Benny Powell Discography: 1981-2010

The Benny Powell Discography (1981-2010)

by Noal Cohen

Page generated on Oct 31, 2017


Note: For conventions and abbreviations used in this discography, please see: Discography Key.


Date: ca. 1981
Location: Hollywood, CA
Label: Warner Bros.
Sharky's Machine Soundtrack

Al Capps (ldr), Pete Candoli, Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Osamu Kitajima, Doc Severinsen, Allen Vizzutti, Snooky Young (t), Jimmy Cleveland, Carl Fontana, Benny Powell, Bill Watrous (tb), Art Pepper, Marshal Royal (as), Dave Pell (ts), Bill Perkins (bar), Buddy DeFranco (cl), unknown (f, str), Gene Estes (vib, per), Terry Gibbs (vib), Barney Kessel, Tommy Tedesco (g), Pete Jolly (key), Ray Brown, Joel Di Bartolo, Jim Hughart, Bob Magnusson (b), Shelly Manne (d), Emil Richards (per), Al Capps, James Getzoff (con), Randy Crawford, Peggy Lee, Flora Purim, Sarah Vaughan, Joe Williams (v)

a. Street Life - 4:17(Joe Sample, Will Jennings)
b. Dope Bust - 2:54(Al Capps, Bob Florence, Dave Pell, Snuff Garrett)
c. inc High Energy - 2:44(Bob Florence)
d. Love Theme from "Sharky's Machine" - 3:05(Bobby Troup, John Durrill, Snuff Garrett, Clifton Crofford)
e. 8 to 5 I Lose - 3:39(Bobby Troup, John Durrill, Snuff Garrett, Clifton Crofford)
f. Sexercise - 1:27(Bob Florence)
g. Let's Keep Dancing - 3:13(Bobby Troup, John Durrill, Snuff Garrett, Clifton Crofford)
h. Before You - 3:14(Clifton Crofford, John Durrill, Snuff Garrett)
All titles on: Warner Bros. LP 12"BSK 3653 — Sharky's Machine   (1981)
Warner-Pioneer (Jpn.) LP 12"P 11143 — Sharky's Machine   (1981)
Varèse Sarabande CDVSD 7238 — Sharky's Machine   (2014)

Doc Severinsen (t) on c, f; Buddy DeFranco (cl) on b; Randy Crawford (v) on a; Peggy Lee (v) on g; Flora Purim (v) on b; Sarah Vaughan (v) on d, h; Joe Williams (v) on e, h.

The personnel are collective and most likely, the tracks were recorded at more than one session. No specific information regarding recording dates or locations could be found. An unidentified string section is present. Arrangements are by Al Capps, Bob Florence, James Getzoff and Bill Holman. Four other tracks on the LP, "Route 66" (featuring The Manhattan Transfer), two versions of "My Funny Valentine" (featuring Chet Baker and Julie London) and "Sharky's Theme" (featuring Eddie Harris) do not involve the supporting horns.

Although track c is listed as a feature for trumpeter Doc Severinsen, trombone soloists (Watrous, Fontana) are heard prominently. The track fades out during exchanges between the two. An alto saxophone (very probably Art Pepper) solo is heard on track a. A vibraphone solo (very probably Terry Gibbs) is heard on track b.


Date: ca. 1981
Location: Unknown
Label: Gramavision
Soundtrack of the movie Quartet

J. Leonard Oxley (ldr), Al Aarons (t), Benny Powell (tb), Marshal Royal (as, cl), Jerome Richardson (ts, cl), unknown (vn, bj, acc), J. Leonard Oxley (p, dir), Allen Jackson (b), Rudy Collins (d), Armelia McQueen (v)

a. Five-O-Nine - 2:51(Richard Robbins) / arr: Luther Henderson
b. Blues for H.J. - 2:47(Richard Robbins)
c. Black King Foxtrot - 3:02(Richard Robbins)
d. Full Time Lover - 3:07(Richard Robbins) / arr: Luther Henderson
e. Au Bal Musette - 2:31(Richard Robbins)
f. instr. version Five-O-Nine - 2:43(Richard Robbins)
g. instr. version Full Time Lover - 2:59(Richard Robbins)
h. Maggie's Trot - 2:48(Richard Robbins)
i. Quartet Tango - 1:57(Richard Robbins)
All titles on: Gramavision LP 12"GR 1020 — Quartet   (1981)
Polydor International LP 12"2393 291 — Quartet   (1981)
Angel CDCDQ 7243 5 55100 2 0 — Quartet   (1994)

No recording date information is provided. Accordion, banjo and violin are heard on some tracks but not mentioned in the liner notes. The brief solos do not sound improvised.

Instrumental line up by track based on aural evidence:
Track a - trumpet, trombone, tenor sax, clarinet, banjo, piano, bass, drums, vocal
Track b - trumpet, trombone, tenor sax, clarinet, piano, bass, drums
Track c - trumpet, trombone, clarinet, piano, bass, drums
Track d - trumpet, trombone, tenor sax, clarinet, piano, bass, drums, vocal
Track e - trombone, tenor sax, clarinet, accordion, banjo, piano, bass, drums
Track f - trumpet, trombone, tenor sax, clarinet, banjo, piano, bass, drums
Track g - trumpet, trombone, tenor sax, clarinet, piano, bass, drums
Track h - clarinet, accordion, violin, piano, bass, drums
Track i - accordion, violin, piano, bass, drums

The soundtrack for this film is discussed by Howard Rye in Names & Numbers, #14, 7/2000, p. 27.


Date: February 16, 1981
Location: Avery Fisher Hall, New York City
Label: [television broadcast]
Dizzy Gillespie's Dream Band live

Dizzy Gillespie (ldr), Jon Faddis, Dizzy Gillespie, Victor Paz, Marvin Stamm, Joe Wilder (t), Curtis Fuller, Melba Liston, Janice Robinson (tb), Benny Powell (btb), Paquito D'Rivera, Frank Wess (as), Frank Foster, Jimmy Heath (ts), Pepper Adams, Gerry Mulligan (bar), Milt Jackson (vib), George Davis (g), Roland Hanna, John Lewis (p), George Duvivier, Paul West (b), Max Roach, Grady Tate (d), Candido Camero de Guerra (cng), Jon Hendricks (v)

a. Manteca - 9:19(Dizzy Gillespie, Walter 'Gil' Fuller, Chano Pozo) / arr: Chico O'Farrill
Fox Lorber DVDFLV 5134 — Dizzy Gillespie's Dream Band   (1999)
b. A Night in Tunisia - 11:36(Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Paparelli) / arr: Chico O'Farrill
Fox Lorber DVDFLV 5134 — Dizzy Gillespie's Dream Band   (1999)
c. Groovin' High - 5:58(Dizzy Gillespie) / arr: Chico O'Farrill
Fox Lorber DVDFLV 5134 — Dizzy Gillespie's Dream Band   (1999)
d. Tin Tin Deo - 9:22(Walter 'Gil' Fuller, Chano Pozo) / arr: Chico O'Farrill
Fox Lorber DVDFLV 5134 — Dizzy Gillespie's Dream Band   (1999)
e. Salt Peanuts - 8:28(Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Clarke) / arr: Chico O'Farrill
Fox Lorber DVDFLV 5134 — Dizzy Gillespie's Dream Band   (1999)
f. Con Alma(Dizzy Gillespie)
unissued
g. Things to Come(Dizzy Gillespie, Walter 'Gil' Fuller)
unissued

Only those titles are listed on which Benny Powell (big band) performs. Some numbers featured duos (Gillespie-Hendricks), a Max Roach drum solo ("Mr. Hi-Hat") and a sextet made up of Gillespie, Gerry Mulligan, Milt Jackson, John Lewis, Paul West and Roach ("Hot House," "Lover Man"). "Tin Tin Deo" and "Salt Peanuts" feature both the big band and the sextet. "Salt Peanuts" is subtitled "Vote Dizzy." Titles not included in the film but referred to in reviews are: "Con Alma," "Things To Come" (Big Band), "'Round Midnight" (John Lewis, Gerry Mulligan duet) and "The Drum Also Waltzes" (Roach drum solo). The DVD gives the recording date as 1982 which is incorrect. Selections were drawn from two sets.

Gary Carner's Pepper Adams discography, "Joy Road," indicates that rehearsals for this concert took place on February 12-13, 1981 and that a private videotape exists.

Soloists:
Track a - Gillespie, Faddis, Liston, Heath, Gillespie, Candido, Tate
Track b - Gillespie, Foster, Gillespie/Faddis (cadenza)
Track c - Mulligan, Gillespie
Track d - Mulligan, Jackson, Lewis, Gillespie
Track e - Hendricks, Jackson, D'Rivera, Lewis, Gillespie, Roach
Track f - not auditioned but Carner indicates Adams solos
Track g - not auditioned


Date: May 5, 1981
Location: The Fabrik, Hamburg, Germany
Label: [private recording]
Count Basie Alumni Live: Tribute To Count Basie

Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Joe Newman (t), Benny Powell (tb), Marshal Royal (as), Billy Mitchell, Buddy Tate (ts), Nat Pierce (p), John Heard (b), Gus Johnson (d)

a. Bluebeard Blues - 9:24(Neal Hefti, Count Basie)
b. Please Send Me Someone to Love - 5:53(Percy Mayfield)
c. Shiny Stockings - 8:59(Frank Foster, Ella Fitzgerald)
d. Everything Happens to Me - 6:18(Matt Dennis, Tom Adair)
e. This Is All I Ask - 6:24(Gordon Jenkins)
f. I'm Confessin' (That I Love You) - 8:01(Doc Dougherty, Ellis Reynolds, Al J. Neiburg)
g. Little Pony - 8:46(Neal Hefti)
h. reprise Little Pony - 3:06(Neal Hefti)
All titles unissued.

Harry 'Sweets' Edison (t) on a-c, e-h; Joe Newman (t) on a-c, e, g-h; Benny Powell (tb) on a-c, e, g-h; Marshal Royal (as) on a-c, e, g-h; Billy Mitchell (ts) on a-c, e, g-h; Buddy Tate (ts) on a-e, g-h.

Track b is a Benny Powell feature. Track d is a Buddy Tate feature. Track e is a Marshal Royal feature. Track f is a Harry Edison feature. Track g features the saxophones. Track h features Billy Mitchell.


Date: May 5, 1981
Location: The Fabrik, Hamburg, Germany
Label: [private recording]
Count Basie Alumni featuring Joe Williams Live

Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Joe Newman (t), Benny Powell (tb), Marshal Royal (as), Billy Mitchell, Buddy Tate (ts), Nat Pierce (p), John Heard (b), Gus Johnson (d), Joe Williams (v)

a. All Blues - 9:35(Miles Davis)
b. Teach Me Tonight - 4:29(Gene DePaul, Sammy Cahn)
c. Who She Do - 4:45(Joe Williams)
d. I Want a Little Girl - 5:05(Murray Mencher, Billy Moll)
e. Nobody's Gone - 4:31(composer unknown)
f. Blues in My Heart - 4:05(Benny Carter)
g. Alright, OK, You Win (Well Alright, Okay, You Win) - 2:15(Mayme Watts, Sidney Wyche)
h. Just the Way You Are - 6:16(Billy Joel)
i. One O'Clock Jump - 1:56(Count Basie)
All titles unissued.

Harry 'Sweets' Edison (t) on d-i; Joe Newman (t) on d-i; Benny Powell (tb) on d-i; Marshal Royal (as) on d-i; Billy Mitchell (ts) on d-i; Buddy Tate (ts) on d-i; Joe Williams (v) on a-h.


Date: July 14 or 15, 1981
Location: La Grande Parade Du Jazz, Cimiez Gardens, Nice, France
Label: [private recording]
Basie Reunion Band Live

Clark Terry (ldr), Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Joe Newman, Waymon Reed, Clark Terry, Snooky Young (t), John Gordon, Al Grey, Benny Powell (tb), Marshal Royal, Chris Woods (as), Frank Foster, Billy Mitchell, Buddy Tate (ts), Cecil Payne (bar), Nat Pierce (p), Eddie Jones (b), Gus Johnson (d), Jimmy Witherspoon (v)

a. Little Pony - 8:08(Neal Hefti)
b. Polka Dots and Moonbeams - 5:59(Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke)
c. Mean to Me - 6:09(Fred E. Ahlert, Roy Turk)
d. Roll 'Em Pete - 2:43(Pete Johnson, Joe Turner)
e. Blues in My Shoes - 7:12(Peter Herbolzheimer)
f. Chuggin' - 10:55(composer unknown)
All titles unissued.

Harry 'Sweets' Edison (t) on a, c-f; Joe Newman (t) on a, d-f; Waymon Reed (t) on a, d-f; Clark Terry (t) on a, d-f; Snooky Young (t) on a, d-f; John Gordon (tb) on a, d-f; Al Grey (tb) on a, d-f; Benny Powell (tb) on a, d-f; Marshal Royal (as) on a, d-f; Chris Woods (as) on a, d-f; Frank Foster (ts) on a, d-f; Billy Mitchell (ts) on a, d-f; Buddy Tate (ts) on a-b, d-f; Cecil Payne (bar) on a, d-f; Jimmy Witherspoon (v) on d.

The date and venue of these recordings are not absolutely certain, but Benny Powell's records indicate that this band performed at La Grand Parade Du Jazz on July 14 (10 P.M.) and 15 (6 P.M.), 1981. The timings shown do not include applause or announcements.

Track b is a feature for Buddy Tate with just the rhythm section. Track c is a feature for Harry Edison with just the rhythm section. Tate, Billy Mitchell and probably Al Grey are featured on track a. Jimmy Witherspoon is featured on track d. The trombones are featured on track e and the trumpets and Frank Foster on track f.


Date: September 23, 1981
Location: Master Sound Studio, Los Angeles, CA
Label: Trident
Benny Powell Quintet: Coast To Coast

Benny Powell (ldr), Benny Powell (tb), Herman Riley (ss, ts, f), Gildo Mahones (p), Andy Simpkins (b), Donald Bailey (d)

a. Pennies from Heaven - 5:05(Johnny Burke, Arthur Johnston)
b. Infant Eyes - 5:01(Wayne Shorter)
c. Ceah the Wizard - 4:08(Benny Powell)
d. St. Thomas - 4:37(Sonny Rollins)
All titles on: Trident LP 12"TRS 507 — Coast To Coast   (1982)
Faith (Jpn.) CD001 — Coast To Coast   (2001)

Herman Riley (ss) on c, (f) on c.

The track timings shown on the LP are inaccurate. The recording date shown comes from personal records of Benny Powell.

Soloists:
Track a - Riley (ts), Mahones, Powell, Bailey (8-bar exchanges with Powell and Riley), Simpkins
Track b - Mahones, Riley (ts), Powell
Track c - Powell, Riley (ss), Mahones
Track d - Bailey (intro), Bailey, Riley (ts), Powell, Bailey, Simpkins, Mahones


Date: October 5, 1981
Location: Penthouse Recording, New York City
Label: Trident
Benny Powell Quintet: Coast To Coast

Benny Powell (ldr), Benny Powell (tb), Clifford Jordan (ts), Mickey Tucker (p), Ray Drummond (b), Vernel Fournier [Amir Rushdan] (d)

a. The Highest Mountain - 5:46(Clifford Jordan)
b. A Waltz for All Seasons - 5:38(Sal Doucette)
c. Lifelong Dream - 5:56(Benny Powell)
d. Taliah Jihad - 3:44(Vernel Fournier [Amir Rushdan])
All titles on: Trident LP 12"TRS 507 — Coast To Coast   (1982)
Faith (Jpn.) CD001 — Coast To Coast   (2001)

The track timings shown on the LP are inaccurate. The recording date comes from personal records of Benny Powell.

