John Hicks (jazz pianist)
Hicks in 2006
|Birth name||John Josephus Hicks, Jr.|
December 21, 1941|
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
|Died||May 10, 2006
New York City, New York
|Genres||Jazz, hard bop, bebop, free jazz, modal jazz|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, composer, arranger, educator|
|Associated acts||Jazz Messengers, Woody Herman, Betty Carter, Mingus Dynasty Band, Elise Wood|
John Josephus Hicks, Jr. (December 21, 1941 – May 10, 2006) was an American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger. He was leader for more than 30 recordings and played as a sideman on more than 300.
After early experiences backing blues musicians, Hicks moved to New York in 1963. He was part of Art Blakey's band for two years, then backed vocalist Betty Carter from 1965 to 1967, before joining Woody Herman's big band, where he stayed until 1970. Following these largely mainstream jazz experiences, Hicks expanded into freer bands, including those of trumpeters Charles Tolliver and Lester Bowie. He rejoined Carter in 1975; the five-year stay brought him more attention and helped to launch his recording career as a leader. He continued to play and record extensively in the United States and internationally. Under his own leadership, his recordings were mostly bebop-influenced, while those for other leaders continued to be in a diversity of styles, including multi-year associations with saxophonists Arthur Blythe, David Murray, David "Fathead" Newman, and Pharoah Sanders.
Hicks was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on December 21, 1941, the oldest of five children. As a child, he moved with his family around the United States, as his father, Rev John Hicks Sr, took up jobs with the Methodist church. His family was middle class; "I was brought up as a decent human being, where you had aspirations and there were expectations", he commented. He began playing the piano aged six or seven in Los Angeles. His mother, Pollie, was his first piano teacher. He also took organ lessons, sang in choirs and tried the violin and trombone. He began playing the piano in church once he could read music, around the age of 11. His development accelerated once his family moved to St. Louis, when Hicks was 14 and he settled on the piano. In St. Louis, he attended Sumner High School. Hicks cited influences "from Fats Waller to Thelonious Monk to Methodist church hymns", as well as local pianists. He was initially interested in the blues-based compositions of Horace Silver and popular songs such as "I Got Rhythm" and "There Will Never Be Another You", for their easily recognised harmonies.
Hicks had summer gigs in the southern United States with blues musicians Little Milton and Albert King. His stint with Little Milton provided his first professional work, in 1958; Hicks stated that his playing in a variety of keys improved because the venue's piano was so out of tune that he had to transpose each piece that they played. Hicks studied music in 1958 at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, where he shared a room with drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson. He also studied for a short time at the Berklee School of Music in Boston before moving to New York in 1963.
Later life and career
In New York, Hicks first accompanied singer Della Reese. He then played with Joe Farrell and toured with trombonist Al Grey and tenor saxophonist Billy Mitchell. After periods with Kenny Dorham and Joe Henderson, Hicks joined Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers in 1964. His recording debut was with Blakey in November that year, for the album 'S Make It. Early in 1965, Hicks toured with Blakey to Japan, France, Switzerland, and England. Blakey encouraged his band members, including Hicks, to compose for the band, although they also played compositions by previous members of the band. He stayed with Blakey for two years. His playing during this time was compared with that of McCoy Tyner, for the level of energy displayed and for some of the intervals that they used. In the period 1965 to 1967 he worked on and off with vocalist Betty Carter. Her liking for slow ballads helped Hicks develop his sense of time. He then joined Woody Herman's big band until 1970. Hicks "also recorded with Booker Ervin and Sonny Simmons (both 1966), Hank Mobley (1967), and Lee Morgan (1968)". He also arranged for Herman.
From 1972 to 1973 Hicks taught jazz history and improvisation at Southern Illinois University. From the 1970s he also played in more avant garde bands. "He recorded with Oliver Lake (1970) and performed and recorded in the Netherlands with Charles Tolliver (1972)." He played with Blakey again in 1973. He was then with Carter again from 1975 to 1980. Hicks reunited with Carter in 1975, including accompanying her in a musical play, Don't Call Me Man, that year.
