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In December 1961.

In December 1961, “Savoy” label released “Saying Something”, the debut Bill Hardman’s Quintet album. It was recorded in October 1961, at “Medallion Studio” in Newark, NJ, and was produced by Tom Wilson.


  • Bill Hardman − trumpet
  • Sonny Red − alto saxophone 
  • Ronnie Mathews − piano
  • Bob Cunningham, Doug Watkins − bass
  • Jimmy Cobb − drums

Track listing:

All tracks by Bill Hardman except where noted

  1. Capers – Tom McIntosh
  2. Angel Eyes – Matt Dennis, Earl Brent) − 5:56
  3. Jo B
  4. Buckeye Blues
  5. Assunta – Cal Massey
  6. It Ain’t Happened Yet

In December 1960.

In December 1960, “Jazzland” label released “Breezing”, the third Sonny Red album. It was recorded in November 1960, at “Plaza Sound Studios” in New York City.


  • Sonny Red – alto saxophone
  • Blue Mitchell – trumpet 
  • Yusef Lateef – tenor saxophone
  • Barry Harris – piano
  • Bob Cranshaw – bass
  • Albert Heath – drums

Track listing:

All tracks by Sonny Red except where noted.

  1. Brother B
  2. All I Do Is Dream of You – Arthur Freed, Nacio Herb Brown
  3. The New Blues
  4. Ditty
  5. Teef
  6. Breezing
  7. A Handful of Stars – Ted Shapiro, Jack Lawrence
  8. If There Is Someone Lovelier Than You – Howard Dietz, Arthur Schwartz

In December 1957.

In December 1957, “Prestige” label released “New Trombone”, the debut Curtis Fuller album. It was recorded in May 1957, at “Van Gelder Studio” in Hackensack, New Jersey, and was produced by Bob Weinstock.


  • Curtis Fuller – trombone
  • Sonny Red – alto saxophone
  • Hank Jones – piano
  • Doug Watkins – bass
  • Louis Hayes – drums

Track listing:

All track by Curtis Fuller except where noted.

  1. Vonce #5
  2. Transportation Blues
  3. Blue Lawson
  4. Namely You – Gene de Paul, Johnny Mercer
  5. What Is This Thing Called Love? – Cole Porter

On October 26, 1967.

On October 26, 1967, “Blue Note” label released “Mustang!”, the 23rd Donald Byrd album. It was recorded November 1964 – June 1966, at “Van Gelder Studio” in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, and was produced by Alfred Lion.


  • Donald Byrd – trumpet
  • McCoy Tyner – piano
  • Sonny Red – alto saxophone
  • Hank Mobley – tenor saxophone
  • Jimmy Heath – tenor saxophone
  • Walter Booker – bass
  • Freddie Waits – drums
  • Joe Chambers – drums

Track listing:

All tracks by Donald Byrd except where noted.

  1. Mustang – Sonny Red Kyner
  2. Fly Little Bird Fly
  3. I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good) – Duke Ellington, Paul Francis Webster
  4. Dixie Lee
  5. On the Trail – Ferde Grofé
  6. I’m So Excited by You

On December 18, 1968.

On December 18, 1968, “Blue Note” label released “Slow Drag”, the 33rd Donald Byrd album. It was recorded on May 12, 1967, at “Van Gelder Studio” in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, and was produced by Alfred Lion.


  • Donald Byrd– trumpet
  • Sonny Red- alto sax
  • Cedar Walton– piano
  • Walter Booker– bass
  • Billy Higgins– drums, vocals

Track listing:

  1. Slow Drag – Donald Byrd
  2. Secret Love – Sammy Fain, Paul Francis Webster
  3. Book’s Bossa – Walter Booker, Cedar Walton
  4. Jelly Roll – Sonny Red Kyner
  5. The Loner – Ronnie Mathews, Cedar Walton
  6. My Ideal – Richard A. Whiting, Newell Chase, Leo Robin

On May 18, 2004.

Elvin Jones

On May 18, 2004, Elvin Ray Jones died aged 77. He was a jazz drummer of the post-bop era , performed with  Charles Mingus, Teddy Charles, Bud Powell and Miles Davis, but he is best known as a member of the John Coltrane quartet (from 1960 to 1966) along with Jimmy Garrison on bass and McCoy Tyner on piano, in the celebrated recording phase including the album “A love supreme”. Jones recorded with numerous artists including Art Farmer, J.J. Johnson, Aaron Bell, Tommy Flanagan, Paul Chambers, Pepper Adams, Kenny Burrell, Sonny Rollins, Thad Jones, Idris Sulieman, Mal Waldron, Steve Lacy, Bernie Green, Hank Jones, Jimmy Forest, Randy Weston, Curtis Fuller, Gil Evans, Harry Lookofsky, Julian Priester, Barry Harris, Clifford Jordan, Sonny Red, Yusef Lateef, Lee Konitz, Freddie Hubbard, Pony Poindexter, Duke Ellington, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Woods, Andrew Hill, Stan Getz, Bill Evans, Bob Brookmeyer, Wayne Shorter, Grant Green, Joe Henderson, Larry Young, Roland Kirk, Earl Hines, Jaki Byard, Larry Coryell, Ornette Coleman, Barney Kessel, Phineas Newborn Jr, Allen Ginsberg, Joe Farrell, Frank Foster, Billy Harper, Elek Bacsik, Oregon, Jimmy Rowles, Chico Freeman, Ray Brown, Pharaoh Sanders, Lew Soloff, James Williams, Marcus Roberts, Kenny Garrett, David Murray, Sonny Sharrock, Javon Jackson, Robert Hurst, John McLaughlin, Shirley Horn, Joe Lovano, Steve Griggs, Michael Brecker, Gary LeMel and Stefano di Battista, becoming one of the most recorded artists of all time.  As leader, Jones released 48 albums.