Soloists:
Track a - Powell, Tucker, Jordan, Fournier
Track b - Tucker (intro), Powell, Tucker
Track c - Fournier (intro), Powell/Jordan, Tucker, Jordan, Fournier
Track d - Tucker, Powell


Date: March 26, 1982
Location: Probably Los Angeles, CA
Label: [television broadcast]
Terry Gibbs Dream Band

Terry Gibbs (ldr), John Audino, Bill Berry, Conte Candoli, Pete Candoli (t), Dick 'Slyde' Hyde (btp), Charlie Loper, Benny Powell (tb), Gus Bivona, Med Flory (as), Bob Cooper, Terry Harrington (ts), Jack Nimitz (bar), Terry Gibbs (vib), Paul Smith (p), Jim Hughart (b), Frankie Capp (d)

a. Cotton Tail - 2:52(Duke Ellington) / arr: Al Cohn
b. Begin the Beguine - 2:14(Cole Porter) / arr: Bill Holman
Both titles unissued.

These brief performances were videotaped for WGBH-TV (Boston), presumably in the Los Angeles area. They can be viewed on YouTube: Track a, Track b

Soloists:
Track a - Candoli, Gibbs, Harrington, Smith
Track b - Gibbs, Hyde


Date: March 25, 1983
Location: Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA
Label: [private recording]
Bill Berry Big Band line at OCC Jazz Festival

Bill Berry (ldr), Cat Anderson, Bill Berry, Ted Curson, Gene Goe, Blue Mitchell, Jack Sheldon (t), Jimmy Cleveland, Tricky Sam Lofton, Benny Powell, Britt Woodman (tb), Lanny Morgan, Marshal Royal (as), Richie Kamuca, Don Menza (ts), Pepper Adams, Jack Nimitz (bar), Dave Frishberg (p), Monty Budwig (b), Frankie Capp (d)

a. Unknown Titles
unissued

This concert is listed in Gary Carner's Pepper Adams discography, "Joy Road," as a private videotape, the existence of which is not confirmed. Adams and Curson were guest artists and not part of Berry's band.


Date: July 11, 1983
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Label: Uptown
Philly Joe Jones and Dameronia

Philly Joe Jones (ldr), Virgil Jones (t), Don Sickler (t, ts, dir), Benny Powell (tb), Frank Wess (as, f), Charles Davis (ts, f), Johnny Griffin (ts), Cecil Payne (bar), Walter Davis, Jr. (p), Larry Ridley (b), Philly Joe Jones (d)

a. Look, Stop and Listen - 5:48(Tadd Dameron) / arr: Tadd Dameron
Uptown LP 12"UP 27.15 — Look, Stop and Listen   (1983)
b. If You Could See Me Now - 5:30(Tadd Dameron, Carl Sigman) / arr: Tadd Dameron
Uptown LP 12"UP 27.15 — Look, Stop and Listen   (1983)
c. Choose Now - 5:27(Tadd Dameron) / arr: Tadd Dameron
Uptown LP 12"UP 27.15 — Look, Stop and Listen   (1983)
d. Focus - 5:47(Tadd Dameron) / arr: Tadd Dameron
Uptown LP 12"UP 27.15 — Look, Stop and Listen   (1983)
e. Killer Joe - 6:04(Benny Golson) / arr: Charles Davis
Uptown LP 12"UP 27.15 — Look, Stop and Listen   (1983)
f. Dial B for Beauty - 5:03(Tadd Dameron) / arr: Tadd Dameron
Uptown LP 12"UP 27.15 — Look, Stop and Listen   (1983)
g. Our Delight - 4:25(Tadd Dameron) / arr: Slide Hampton
Uptown LP 12"UP 27.15 — Look, Stop and Listen   (1983)
h. Theme of No Repeat - 5:49(Tadd Dameron) / arr: Tadd Dameron
Uptown LP 12"UP 27.15 — Look, Stop and Listen   (1983)
i. 1st takealt If You Could See Me Now - 5:40(Tadd Dameron, Carl Sigman) / arr: Tadd Dameron
j. 1st takealt Look, Stop and Listen - 5:08(Tadd Dameron) / arr: Tadd Dameron
All titles on: Uptown CDUPCD 27.59 — Look, Stop and Listen   (2009)

Charles Davis (ts) on a, c-h, j, (f) on b, i; Johnny Griffin (ts) on a-b, e, g, i-j; Don Sickler (ts) on b, i; Frank Wess (f) on b, i.

With the exception of e and g, all titles were arranged by Tadd Dameron as transcribed from his recordings by Don Sickler and John Oddo. Benny Powell solos on tracks c and d.


Date: August 12, 1983
Location: NOS Jazz Festival, Meervaart Theater, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Label: [radio broadcast]
Philly Joe Jones and Dameronia Live

Philly Joe Jones (ldr), Virgil Jones, Don Sickler (t), Benny Powell (tb), Frank Wess (as, ts, f), Charles Davis (ts), Cecil Payne (bar), Walter Davis, Jr. (p), Larry Ridley (b), Philly Joe Jones (d)

a. Philly J. J. - 6:31(Tadd Dameron) / arr: Tadd Dameron
b. Choose Now - 5:31(Tadd Dameron) / arr: Tadd Dameron
c. Fontainebleau - 5:03(Tadd Dameron) / arr: Tadd Dameron
d. On a Misty Night - 8:35(Tadd Dameron) / arr: Tadd Dameron
e. Soultrane - 6:11(Tadd Dameron) / arr: Don Sickler
f. Sid's Delight (Tadd's Delight) - 4:57(Tadd Dameron) / arr: Tadd Dameron
g. inc Look, Stop and Listen - 5:56(Tadd Dameron) / arr: Tadd Dameron
h. Dial B for Beauty - 4:45(Tadd Dameron) / arr: Tadd Dameron
i. Theme of No Repeat - 5:02(Tadd Dameron) / arr: Tadd Dameron
j. Our Delight - 5:33(Tadd Dameron) / arr: Slide Hampton
k. Killer Joe - 5:30(Benny Golson) / arr: Charles Davis
l. Good Bait - 3:22(Tadd Dameron, Count Basie) / arr: Don Sickler
All titles unissued.

Frank Wess (f) on g.

These performances were broadcast on NOS-Radio. Track g fades out during the drum solo. Benny Powell solos on tracks b, d and l. Track e features Frank Wess on alto saxophone. Track h features Walter Davis, Jr. Information on this broadcast comes from Joop van der Leij.


Date: August 15 & 22, 1983
Location: Oetwil, Switzerland
Label: Milan (Swi.)
Swiss Film Soundtrack

Bruno Spoerri (ldr), Benny Powell (tb), Andi Scherrer (ss, ts), Heinz Geisser (g), Bruno Spoerri (snt), Herbie Kopf (eb), Lukas Meier (d)

a. Teddy Bär - 3:55(Bruno Spoerri) / arr: Bruno Spoerri
Milan (Swi.) LP 12"CH 006 — Teddy Bär   (1983)

This is music from the soundtrack of the film Teddy Bär by the Swiss director and screen writer Rolf Lyssy. Benny Powell appears on only one other track of this LP (see below). Information on this session comes from a Bruno Spoerri Discography and Discogs.com.


Date: September 22, 1983
Location: Oetwil, Switzerland
Label: Milan (Swi.)
Swiss Film Soundtrack

Bruno Spoerri (ldr), Benny Powell (tb), Andi Scherrer (ss, ts), Heinz Geisser (g), David Brühwiler (elp), Bruno Spoerri (snt), Roman Dylag (b), Herbie Kopf (eb), Lukas Meier (d), Peter Hellman (cng)

a. Reanimation of a Filmmaker - 6:35(Bruno Spoerri) / arr: Bruno Spoerri
Milan (Swi.) LP 12"CH 006 — Teddy Bär   (1983)

This is music from the soundtrack of the film Teddy Bär by the Swiss director and screen writer Rolf Lyssy. Benny Powell appears on only one other track of this LP (see above). Information on this session comes from a Bruno Spoerri Discography and Discogs.com.


Date: April 13, 1984
Location: A&R Recording Studio, New York City
Label: Reprise
Frank Sinatra: L.A. Is My Lady

Frank Sinatra (ldr), Randy Brecker, Joe Newman, Alan Rubin, Lew Soloff (t), Wayne Andre, Urbie Green, Benny Powell (tb), Dave Taylor (btb), John Clark, Peter Gordon, Jerry Peel (frh), Tony Price (tu), Michael Brecker, Ronnie Cuber, George Opalisky, Dave Tofani, Frank Wess (r), Margaret Ross (hrp), Lionel Hampton (vib), George Benson, Tony Mottola (g), Joe Parnello (elp), Bob James (snt), Ray Brown, Gene Cherico, Major Holley, Marcus Miller (b), Irv Cottler, Steve Gadd (d), Ralph MacDonald (per), Quincy Jones (con), Frank Sinatra (v)

a. CNY3369-2 L.A. Is My Lady - 3:12(Quincy Jones, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Peggy Lipton Jones) / arr: Jerry Hey, Quincy Jones, David Matthews, Torrie Zito
Reprise 457-29223   (1984)
Qwest LP 12"25145-1 — L.A. Is My Lady   (1984)
Warner-Pioneer (Jpn.) CDWPCP 3604 — L.A. Is My Lady   (1990)
Warner Bros. CD46013-2 — Frank Sinatra: The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings    (1995)
Qwest CD25145-2 — L.A. Is My Lady   (1997)
Warner Bros. CD47045-2 — Frank Sinatra: The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings   (1998)
Universal (Eu.) CD06025 2719999 — L.A. Is My Lady   (2010)
b. CNY3370-5 Until the Real Thing Comes Along - 3:03(Mann Holiner, Saul Chaplin, Alberta Nichols, Sammy Cahn) / arr: Sam Nestico
Reprise 457-29223   (1984)
Qwest LP 12"25145-1 — L.A. Is My Lady   (1984)
Warner-Pioneer (Jpn.) CDWPCP 3604 — L.A. Is My Lady   (1990)
Warner Bros. CD46013-2 — Frank Sinatra: The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings    (1995)
Qwest CD25145-2 — L.A. Is My Lady   (1997)
Warner Bros. CD47045-2 — Frank Sinatra: The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings   (1998)
Universal (Eu.) CD06025 2719999 — L.A. Is My Lady   (2010)
c. CNY3372-3 Body and Soul(Johnny Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton) / arr: Bob James
unissued
d. CNY3402-3 After You've Gone - 3:15(Turner Layton, Henry Creamer) / arr: Frank Foster
Qwest LP 12"25145-1 — L.A. Is My Lady   (1984)
Warner-Pioneer (Jpn.) CDWPCP 3604 — L.A. Is My Lady   (1990)
Warner Bros. CD46013-2 — Frank Sinatra: The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings    (1995)
Qwest CD25145-2 — L.A. Is My Lady   (1997)
Warner Bros. CD47045-2 — Frank Sinatra: The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings   (1998)
Universal (Eu.) CD06025 2719999 — L.A. Is My Lady   (2010)

The personnel are collective.


Date: April 16, 1984
Location: A&R Recording Studio, New York City
Label: Reprise
Frank Sinatra: L.A. Is My Lady

Frank Sinatra (ldr), Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Joe Newman, Alan Rubin (t), Wayne Andre, Urbie Green, Benny Powell (tb), Dave Taylor (btb), Bob Carlisle, John Clark, Jerry Peel (frh), Tony Price (tu), Michael Brecker, Ronnie Cuber, Frank Foster, George Opalisky, Frank Wess (r), Margaret Ross (hrp), Lionel Hampton (vib), George Benson, Tony Mottola (g), Joe Parnello (elp), Bob James (snt), Ray Brown, Gene Cherico, Marcus Miller (b), Irv Cottler, Steve Gadd (d), Ralph MacDonald (per), Quincy Jones (con), Frank Sinatra (v)

a. CNY3394-2 The Best of Everything - 2:45(John Kander, Fred Ebb) / arr: Joe Parnello
Reprise 457-28844   (1984)
b. CNY3397-2 It's All Right with Me - 2:39(Cole Porter) / arr: Sam Nestico
Reprise 457-29139   (1984)
c. CNY3398-3 Mack the Knife (Moritat) - 4:50(Kurt Weill, Marc Blitzstein, Berthold Brecht) / arr: Frank Foster
Reprise 457-29139   (1984)
d. CNY3401-5 A Hundred Years from Today - 3:04(Victor Young, Joe Young, Ned Washington) / arr: Sam Nestico
All titles on: Qwest LP 12"25145-1 — L.A. Is My Lady   (1984)
Warner-Pioneer (Jpn.) CDWPCP 3604 — L.A. Is My Lady   (1990)
Warner Bros. CD46013-2 — Frank Sinatra: The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings    (1995)
Qwest CD25145-2 — L.A. Is My Lady   (1997)
Warner Bros. CD47045-2 — Frank Sinatra: The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings   (1998)
Universal (Eu.) CD06025 2719999 — L.A. Is My Lady   (2010)

The personnel are collective. Sinatra recorded a new vocal track for "Mack the Knife" over this orchestral track, on October 30, 1986. The new version has a master number, CNY33985-2.


Date: April 17, 1984
Location: A&R Recording Studio, New York City
Label: Reprise
Frank Sinatra: L.A. Is My Lady

Frank Sinatra (ldr), Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Joe Newman, Lew Soloff (t), Wayne Andre, Urbie Green, Benny Powell (tb), Dave Taylor (btb), John Clark, Peter Gordon, Jerry Peel (frh), Tony Price (tu), Michael Brecker, Ronnie Cuber, Frank Foster, George Opalisky, Frank Wess (r), Margaret Ross (hrp), Lionel Hampton (vib), George Benson, Tony Mottola (g), Joe Parnello (elp), Bob James (snt), Ray Brown, Gene Cherico, Marcus Miller (b), Irv Cottler, Steve Gadd (d), Ralph MacDonald (per), Quincy Jones (con), Frank Sinatra (v)

a. CNY3395-2 How Do You Keep the Music Playing? - 3:49(Michel LeGrand, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman) / arr: Joe Parnello
Qwest LP 12"25145-1 — L.A. Is My Lady   (1984)
Warner-Pioneer (Jpn.) CDWPCP 3604 — L.A. Is My Lady   (1990)
Warner Bros. CD46013-2 — Frank Sinatra: The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings    (1995)
Qwest CD25145-2 — L.A. Is My Lady   (1997)
Warner Bros. CD47045-2 — Frank Sinatra: The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings   (1998)
Universal (Eu.) CD06025 2719999 — L.A. Is My Lady   (2010)
b. CNY3396-2 Teach Me Tonight - 3:44(Gene DePaul, Sammy Cahn) / arr: Torrie Zito
Reprise 457-28844   (1984)
Qwest LP 12"25145-1 — L.A. Is My Lady   (1984)
Warner-Pioneer (Jpn.) CDWPCP 3604 — L.A. Is My Lady   (1990)
Warner Bros. CD46013-2 — Frank Sinatra: The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings    (1995)
Qwest CD25145-2 — L.A. Is My Lady   (1997)
Warner Bros. CD47045-2 — Frank Sinatra: The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings   (1998)
Universal (Eu.) CD06025 2719999 — L.A. Is My Lady   (2010)
Frank Sinatra Enterprises Digital Download — Seduction: Sinatra Sings of Love   (2009)
c. CNY3399-3 Stormy Weather(Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) / arr: Sam Nestico
unissued
d. CNY3400-2 If I Should Lose You - 2:36(Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin) / arr: Sam Nestico
Qwest LP 12"25145-1 — L.A. Is My Lady   (1984)
Warner-Pioneer (Jpn.) CDWPCP 3604 — L.A. Is My Lady   (1990)
Warner Bros. CD46013-2 — Frank Sinatra: The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings    (1995)
Qwest CD25145-2 — L.A. Is My Lady   (1997)
Warner Bros. CD47045-2 — Frank Sinatra: The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings   (1998)
Universal (Eu.) CD06025 2719999 — L.A. Is My Lady   (2010)

The personnel are collective. This version of "Stormy Weather" was not released. Another version recorded in Los Angeles on May 17, 1984 was the released version but Benny Powell was not on that session.