After recording with Carter on her Now It's My Turn in 1976, Hicks returned to her band full-time; this raised his profile and led to his own recording – After the Morning. His recording continued, including with "Lester Bowie (1974), Carter Jefferson (1978), and Chico Freeman (1978–79)." Some Other Time in 1981, with bassist Walter Booker and drummer Idris Muhammad, revealed more of Hicks as a composer, and included his best-known song, "Naima's Love Song". Hicks was dismissed in 1980 by Carter, a forceful bandleader, for drinking.
"Hicks led bands from the mid-1970s. His small groups included a quartet of Sonny Fortune, Walter Booker, and Jimmy Cobb (1975–82, from 1990); a trio, without Fortune (from 1981); a quartet or trio, with the flutist Elise Wood added or replacing the drummer; another quartet, with the addition of Gary Bartz; a different trio with Curtis Lundy or Ray Drummond on double bass and Idris Muhammad on drums; quartets involving various of these musicians, as well as Watson, Blythe, Murray, Herring, or Craig Handy, and with Victor Lewis added to the pool of drummers; quintets and sextets whose members have also involved Robin Eubanks and Tolliver (both from 1982), Branford Marsalis (1982–4), Hannibal Peterson (from 1983), Wynton Marsalis (1983–4), Craig Harris (1985–6), Eddie Henderson (1985–6, 1988–90), and Freeman (1985–8); and a big band (formed in autumn 1982 and revived on occasion into the late 1990s)". He played in the UK with Freeman's band in 1989.
From the early 1980s until his death he performed solo and led his own groups, including the Keystone Trio, with Idris Muhammad and George Mraz. He also freelanced, including with more contemporary players such as Arthur Blythe, David Murray, and Pharoah Sanders. "During the 1980s Hicks played as a sideman in numerous groups, including those led by Richie Cole (1980), Arthur Blythe (In the Tradition), David Murray, Hamiet Bluiett, Art Davis, and Pharoah Sanders; he recorded with these musicians, as well as with Ricky Ford (1980, 1982), Alvin Queen (1981), Peter Leitch (1984), Vincent Herring (1986), and Bobby Watson (1986, 1988)". In 1984 he had a big band that rehearsed; a sextet from it played concerts. From around 1989 into the 1990s he played with the Mingus Dynasty band, including for performances of the symphony Epitaph. He recorded two albums in Japan in 1988 – the trio East Side Blues and the quartet Naima's Love Song, with altoist Bobby Watson added. He became "a fixture at international music festivals" as well as continuing to play in New York.
"Like so many straight-ahead jazz artists, John Hicks did his share of label-hopping in the '90s. Instead of recording for one company consistently, he would offer different projects to different labels." He continued to record in the 1990s, including "in duos with Drummond (1989), Jay McShann (1992), and Leitch (1994); as a leader; in cooperative sessions with Kenny Barron (1989), Cecil McBee and Elvin Jones (as the Power Trio, 1990), with George Mraz and Muhammad (as the Keystone Trio, from 1995), and with Eric Alexander, Mraz, and Muhammad (1998); and further as a sideman with Murray, Leitch, Blythe, and Freeman, as well as with Roy Hargrove (1989–90, 1995), Bartz (1990), Lake (1991), Steve Marcus and Valery Ponomarev (both 1993), Nick Brignola, Russell Gunn, and Kevin Mahogany (all 1994), the Mingus Big Band (c1995), Fortune (1996), and Jimmy Ponder (1997)." As leader, his choice of material in the 1990s was often of commonly played standards. He played in the UK with the Mingus Big Band in 1999, and played on their album Blues and Politics from the same year.
Hicks played and recorded with jazz artists such as Joe Lovano and David "Fathead" Newman. The pianist recorded the seventh instalment of the "Live at Maybeck Recital Hall" series of solo concerts, which were recorded for Concord Records. He was part of Lovano's quartet in 1998.
