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On January 16, 2021.

On January 16, 2021, Julian Clifford Mance, Jr. aka Junior Mance died aged 92. He was musician (piano) and composer, one of the main figures of the Hard bop jazz scene. He recorded and performed with some of the biggest names of jazz, blues and soul music including Gene Amons, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Sonny Stitt, Dinah Washington, Wynton Kelly, Cannonball Adderley, Dexter Gordon, Nat Adderley, Joe Gordon, Bennie Green, Al Grey, Ernie Andrews, Johnny Griffin, Art Blakey, Cliford Brown, Benny Carter, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Cleveland, Arnett Cobb, Red Holloway, Jose James, Ray Crawford, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Eddie Jefferson, Aretha Franklin, Etta Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, Irene Kral, Jay Leonhart, Les McCann, Paul Gonsalves, Howard McGhee, The Metronomes, Virgil Gonsalves, James Moody, Wild Bill Moore, Barbara Morrison, Sandy Mosse, Leo Parker, Ken Peplowski, Billie Poole, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Alvin Queen, Jimmy Scott, Arnold Sterling, Sonny Stitt, Clark Terry, Frank Vignola, Wilbur Ware, Ben Webster, Joe Williams, Marion Williams, and Leo Wright. As leader, Monce released 56 albums (live and studio). In 2007, Mance and his wife Gloria started their own record label “JunGlo”.

In December 1969.

In December 1969, “Prestige” label released “The Boss Is Back!”, the 25th Gene Ammons album. It was recorded in November 1969, at “Van Gelder Studio” in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, and was produced by Bob Porter.

Personnel:

  • Gene Ammons – tenor saxophone
  • Prince James, Houston Person – tenor saxophone
  • Junior Mance – piano 
  • Sonny Phillips organ 
  • Buster Williams – bass 
  • Bob Bushnell – electric bass 
  • Frankie Jones, Bernard Purdie – drums
  • Candido – congas 

Track listing:

All tarcks by Gene Ammons except where noted.

  1. The Jungle Boss – Gene Ammons, Junior Mance
  2. I Wonder – Cecil Gant, Raymond Leveen
  3. Feeling Good – Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley
  4. Tastin’ the Jug
  5. Here’s That Rainy Day – Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen
  6. Madame Queen

In December 1957.

In December 1957, “Riverside” label released “The Chicago Sound”, the only Wilbur Ware album. It was recorded in October – November 1957, at “Reeves Sound Studios” in New York City, and was produced by Orrin Keepnews.

Personnel:

  • Wilbur Ware – bass
  • Johnny Griffin – tenor saxophone
  • John Jenkins – alto saxophone
  • Junior Mance – piano
  • Wilbur Campbell, Frankie Dunlop – drums

Track listing:

All tracks Wilbur Ware except where noted.

  1. Mamma-Daddy
  2. Body and Soul – Frank Eyton, Johnny Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour
  3. Desert Sands – Paul Dunlap, Edward Heyman, Stuff Smith
  4. 31st and State
  5. Lullaby of the Leaves – Bernice Petkere, Joe Young
  6. Latin Quarters – John Jenkins
  7. Be-Ware – John Jenkins
  8. The Man I Love – George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin

In December 1957.

In December 1957, “Bethlehem” label released “Hard Drive”, the ninth Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers album. It was recorded in 1957, in New York City and was produced by Lee Kraft.

Personnel:

  • Art Blakey – drums
  • Bill Hardman – trumpet
  • Johnny Griffin – tenor saxophone
  • Junior Mance, Sam Dockery – piano
  • Spanky DeBrest – bass

Track listing:

  1. For Minors Only – Jimmy Heath
  2. Right Down Front – Johnny Griffin
  3. Deo-X – Bill Hardman
  4. Sweet Sakeena – Bill Hardman
  5. For Miles and Miles – Jimmy Heath
  6. Krafty – Johnny Griffin
  7. Late Spring – Leon Mitchell

On January 17, 1969.

On January 17, 1969, “Atlantic” label released “Soul ’69”, the fourteen Aretha Franklin studio album. It was recorded April 17–18 and September 24, 1968, at “Atlantic Studios” in New York City, and was produced by Tom Dowd and Jerry Wexler.

Personnel:

  • Aretha Franklin – vocals, piano
  • Junior Mance– piano
  • Spooner Oldham– organ
  • Joe Zawinul– organ, piano, Fender Rhodes
  • Kenny Burrell– guitar
  • Jimmy Johnson– guitar
  • Ron Carter– bass guitar
  • Jerry Jemmott– bass guitar
  • Tommy Cogbill– bass guitar
  • Bruno Carr – drums
  • Roger Hawkins– drums
  • Grady Tate– drums
  • Jack Jennings – vibraphone
  • Louie Goicdecha, Manuel Gonzales – percussion
  • David Newman– tenor saxophone, flute
  • King Curtis, Seldon Powell– tenor saxophone
  • George Dorsey, Frank Wess– alto saxophone
  • Pepper Adams– baritone saxophone
  • Joe Newman, Bernie Glow, Richard Williams, Snook Young,  Ernie Royal– trumpet
  • Jimmy Cleveland, Urbie Green, Benny Powell, Thomas Mitchell – trombone
  • Evelyn Greene, Wyline Ivy – backing vocals
  • Arif Mardin – arrangements

Track listing:

  1. Ramblin’ – Big Maybelle
  2. Today I Sing the Blues – Curtis Reginald Lewis
  3. River’s Invitation – Percy Mayfield
  4. Pitiful – Rosie Marie McCoy, Charlie Singleton
  5. Crazy He Calls Me – Bob Russell, Carl Sigman
  6. Bring It On Home to Me – Sam Cooke
  7. Tracks of My Tears – Smokey Robinson, Pete Moore, Marv Tarplin
  8. If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody – Rudy Clark
  9. Gentle on My Mind – John Hartford
  10. So Long – Russ Morgan, Remus Harris, Irving Melsher
  11. I’ll Never Be Free – Bennie Benjamin, George David Weiss
  12. Elusive Butterfly – Bob Lind