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In May 1958.

In May 1958, “Riverside” label released “Johnny Griffin Sextet”, the fifth Johnny Griffin album. It was recorded in February 1958, in New York City, and was produced by Orrin Keepnews.

Personnel:

  • Johnny Griffin — tenor saxophone
  • Pepper Adams – baritone saxophone
  • Donald Byrd – trumpet
  • Kenny Drew — piano
  • Wilbur Ware — bass
  • Philly Joe Jones — drums

Track listing:

  1. Stix’ Trix – Wilbur Campbell
  2. What’s New? – Johnny Burke, Bob Haggart
  3. Woody ‘n’ You – Dizzy Gillespie
  4. Johnny G.G. – John Hines
  5. Catharsis – Johnny Griffin

In April 1957.

In April 1957, “Columbia” label released “Drum Suite”, album by Art Blakey, side one is the Art Blakey Percussion Ensemble, side two is the Jazz Messengers. It was recorded June – December 1956, February 1957, at “Columbia 30th Street Studio” in New York City, and was produced by George Avakian.

Personnel:

  • Art Blakey – drums
  • Bill Hardman – trumpet
  • Donald Byrd – trumpet
  • Jackie McLean – alto saxophone
  • Ira Sullivan – tenor saxophone
  • Ray Bryant – piano
  • Sam Dockery – piano
  • Kenny Drew – piano
  • Oscar Pettiford – bass, cello
  • Spanky DeBrest – bass
  • Wilbur Ware – bass
  • Jo Jones – drums
  • Charles “Specs” Wright – drums, timpani, gong
  • Candido Camero – bongos
  • Sabu Martinez – bongos 

Track listing:

  1. The Sacrifice – Art Blakey
  2. Cubano Chant – Ray Bryant
  3. Oscalypso – Oscar Pettiford
  4. Nica’s Tempo – Gigi Gryce
  5. D’s Dilemma – Mal Waldron
  6. Just for Marty – Bill Hardman

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 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, “Riverside” label released “2 Horns / 2 Rhythm”, the sixth Kenny Dorham album. It was recorded November – December 1957, in New York City, and was produced by Orrin Keepnews.

Personnel:

  • Kenny Dorham – trumpet, piano 
  • Ernie Henry – alto saxophone
  • Eddie Mathias, Wilbur Ware – bass
  • G.T. Hogan – drums

Track listing:

All tracks by Kenny Dorham, except where noted.

  1. Lotus Blossom – Kenny Dorham, Sam Coslow, Arthur Johnston
  2. Sposin – Paul Denniker, Andy Razaf
  3. Soon – George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin
  4. Is It True What They Say About Dixie? – Irving Caesar, Sammy Lerner, Gerald Marks
  5. The End of a Love Affair – Edward Redding
  6. I’ll Be Seeing You – Sammy Fain, Irving Kahal
  7. Noose Bloos
  8. Jazz-Classic

In December 1957.

In December 1957, “Blue Note” label released “Dial “S” for Sonny”, the debut Sonny Clark studio album. It was recorded in July 1957, at “Van Gelder Studio” in Hackensack, and was produced by Alfred Lion.

Personnel:

  • Sonny Clark – piano
  • Art Farmer – trumpet
  • Curtis Fuller – trombone
  • Hank Mobley – tenor saxophone
  • Wilbur Ware – bass
  • Louis Hayes – drums
  • Reid Miles – design
  • Rudy Van Gelder – engineer
  • Francis Wolff – photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Sonny Clark except where noted.

  1. Dial “S” for Sonny
  2. Bootin’ It
  3. It Could Happen to You – Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen
  4. Sonny’s Mood
  5. Shoutin’ on a Riff
  6. Love Walked In – George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin

In October 1961.

In October 1961, “Jazzland” label released “Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane”, album by Thelonious Monk. It was recorded April – July 1957, at “Reeves Sound Studios” in New York City, and was produced by Orrin Keepnews.

Personnel:

  • Thelonious Monk – piano
  • John Coltrane – tenor saxophone
  • Ray Copeland – trumpet 
  • Gigi Gryce – alto saxophone 
  • Coleman Hawkins – tenor saxophone
  • Wilbur Ware – bass
  • Shadow Wilson – drums 
  • Art Blakey – drums

Track listing:

All tracks by Thelonious Monk except where noted..

  1. Ruby, My Dear
  2. Trinkle, Tinkle
  3. Off Minor (take 4)
  4. Nutty
  5. Epistrophy – Kenny Clarke, Thelonious Monk
  6. Functional (take 1)

in October 1957.

In October 1957, “Blue Note” label released “Hank”, the ninth Hank Mobley album. It was recorded in April 1957, at “Van Gelder Studio” in Hackensack, NJ, and was produced by Alfred Lion.

Personnel:

  • Hank Mobley – tenor saxophone
  • John Jenkins – alto saxophone
  • Donald Byrd – trumpet
  • Bobby Timmons – piano
  • Wilbur Ware – bass
  • Philly Joe Jones – drums

Track listing:

All tracks by Hank Mobley except where noted.

  1. Fit for a Hanker
  2. Hi Groove, Low Feedback
  3. You’d Be So Easy to Love – Cole Porter
  4. Time After Time – Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne
  5. Dance of the Infidels – Bud Powell

In August 1958.

In August 1958, “Riverside” label released “Big 6”, the debut Blue Mitchell album. It was recorded in July 1958, in New York City, and was produced by Orrin Keepnews.

Personnel:

  • Blue Mitchell- trumpet
  • Wynton Kelly- piano
  • Curtis Fuller- trombone
  • Johnny Griffin- tenor saxophone
  • Wilbur Ware- bass
  • Philly Joe Jones- drums

Track listing:

All tracks by Blue Mitchell, except where noted.

  1. Blues March – Benny Golson
  2. Big Six – William Boone Jr.
  3. There Will Never Be Another You – Mack Gordon, Harry Warren
  4. Brother Ball
  5. Jamph – Curtis Fuller
  6. Sir John
  7. Promenade – William Boone Jr.