From 1983, the flautist Elise Wood was frequently a member of his groups. As a duo, they played mostly jazz, but also some classical music. They formed a business partnership – John Hicks-Elise Wood, Inc. – and toured the US, Europe and Japan in the 1980s. The couple married in 2001. Hicks divorced his first wife, Olympia, in the early 1990s. Towards the end of his life, Hicks taught at New York University and The New School in New York. Asked about his teaching, Hicks replied that "I don't care how advanced my students are, I always start them off with the blues. It all comes from there." Early in 2006 Hicks again played in a big band, this time led by Charles Tolliver. In January and February, he toured Israel, chiefly playing Thelonious Monk compositions. Hicks' final studio recording was On the Wings of an Eagle in March 2006. His last performance was at St Mark's United Methodist Church in New York City a few days before he died. He died on May 10, 2006, from internal bleeding. Wood survived him, and has led groups dedicated to his music. A son and daughter (Jamil Malik and Naima) from his first marriage also survived him. In the view of AllMusic reviewer Michael G. Nastos, "Hicks died before reaping the ultimate rewards and high praise he deserved". A collection of his papers and compositions, as well as video and audio recordings, is held by Duke University.
Hicks had a style of his own, containing a "combination of irresistible creativity and responsiveness [...] encompassing swing, hard bop and the avant garde, and made him a first-call choice for many of the most important American modern jazz groups". "Hicks had his critics, some of whom condemn him for insubstantiality." The Penguin Guide to Jazz commented that "This [...] is missing the point. Almost always, he is more concerned to work within the dimensions of a song than to go off into the stratosphere."
A reviewer of a 1993 release, Lover Man: Tribute to Billie Holiday, commented that Hicks "mastered the technique of shaping a piano chord so it sounds like the rising and falling of a breath". Fellow pianist George Cables stated that Hicks "was a very strong and energetic player, and a very warm player, very much part of the tradition".
As an accompanist, Hicks played delicately, with carefully voiced chords.
His compositions "are wandering and melodic, suggestive and malleable yet memorable".
An asterisk (*) after the year indicates that it is the year of release.
|1975||Hells Bells||Strata-East||Trio, with Clint Houston (bass), Cliff Barbaro (drums); released 1980|
|1975||Steadfast||Strata-East||Solo piano; released 1980|
|1979||After the Morning||West 54||Some tracks solo piano; some tracks duo, with Walter Booker (bass); one track trio, with Cliff Barbaro (drums) added|
|1981||Some Other Time||Theresa||Most tracks trio, with Walter Booker (bass), Idris Muhammad (drums); two tracks solo piano|
|1982||John Hicks||Theresa||Some tracks solo piano; some tracks trio, with Bobby Hutcherson (vibes), Walter Booker (bass); one track duo, with Olympia Hicks (piano); reissue by Evidence added one track trio, with Olympia Hicks, Idris Muhammad (drums)|
