches - 7:12  (Charles Tolliver)
     Strata-East CD: SECD 9013 — Live In Berlin At The Quasimodo, Volume 2   (1992)

Date: February 13, 1992
Location: Berlin, Germany
Label: [radio broadcast]

Charles Tolliver (ldr), Charles Tolliver (t), Alain Jean-Marie (p), Ugonna Okegwa (b), Ralf van Drunken (d)

a.     [unknown titles]  (Composer Unknown)

Details need confirmation. Five unknown titles: 7:24/8:57/9:08/11:14/7:13.


Date: July 21, 2004
Location: Pori Jazz Festival - Porin Teatteri, Pori, Finland
Label: [private recording]

Charles Tolliver (ldr), James Spaulding (f, as), Bill Saxton (ss), Antonio Hart (as), Craig Handy (ts), Howard Johnson (bar), David Guy, Keyon Harrold, Brian Lynch, Charles Tolliver, David Weiss (t), Stafford Hunter, Jason Jackson, Aaron Johnson (tb), Sergei Sokolov (p), Cecil McBee (b), Ralph Peterson (d)

a. 01    Ruthie's Heart - 13:10  (Charles Tolliver)
b. 02    Mournin' Variations - 20:29  (Charles Tolliver)
c. 03    On The Nile - 14:45  (Charles Tolliver)

Additional selection: #4 (12:31) - title unknown.


Date: June 2 & 3, 2006
Location: New York City
Label: Mosaic

Charles Tolliver (ldr), Craig Handy (pic, f, cl, ss, as), Todd Bashore (f, cl, as), Bill Saxton (cl, ss, ts), Howard Johnson (bcl, cac, bar), Billy Harper (ts), Chris Albert, David Guy, Keyon Harrold, Charles Tolliver, David Weiss, James Zollar (t), Joe Fielder, Clark Gayton, Stafford Hunter, Jason Jackson (tb), Aaron Johnson (btb, tu), Ched Tolliver (g), Stanley Cowell, Robert Glasper (p), Cecil McBee (b), Victor Lewis (d)

a. 01    Rejoicin' - 6:19  (Charles Tolliver) / arr: Charles Tolliver
     Blue Note CD: 0946 3 69315 2 4 — With Love   (2007)
b. 02    With Love - 9:24  (Charles Tolliver) / arr: Charles Tolliver
     Blue Note CD: 0946 3 69315 2 4 — With Love   (2007)
c. 03    'Round Midnight - 9:08  (Thelonious Monk, Cootie Williams, Bernie Hanighen) / arr: Charles Tolliver
     Blue Note CD: 0946 3 69315 2 4 — With Love   (2007)
d. 04    Mournin' Variations - 10:55  (Charles Tolliver) / arr: Charles Tolliver
     Blue Note CD: 0946 3 69315 2 4 — With Love   (2007)
e. 05    Right Now - 6:29  (Charles Tolliver) / arr: Charles Tolliver
     Blue Note CD: 0946 3 69315 2 4 — With Love   (2007)
f. 06    Suspicion - 8:36  (Charles Tolliver) / arr: Charles Tolliver
     Blue Note CD: 0946 3 69315 2 4 — With Love   (2007)
g. 07    Hit The Spot - 8:06  (Charles Tolliver) / arr: Charles Tolliver
     Blue Note CD: 0946 3 69315 2 4 — With Love   (2007)
h.     On The Nile  (Charles Tolliver) / arr: Charles Tolliver

Keyon Harrold (t) on a, c, g-h; James Zollar (t) on b, d-f; Joe Fielder (tb) on c, h; Clark Gayton (tb) on a-b, d-g; Ched Tolliver (g) on f.

Cowell performed on June 2 and Glasper on June 3, but specfic date/track information is unclear.


Date: October 13, 2007
Location: Page Auditorium, Duke University, Durham, NC
Label: [no known recording]

Charles Tolliver (ldr), Todd Bashore (as), Craig Handy (ts), Howard Johnson (bar), Frederick Hendrix (t), Vincent Chancey (frh), Jason Jackson (tb), Aaron Johnson (tu), Stanley Cowell (p), Rufus Reid (b), Victor Lewis (d), Charles Tolliver (con)

a. 01    In Walked Bud  (Thelonious Monk)
b. 02    Blue Monk  (Thelonious Monk)
c. 03    Rhythm-a-ning  (Thelonious Monk)
d. 04    Thelonious  (Thelonious Monk) / arr: Hall Overton
e. 05    Friday The 13th  (Thelonious Monk) / arr: Hall Overton
f. 06    Monk's Mood  (Thelonious Monk) / arr: Hall Overton
g. 07    Little Rootie Tootie  (Thelonious Monk) / arr: Hall Overton
h. 08    Off Minor  (Thelonious Monk) / arr: Hall Overton
i. 09    Crepuscule With Nellie  (Thelonious Monk) / arr: Hall Overton
j. 10    Little Rootie Tootie  (Thelonious Monk) / arr: Hall Overton

Todd Bashore (as) on d-j; Craig Handy (ts) on c-j; Howard Johnson (bar) on d-j; Frederick Hendrix (t) on d-j; Vincent Chancey (frh) on d-j; Jason Jackson (tb) on d-j; Aaron Johnson (tu) on d-j; Rufus Reid (b) on b-j; Victor Lewis (d) on b-j; Charles Tolliver (con) on d-j.

Part of the "Following Monk" series presented by Duke University. Hall Overton arrangements transcribed by Charles Tolliver.