Date: June 26, 1984
Location: Carnegie Hall, New York City
Label: [radio broadcast]
Salute to Benny Carter at the Kool Jazz Festival

Benny Carter (ldr), Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Jon Faddis, Lew Soloff, Snooky Young (t), Dave Bargeron, Paul Faulise, Birch Johnson, Benny Powell (tb), Benny Carter, Marshal Royal, Bob Wilber (as), Seldon Powell, Frank Wess (ts), Pepper Adams (bar), Bucky Pizzarelli (g), Derek Smith (p), George Duvivier (b), Oliver Jackson (d), Candido Camero de Guerra (cng)

a. Symphony In Riffs(Benny Carter) / arr: Benny Carter
b. Easy Money(Benny Carter) / arr: Benny Carter
c. Blue Star(Benny Carter) / arr: Benny Carter
d. Sleep(Benny Carter) / arr: Benny Carter
e. Coalition(Benny Carter) / arr: Benny Carter
All titles unissued.

This is a Voice of America radio broadcast. None of the titles has been auditioned. Several small group performances also took place but Benny Powell is not present on any of them. Information comes from Gary Carner's Pepper Adams discography, "Joy Road."


Date: July 2, 1984
Location: Grand Slam Studio, New York City
Label: Warner Bros.
George Benson and big band

George Benson (ldr), Jon Faddis, Earl Gardner, Joe Newman, Lew Soloff, Felix Vega (t), Robin Eubanks, Slide Hampton, Benny Powell, Dave Taylor (tb), Frank Wess, Charles Williams (C.I. Williams) (as), George Coleman, Jimmy Heath (ts), Bobby Eldridge (bar), George Benson (g, v), Freddie Green (g), Joe Sample (p), Cliff Carter, James Newton Howard (snt), Earl May (b), John Robinson (d), Ralph Burns, Frank Foster (con)

a. Beyond the Sea - 4:10(Charles Trenet, Jack Lawrence) / arr: Ralph Burns, Frank Foster
Warner Bros. LP 12"WE 381 — 20/20   (1985)
Warner Bros. CD2-25178 — 20/20   (1985)
Prime Cuts CD2111 — 20/20   (1990)

Strings are arranged by Ralph Burns, horns and rhythm by Frank Foster. The recording date and location come from Benny Powell's personal records.


Date: ca. 1985
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Label: Ki-Ki Records
Andrei Strobert: Spirit Within Us

Andrei Strobert (ldr), Craig Harris, Benny Powell (tb), Andrei Strobert (d)

a. Xanthic - 4:43(composer unknown)
Ki-Ki Records CD1009 — Spirit Within Us   (1992)

Benny Powell does not appear on the rest of the tracks of this CD. This title has not been auditioned.


Date: ca. 1985
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Label: Bright Flight
All About Ronnell

Ronnell Bright (ldr), Al Aarons, Oscar Brashear (t), Benny Powell (tb), Bill Green (as, f, o), unknown (vib, per, cng), Del Casher (g), Ronnell Bright (p, elp, v), Frank De La Rosa, Leroy Vinnegar (b), Carol Kaye (eb), Earl Palmer, Frank Severino (d)

a. Sea Mist - 4:54(Ronnell Bright) / arr: Ronnell Bright
b. C'est La Vie - 3:23(Ronnell Bright) / arr: Ronnell Bright
c. City Called Heaven - 3:32(Traditional) / arr: Ronnell Bright
d. Alone with My Thoughts of You - 5:26(Ronnell Bright) / arr: Ronnell Bright
e. Talk About Loving You - 3:26(Ronnell Bright) / arr: Ronnell Bright
f. It's Written in the Stars - 5:19(Ronnell Bright) / arr: Ronnell Bright
g. I Love Chicago - 3:32(Ronnell Bright) / arr: Ronnell Bright
h. Dawn Appears - 4:45(Ronnell Bright) / arr: Ronnell Bright
i. To Be Happy - 3:20(Ronnell Bright) / arr: Ronnell Bright
j. Christmas, Here It Is Again - 2:51(Ronnell Bright) / arr: Ronnell Bright
All titles on: Bright Flight LP 12"BF 1212 — All About Ronnell   (1985)

This appears to be a self-produced demo LP. The personnel are probably collective. Assignments by track are not provided nor are any specific recording dates.

Instrumentation and solos by track based on aural evidence:
Track a - piano and vocal only
Track b - ensemble plus conga; piano solo, vocal
Track c - vocal, bass, drums only
Track d - piano, bass, drums only
Track e - piano, bass, drums, vocal only
Track f - ensemble including oboe, flute and electric bass; vocal, flute solo
Track g - ensemble; vocal, trumpet, trombone, piano solos
Track h - piano solo
Track i - ensemble including vibraphone; vocal, alto sax, trumpet, trombone solos
Track j - ensemble including electric piano, electric bass, vibraphone, percussion; vocal, trumpet solo


Date: May 12, 1985
Location: Bern Jazz Festival, Bern, Switzerland
Label: [private recording]
Count Basie Alumni (Jubilee All Stars) Live

Harry 'Sweets' Edison (t), Benny Powell (tb), Buddy Tate (ts), Freddie Green (g), Nat Pierce (p), Eddie Jones (b), Gus Johnson (d)

a. inc Please Send Me Someone to Love - 1:34(Percy Mayfield)
b. Broadway - 9:57(Bill Bird, Henri Woode, Teddy McRae)
c. Jumpin' at the Woodside - 8:21(Count Basie)
d. Lil' Darlin' - 7:39(Neal Hefti)
e. One O'Clock Jump - 6:07(Count Basie)
All titles unissued.

Harry 'Sweets' Edison (t) on b, d-e; Benny Powell (tb) on a-b, d-e; Buddy Tate (ts) on b-e.

Track a is incomplete and features Benny Powell. Track c features Buddy Tate. See also the following session.


Date: May 12, 1985
Location: Bern Jazz Festival, Bern, Switzerland
Label: [private recording]
Dizzy Gillespie Quintet and Count Basie Alumni (Jubilee All Stars) Live

Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Dizzy Gillespie (t), Clark Terry (t, fh), Benny Powell (tb), James Moody, Buddy Tate (ts), Freddie Green (g), Gene Harris (p), Ray Brown (b), Grady Tate (d)

a. Ow! - 9:50(Dizzy Gillespie)
b. Con Alma - 13:50(Dizzy Gillespie)
c. A Night in Tunisia - 12:20(Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Paparelli)
d. Oop-Pop-A-Da - 7:50(Babs Gonzales [Babs Brown, Lee Brown])
e. Unknown Title - 10:30
f. inc The Blues Walk (Somebody Done Stole My Blues, Loose Walk) - 3:11(Clifford Brown, Chris Woods, Sonny Stitt)
g. In a Mellow Tone (In a Mellotone) - 16:22(Duke Ellington)
h. Poor Butterfly - 2:11(Raymond Hubbell, John Golden)
i. Memories of You - 2:17(Eubie Blake, Andy Razaf)
j. Polka Dots and Moonbeams - 3:04(Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke)
k. Once in a While - 2:46(Bud Green, Michael Edwards)
l. A Child Is Born - 3:11(Thad Jones, Alec Wilder)
m. Things Ain't What They Used to Be - 17:35(Mercer Ellington, Ted Parsons)
n. Undecided - 6:41(Charlie Shavers, Sid Robin)
All titles unissued.

h, i, j, k, l performed as medley.

Harry 'Sweets' Edison (t) on f-g, i, m-n; Dizzy Gillespie (t) on a-g, k, m-n; Clark Terry (t) on f-g, m-n, (fh) on l; Benny Powell (tb) on f-g, l-n; James Moody (ts) on a-g, j, m-n; Buddy Tate (ts) on f-h, m-n; Freddie Green (g) on f-k, m-n; Gene Harris (p) on a-k, m-n.

Tracks h-l comprise a ballad medley: h Buddy Tate; i Harry Edison; j James Moody; k Dizzy Gillespie; l Clark Terry and Benny Powell (with just bass and drums). See also the preceding session.


Date: May 17, 1985
Location: Loeb Student Center, New York University, New York City
Label: [private recording]
Highlights in Jazz: Tribute to Mel Lewis

Benny Powell (tb), Toots Thielemans (h), Roland Hanna (p), Bob Cunningham (b), Ray Barretto (cng)

a. Unknown Title
unissued

Other performers at this event included Jon Faddis, Lew Soloff, John Mosca, Dick Oatts, Paquito D'Rivera, Frank Foster, Pepper Adams, Kenny Washington and Mel Lewis. This is the only performance on which Benny Powell is involved. Information comes from Gary Carner's Pepper Adams discography, "Joy Road."


Date: June 18, 1985
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Label: Landmark
Jimmy Heath Nonet: New Picture

Jimmy Heath (ldr), Benny Powell (tb), John Clark, Bobby Routch (frh), Howard Johnson (tu), Jimmy Heath (ss, ts), Tony Purrone (g), Tommy Flanagan (p), Rufus Reid (b), Al Foster (d)

a. Lush Life - 8:06(Billy Strayhorn) / arr: Jimmy Heath
Savoy Jazz CDSVY 17350 — Lush: Essential Ballads   (2004)
b. Keep Love Alive - 5:21(Jimmy Heath) / arr: Jimmy Heath
c. Sophisticated Lady - 6:44(Duke Ellington, Mitchell Parish, Irving Mills) / arr: Jimmy Heath
32 Jazz CD32096 — Jimmy Heath - The Professor   (1998)
Savoy Label Group Digital Download — The Professor   (2009)
All titles on: Landmark LP 12"LLP 1506 — New Picture   (1985)
Landmark CDLCD-1506-2 — New Picture   (1992)

Jimmy Heath (ss) on b-c, (ts) on a.

Benny Powell does not appear on the other tracks of this album.

Soloists:
Track a - Heath (ts), Flanagan
Track b - Heath (ss), Purrone
Track c - Heath (ss), Flanagan


Date: July 8, 1985
Location: Casino, Montreux Jazz Festival, Montreux, Switzerland
Label: [television broadcast]
Festival de Jazz de Montreux 1985: Randy Weston's African Rhythms Orchestra Live

Randy Weston (ldr), Benny Bailey (t), George Lewis, Benny Powell (tb), Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue] (ss, as, f), Sahib Shihab (bar), Randy Weston (p), Wilbur Little (b), Clyde Lucas (d), Sam Kelly (per), Hale Smith (con), unknown (v)

a. African Cookbook - 28:18(Randy Weston)
b. Hi Fly - 9:23(Randy Weston)
c. Blues for Strayhorn - 7:41(Randy Weston)
d. Portrait of F.E. Weston(Randy Weston)
e. African Sunrise - 19:48(Randy Weston)
f. Congolese Children - 8:32(Randy Weston)
g. C Jam Blues - 8:57(Duke Ellington)
h. Spontaneous Improvisation - 0:43
All titles unissued.

c, d performed as medley.

unknown (v) on g.

These live performances were recorded for Swiss television. See:
Montreux Jazz Festival Archive
Library of Congress Website

Tracks c and d comprise a solo piano medley 7:41 in duration. Track e includes band introductions. There are two unidentified (video not seen) scat vocalists on track g. Track h is a brief piano solo.


Date: September 28, 1985
Location: NOS Jazz Festival, Meervaart Theater, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Label: [radio broadcast]
Benny Powell Quintet Live

Benny Powell (ldr), Benny Powell (tb, v), Britt Woodman (tb), Barry Harris (p), Hal Dodson (b), Leroy Williams (d)

a. I'll Remember April - 8:06(Gene DePaul, Don Raye, Patricia Johnston)
b. Sophisticated Lady - 5:27(Duke Ellington, Mitchell Parish, Irving Mills)
c. Creole Love Call - 8:34(Duke Ellington, Bubber Miley, Rudy Jackson)
d. Au Privave - 5:59(Charlie Parker)
e. Come Sunday - 9:19(Duke Ellington)
f. Cotton Tail - 5:10(Duke Ellington)
All titles unissued.

Benny Powell (tb) on a, c-f, (v) on d; Britt Woodman (tb) on a-c, e-f.

These performances were broadcast on NOS-Radio. Information comes from Joop van der Leij. The timings shown do not include applause or announcements.


Date: ca. November 1985
Location: Eras Studio, New York City
Label: Gramavision
John Carter Octet: Castles of Ghana

John Carter (ldr), Baikida Carroll (t, v), Bobby Bradford (c), Benny Powell (tb), John Carter (cl, v), Marty Ehrlich (bcl, per), Terry Jenoure (vn, v), Richard Davis (b), Andrew Cyrille (d, per)

a. Castles of Ghana - 13:22(John Carter)
Gramavision CDR2 79461 — Gramavision 10th Anniversary Sampler   (1990)
b. Evening Prayer - 6:10(John Carter)
c. Conversations - 5:49(John Carter)
d. The Fallen Prince - 6:08(John Carter)
e. Theme of Desperation - 4:52(John Carter)
f. Capture - 11:19(John Carter)
g. Postlude - 0:40(John Carter)
All titles on: Gramavision LP 12"18-8603-1 — Castles of Ghana   (1986)
Gramavision CDR2 79423 — Castles of Ghana   (1986)

Benny Powell solos on tracks a and d. Track g is a narrative.


Date: May 15, 1986
Location: Nick Vollebregt's Jazz Café, Laren, The Netherlands
Label: [radio broadcast]
Jazz Inn All Stars (septet) Live

Conte Candoli (t), Al Grey, Benny Powell (tb), Red Holloway (as, ts), Cees Slinger (p), John Clayton, Jr. (b), Ed Thigpen (d)

a. Broadway(Bill Bird, Henri Woode, Teddy McRae)
b. All Blues(Miles Davis)
c. In a Mellow Tone (In a Mellotone)(Duke Ellington)
d. Lester Leaps In(Lester Young)
e. Blues in the Closet - 11:14(Oscar Pettiford)
f. The Night Has a Thousand Eyes - 15:30(Jerome Brainin, Buddy Bernier)
g. Don't Blame Me - 2:30(Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields)
h. But Beautiful - 2:32(Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke)
i. I Didn't Know What Time It Was - 2:52(Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
j. Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Never No Lament) - 1:28(Duke Ellington, Sidney Keith 'Bob' Russell)
k. Lover Man - 4:52(Roger 'Ram' Ramirez, Jimmy Davis, Jimmy Sherman)
l. inc Ow! - 13:33(Dizzy Gillespie)
m. Things Ain't What They Used to Be(Mercer Ellington, Ted Parsons)
All titles unissued.

g, h, i, j, k performed as medley.

Conte Candoli (t) on a-g, l-m; Al Grey (tb) on d-e, l-m; Benny Powell (tb) on a-f, h, l-m; Red Holloway (as) on k, (ts) on a-f, l-m.

This is a live concert (two sets: a-d and e-m) by a sextet called "The Jazz Inn All Stars" with Al Grey as a guest. Tracks e-l were broadcast on TROS Radio on a show called "SESJUN." The information on this session comes from Cees Schrama who produced the radio series. Only the broadcast tracks have been auditioned, but the entire concert recording is kept in the archives of Dutch Radio.