|1984||In Concert||Theresa||Most tracks trio, with Walter Booker (bass), Idris Muhammad (drums); some tracks quartet, with Elise Wood (flute) or Bobby Hutcherson (vibes) added; in concert|
|1985||Inc. 1||DIW||Most tracks trio, with Walter Booker (bass), Idris Muhammad (drums); some tracks solo piano|
|1985||Sketches of Tokyo||DIW||Duo, with David Murray (tenor sax)|
|1985–88||Luminous||Nilva||Some tracks duo, with Elise Wood (flute); some tracks quartet, with Walter Booker (bass), Jimmy Cobb, Alvin Queen (drums, separately) added; some tracks quintet, with Clifford Jordan (tenor sax) added|
|1986–87||Two of a Kind||Theresa||Duo, with Ray Drummond (bass)|
|1987||I'll Give You Something to Remember Me By||Limetree||Trio, with Curtis Lundy (bass) Idris Muhammad (drums)|
|1988||Naima's Love Song||DIW||Quartet, with Bobby Watson (alto sax), Curtis Lundy (bass), Victor Lewis (drums)|
|1988||East Side Blues||DIW||Trio, with Curtis Lundy (bass), Victor Lewis (drums)|
|1989||Oleo||CBS/Sony||As New York Unit; quartet, with George Adams (tenor sax), Richard Davis (bass), Tatsuya Nakamura (drums)|
|1989||Rhythm-a-Ning||Candid||As Kenny Barron-John Hicks Quartet with Walter Booker (bass), Jimmy Cobb (drums)|
|1990||Power Trio||Novus||Trio, with Cecil McBee (bass), Elvin Jones (drums)|
|1990||Is That So?||Timeless||Trio, with Ray Drummond (bass), Idris Muhammad (drums)|
|1990||Live at Maybeck Recital Hall, Vol. 7||Concord Jazz||Solo piano; in concert|
|1990||Blue Bossa||Paddle Wheel||As New York Unit; quartet, with George Adams (tenor sax), Richard Davis (bass), Tatsuya Nakamura (drums)|
|1991*||Rhythm-a-ning||Candid||Quartet, with Kenny Barron (piano), Walter Booker (bass), Jimmy Cobb (drums)|
|1991||St. Thomas: Tribute to Great Tenors||Paddle Wheel||As New York Unit; trio, with Richard Davis (bass), Tatsuya Nakamura (drums)|
|1991–92||Tribute To George Adams||Paddle Wheel||As New York Unit; quartet; some tracks with George Adams, Dan Faulk (tenor sax; separately), Richard Davis (bass), Tatsuya Nakamura (drums); some tracks with Javon Jackson (tenor sax), Santi Debriano (bass), Nakamura (drums)|
|1992||Now's the Time||Paddle Wheel||As New York Unit; quartet, with Marvin "Hannibal" Peterson (trumpet), Richard Davis (bass), Tatsuya Nakamura (drums)|
|1992||Over the Rainbow||Paddle Wheel||As New York Unit; mostly quartet, with Pharoah Sanders (tenor sax), Richard Davis (bass), Tatsuya Nakamura (drums)|
|1992||Moanin' (Portrait of Art Blakey)||Venus||Trio, with Marcus Maclaurene (bass), Victor Lewis (drums)|
|1992||Crazy for You||Red Baron||Trio, with Wilbur Bascomb (bass), Kenny Washington (drums)|
|1992||After the Morning||DSM||Solo piano; in concert|
|1992||Friends Old and New||BMG Novus||Most tracks sextet, with Joshua Redman (tenor sax), Clark Terry and Greg Gisbert (trumpet), Ron Carter (bass), Grady Tate (drums); one track septet, with Al Grey (trombone) added|
|1992||The Missouri Connection||Reservoir||Duo, with Jay McShann (piano)|
|1992||Single Petal of a Rose||Mapleshade||Some tracks duo, with Elise Wood (flute); some tracks trio or quartet, with With Jack Walrath (trumpet), Curtis Lundy (bass) added|