Date: November 19, 2007
Location: Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, UK
Label: [radio broadcast]

Charles Tolliver (ldr), Todd Bashore, Bruce Williams (as), Billy Harper, Bill Saxton (ts), Howard Johnson (bar), Chris Albert, Keyon Harrold, Frederick Hendrix, Charles Tolliver, David Weiss (t), Stafford Hunter, Jason Jackson (tb), Aaron Johnson (btb), Kirk Lightsey (p), Reggie Johnson (b), Gene Jackson (d)

a. 01    On The Nile - 19:23  (Charles Tolliver) / arr: Charles Tolliver
b. 02    'Round Midnight - 9:47  (Thelonious Monk, Cootie Williams, Bernie Hanighen) / arr: Charles Tolliver
c. 03    Toughin' - 17:41  (Charles Tolliver) / arr: Charles Tolliver
d. 04    Suspicion - 13:36  (Charles Tolliver) / arr: Charles Tolliver

Broadcast on BBC radio on November 23, 2007.


Date: July 9, 2008
Location: Blue Note, New York City
Label: [private recording]

Charles Tolliver (ldr), Todd Bashore (f, cl, as), Jason Marshall (bcl, bar), Bruce Williams (as), Billy Harper, Bill Saxton, Marcus Strickland (ts), Chris Albert, Keyon Harrold, Charles Tolliver, David Weiss, Michael Williams (t), Mike Dease, Stafford Hunter, Jason Jackson (tb), Aaron Johnson (btb), Anthony Wonsey (p), Reggie Workman (b), Gene Jackson (d)

a. 01    Right Now - 11:11  (Charles Tolliver)
b. 02    I Want To Talk About You - 9:54  (Billy Eckstine)
c. 03    With Love - 18:50  (Charles Tolliver)
d. 04    Chedlike - 4:24  (Charles Tolliver)
e. 05    Emperor March - 18:10  (Charles Tolliver)
f. 06    'Round Midnight - 11:11  (Thelonious Monk, Cootie Williams, Bernie Hanighen)

Saxophones may double on various woodwinds.


Date: July 10 & 11, 2008
Location: Blue Note, New York City
Label: Half Note

Charles Tolliver (ldr), Todd Bashore (pic, f, cl, as), Bill Saxton (f, cl, ss, ts), Bruce Williams (f, cl, ss, as), Jason Marshall (bcl, bar), Billy Harper, Marcus Strickland (ts), Chris Albert, Keyon Harrold, David Weiss, Michael Williams (t), Charles Tolliver (t, con), Mike Dease, Stafford Hunter, Jason Jackson, Ernest Stewart (tb), Aaron Johnson (btb), Stanley Cowell, Anthony Wonsey (p), Reggie Workman (b), Gene Jackson (d)

a. 01    On The Nile - 13:34  (Charles Tolliver) / arr: Charles Tolliver
b. 02    I Want To Talk About You - 7:06  (Billy Eckstine) / arr: Charles Tolliver
c. 03    Emperor March - 13:51  (Charles Tolliver) / arr: Charles Tolliver
d. 04    Chedlike - 5:35  (Charles Tolliver) / arr: Charles Tolliver
e. 05    In The Trenches - 10:02  (Charles Tolliver) / arr: Charles Tolliver
f. 06    Toughin' - 11:24  (Charles Tolliver) / arr: Charles Tolliver
All titles on:      High Note CD: 924539 — Emperor March   (2009)

Stanley Cowell (p) on a; Anthony Wonsey (p) on b-f.

Personnel needs confirmation. Cowell may appear on additional selections.


Date: February 26, 2009
Location: Town Hall, New York City
Label: [radio broadcast]

Charles Tolliver (ldr), Todd Bashore (as), Marcus Strickland (ts), Howard Johnson (bar), Kenyatta Beasley (t), Vincent Chancey (frh), Jason Jackson (tb), Aaron Johnson (tu), Stanley Cowell (p), Rufus Reid (b), Gene Jackson (d), Charles Tolliver (con)

a. 01    In Walked Bud - 4:50  (Thelonious Monk)
b. 02    Blue Monk - 4:54  (Thelonious Monk)
c. 03    Rhythm-a-ning - 6:06  (Thelonious Monk)
d. 04    Thelonious - 2:58  (Thelonious Monk) / arr: Hall Overton
e. 05    Friday The 13th - 8:48  (Thelonious Monk) / arr: Hall Overton
f. 06    Monk's Mood - 10:55  (Thelonious Monk) / arr: Hall Overton
g. 07    Little Rootie Tootie - 12:35  (Thelonious Monk) / arr: Hall Overton
h. 08    Off Minor - 5:49  (Thelonious Monk) / arr: Hall Overton
i. 09    Crepuscule With Nellie - 6:58  (Thelonious Monk) / arr: Hall Overton
j. 10    Little Rootie Tootie - 5:24  (Thelonious Monk) / arr: Hall Overton

Todd Bashore (as) on d-j; Marcus Strickland (ts) on c-j; Howard Johnson (bar) on d-j; Kenyatta Beasley (t) on d-j; Vincent Chancey (frh) on d-j; Jason Jackson (tb) on d-j; Aaron Johnson (tu) on d-j; Rufus Reid (b) on b-j; Gene Jackson (d) on b-j; Charles Tolliver (con) on d-j.

Hall Overton arrangements transcribed by Charles Tolliver.

Confirmation needed that Tolliver only conducted and did not play.