The solo order on the broadcast titles is as follows (tracks g-k comprise a ballad medley):
Track e - Grey, Holloway (ts), Candoli, Slinger, Clayton/Thigpen trade fours
Track f - Candoli, Holloway (ts), Powell, Slinger, Clayton/Thigpen trade eights
Track g - Candoli
Track h - Powell
Track i - Slinger
Track j - Clayton
Track k - Holloway (as)
Track l - Grey, Holloway (ts), Powell, Candoli, Slinger, Clayton (fades out during bass solo under announcer's closing comments)


Date: ca. November 1986
Location: Sorcerer Sound, New York City
Label: Gramavision
John Carter Ensemble: Dance of the Love Ghosts

John Carter (ldr), Bobby Bradford (c), Benny Powell (tb, btb), John Carter (cl), Marty Ehrlich (bcl, f), Terry Jenoure (vn, v), Don Preston (snt), Fred Hopkins (b), Andrew Cyrille (d), Kwasi Badu, Osei-Tutu Felix, Osei Assibey William (per, v)

a. Dance of the Love Ghosts - 8:59(John Carter)
b. The Silent Drum - 9:54(John Carter)
c. Journey - 10:14(John Carter)
d. The Captain's Dilemma - 5:14(John Carter)
e. Moon Waltz - 7:04(John Carter)
All titles on: Gramavision LP 12"18-8704-1 — Dance of the Love Ghosts   (1987)
Gramavision CDR2 79424 — Dance of the Love Ghosts   (1987)

Osei-Tutu Felix (per) on b, (v) on b; Osei Assibey William (per) on b, (v) on b.


Date: August 15, 1987
Location: Meervaart Theater, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Label: [radio broadcast]
John Carter Ensemble Live

John Carter (ldr), Charles Sullivan [Kamau Adilifu] (t), Bobby Bradford (c), Benny Powell (tb), John Carter (cl), Marty Ehrlich (bcl), Terry Jenoure (vn, v), Richard Davis (b), William Jeffrey (d)

a. Evening Prayer - 6:14(John Carter)
b. Conversations - 8:40(John Carter)
c. The Fallen Prince - 6:57(John Carter)
d. Theme of Desperation - 7:37(John Carter)
e. Capture - 16:34(John Carter)
f. Castles of Ghana - 23:52(John Carter)
All titles unissued.

Date: December 12, 1987
Location: A&R Studios, New York City
Label: Beam International
Trombones Incorporated: No Tricks, No Gimmicks

John Gordon, Fred Joiner, Benny Powell (tb), Kenny Barron (p), Leon Dorsey (b), Jimmy Ford (d), Sam Turner (per)

a. Pow-Wee - 3:27(Benny Powell)
b. ABBA - 6:54(Fred Joiner) / arr: Leon Mitchell
c. No Tricks, No Gimmicks - 4:51(John Gordon)
d. Stablemates - 5:00(Benny Golson) / arr: Doug Miller
e. No More Dues - 4:36(John Gordon)
f. Ceah the Wizard - 4:03(Benny Powell)
g. Yak and Back - 6:21(E. Turkel, Sam Turner) / arr: Doug Miller
h. One by One - 6:10(Wayne Shorter) / arr: Doug Miller
All titles on: Beam International LP 12"T1881 — No Tricks, No Gimmicks   

Sam Turner (per) on e, g.

The order of trombone solos is:
a. 1st chorus: Gordon, Powell, Gordon; 2nd chorus: Powell, Joiner, Powell; 3rd chorus: Joiner, Gordon, Joiner
b. Joiner
c. Powell, Joiner, Gordon
d. Powell, Gordon
e. Gordon, Powell, Joiner
f. Powell, Joiner, Gordon
g. Joiner, Gordon, Powell
h. Joiner, Gordon, Powell


Date: ca. March 1988
Location: A&R Recording Studio, New York City
Label: Gramavision
John Carter Ensemble: Fields

John Carter (ldr), Bobby Bradford (c), Benny Powell (tb), Frederick Phineas (h), John Carter (cl), Marty Ehrlich (bcl, f), Terry Jenoure (vn, v), Don Preston (p, snt), Fred Hopkins (b), Andrew Cyrille (d), Akili John Carter, Erica Carter, Erin Carter, Jamaal Carter (v)

a. Ballad to Po' Ben - 10:21(John Carter)
b. Bootyreba at the Big House - 6:39(John Carter)
c. Juba's Run - 5:47(John Carter)
Gramavision CDR2 79461 — Gramavision 10th Anniversary Sampler   (1990)
d. Seasons - 8:25(Roland Hanna, John Carter)
e. Fields - 20:41(John Carter)
f. Children of the Fields - 2:59(John Carter)
g. On a Country Road - 6:49(John Carter)
All titles on: Gramavision LP 12"18-8809-1 — Fields   (1988)
Gramavision CDR2 79425 — Fields   (1988)

Frederick Phineas (h) on g; Akili John Carter (v) on f; Erica Carter (v) on f; Erin Carter (v) on f; Jamaal Carter (v) on f.

Erin, Erica, Akili John and Jamaal Carter are grandchildren of John Carter. "Children of the Fields" has three parts: "At the Big Tree," "Clouds" and "Shuckin' Corn."


Date: March 7-8, 1988
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Label: Enja (Ger.)
Abdullah Ibrahim: Mindif

Abdullah Ibrahim [Dollar Brand] (ldr), Benny Powell (tb), Ricky Ford (ss, ts), Craig Handy (ts, f), Abdullah Ibrahim [Dollar Brand] (f, p, v), David Williams (b), Billy Higgins (d, per)

a. Earth Bird - 3:03(Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand))
Enja (Ger.) LP 12"5073-1 — Mindif   (1988)
Network CD110632 — Good News from Africa: Portrait   (1998)
Enja (Ger.) CDENJ 9476-2 — Abdullah Ibrahim: A Celebration   (2004)
Justin Time (Can.) CD3320 — Abdullah Ibrahim: A Celebration   (2005)
b. African Market - 8:17(Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand))
Enja (Ger.) LP 12"5073-1 — Mindif   (1988)
JazzFest CD2201-2 — South African Ambassador   (1997)
Network CD110632 — Good News from Africa: Portrait   (1998)
Enja (Ger.) CDENJ 9476-2 — Abdullah Ibrahim: A Celebration   (2004)
Justin Time (Can.) CD3320 — Abdullah Ibrahim: A Celebration   (2005)
c. Mindif - 6:46(Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand))
Enja (Ger.) LP 12"5073-1 — Mindif   (1988)
Enja (Ger.) CD5000-2 — Enja Sampler   (1988)
Enja (Ger.) CDENJ 9476-2 — Abdullah Ibrahim: A Celebration   (2004)
Justin Time (Can.) CD3320 — Abdullah Ibrahim: A Celebration   (2005)
d. Pule (Rain) - 4:52(Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand))
Enja (Ger.) LP 12"5073-1 — Mindif   (1988)
Enja (Ger.) CDTIDE 9125-2 — Abdullah Ibrahim   (1993)
e. Protee - 4:39(Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand))
Enja (Ger.) LP 12"5073-1 — Mindif   (1988)
f. Star Dance - 4:59(Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand))
Enja (Ger.) LP 12"5073-1 — Mindif   (1988)
Enja (Ger.) CDENJ 9450 — Ballads, Vol. 3   (2002)
g. Theme for Mark - 3:26(Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand))
Enja (Ger.) LP 12"5073-1 — Mindif   (1988)
h. Serenity (The Day Break Song) - 3:08(Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand))
Network CD110632 — Good News from Africa: Portrait   (1998)
All titles on: Enja (Ger.) LP 12"R1 79601 — Mindif   (1988)
Enja (Ger.) CDR2 79601 — Mindif   (1989)
Enja (Ger.) CD5073-2 — Mindif   (1996)

Benny Powell (tb) on b, f; Ricky Ford (ss) on b, (ts) on d, f; Craig Handy (ts) on b, (f) on d, f; Abdullah Ibrahim [Dollar Brand] (f) on a, h, (p) on b-d, f-g, (v) on a, e; David Williams (b) on b-h; Billy Higgins (d) on b-d, f, h, (per) on a, e.

Billy Higgins plays gambray (talking drum) on tracks a and e. This music was composed for the Claire Denis film Chocolat.


Date: July 2, 1988
Location: Montreal Jazz Festival, Montréal, Quebec, Canada
Label: [radio broadcast]
John Carter Octet Live: Castles of Ghana

John Carter (ldr), Charles Sullivan [Kamau Adilifu] (t), Bobby Bradford (c), Benny Powell (tb), John Carter (cl), Marty Ehrlich (bcl), Terry Jenoure (vn, v), Roberto Miranda (b), Andrew Cyrille (d)

a. Evening Prayer - 13:56(John Carter)
b. The Fallen Prince - 12:37(John Carter)
c. Capture - 24:15(John Carter)
d. Theme of Desperation - 12:53(John Carter)
e. Conversations - 14:27(John Carter)
f. Castles of Ghana - 27:50(John Carter)
All titles unissued.

Terry Jenoure (v) on d.

This concert was broadcast on Canadian FM radio. The tracks constitute the "Castles of Ghana Suite" although the performance order differs from the original recording. The six sections were performed over two sets of three titles each with Carter's spoken comments preceding each selection except d.


Date: September 22, 1988
Location: Smithsonian, Washington, DC
Label: [motion picture]
American Jazz Orchestra Live with Benny Carter

American Jazz Orchestra (ldr), John Eckert, Virgil Jones, Bob Millikan, Marvin Stamm (t), Eddie Bert, Jack Jeffers, Jimmy Knepper, Benny Powell (tb), Benny Carter (as, con), John Purcell, Frank Wess (as), Bill Easley, Loren Schoenberg, Chuck Wilson (ts), Danny Bank (bar), Howard Collins (g), Dick Katz (p), John Goldsby (b), Mel Lewis (d)

a. Doozy(Benny Carter) / arr: Benny Carter
Rhapsody Films Videotape (VHS)9031 — Benny Carter: Symphony In Riffs   (1995)

This was a live performance filmed for video release and directed by Harrison Engle. The information comes from Benny Carter historian Ed Berger and The Library of Congress Website. This title has not been auditioned.


Date: November 21-23, 1988
Location: Atlantic Recording Studio, New York City
Label: East-West
American Jazz Orchestra: Ellington Masterpieces

American Jazz Orchestra (ldr), John Eckert, Virgil Jones, Bob Millikan, Marvin Stamm (t), Eddie Bert, Jimmy Knepper, Benny Powell (tb), Norris Turney (ss, as, cl), John Purcell (as, cl), Bill Easley (ts, cl), Loren Schoenberg (ts), Danny Bank (bar, cl), Howard Collins (g), Dick Katz (p), John Lewis (p, con), John Goldsby (b), Mel Lewis (d)

a. Sepia Panorama - 3:41(Duke Ellington) / arr: Duke Ellington
East-West LP 12"7567 91423-1 — Ellington Masterpieces   (1989)
b. Johnny Come Lately - 3:26(Billy Strayhorn) / arr: Billy Strayhorn
East-West LP 12"7567 91423-1 — Ellington Masterpieces   (1989)
c. All Too Soon - 4:04(Duke Ellington, Carl Sigman) / arr: Duke Ellington
East-West LP 12"7567 91423-1 — Ellington Masterpieces   (1989)
d. Ko - Ko - 2:45(Duke Ellington) / arr: Duke Ellington
East-West LP 12"7567 91423-1 — Ellington Masterpieces   (1989)
e. Bojangles - 4:02(Duke Ellington) / arr: Duke Ellington
East-West LP 12"7567 91423-1 — Ellington Masterpieces   (1989)
f. Cotton Tail - 3:46(Duke Ellington) / arr: Duke Ellington
East-West LP 12"7567 91423-1 — Ellington Masterpieces   (1989)
g. Do Nothing till You Hear from Me (Concerto for Cootie) - 3:35(Duke Ellington, Sidney Keith 'Bob' Russell) / arr: Duke Ellington
East-West LP 12"7567 91423-1 — Ellington Masterpieces   (1989)
h. The Sidewalks of New York - 3:29(Charles Lawlor, James Blake) / arr: Duke Ellington
East-West LP 12"7567 91423-1 — Ellington Masterpieces   (1989)
i. Take the "A" Train - 3:13(Billy Strayhorn) / arr: Billy Strayhorn
East-West LP 12"7567 91423-1 — Ellington Masterpieces   (1989)
j. Jack the Bear - 3:41(Duke Ellington) / arr: Duke Ellington
East-West LP 12"7567 91423-1 — Ellington Masterpieces   (1989)
k. Main Stem - 2:50(Duke Ellington) / arr: Duke Ellington
East-West LP 12"7567 91423-1 — Ellington Masterpieces   (1989)
l. Rockin' in Rhythm - 5:53(Duke Ellington, Harry Carney, Irving Mills) / arr: Duke Ellington
East-West LP 12"7567 91423-1 — Ellington Masterpieces   (1989)
m. Chloe - 3:51(Charles N. Daniels [Neil Moret], Gus Kahn) / arr: Duke Ellington
n. Warm Valley - 4:07(Duke Ellington, Sidney Keith 'Bob' Russell) / arr: Duke Ellington
o. Congo Brava - 3:20(Duke Ellington) / arr: Duke Ellington
All titles on: East-West CD7567 91423-2 — Ellington Masterpieces   (1989)

Dick Katz (p) on a-d, f-k, m-o; John Lewis (p) on e, l.


Date: ca. 1989
Location: New York City
The Jazz Apple: Temperley's Town (movie)

Buck Clayton (ldr), Paul Cohen, Johnny Letman, Joe Wilder (t), Dan Barrett, Benny Powell (tb), Doug Lawrence, Joe Temperley, Frank Wess, Chuck Wilson (sax), Howard Alden (g), Marty Napoleon (p), Lynn Seaton (b), Dennis Mackrel (d)

a. Angel in Blue(Buck Clayton)
b. Beaujolais(Buck Clayton)
c. Royal Flush(Count Basie)
All titles unissued.

These performances were filmed for a British movie featuring baritone saxophonist Joe Temperley and directed by Mike Alexander. The exact recording date is unknown. See: The Library of Congress Website. These titles have not been auditioned.


Date: ca. April 1989
Location: A&R Recording Studio, New York City
Label: Gramavision
John Carter Ensemble: Shadows On a Wall

John Carter (ldr), Bobby Bradford (c), Benny Powell (tb), John Carter (cl), Marty Ehrlich (bcl, f), Terry Jenoure (vn, v), Don Preston (snt), Billy Marshall (or), Fred Hopkins (b), Andrew Cyrille (d), Rochelle Shorts, Jackie Smiley, Michael Starr (v)

a. Sippi Strut - 12:50(John Carter)
b. Spats - 8:47(John Carter)
c. City Streets - 7:25(John Carter)
d. And I Saw Them - 10:34(John Carter)
e. 52nd Street Stomp - 7:30(John Carter)
f. Hymn to Freedom - 6:10(John Carter)
All titles on: Gramavision LP 12"R1 79422 — Shadows On a Wall   (1989)
Gramavision CDR2 79422 — Shadows On a Wall   (1989)

Benny Powell solos on tracks b and c.