|1993*||Lover Man: Tribute to Billie Holiday||Red Baron||Trio, with Ray Drummond (bass), Victor Lewis (drums)|
|1993||Beyond Expectations||Reservoir||Trio, with Ray Drummond (bass), Marvin "Smitty" Smith (drums)|
|1994||Duality||Reservoir||With Peter Leitch (guitar)|
|1994||Akari||What's New||As New York Unit; quartet, with Marvin "Hannibal" Peterson (trumpet), Richard Davis (bass), Tatsuya Nakamura (drums)|
|1994||Gentle Rain||Sound Hills||Trio, with Walter Booker, (bass) Louis Hayes (drums)|
|1994||In the Mix||Landmark||Quintet, with Vincent Herring (alto sax, soprano sax), Elise Wood (flute), Curtis Lundy (bass), Cecil Brooks III (drums)|
|1995||Heart Beats||Milestone||As Keystone Trio; with George Mraz (bass), Idris Muhammad (drums)|
|1996||Piece for My Peace||Landmark||Some tracks solo piano; one track trio, with Curtis Lundy (bass), Cecil Brooks III (drums); one track quintet, with Bobby Watson and Vincent Herring (alto sax) added; most tracks sextet, with Elise Wood (flute) added; one track duo, with Wood (flute)|
|1997||Newklear Music: The Songs of Sonny Rollins||Milestone||As Keystone Trio; with George Mraz (bass), Idris Muhammad (drums)|
|1997||Something to Live For: A Billy Strayhorn Songbook||HighNote||Trio, with Dwayne Dolphin (bass), Cecil Brooks III (drums)|
|1997||Nightwind: An Erroll Garner Songbook||HighNote||Trio, with Dwayne Dolphin (bass), Cecil Brooks III (drums)|
|1997||Cry Me a River||Venus||Trio, with Dwayne Burno (bass), Victor Lewis (drums)|
|1997||Trio + Strings||Mapleshade||With Elise Wood (alto flute), Steve Novosel (bass), Ronnie Burrage (drums), Steve Williams (drums), Rick Schmidt (cello), Debbie Baker (viola), Charles Olive, Tom Ginsberg (violin)|
|1998||Ow!||Paddle Wheel||As New York Unit; quartet, with Javon Jackson (tenor sax), Richard Davis (bass), Tatsuya Nakamura (drums)|
|1998||Impressions of Mary Lou||HighNote||Trio, with Dwayne Dolphin (bass), Cecil Brooks III (drums)|
|2000*||Hicks Time: Solo Piano||Passin' Thru||Solo piano|
|2000||Beautiful Friendship||HiWood||Duo with Elise Wood (flute)|
|2001||Music in the Key of Clark||HighNote||Trio, with Dwayne Dolphin (bass), Cecil Brooks III (drums)|
|2003||Fatha's Day: An Earl Hines Songbook||HighNote||Trio, with Dwayne Dolphin (bass), Cecil Brooks III (drums)|
|2003||Besame Mucho||IJE||As New York Unit; trio, with Santi Debriano (bass), Tatsuya Nakamura (drums)|
|2005||I Remember You||HighNote||Solo piano; in concert|
|2005||Twogether||HighNote||Most tracks duo, with Frank Morgan (alto sax); some tracks solo piano|
|2006||On the Wings of an Eagle||Chesky||Trio, with Buster Williams (bass), Louis Hayes (drums)|
|2006||Sweet Love of Mine||HighNote||Some tracks quartet, with Javon Jackson (tenor sax), Curtis Lundy (bass), Victor Jones (drums); some tracks quintet, with Elise Wood (flute) added; some tracks sextet, with Ray Mantilla (percussion) added|
|1998||Alexander, EricEric Alexander||Solid!||Milestone|
|2005||Alexander, EricEric Alexander||Sunday in New York||Venus|
|1989||Anderson, RayRay Anderson||What Because||Gramavision|
|1996||Appleton, RayRay Appleton||Killer Ray Rides Again||Sharp Nine|
|1998||Ashby, HaroldHarold Ashby||Just for You||Mapleshade|
|2001||Bang, BillyBilly Bang||Vietnam: The Aftermath||Justin Time|
|2004||Bang, BillyBilly Bang||Vietnam: Reflections||Justin Time|
|1990||Bartz, GaryGary Bartz||West 42nd Street||Candid|
|2001||Bass, MickeyMickey Bass||Live at the Jazz Corner of the World||Early Bird|
|1986||Batin, Abdul ZahirAbdul Zahir Batin||Live At The Jazz Cultural Theater||Cadence Jazz|
|2004||Ben-Hur, RoniRoni Ben-Hur||Signature||Reservoir|
|1993||Berk, DickDick Berk||East Coast Stroll||Reservoir|
|1999||Blake, AlexAlex Blake||Now Is the Time: Live at the Knitting Factory||Bubble Core|
|1964||Blakey, ArtArt Blakey||'S Make It||Limelight|
|1965||Blakey, ArtArt Blakey||Are You Real||Moon|
|1965||Blakey, ArtArt Blakey||Soul Finger||Limelight|
|1965||Blakey, ArtArt Blakey||Hold On, I'm Coming||Limelight|
|1972||Blakey, ArtArt Blakey||Child's Dance||Prestige|
|2001*||Blouin, JohanneJohanne Blouin||Everything Must Change||Justin Time|
|1983||Bluiett, HamietHamiet Bluiett||Bearer of the Holy Flame||Black Fire|
|1984||Bluiett, HamietHamiet Bluiett||Ebu||Soul Note|
|1980||Blythe, ArthurArthur Blythe||Illusions||Columbia|
|1981||Blythe, ArthurArthur Blythe||Blythe Spirit||Columbia|
|1988*||Blythe, ArthurArthur Blythe||Basic Blythe||Columbia|
|1993||Blythe, ArthurArthur Blythe||Retroflection||Enja|
|1993||Blythe, ArthurArthur Blythe||Calling Card||Enja|
|2001||Blythe, ArthurArthur Blythe||Blythe Byte||Savant|
|2002||Blythe, ArthurArthur Blythe||Exhale||Savant|
|1990||Bob Thiele Collective, Bob Thiele Collective||Sunrise Sunset||Red Baron|
|2005–06||Boulger, RichardRichard Boulger||Blues Twilight||B-1 Music|
|1974||Bowie, LesterLester Bowie||Fast Last!||Muse|
|1991||Brewer, TeresaTeresa Brewer||Memories of Louis||Red Baron|
|1994*||Brignola, NickNick Brignola||Like Old Times||Reservoir|
|2000||Brooks III, CecilCecil Brooks III||Live at Sweet Basil||Savant|
|2000||Brooks III, CecilCecil Brooks III||Live at Sweet Basil, Volume Two||Savant|
|1998||Brown, JeriJeri Brown||Zaius||Justin Time|
|1998||Brown, JeriJeri Brown||I've Got Your Number||Justin Time|
|1976||Carter, BettyBetty Carter||Now It's My Turn||Roulette|
|1979||Carter, BettyBetty Carter||The Audience with Betty Carter||Bet-Car|
|1992||Carter, BettyBetty Carter||It's Not About the Melody||Verve|
|2003||Carter, JamesJames Carter||Gardenias for Lady Day||Columbia|
|1989||Carvin, MichaelMichael Carvin||Revelation||Muse|
|1980||Cole, RichieRichie Cole||Side by Side||Muse|
|1999*||Coryell, LarryLarry Coryell||Monk, Trane, Miles & Me||HighNote|
|2000||Coryell, LarryLarry Coryell||Inner Urge||HighNote|
|1985||Davis, ArtArt Davis||Life||Soul Note|
|2001*||Davis, RichardRichard Davis||The Bassist: Homage to Diversity||Palmetto|
|1987*||D'Rivera, PaquitoPaquito D'Rivera||Manhattan Burn||Columbia|
|1966||Ervin, BookerBooker Ervin||Structurally Sound||Pacific Jazz|
|1980||Ford, RickyRicky Ford||Flying Colors||Muse Records|
|1982*||Ford, RickyRicky Ford||Interpretations||Muse Records|
|1975||Fortune, SonnySonny Fortune||Awakening||Horizon|