Date: May 30, 1989
Location: Theatre Boulogne, Paris, France
Label: Soul Note (It.)
Dameronia Live

Don Sickler (ldr), Virgil Jones (t), Don Sickler (t, con), Benny Powell (tb), Frank Wess (as), Clifford Jordan (ts), Cecil Payne (bar), Walter Davis, Jr. (p), Larry Ridley (b), Kenny Washington (d)

a. Hot House - 6:51(Tadd Dameron) / arr: Don Sickler
b. Mating Call - 8:57(Tadd Dameron) / arr: Don Sickler
c. Gnid - 7:41(Tadd Dameron) / arr: Don Sickler
d. Lady Bird - 5:45(Tadd Dameron) / arr: Don Sickler
e. Good Bait - 6:32(Tadd Dameron, Count Basie) / arr: Don Sickler
f. Soultrane - 6:11(Tadd Dameron) / arr: Don Sickler
g. The Squirrel - 6:00(Tadd Dameron) / arr: Don Sickler
h. Philly J. J. - 9:22(Tadd Dameron) / arr: Tadd Dameron
i. Fontainebleau - 5:02(Tadd Dameron) / arr: Tadd Dameron
All titles on: Soul Note (It.) CD121 202-2 — Dameronia: Live At the Theatre Boulogne   (1994)

Benny Powell solos on tracks a, c and e.


Date: ca. November 1989
Location: Kan-i Hoken Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Label: Concord Jazz
Frank Wess-Harry Edison Big Band: Dear Mr. Basie

Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Frank Wess (ldr), Al Aarons, Ray Brown, Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Joe Newman, Snooky Young (t), Al Grey, Michael Grey, Grover Mitchell, Benny Powell (tb), Curtis Peagler, Marshal Royal (as), Billy Mitchell (ts), Frank Wess (ts, f), Bill Ramsey (bar), Ted Dunbar (g), Ronnell Bright (p), Eddie Jones (b), Gregg Field (d)

a. Jumpin' at the Woodside - 3:22(Count Basie) / arr: Frank Wess
b. The Very Thought of You - 4:40(Ray Noble) / arr: Jerry van Rooyen
c. Blue On Blue - 4:00(Frank Wess) / arr: Frank Wess
d. All Riled Up - 4:13(Frank Wess) / arr: Frank Wess
e. This Is All I Ask - 5:11(Gordon Jenkins) / arr: Nat Pierce
f. I Wish I Knew - 8:32(Harry Warren, Mack Gordon) / arr: Frank Wess
g. Whirly-Bird - 3:42(Neal Hefti) / arr: Frank Wess
h. Lil' Darlin' - 5:11(Neal Hefti) / arr: Frank Wess
i. Dejection Blues - 6:58(Ray Brown) / arr: Frank Wess
j. Battle Royal - 9:59(Duke Ellington) / arr: Frank Wess
k. One O'Clock Jump - 4:05(Count Basie) / arr: Frank Wess
All titles on: Concord Jazz CDCCD-4420-2 — Dear Mr. Basie   (1989)
King (Jpn.) CDKICJ 4 — Dear Mr. Basie   (1990)
King (Jpn.) CDKICJ 8083 — Dear Mr. Basie   (1994)
King (Jpn.) CDABCJ 209 — Dear Mr. Basie   (2002)

Timings shown do not include applause.

Soloists:
Track a - Royal (first chorus bridge), Mitchell
Track b - Wess (f)
Track c - Bright, A. Grey, Wess (ts)
Track d - Bright, Wess (ts), Newman, Field
Track e - Royal
Track f - Jones (walking intro), Edison, Bright, Edison/Jones
Track g - Bright, Mitchell, Field
Track h - Bright (intro), Young
Track i - Dunbar, Peagler, Powell
Track j - Wess (f), Wess (ts), Mitchell, Newman/Edison (8-bar exchanges), Ramsey, Royal, Powell, A. Grey, Brown, Field
Track k - Bright, Wess (ts), A. Grey, Aarons, Jones (walking)


Date: ca. August 1990
Location: Concord Pavilion, Concord, CA
Label: Concord Jazz
Mel Torme with the Frank Wess-Harry Edison Orchestra

Mel Torme (ldr), Ray Brown, Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Pete Minger, Joe Newman (t), Al Grey, Grover Mitchell, Benny Powell (tb), Curtis Peagler, Marshal Royal (as), Billy Mitchell, Frank Wess (ts), Bill Ramsey (bar), Ted Dunbar (g), John Campbell (p), Bob Maize (b), Donny Osborne (d), Mel Torme (v)

a. Down for Double - 2:46(Freddie Green)
b. You're Driving Me Crazy - 7:27(Walter Donaldson)
Concord Jazz CDCCD-4811-2 — The Concord Jazz Heritage Series: Mel Torme   (1998)
Concord Jazz CDCCD2-4871-2 — Mel Torme: The Best of the Concord Years   (1999)
c. Sent for You Yesterday - 3:21(Ed Durham, Jimmy Rushing)
Concord Jazz CDCCD2-4871-2 — Mel Torme: The Best of the Concord Years   (1999)
All titles on: Concord Jazz CDCCD-4433-2 — Night At the Concord Pavilion   (1990)
RCA Victor (Jpn.) CDVICS 8012 — Night At the Concord Pavilion   (1992)
Concord Jazz CDCCD2-2118-2 — Two Darn Hot   (2002)

The rest of this concert featured Torme with his rhythm section of Campbell, Maize and Osborne.


Date: August 18, 1990
Location: Concord Pavilion, Concord, CA
Label: Concord Jazz
Rob McConnell and the Concord All Stars Live

Rob McConnell (ldr), Harry 'Sweets' Edison (t), Al Grey, Benny Powell (tb), Rob McConnell (vtb), Ed Bickert (g), Gene Harris (p), Neil Swainson (b), Alan Dawson (d)

a. Cotton Tail - 4:53(Duke Ellington)
b. Centerpiece (Keester Parade) - 8:39(Johnny Mandel, Harry Edison, Jon Hendricks)
c. But Beautiful - 7:39(Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke)
d. The Crawdad Song - 4:03(Public Domain)
e. St. James Infirmary - 5:30(Joe Primrose)
f. Crazy He Calls Me (Crazy She Calls Me) - 5:47(Carl Sigman, Sidney Keith 'Bob' Russell)
g. Undecided - 9:12(Charlie Shavers, Sid Robin)
All titles on: Concord Jazz CDCCD-4451-2 — Live At the 1990 Concord Jazz Festival - First Set   (1991)

Harry 'Sweets' Edison (t) on a-b; Al Grey (tb) on a-b, e, g; Benny Powell (tb) on a, c, g; Rob McConnell (vtb) on a-b, g; Ed Bickert (g) on a-c, f-g; Gene Harris (p) on a-e, g.

The full ensemble performs only on track a. Track c features Benny Powell who also solos on tracks a and g. Track d features Harris with only bass and drums. Track e features Grey with only piano, bass and drums. Track f features Bickert with only bass and drums.


Date: October 11, 1990
Location: Cooper Union, New York City
Label: [private recording]
American Jazz Orchestra Plays the Music of Muhal Richard Abrams Live

American Jazz Orchestra (ldr), Eddie Allen, John Eckert, Bob Millikan, Marvin Stamm, Jack Walrath (t, fh), Eddie Bert, Dick Griffin, Jimmy Knepper, Benny Powell (tb), Alfred Patterson (btb), Marty Ehrlich, John Purcell (as), Patience Higgins, Bill Kirchner (ts), Danny Bank (bar, bcl), Warren Smith (vib, per), Jerome Harris (g), Dick Katz (p, syn), Peter Washington (b), Andrew Cyrille (d), Muhal Richard Abrams (con)

a. Blues Idea(Muhal Richard Abrams) / arr: Muhal Richard Abrams
b. Nusped(Muhal Richard Abrams) / arr: Muhal Richard Abrams
c. Fluclana(Muhal Richard Abrams) / arr: Muhal Richard Abrams
d. Afrala(Muhal Richard Abrams) / arr: Muhal Richard Abrams
e. Big T(Muhal Richard Abrams) / arr: Muhal Richard Abrams
f. Aura of Thought - Things(Muhal Richard Abrams) / arr: Muhal Richard Abrams
g. Oldfotalk(Muhal Richard Abrams) / arr: Muhal Richard Abrams
h. Hearinga(Muhal Richard Abrams) / arr: Muhal Richard Abrams
i. Seesall(Muhal Richard Abrams) / arr: Muhal Richard Abrams
j. Bermix(Muhal Richard Abrams) / arr: Muhal Richard Abrams
All titles unissued.

This is a private recording of a live performance of the American Jazz Orchestra, information on which was provided by Bill Kirchner and Michael Fitzgerald. The saxophonists double on various woodwinds. Bill Kirchner (ts) solos on track j. Further information is needed on the performance order and possible additional selections. These titles have not been auditioned.


Date: Recorded between December 25 and 31, 1990
Location: Condon's, New York City
Label: Mapleshade
Clifford Jordan Big Band Live

Clifford Jordan (ldr), Joe Gardner, Dean Pratt, Dizzy Reece, Don Sickler (t), Benny Powell (tb), Kiane Zawadi (Bernard McKinney) (tb, eu), Charles Davis, John Jenkins (as), Junior Cook, Clifford Jordan, Lou Orenstein, Willie Williams (ts), Bobby Eldridge (bar), Ronnie Mathews (p), Ed Howard (b), Tommy Campbell (d)

a. Third Avenue - 9:34(Clifford Jordan) / arr: Dizzy Reece
b. Angelica - 10:35(Duke Ellington) / arr: Charles Davis
c. Old Bo - 5:15(Clifford Jordan) / arr: Clifford Jordan
d. I Waited for You - 6:29(Dizzy Gillespie, Walter 'Gil' Fuller) / arr: John Nealy
e. Evidence - 7:07(Thelonious Monk) / arr: Dizzy Reece
f. I'll Be Around - 5:24(Alec Wilder) / arr: Clifford Jordan
g. Bearcat - 6:15(Clifford Jordan) / arr: Julian Priester
h. Down Through the Years - 7:14(Clifford Jordan) / arr: Don Sickler
i. Charlie Parker's Last Supper - 7:00(Clifford Jordan) / arr: Clifford Jordan
j. Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Never No Lament) - 3:30(Duke Ellington, Sidney Keith 'Bob' Russell) / arr: Charles Davis, Clifford Jordan, John Nealy, Dizzy Reece
All titles on: Mapleshade CD3232 — Play What You Feel   (1997)

Track j is a collective arrangement. Benny Powell solos on track c and may also be the trombone soloist on tracks b and e.


Date: February 18-19, 1991
Location: BMG Studios, New York City
Label: MusicMasters
American Jazz Orchestra: The Music of Jimmie Lunceford

American Jazz Orchestra (ldr), John Eckert, Virgil Jones, Bob Millikan, Marvin Stamm, Byron Stripling (t), Eddie Bert, Jimmy Knepper, Benny Powell, Dennis Wilson (tb), Danny Bank, Jerry Dodgion, Bill Easley, John Purcell, Jerome Richardson, Loren Schoenberg (sax), Howard Collins (g), Dick Katz (p), John Lewis (p, con), John Goldsby (b), Dennis Mackrel (d), Doc Cheatham (v)

a. Lunceford Special - 4:25(Jimmy Lunceford) / arr: Jimmy Lunceford
b. What's Your Story, Morning Glory? - 3:16(Mary Lou Williams, Jack Lawrence, Paul Francis Webster)
c. Belgium Stomp - 2:49(William Moore)
d. I'm Alone with You - 3:05(Bud Estes)
e. Yard Dog Mazurka - 3:59(Gerald Wilson, Jimmy Lunceford, Roger Segure) / arr: Gerald Wilson
f. Hi Spook - 3:43(Gerald Wilson) / arr: Gerald Wilson
g. For Dancers Only - 4:36(Sy Oliver, Don Raye, Vic Schoen) / arr: Sy Oliver
h. Uptown Blues - 3:11(Jimmy Lunceford) / arr: Jimmy Lunceford
i. Annie Laurie - 3:36(Traditional)
j. Margie - 3:42(Con Conrad, J. Russell Robinson, Benny Davis)
k. I Wanna Hear Swing Songs - 4:42(Sy Oliver, Bobby Moore) / arr: Sy Oliver
l. Organ Grinder's Swing - 5:58(Will Hudson, Mitchell Parish, Irving Mills)
All titles on: Limelight CD820 846-2 — The Music of Jimmie Lunceford   (1991)
MusicMasters CD65072-2 — The Music of Jimmie Lunceford   (1992)

Bill Easley (sax) on a-b, d-f, j-l; Jerome Richardson (sax) on c, g-i; Dick Katz (p) on a-j; John Lewis (p) on k-l; Doc Cheatham (v) on j.


Date: May 20-22, 1991
Location: BMG Studios, New York City
Label: Verve
Randy Weston Ensemble: The Spirits of Our Ancestors

Randy Weston (ldr), Dizzy Gillespie, Idrees Sulieman (t), Benny Powell (tb, btb), Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue] (as, f), Billy Harper, Dewey Redman, Pharoah Sanders (ts), Randy Weston (p), Alex Blake, Jamil Nasser [George Joyner] (b), Idris Muhammad (d), Big Black, Azzedin Weston (per)

a. The Healers - 10:44(Randy Weston) / arr: Melba Liston
b. African Cookbook - 17:13(Randy Weston) / arr: Melba Liston
Verve CD314 517 177-2 — African Sunrise: Selections from The Spirits of Our Ancestors   (1992)
c. The Call - 6:12(Randy Weston) / arr: Melba Liston
Verve CD314 517 177-2 — African Sunrise: Selections from The Spirits of Our Ancestors   (1992)
d. ens. version African Village Bedford-Stuyvesant - 8:26(Randy Weston) / arr: Melba Liston
Verve CD314 517 177-2 — African Sunrise: Selections from The Spirits of Our Ancestors   (1992)
e. The Seventh Queen - 16:35(Randy Weston) / arr: Melba Liston
Verve CD314 517 177-2 — African Sunrise: Selections from The Spirits of Our Ancestors   (1992)
f. African Sunrise - 19:50(Randy Weston) / arr: Melba Liston
Verve CD314 517 177-2 — African Sunrise: Selections from The Spirits of Our Ancestors   (1992)
All titles on: Verve/Antilles CD314 511 896-2 — The Spirits of Our Ancestors   (1992)
Verve CD314 511 857-2 — The Spirits of Our Ancestors   (1992)

Dizzy Gillespie (t) on f; Benny Powell (btb) on b; Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue] (as) on c-f, (f) on a; Pharoah Sanders (ts) on b; Alex Blake (b) on a, c-f; Jamil Nasser [George Joyner] (b) on a-d, f; Big Black (per) on b-f; Azzedin Weston (per) on a-b, d, f.

These are the only tracks from these sessions on which Benny Powell performs. Solo order:
a - Weston, Kibwe, Powell, Kibwe
b - Weston, Sanders, Redman, Sanders/Redman, Weston, Powell (bt), Muhammad
c - Sulieman, Weston
d - Weston, Kibwe, Powell, Harper, Sulieman, Redman
e - Weston, Blake, Weston, Powell, Weston
f - Harper, Powell, Weston, Gillespie, Kibwe, Big Black, Gillespie

The CD also includes a piano solo version of track d. The ensemble version is called "African Village Bedford-Stuyvesant 2."


Date: July 7, 1991
Location: Eastside Sound Studios, New York City
Label: Inspire Productions
Benny Powell Ensemble: Why Don't You Say Yes Sometime?!

Benny Powell (ldr), Benny Powell (tb, btb), Jerome Richardson (as, f), John Stubblefield (ts), Kenny Barron (p), Fred Hopkins (b), Carl Allen (d), Manolo Badrena, Candido Camero de Guerra (per)

a. Aunt Babe - 6:08(Benny Powell) / arr: John Stubblefield
b. Found - 5:01(Benny Powell) / arr: John Stubblefield
c. Pow-Wee - 4:00(Benny Powell) / arr: John Stubblefield
d. Spiral - 6:20(Benny Powell) / arr: John Stubblefield
e. Ceah the Wizard - 6:55(Benny Powell) / arr: John Stubblefield
All titles on: Inspire Productions CDIPCD 0002 — Why Don't You Say Yes Sometime?!   (1993)

Jerome Richardson (f) on b; Manolo Badrena (per) on a, d; Candido Camero de Guerra (per) on a, d.