|1996||Fortune, SonnySonny Fortune||From Now On||Blue Note|
|1999||Fortune, SonnySonny Fortune||In the Spirit of John Coltrane||Shanachie|
|1978||Freeman, ChicoChico Freeman||The Outside Within||India Navigation|
|1978–79||Freeman, ChicoChico Freeman||Spirit Sensitive||India Navigation|
|1978–79||Freeman, ChicoChico Freeman||Still Sensitive||India Navigation|
|1989||Freeman, ChicoChico Freeman and Arthur Blythe||Luminous||Jazz House|
|1998||Gollehon, MacMac Gollehon||Live at the Blue Note||Half Note|
|1994||Green, ThurmanThurman Green||Dance of the Night Creatures||Mapleshade|
|1971||Grubbs, EarlEarl Grubbs and Carl Grubbs||The Visitors - Earl Grubbs - Carl Grubbs||Cobblestone|
|1994||Gunn, RussellRussell Gunn||Young Gunn||Muse|
|1989||Hargrove, RoyRoy Hargrove||Diamond in the Rough||Novus|
|1995||Hargrove, RoyRoy Hargrove||Family||Verve|
|1997||Hargrove, RoyRoy Hargrove||Habana||Verve|
|1986*||Hazilla, JohnJohn Hazilla||Chicplacity||Cadence Jazz|
|1994*||Hedman, NormanNorman Hedman||Flight of the Spirit||Monad|
|1968||Herman, WoodyWoody Herman||Light My Fire||Cadet|
|1969||Herman, WoodyWoody Herman||Heavy Exposure||Cadet|
|1986–89||Herring, VincentVincent Herring||American Experience||Nimbus|
|1978||Jefferson, CarterCarter Jefferson||The Rise of Atlantis||Timeless Muse|
|1993*||Laiti, SofiaSofia Laiti||Inspira||Midnight Sun|
|1971||Lake, OliverOliver Lake||Ntu: Point from Which Creation Begins||Arista|
|1991||Lake, OliverOliver Lake||Again and Again||Gramavision|
|1984–88||Leitch, PeterPeter Leitch||Exhilaration||Reservoir|
|1990*||Leitch, PeterPeter Leitch||Mean What You Say||Concord Jazz|
|1992*||Leitch, PeterPeter Leitch||From Another Perspective||Concord Jazz|
|1993||Leitch, PeterPeter Leitch||A Special Rapport||Reservoir|
|1995||Leitch, PeterPeter Leitch||Colours and Dimensions||Reservoir|
|1999||Leitch, PeterPeter Leitch||California Concert||Jazz House|
|2005||London, AmyAmy London||When I Look in Your Eyes||Motéma Music|
|1999||Lovano, JoeJoe Lovano||52nd Street Themes||Blue Note|
|2002||Lovano, JoeJoe Lovano||On This Day ... Live at The Vanguard||Blue Note|
|2005||Lovano, JoeJoe Lovano||Streams of Expression||Blue Note|
|1999*||Lundy, CurtisCurtis Lundy||Against All Odds||Justin Time|
|2001||Lundy, CurtisCurtis Lundy||Purpose||Justin Time|
|1994||Mahogany, KevinKevin Mahogany||Songs and Moments||Enja|
|1993||Marcus, SteveSteve Marcus||Smile||Red Baron|
|1993||McNulty, ChrisChris McNulty||Time for Love||Amosaya|
|1989||Mingus, CharlesCharles Mingus||Epitaph||Columbia|
|1997*||Mingus Big Band, Mingus Big Band||Live in Time||Dreyfus|
|1999*||Mingus Big Band, Mingus Big Band||Blues and Politics||Dreyfus|
|2004||Mingus Big Band, Mingus Big Band||I Am Three||Sunnyside|
|1991*||Mingus Dynasty, Mingus Dynasty||Next Generation Performs Charles Mingus' Brand New Compositions||Columbia|
|1966||Mitchell, BlueBlue Mitchell and Sonny Red||Baltimore 1966||Uptown|
|1967||Mobley, HankHank Mobley||Hi Voltage||Blue Note|
|1968||Morgan, LeeLee Morgan||Taru||Blue Note|
|1968||Morgan, LeeLee Morgan||Live In Baltimore: 1968||Fresh Sound|
|1997||Mover, BobBob Mover||Television||Unidisc|