The track timings given on the CD are inaccurate.

Soloists:
Track a - Powell, Richardson (as), Powell, Stubblefield, Barron, Hopkins, Allen/percusionists (4-bar exchanges)
Track b - Barron (intro), Powell, Richardson (f), Barron
Track c - Allen (intro), Powell, Barron, Richardson (as), Stubblefield, Hopkins
Track d - Powell, Barron, Powell (to fade out)
Track e - Powell, Barron


Date: August 21, 1991
Location: Eastside Sound Studios, New York City
Label: Inspire Productions
Benny Powell Quintet: Why Don't You Say Yes Sometime?!

Benny Powell (ldr), Benny Powell (tb, btb), Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue] (as, f), Ronnie Mathews (p), Fred Hopkins (b), Carl Allen (d)

a. Why Don't You Say Yes Sometime? - 6:31(Otis Calvin Keyes) / arr: Brad Shigeta
b. Dance of the Nile - 9:14(Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue]) / arr: Benny Powell
c. Finger Poppin' - 4:40(Horace Silver) / arr: Norman Simmons
All titles on: Inspire Productions CDIPCD 0002 — Why Don't You Say Yes Sometime?!   (1993)

Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue] (as) on a, c, (f) on b.

The track timings given on the CD are inaccurate.

Soloists:
Track a - Powell, Kibwe (as), Mathews
Track b - Mathews (intro), Powell, Kibwe (f), Allen, Hopkins
Track c - Powell, Kibwe (as), Mathews/Kibwe/Powell (4-bar exchanges with Allen)


Date: September 16, 1991
Location: Eastside Sound Studios, New York City
Label: Inspire Productions
Benny Powell Quartet: Why Don't You Say Yes Sometime?!

Benny Powell (ldr), Benny Powell (tb), Ronnie Mathews (p), Fred Hopkins (b), Newman Taylor Baker (d)

a. In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning - 5:15(Dave Mann, Bob Hilliard)
Inspire Productions CDIPCD 0002 — Why Don't You Say Yes Sometime?!   (1993)

Soloists: Powell, Mathews, Powell


Date: January 30 & 31, March 3, 1992
Location: BMG Studios, New York City
Label: Verve
Jimmy Heath: Little Man Big Band

Jimmy Heath (ldr), John Eckert, Virgil Jones, Bob Millikan, Claudio Roditi, Lew Soloff (t), Eddie Bert, John Mosca, Benny Powell (tb), Jack Jeffers (btb), Jimmy Heath (ss, ts), Bill Easley (as, ts), Ted Nash, Jerome Richardson (as), Billy Mitchell, Loren Schoenberg (ts), Danny Bank (bar), Tony Purrone (g), Roland Hanna (p), Ben Brown (b), Lewis Nash (d), Steve Kroon (per)

a. Trane Connections - 5:04(Jimmy Heath) / arr: Jimmy Heath
b. Two Friends - 4:24(Bill Cosby, Stu Gardner) / arr: Jimmy Heath
c. The Voice of the Saxophone - 7:46(Jimmy Heath) / arr: Jimmy Heath
d. Forever Sonny - 6:56(Jimmy Heath) / arr: Jimmy Heath
e. C.T.A. - 7:01(Jimmy Heath) / arr: Jimmy Heath
f. Ellington's Stray Horn - 7:18(Jimmy Heath) / arr: Jimmy Heath
g. Gingerbread Boy - 5:06(Jimmy Heath) / arr: Jimmy Heath
h. Without You, No Me - 8:21(Jimmy Heath) / arr: Jimmy Heath
All titles on: Verve CD314 513 956-2 — Little Man Big Band   (1992)
Polydor (Jpn.) CDPOCJ 1144 — Little Man Big Band   (1992)

Claudio Roditi (t) on c, h; Jimmy Heath (ss) on f, (ts) on a-e, g-h; Bill Easley (as) on c, h, (ts) on a-b, d-g; Ted Nash (as) on a-b, d-g; Billy Mitchell (ts) on c, h; Steve Kroon (per) on d.

This session was produced by Bill Cosby. "The Voice of the Saxophone" is taken from the "Afro-American Suite of Evolution."

Solos:
a. Hanna, Heath (ts), Jones, Purrone
b. Heath (ts), Hanna
c. Heath (ts), Hanna
d. Heath (ts), Eckert
e. Heath (ts), Jones, Brown
f. Heath (ss)
g. Heath (ts), Soloff, Purrone, Hanna
h. Roditi, Soloff, Heath (ts), Hanna, L. Nash


Date: February 7 and 9, 1992
Location: State Theater, New Brunswick, NJ
Label: MusicMasters
Benny Carter Orchestra: Harlem Renaissance

Benny Carter (ldr), John Eckert, Richard Grant, Virgil Jones, Michael Philip Mossman (t), Eddie Bert, Curtis Hasselbring, Benny Powell, Dennis Wilson (tb), Ralph Bowen, Frank Wess (as, f), Benny Carter (as, con), Jeff Rupert, Loren Schoenberg (ts), Danny Bank (bar), Remo Palmieri (g), Chris Neville (p), Lisle Atkinson (b), Kenny Washington (d)

a. Vine Street Rumble - 11:21(Benny Carter) / arr: Benny Carter
b. Sao Paolo - 5:05(Benny Carter) / arr: Benny Carter
c. I Can't Get Started - 5:42(Vernon Duke, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Benny Carter
d. Stockholm Sweetnin' - 5:34(Quincy Jones) / arr: Benny Carter
e. Evening Star - 8:31(Benny Carter) / arr: Benny Carter
f. How High the Moon - 11:02(William Morgan Lewis, Nancy Hamilton) / arr: Benny Carter
g. Tales of the Rising Sun: August Moon - 4:26(Benny Carter) / arr: Benny Carter
h. Tales of the Rising Sun: Teatime - 3:51(Benny Carter) / arr: Benny Carter
i. Tales of the Rising Sun: Song of Long Ago - 5:06(Benny Carter) / arr: Benny Carter
j. Tales of the Rising Sun: Samurai Song - 3:07(Benny Carter) / arr: Benny Carter
k. Tales of the Rising Sun: Chow Chow - 9:19(Benny Carter) / arr: Benny Carter
l. Harlem Renaissance Suite: Lament for Langston - 5:05(Benny Carter) / arr: Benny Carter
m. Harlem Renaissance Suite: Sugar Hill Slow Drag - 5:04(Benny Carter) / arr: Benny Carter
n. Harlem Renaissance Suite: Happy Feet - 6:54(Benny Carter) / arr: Benny Carter
o. Harlem Renaissance Suite: Sunday Morning - 4:15(Benny Carter) / arr: Benny Carter
p. Harlem Renaissance Suite: Happy Feet Reprise - 5:11(Benny Carter) / arr: Benny Carter
All titles on: MusicMasters CD65080-2 — Harlem Renaissance   (1992)

The Rutgers University Orchestra is added for "Tales of the Rising Sun" and "Harlem Renaissance Suite."


Date: March 23, 1992
Location: Vienna, Austria
Label: [radio broadcast]
Randy Weston African Rhythms Ensemble Live

Randy Weston (ldr), Benny Powell (tb), Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue] (ss), Randy Weston (p), Stafford James (b), Neil Clarke, unknown (per)

a. Blue Moses - 8:34(Randy Weston)
unissued

The timing includes announcements. The unknown players are two Gnawa musicians whose names are undecipherable from the announcer's comments. The information on this performance comes from Michael Fitzgerald.


Date: September 6, 1992
Location: Chicago Jazz Festival, Chicago, IL
Label: [radio broadcast]
Randy Weston African Rhythms Ensemble Live

Randy Weston (ldr), Benny Powell (tb), Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue] (as), Billy Harper (ts, f), Randy Weston (p), Jamil Nasser [George Joyner] (b), Clyde Lucas (d), Neil Clarke (per)

a. African Village Bedford-Stuyvesant - 11:45(Randy Weston)
b. African Sunrise - 19:18(Randy Weston)
c. The Healers - 9:45(Randy Weston)
d. inc African Cookbook - 3:49(Randy Weston)
All titles unissued.

These performances have not been auditioned.


Date: February 5-6, 1993
Location: BMG Studios, New York City
Label: Verve
Randy Weston Ensemble: Volcano Blues

Randy Weston (ldr), Wallace Roney (t), Benny Powell (tb), Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue] (as, f), Teddy Edwards (ts), Hamiet Bluiett (bar), Ted Dunbar (g), Randy Weston (p), Jamil Nasser [George Joyner] (b), Charli Persip (d), Obo Addy, Neil Clarke (per), Johnny Copeland (v)

a. Chalabati Blues - 6:02(Randy Weston) / arr: Melba Liston
b. Sad Beauty Blues - 3:18(Randy Weston) / arr: Melba Liston
c. The Nafs - 2:33(Randy Weston) / arr: Melba Liston
d. Volcano - 2:25(Count Basie) / arr: Melba Liston
e. Harvard Blues - 4:09(Count Basie, Tab Smith, Eddie Frazier) / arr: Melba Liston
f. In Memory Of - 5:09(Randy Weston) / arr: Melba Liston
g. Blues for Strayhorn - 3:46(Randy Weston) / arr: Melba Liston
h. Penny Packer Blues - 4:12(Randy Weston) / arr: Melba Liston
i. J.K. Blues - 2:25(Randy Weston) / arr: Melba Liston
j. Kucheza Blues (Gee Blues Gee) - 7:17(Randy Weston)
k. Blues for Elma Lewis - 3:08(Randy Weston) / arr: Melba Liston
All titles on: Verve CD314 519 269-2 — Volcano Blues   (1993)
EmArcy (Jpn.) CDPHCE 5053 — Volcano Blues   (1993)

Ted Dunbar (g) on b, e-h, j-k; Obo Addy (per) on a, c-d, f, h-k; Neil Clarke (per) on d; Johnny Copeland (v) on e.

Track j is a head arrangement. Two tracks on the CD not included here are "Blue Mood" (2:42; Johnny Copeland solo guitar and vocal) and "Mystery of Love" (6:22; Edwards, Weston, Nasser only).


Date: February 20, 1993
Location: Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham, England
Label: [radio broadcast]
Randy Weston African Rhythms Ensemble Live

Randy Weston (ldr), Benny Powell (tb), Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue] (ss, as, f), Randy Weston (p), Stafford James (b), Neil Clarke (per)

a. Blue Moses - 16:55(Randy Weston)
b. African Cookbook - 24:30(Randy Weston)
c. A Night in Mbari - 7:31(Randy Weston)
d. Hi Fly - 6:53(Randy Weston)
e. The Healers - 16:39(Randy Weston)
f. African Sunrise - 16:15(Randy Weston)
g. Lalla Mira - 8:31(Traditional)
h. African Village Bedford-Stuyvesant - 8:49(Randy Weston)
All titles unissued.

These performances come from a live BBC Radio broadcast. Tracks a and b comprise set 1 and c-h, set 2. Gnawa musicians of Morocco (vocals, percussion) are present on tracks a and g. Tracks c and d are piano solos. The timings include announcements by Weston.


Date: April 2, 1994
Location: Drancy, France
Label: [radio broadcast]
Randy Weston African Rhythms Ensemble Live

Randy Weston (ldr), Benny Powell (tb), Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue] (as), Randy Weston (p), Stafford James (b), Eric Asante (per)

a. African Sunrise - 18:11(Randy Weston)
b. Hi Fly - 6:02(Randy Weston)
c. African Cookbook - 22:58(Randy Weston)
All titles unissued.

Benny Powell (tb) on a, c; Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue] (as) on a, c; Stafford James (b) on a, c; Eric Asante (per) on a, c.

Track b is a solo piano performance.


Date: June 24-26, 1994
Location: Washington, DC
Label: Smithsonian Collection
Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra: Big Band Treasures Live

Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra (ldr), John Eckert, Virgil Jones, Chris Royal, Mark Van Cleave, Joe Wilder (t), Sam Burtis, Paul Faulise, Benny Powell, Dave Steinmeyer, Brent Wallarab (tb), John Pfeiffer, Ted Thayer (frh), Marty Erickson (tu), Chris Bacas, Shannon Hudgins, Loren Schoenberg, Gary Smulyan, Steve Wilson (sax), Charlie Russo (sax, cl), Lily Kramer, Karen Lowry (vn), Shelly Coss (vl), Kenneth Slowik (vc), James Chirillo (g), Michael Weiss (p), Ed Schuller (b), Chuck Redd (d), Gunther Schuller (con)

a. Evensong - 3:57(Paul Jordan) / arr: Paul Jordan
Smithsonian Collection CDRJ 0044 — Big Band Treasures Live   (1996)

Soloist: Russo (cl)


Date: July 31, 1994
Location: Washington, DC
Label: Smithsonian Collection
Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra: Big Band Treasures Live

Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra (ldr), Charles Ellison, Greg Gisbert, Virgil Jones, Mark Van Cleave, Joe Wilder (t), Sam Burtis, Robin Eubanks, Benny Powell, Bobby Pring, Dave Steinmeyer, Brent Wallarab (tb), Chris Bacas, Richard Centalonza, Jerry Dodgion, Shannon Hudgins, Charlie Russo, Gary Smulyan (sax), James Chirillo (g), Michael Weiss (p), John Goldsby (b), Tony Reedus (d), David Baker (con)

a. Isfahan - 4:01(Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn) / arr: Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn
Smithsonian Collection CDRJ 0044 — Big Band Treasures Live   (1996)

Soloist: Dodgion (as)


Date: August 8, 1994
Location: Systems Two, Brooklyn, NY
Label: Evidence
Introducing Talib Kibwe (quintet)

Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue] (ldr), Benny Powell (tb), Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue] (ss, as), Aaron Graves (p), Lonnie Plaxico (b), Cecil Brooks, III (d)

a. Heaven Scent - 4:02(Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue]) / arr: Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue], Benny Powell
b. Star Eyes - 6:43(Gene DePaul, Don Raye) / arr: Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue]
Both titles on: Evidence CDECD 22145-2 — Introducing Talib Kibwe   (1996)

Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue] (ss) on a, (as) on b.

Benny Powell solos on track b and does not appear on the other titles recorded for this CD. He overdubs trombone parts, arranged by himself, on track a.


Date: October 17, 1994
Location: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
Label: [radio broadcast]
Randy Weston African Rhythms Quintet Live

Randy Weston (ldr), Benny Powell (tb), Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue] (as, f), Randy Weston (p), Alex Blake (b), Neil Clarke (per)

a. Chalabati Blues(Randy Weston)
b. African Sunrise(Randy Weston)
c. The Healers(Randy Weston)
d. A Night in Mbari(Randy Weston)
All titles unissued.

These titles have not been auditioned.