|1980s||Munoz, TiszijiTisziji Munoz||Visiting This Planet||Anami|
|1980s||Munoz, TiszijiTisziji Munoz||Hearing Voices||Anami|
|1983||Murray, DavidDavid Murray||Morning Song||Black Saint|
|1986||Murray, DavidDavid Murray||I Want to Talk About You||Black Saint|
|1988||Murray, DavidDavid Murray||Ming's Samba||Portrait|
|1991||Murray, DavidDavid Murray||Fast Life||DIW/Columbia|
|1991||Murray, DavidDavid Murray||Ballads for Bass Clarinet||DIW|
|1991||Murray, DavidDavid Murray||David Murray/James Newton Quintet||DIW|
|1992||Murray, DavidDavid Murray||MX||Red Baron|
|1993||Murray, DavidDavid Murray||Jazzosaurus Rex||Red Baron|
|1993||Murray, DavidDavid Murray||Saxmen||Red Baron|
|1993||Murray, DavidDavid Murray||For Aunt Louise||DIW|
|1993||Murray, DavidDavid Murray||Love and Sorrow||DIW|
|2000||Murray, DavidDavid Murray||Like a Kiss that Never Ends||Justin Time|
|1999||Newman, David "Fathead"David "Fathead" Newman||Chillin'||HighNote|
|2001||Newman, David "Fathead"David "Fathead" Newman||Keep the Spirits Singing||HighNote|
|2003||Newman, David "Fathead"David "Fathead" Newman||The Gift||HighNote|
|2004||Newman, David "Fathead"David "Fathead" Newman||Song for the New Man||HighNote|
|2005*||Newman, David "Fathead"David "Fathead" Newman||I Remember Brother Ray||HighNote|
|1997||Ponder, JimmyJimmy Ponder||James Street||HighNote|
|1998||Ponder, JimmyJimmy Ponder||Ain't Misbehavin'||HighNote|
|1998||Ponder, JimmyJimmy Ponder||A Guitar Christmas||HighNote|
|1993||Ponomarev, ValeryValery Ponomarev||Live at Sweet Basil||Reservoir|
|1981||Queen, AlvinAlvin Queen||Ashanti||Nilva|
|1985||Queen, AlvinAlvin Queen||Jammin' Uptown||Nilva|
|1995||Rabinowitz, MichaelMichael Rabinowitz||Gabrielle's Balloon||Jazz Focus|
|1990||Reunion Legacy Band, TheThe Reunion Legacy Band||The Legacy||Early Bird|
|1979||Sanders, PharoahPharoah Sanders||Journey to the One||Theresa|
|1981||Sanders, PharoahPharoah Sanders||Rejoice||Theresa|
|1981||Sanders, PharoahPharoah Sanders||Pharoah Sanders Live...||Theresa|
|1987||Sanders, PharoahPharoah Sanders||Africa||Timeless|
|1987||Sanders, PharoahPharoah Sanders||A Prayer Before Dawn||Theresa|
|1984||Saxton, BillBill Saxton||Beneath the Surface||Nilva|
|1995||Shepp, ArchieArchie Shepp||Blue Ballads||Venus|
|1996||Shepp, ArchieArchie Shepp||True Ballads||Venus|
|1998||Shepp, ArchieArchie Shepp||True Blue||Venus|
|1996||Shepp, ArchieArchie Shepp||Something to Live For||Timeless|
|1966||Simmons, SonnySonny Simmons||Staying on the Watch||ESP|
|1999||Spaulding, JamesJames Spaulding||Escapade||HighNote|
|1972||Tolliver, CharlesCharles Tolliver||Live at the Loosdrecht Jazz Festival||Strata-East|
|1997*||Washington, Jr., FrederickFrederick Washington, Jr.||Lilac: Volume 1||Passin' Thru|
|1986||Watson, BobbyBobby Watson||Love Remains||Red|
|1988*||Watson, BobbyBobby Watson||No Question About It||Blue Note|
|2006*||Wiley, Jr., EdEd Wiley, Jr.||About the Soul||Swing|
|1995||Young, DaveDave Young||Two by Two: Volume One||Justin Time|
|1996*||Young, DaveDave Young||Side by Side, Volume Three||Justin Time|
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