Date: March 26-28, 1995
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Label: Amosaya
Pratt Brothers Big Band: Groovy Encounters

Dean Pratt, Michael Pratt (ldr), Ross Konikoff, Joe Mosello, Dean Pratt, Stu Sataloff (t), Don Sickler (t, fh), Benny Powell, Kenny Rupp, Scott Whitfield (tb), Alan Gauvin (as, f), Pete Yellin (as), Rich Perry, Willie Williams (ts), Dave Schumacher (bar), Ronnie Mathews (p), Mike Hall (b), Michael Pratt (d), Carolyn Snell (v)

a. Cherokee - 3:47(Ray Noble) / arr: Ernie Wilkins
b. Oleo - 10:16(Sonny Rollins) / arr: Dick Cone
c. Am I Blue - 2:22(Harry Akst, Grant Clarke) / arr: Eric Dixon
d. Avalon - 6:39(Vincent Rose, Al Jolson, Buddy DeSylva) / arr: Richard Sussman
e. La Mesha - 3:40(Kenny Dorham) / arr: John Oddo
f. Groovy Encounters - 2:40(Chico O'Farrill) / arr: Chico O'Farrill
g. Let's Get Down - 6:01(Ronnie Mathews) / arr: Melba Liston
h. Oh! - 3:02(Ernie Wilkins) / arr: Ernie Wilkins
i. I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good - 4:42(Duke Ellington, Paul Francis Webster) / arr: Benny Carter
j. Fletcher - 4:33(Richard Sussman) / arr: Richard Sussman
k. Easy to Love - 3:28(Cole Porter) / arr: Rich Shemaria
All titles on: Amosaya CD2532 — Groovy Encounters   (1997)

Don Sickler (fh) on e; Alan Gauvin (f) on b, e; Carolyn Snell (v) on c, i.

Section leads are Mosello, Whitfield and Gauvin.

Soloists by track:
a. Perry, Dean Pratt, Gauvin, Michael Pratt
b. Michael Pratt, Hall, Dean Pratt, Mathews, Sickler, Powell, Perry, Yellin
c. Snell
d. Whitfield, Powell, Rupp, Dean Pratt
e. Whitfield, Gauvin (as), Sickler (fh)
f. Mathews, Whitfield, Williams, Konikoff, Yellin, Mathews, Williams
g. Perry, Mathews, Dean Pratt
h. Powell, Williams, Mathews
i. Snell, Dean Pratt, Mathews
j. Dean Pratt, Williams
k. Dean Pratt, Yellin, Michael Pratt


Date: April 14-17, 1995
Location: The Hit Factory, New York City
Label: Verve
Randy Weston African Rhythms Ensemble: Saga - African Rhythms

Randy Weston (ldr), Benny Powell (tb), Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue] (as, f), Billy Harper (ts), Randy Weston (p), Alex Blake (b), Billy Higgins (d), Neil Clarke (per)

a. The Beauty of It All - 6:14(Randy Weston)
b. Loose Wig - 7:17(Randy Weston)
c. Tangier Bay - 8:44(Randy Weston)
d. F.E.W. Blues - 6:42(Randy Weston)
e. Uncle Neemo - 8:04(Randy Weston)
f. Lagos - 4:19(Randy Weston)
g. A Night in Mbari - 4:40(Randy Weston)
h. Saucer Eyes - 6:37(Randy Weston)
i. The Three Pyramids and the Sphinx - 6:11(Randy Weston)
j. Casbah Kids - 2:56(Randy Weston)
k. Jahjuka - 5:28(Randy Weston)
l. The Gathering - 7:03(Randy Weston)
All titles on: Verve CD314 529 237-2 — Saga - African Rhythms   (1995)
Polydor (Jpn.) CDPOCJ 1317 — Saga - African Rhythms   (1995)

Date: May 20-21, 1995
Location: Washington, DC
Label: Smithsonian Collection
Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra: Big Band Treasures Live

Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra (ldr), Lenny Foy, Greg Gisbert, Virgil Jones, Chris Royal, Mark Van Cleave (t), Sam Burtis, Wycliffe Gordon, Benny Powell, Brent Wallarab (tb), Donna Rae Blanger, Roger Whitworth (frh), Gene M. Smith, Steve Wilson (as), Billy Pierce, Loren Schoenberg (ts), Gary Smulyan (bar), Chuck Redd (vib, d), James Chirillo (g), Roland Hanna (p), Michael Bowie (b), Kennith Kimery (d), David Baker (con)

a. Flying Home - 3:17(Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman)
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings CDSFW CD 40817 — Tribute To a Generation - A Salute To the Big Bands of the WW II Era   (2004)
b. Tonsillectomy (Tonsilectomy) - 2:53(George Handy) / arr: George Handy
Smithsonian Collection CDRJ 0044 — Big Band Treasures Live   (1996)
c. Jay Bird - 4:09(J. J. Johnson)
Smithsonian Collection CDRJ 0044 — Big Band Treasures Live   (1996)

Donna Rae Blanger (frh) on b; Roger Whitworth (frh) on b; Chuck Redd (vib) on a, (d) on b-c; Kennith Kimery (d) on a.

The arranger of "Jay Bird" is unknown.

Soloists:
Track a: Redd, Schoenberg, Van Cleave
Track b: Wilson, Royal, Pierce
Track c: Hanna, Chirillo, Burtis, Smulyan, Foy, Burtis


Date: August 12-13, 1995
Location: Washington, DC
Label: Smithsonian Collection
Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra: Tribute To a Generation - A Salute To the Big Bands of the WW II Era

Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra (ldr), Greg Gisbert, Virgil Jones, Mark Van Cleave, Joe Wilder (t), Sam Burtis, Bill Holmes, Benny Powell, Brent Wallarab, Britt Woodman (tb), Jim Carroll, Louis F. J. Ford, Charlie Young (sax), Steve Wilson (as), Loren Schoenberg (ts), Gary Smulyan (bar), James Chirillo (g), Roland Hanna (p), Rufus Reid (b), Chuck Redd (d), David Baker (con)

a. Blue Blazes - 2:51(Sy Oliver, Sam Nolan) / arr: Sy Oliver
Smithsonian Collection CDRJ 0044 — Big Band Treasures Live   (1996)
b. Chloe - 3:30(Charles N. Daniels [Neil Moret], Gus Kahn) / arr: Bill Finegan
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings CDSFW CD 40817 — Tribute To a Generation - A Salute To the Big Bands of the WW II Era   (2004)
c. Swanee River - 3:13(Stephen Foster) / arr: Sy Oliver
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings CDSFW CD 40817 — Tribute To a Generation - A Salute To the Big Bands of the WW II Era   (2004)
d. Hallelujah! - 2:56(Vincent Youmans, Leo Robin, Clifford Grey) / arr: Sy Oliver
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings CDSFW CD 40817 — Tribute To a Generation - A Salute To the Big Bands of the WW II Era   (2004)

Bill Holmes (tb) on a.

Soloists:
Track a: Hanna, Schoenberg, Woodman, Carroll, Gisbert
Track b: Smulyan, Hanna, Gisbert, Schoenberg, Ford
Track c: Wallarab, Wilder, Wilson, Ford
Track d: Schoenberg, Redd, Hanna, Gisbert


Date: July 17-18, 1996
Location: Blue Note, New York City
Label: Concord Jazz
Jazz Heritage All-Stars: Live At the Blue Note (septet)

Kenny Burrell (ldr), Jimmy Owens (t), Benny Powell (tb), Jerome Richardson (ts), Kenny Burrell (g), Roland Hanna (p), Ray Drummond (b), Sherman Ferguson (d)

a. The Entertainer - 6:11(Scott Joplin)
b. Take the "A" Train - 9:19(Billy Strayhorn)
Both titles on: Concord Jazz CDCCD-4731-2 — Jazz Heritage All-Stars: Live At the Blue Note   (1996)

Benny Powell does not appear on the other performances from this live session.

Soloists:
Track a - Hanna, Owens, Richardson, Powell, Drummond, Hanna
Track b - Burrell, Richardson, Owens, Powell, Hanna, Ferguson, Burrell/Owens/Richardson/Powell/Hanna (4-bar exchanges)


Date: February 1-2, 1997
Location: Right Track Studios, New York City
Label: Verve
Dee Dee Bridgewater and Big Band: Dear Ella

Dee Dee Bridgewater (ldr), Virgil Jones, Byron Stripling, Ron Tooley, Diego Urcola (t), Clarence Banks, Benny Powell, Robert Trowers (tb), Douglas Purviance (btb), Jeff Clayton, Antonio Hart (as), Teodross Avery, Bill Easley (ts), Patience Higgins (bar), Lou Levy (p), Ray Brown (b), Grady Tate (d), Dee Dee Bridgewater (v)

a. A Tisket, a Tasket - 2:32(Ella Fitzgerald, Van Alexander [Al Feldman]) / arr: Slide Hampton
b. Undecided - 6:22(Charlie Shavers, Sid Robin) / arr: Cecil Bridgewater
c. Mr. Paganini (If You Can't Sing It, You'll Have to Swing It) - 6:34(Sam Coslow) / arr: Slide Hampton
d. Cotton Tail - 2:58(Duke Ellington) / arr: Slide Hampton
e. Oh, Lady Be Good - 3:39(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Cecil Bridgewater
All titles on: Verve CD314 537 896-2 — Dear Ella   (1997)
Verve CD314 539 102-2 — Dear Ella   (1997)
Verve CDB0013889-02 — Dear Ella   (2010)

Date: January 17, 1998
Location: Sound-on-Sound Studios, New York City
Label: Zoho Music
Joan Stiles Ensemble: Love Call

Joan Stiles (ldr), Warren Vache (t), Wayne Goodman, Benny Powell (tb), Jerry Dodgion (ss, as), Frank Wess (ts), Joe Temperley (bar, bcl), Joan Stiles (p), John Webber (b), Gregory Hutchinson (d)

a. Spherical - 4:33(Joan Stiles) / arr: Joan Stiles
b. When I Fall in Love - 6:44(Victor Young, Edward Heyman) / arr: Joan Stiles
c. Daahoud - 4:11(Clifford Brown) / arr: Joan Stiles
d. My Man's Gone Now - 4:47(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward) / arr: Joan Stiles
e. Almost like Being in Love - 5:25(Frederick Loewe, Alan Jay Lerner) / arr: Joan Stiles
All titles on: Zoho Music CDZM 200405 — Love Call   (2004)

Warren Vache (t) on a, c-e; Wayne Goodman (tb) on a-b, d; Benny Powell (tb) on c; Jerry Dodgion (ss) on d, (as) on a-c, e.

The remaining tracks of this CD were recorded in 2002 and Benny Powell was not a participant in the session.

Soloists:
Track a - Stiles (intro), Vache, Wess, Stiles
Track b - Stiles (intro), Dodgion (as), Stiles
Track c - Stiles, Temperley, Dodgion (as)
Track d - Dodgion (ss), Stiles, Vache
Track e - Wess, Vache, Dodgion (as), Stiles, Wess/Vache/Dodgion/Stiles (4-bar exchanges with Hutchinson)


Date: February 23-25, 1998
Location: Avatar Studios, New York City
Label: Verve
Randy Weston African Rhythms Ensemble: Khepera

Randy Weston (ldr), Benny Powell (tb), Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue] (as), Pharoah Sanders (ts), Randy Weston (p), Alex Blake (b), Victor Lewis (d), Chief Bey (per, v), Neil Clarke, Min Xiao Fen (per)

a. Creation - 3:58(Randy Weston) / arr: Melba Liston
b. Anu Anu - 8:31(Randy Weston) / arr: Melba Liston
c. The Shrine - 11:50(Randy Weston) / arr: Melba Liston
d. The Shang - 7:50(Randy Weston) / arr: Melba Liston
e. Prayer Blues - 6:23(Randy Weston) / arr: Melba Liston
f. Boram Xam Xam - 4:22(Randy Weston) / arr: Melba Liston
g. Portrait of Cheikh Anta Diop - 8:56(Randy Weston) / arr: Melba Liston
h. Niger Mambo - 6:31(Olabinjo Bobby Benson) / arr: Melba Liston
i. Mystery of Love (Love, the Mystery of) - 9:40(Guy Warren [Kofi Ghanaba, Kpakpo Akwei]) / arr: Melba Liston
All titles on: Verve Gitanes CD314 557 821-2 — Khepera   (1998)

Date: May 29-31, 1998
Location: Sound On Sound, New York City
Label: Concord Jazz
Jimmy Heath and Brass Ensemble: Jazz Family

Jimmy Heath (ldr), Earl Gardner, Joe Wilder (t, fh), Tom Williams (t), Benny Powell (tb), John Clark (frh), Bob Stewart (tu), Jimmy Heath (ts), Tony Purrone (g), Jeb Patton (p), Percy Heath (b), Albert 'Tootie' Heath (d)

a. East of the Sun - 5:39(Brooks Bowman) / arr: Jimmy Heath
b. Easy Living - 6:58(Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin) / arr: Jimmy Heath
Both titles on: Concord Jazz CDCCD-4846-2 — Jazz Family   (1998)

The brass ensemble does not appear on the other tracks of this session. Benny Powell does not solo on either track.


Date: December 7, 1998
Location: Nola Studios, New York City
Label: Arbors
Jane Jarvis Quintet: Atlantic/Pacific

Jane Jarvis (ldr), Benny Powell (tb), Frank Wess (ts), Jane Jarvis (p), Earl May (b), Jackie Williams (d)

a. Lifelong Dream - 6:06(Benny Powell)
b. Guru - 5:26(Benny Powell, Jane Jarvis)
c. I Wish I Knew - 5:35(Harry Warren, Mack Gordon)
d. Ceah the Wizard - 6:04(Benny Powell)
e. Here Lies My Love - 4:26(Jane Jarvis)
f. Beautiful Love - 3:30(Victor Young, Haven Gillespie, Egbert Van Alstyne, Wayne King)
All titles on: Arbors CDARCD 19189 — Atlantic/Pacific   (1999)

Frank Wess (ts) on a-d; Jackie Williams (d) on a-d.

The remaining material on this CD was recorded by a West Coast quintet.

Soloists:
Track a - Wess, Jarvis, Powell, May/Williams
Track b - Jarvis (intro), Jarvis, Powell, Wess, Jarvis
Tracks c-d - Jarvis (intro), Jarvis, Powell, Wess
Tracks e-f - Jarvis, Powell


Date: February 16, 1999
Location: New York City
Label: [private recording]
Pratt Brothers Big Band Live

Dean Pratt, Michael Pratt (ldr), Ross Konikoff, Bob Millikan, Dean Pratt, Don Sickler, Dave Stahl (t), Benny Powell, Brad Shigeta, Britt Woodman (tb), Dave Glasser (as, cl), Mark Vinci (as), Doug Lawrence (ts), Willie Williams (ts, cl), Tom Boras (bar), Dan Rosengard (p), Chip Jackson (b), Michael Pratt (d), Roberta Gambarini (v)

a. Take the "A" Train - 4:41(Billy Strayhorn)
b. What Am I Here For? - 4:06(Duke Ellington, Frankie Laine)
c. Perdido - 9:18(Juan Tizol, Ervin Drake, Hans Lengsfelder)
d. Star Crossed Lovers - 4:11(Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn)
e. Blue Cellophane - 3:24(Duke Ellington)
f. I Let a Song Go out of My Heart - 2:58(Duke Ellington, Henry Nemo, Irving Mills, John Redmond)
g. In a Mellow Tone (In a Mellotone) - 9:53(Duke Ellington)
h. Stompin' at the Savoy - 5:35(Benny Goodman, Edgar Sampson, Chick Webb)
i. Rockin' in Rhythm - 6:47(Duke Ellington, Harry Carney, Irving Mills)
j. Don't Ever Say Goodbye - 2:32(Duke Ellington, Belinda Putnam, Bill Putnam)
k. Things Ain't What They Used to Be - 3:25(Mercer Ellington, Ted Parsons)
l. Satin Doll - 5:01(Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Johnny Mercer)
m. It Don't Mean a Thing - 5:05(Duke Ellington, Irving Mills)
n. C Jam Blues - 4:51(Duke Ellington)
o. Happy-Go-Lucky Local - 5:34(Duke Ellington)
All titles unissued.

Dave Glasser (cl) on c, i; Willie Williams (cl) on h; Roberta Gambarini (v) on c, f, m-n.

This was a live performance (2 sets) of the Pratt Brothers Big Band in a tribute to Duke Ellington. Timings include announcements. The venue may be New York University. Dave Glasser is lead alto saxophone and is featured on track d. Brad Shigeta is lead trombone and is featured on track e. Bob Millikan and Dave Stahl share the lead trumpet chair. Chip Jackson is featured on track l. Benny Powell solos on track n.


Date: June 15 and 18, 1999
Location: Nola Studios, New York City
Label: Nagel Heyer
Dave Glasser Sextet and Septet: Uh!Oh! - The Dave Glasser/Clark Terry/Barry Harris Project

Dave Glasser (ldr), Clark Terry (t), Benny Powell (tb), Dave Glasser (as), Frank Wess (ts), Barry Harris (p), Peter Washington (b), Curtis Boyd (d)

a. Intimacy of the Blues - 6:05(Billy Strayhorn) / arr: Dave Glasser
b. Blue Rose - 5:07(Duke Ellington) / arr: Dave Glasser
c. FNH - 5:15(Dave Glasser) / arr: Dave Glasser
d. Powell's Prance - 5:15(Dave Glasser) / arr: Dave Glasser
e. Jumpin' at the Woodside - 3:03(Count Basie)
All titles on: Nagel Heyer CD2003 — Uh!Oh! - The Dave Glasser/Clark Terry/Barry Harris Project   (2000)

Clark Terry (t) on a, e.

Track e is a head arrangement. Benny Powell does not perform on the other tracks of this CD.

Soloists:
Track a - Harris, Terry, Wess, Powell, Glasser, Washington
Track b - Glasser, Wess, Harris
Track c - Glasser, Powell, Wess, Harris, Washington
Track d - Harris, Powell, Washington, Glasser, Boyd
Track e - Harris (first chorus bridge), Glasser


Date: August 3, 1999
Location: New York City
Label: Paddle Wheel/King (Jpn.)
Yuka Yoneda and The New York Jazz Gentlemen: All Beings In the Whole Universe

Yuka Yoneda Aikawa (ldr), Frank Gordon (fh), Benny Powell (tb), Patience Higgins (ts, f), Satoshi Inoue (g), Yuka Yoneda Aikawa (p), Atsundo Aikawa (b), Newman Taylor Baker (d)

a. Something to Tell You - 7:12(Yuka Yoneda Aikawa)
Paddle Wheel/King (Jpn.) CDKICJ 385 — All Beings In the Whole Universe   (1999)

The Bruyninckx Discography indicates this track was recorded in 1999 but the Lord Discography gives 1997. This title has not been auditioned.


Date: August 4, 1999
Location: New York City
Label: Paddle Wheel/King (Jpn.)
Yuka Yoneda and The New York Jazz Gentlemen: All Beings In the Whole Universe

Yuka Yoneda Aikawa (ldr), Benny Powell (tb), Patience Higgins (ts, f), Satoshi Inoue (g), Yuka Yoneda Aikawa (p), Atsundo Aikawa (b), Newman Taylor Baker (d)

a. Make a Move - 7:08(Yuka Yoneda Aikawa)
b. All Beings in the Whole Universe - 9:04(Yuka Yoneda Aikawa)
c. Orient Express - 5:03(Yuka Yoneda Aikawa)
d. Yuka's Dream - 7:03(Yuka Yoneda Aikawa)
e. For My People - 1:34(Yuka Yoneda Aikawa)
All titles on: Paddle Wheel/King (Jpn.) CDKICJ 385 — All Beings In the Whole Universe   (1999)

The remaining tracks of this CD were recorded at another session on which Benny Powell does not perform. These titles have not been auditioned.


Date: September 24, 1999
Location: Lafayette Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, NY
Label: Verve
Randy Weston African Rhythms Ensemble: Spirit! The Power of Music

Randy Weston (ldr), Benny Powell (tb), Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue] (ss, f), Abdellah El Gourd, Ahmed Saassaa (hag, v), Randy Weston (p), Alex Blake (b), Neil Clarke (per), Ahmed ben Othman, M'Barek ben Othman, Abdenebi Oubella, Mostafa Oubella (kar, v)

a. Receiving the Spirit: Origin, Part 1, Part 2 - 15:51(Randy Weston)
b. Pt. 1 Lalla Mira - 12:15(Traditional)
c. Pt. 2 Lalla Mira - 5:21(Traditional)
All titles on: Verve CD314 543 256-2 — Spirit! The Power of Music   (2000)
Sunnyside CDSSC 3015 — Spirit! The Power of Music   (2003)

Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue] (ss) on b-c, (f) on a; Abdellah El Gourd (hag) on b-c, (v) on b-c; Ahmed Saassaa (hag) on b-c, (v) on b-c; Alex Blake (b) on b-c; Neil Clarke (per) on b-c; Ahmed ben Othman (kar) on b-c, (v) on b-c; M'Barek ben Othman (kar) on b-c, (v) on b-c; Abdenebi Oubella (kar) on b-c, (v) on b-c; Mostafa Oubella (kar) on b-c, (v) on b-c.

This live concert featured the Randy Weston African Rhythms Quintet and the Gnawa Master Musicians of Morocco (Marrakech and Tanger). Several of the tracks on this CD feature only the African musicians. The hag'houge (hag) is a 3-string, box guitar. Karkaba (kar) are metal castanets. "Receiving the Spirit: Origin" is a piano solo; "Receiving the Spirit: Part 1" is a piano/flute duet; "Receiving the Spirit: Part 2" is a piano/trombone duet.


Date: ca. March 2000
Location: New York City
Label: Faith (Jpn.)
Benny Powell Ensemble: The Gift of Love

Benny Powell (ldr), Benny Powell (tb, v), Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue] (as, f), Ronnie Mathews (p), Earl May (b), Alvin Queen (d), Neil Clarke (per)

a. Aunt Babe - 5:53(Benny Powell)
b. You and Me - 5:43(Benny Powell)
c. You Are with Me - 7:33(Benny Powell)
d. The Gift of Love - 7:39(Benny Powell)
e. Portrait of Vivian - 7:14(Randy Weston)
f. Here Lies My Love - 6:11(Jane Jarvis)
g. Lifelong Dream - 4:57(Benny Powell)
All titles on: Faith (Jpn.) CD003 — The Gift of Love   (2003)

Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue] (as) on a-d, g, (f) on e; Neil Clarke (per) on b, g; Benny Powell (v) on c-d, g.

Benny Powell overdubs to produce a trombone choir on tracks b-d and g.

Soloists:
Track a - Powell (tb), Powell (tb)/May (4-bar exchanges), Kibwe (as), Mathews
Track b - Kibwe (as), Powell (tb), Mathews
Track c - Powell (v), Powell (tb), Mathews, Kibwe (as), Powell (v)
Track d - Powell (v), Kibwe (as), Mathews, Powell (v)
Track e - Powell (tb), Kibwe (f), Mathews, Powell (tb)
Track f - Powell (tb), Mathews, Powell
Track g - Powell (v), Powell (tb), Kibwe (as), Mathews, Queen/Clarke


Date: ca. March 2000
Location: New York City
Label: Faith (Jpn.)
Benny Powell Ensemble: The Gift of Love

Benny Powell (ldr), Benny Powell (tb), Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue] (as, f), Ronnie Mathews (p), Earl May (b), Newman Taylor Baker (d)

a. Pow-Wee - 4:35(Benny Powell)
b. Taliah - 5:08(Vernel Fournier [Amir Rushdan])
c. Yuka's Dream - 5:38(Yuka Yoneda Aikawa)
All titles on: Faith (Jpn.) CD003 — The Gift of Love   (2003)

Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue] (f) on c.

Soloists:
Track a - Baker (intro), Powell, Mathews, Kibwe (as), Baker
Track b - Mathews, Powell, Kibwe (as), Powell/Kibwe (as)
Track c - Mathews (intro), Powell, Kibwe (as), Mathews


Date: Probably 2001
Location: M&I Recording Studios, New York City
Label: Three X D Music
Dee Daniels and quintet: Feels SO Good!

Dee Daniels (ldr), Benny Powell (tb), Houston Person (ts), Dee Daniels (p, v), Norman Simmons (p), John Clayton, Jr. (b), Kenny Washington (d)

a. Honeysuckle Rose - 6:55(Fats Waller, Andy Razaf)
b. Song for My Father - 5:50(Horace Silver)
c. April in Paris - 5:30(Vernon Duke, E. Y. Harburg)
d. Midlife Crisis - 5:05(Dee Daniels)
e. Who Can I Turn To? - 5:17(Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)
f. Love Is Here - 4:54(Dee Daniels)
g. The Look of Love - 6:44(Burt Bacharach, Hal David)
h. Love Ain't Love Without You - 7:06(Dee Daniels)
i. That's All - 3:12(Bob Haymes, Alan Brandt)
All titles on: Three X D Music CD3XD 503-3 — Feels SO Good!   (2002)

Benny Powell (tb) on a-c, e, g; Houston Person (ts) on b, d, g-i; Dee Daniels (p) on e, h; Norman Simmons (p) on a-d, f-g, i.

Instrumental soloists:
Track a - Powell, Simmons
Track b - Person, Powell, Simmons
Track c - Simmons (intro), Powell
Track d - Person
Track e - Simmons (intro), Powell
Track f - Simmons (intro), Simmons
Track g - Person
Track h - Simmons (intro), Person
Track i - Person, Simmons


Date: May 11, 2001
Location: Gaiety on Rodney Bay, St. Lucia
Label: Image Entertainment
Randy Weston African Rhythms Quintet Live In St. Lucia

Randy Weston (ldr), Benny Powell (tb), Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue] (ss, as, f), Randy Weston (p), Alex Blake (b), Neil Clarke (per, v)

a. African Cookbook - 21:10(Randy Weston)
b. The Shrine - 12:50(Randy Weston)
c. African Sunrise - 12:56(Randy Weston)
d. Little Niles - 4:10(Randy Weston)
e. The Three Pyramids and the Sphinx - 6:55(Randy Weston)
f. Blue Moses - 5:30(Randy Weston)
All titles on: Image Entertainment DVD2982 — Randy Weston Live In St. Lucia   (2003)

d, e performed as medley.

Benny Powell (tb) on a-c, f; Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue] (ss) on f, (as) on a, c, (f) on b; Alex Blake (b) on a-c, e-f; Neil Clarke (per) on a-c, e-f, (v) on a.

This DVD includes an interview with Randy Weston. This performance was part of the 10th St. Lucia Jazz Festival.


Date: October 9-10, 2001
Location: Nola Recording Studios, New York City
Label: Faith (Jpn.)
Jane Jarvis Quintet: Sagmo's Song

Jane Jarvis (ldr), Benny Powell (tb, v), Frank Wess (ts, f), Jane Jarvis (p), Lisle Atkinson, Earl May (b), Grady Tate (d)

a. Sagmo's Song - 3:32(Jane Jarvis, Benny Powell)
b. Bertha the Blues - 5:26(Jane Jarvis, Benny Powell)
c. I'll Make It This Time - 5:15(Jane Jarvis, Michael Suchomel, Brian Jarvis)
d. Nostalgia in Times Square (Strollin', Strollin' Honies) - 4:44(Charles Mingus)
e. Rev - 5:20(Jane Jarvis, Benny Powell)
f. I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You - 4:45(Victor Young, Bing Crosby, Ned Washington)
g. Yes, You Have a Friend - 5:02(Jane Jarvis, Benny Powell, Earl May)
h. South Side Samba - 5:09(Benny Carter)
All titles on: Faith (Jpn.) CD002 — Sagmo's Song   (2002)

Benny Powell (tb) on a-b, d-h, (v) on c, e, g; Frank Wess (ts) on e, g, (f) on h; Jane Jarvis (p) on a-g; Lisle Atkinson (b) on h; Earl May (b) on a-g.

Three tracks on this CD ("Ja-Da," "How Strange My Love," "My Romance") involve only Jarvis with Earl May (b) and Jackie Williams (d). Jarvis is out on track h.

Soloists:
Track a - May (walking intro), Jarvis, Powell (tb), Jarvis
Track b - Jarvis (intro), Powell (tb), Jarvis, May, Powell
Track c - Powell (narration, v), Jarvis, May, Powell (v)
Track d - Powell (tb intro), Powell (tb), Jarvis, May, Powell/May, Powell (tb to fade out)
Track e - Wess (ts), Powell (v), Jarvis, Powell (v)
Track f - Jarvis, Powell (tb)
Track g - Jarvis (intro), Powell (v), Jarvis, Wess (ts), Powell (v)
Track h - Powell (tb), Wess (f), Atkinson


Date: January 25 & 26, 2002
Location: Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City
Label: [radio broadcast]
Randy Weston African Rhythms Ensemble Live

Randy Weston (ldr), Benny Powell (tb), Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue] (ss, as, f, kal), Billy Harper (ts), James Stewart (ts, bar), Cecil Payne (bar), Regina Carter (vn), Abdou M'Boup (kor, xal, per), Min Xiao Fen (pip), Randy Weston (p), Alex Blake (b), Lewis Nash (d), Neil Clarke (per)

a. Ancient Future (Ancient Future Suite, 1st Movement) - 11:43(Randy Weston) / arr: Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue], Randy Weston
b. Roots of the Nile (Ancient Future Suite, 2nd Movement) - 16:50(Randy Weston) / arr: Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue], Randy Weston
c. Kom Ombo (Ancient Future Suite, 3rd Movement) - 15:08(Randy Weston) / arr: Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue], Randy Weston
d. African Village Bedford-Stuyvesant - 11:03(Randy Weston) / arr: Randy Weston
All titles unissued.

This recording comes from live concerts, on consecutive evenings, parts of which were recorded for broadcast on NPR's Jazzset. I do not know from which night(s) the performances were taken and therefore, the personnel are collective because Harper was present only on January 25 and Payne and Stewart only on January 26. Kibwe is listed as musical director and co-arranger of tracks a-c which comprise Weston's "Ancient Future Suite" premiered at these Jazz at Lincoln Center events. The Xalam (xal) is a stringed instrument from Senegal. The Kora (kor) is a West African harp. The Pipa (pip) is a Chinese 4-stringed lute. The Kalimba (kal) is an African thumb piano.


Date: March 9, 2002
Location: Other Minds Music Festival 8, Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
Label: [private recording]
Randy Weston's African Rhythms Quintet Live

Randy Weston (ldr), Benny Powell (tb), Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue] (ss, as, f), Randy Weston (p), Alex Blake (b), Neil Clarke (per)

a. African Cookbook - 24:08(Randy Weston)
b. African Sunrise - 14:52(Randy Weston)
c. The Shrine - 12:54(Randy Weston)
d. Blues for Langston Hughes - 7:09(Randy Weston)
e. Niger Mambo - 6:02(Olabinjo Bobby Benson)
f. Mystery of Love (Love, the Mystery of)(Guy Warren [Kofi Ghanaba, Kpakpo Akwei])
All titles unissued.

e, f performed as medley.

Benny Powell (tb) on a-c, e-f; Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue] (ss) on e, (as) on a-b, (f) on c, f.

This is Randy Weston's African Rhythms ensemble in concert. Horns are out on track d. Tracks e and f comprise a medley 6:02 in duration. These performances can be heard at Other Minds Music Festival 8.


Date: May 4, 2002
Location: 27th International Jazz Festival Bern, Bern, Switzerland
Label: [television broadcast]
Tribute To Jazz At the Philharmonic

Clark Terry (ldr), Jon Faddis, Terrell Stafford, Clark Terry (t), Wycliffe Gordon, Benny Powell (tb), Jesse Davis, Red Holloway, Frank Wess (r), James Moody (r, v), Ray Bryant, Junior Mance (p), Ray Brown, Bob Cranshaw (b), Louie Bellson, Mickey Roker (d)

a. Blues
b. Autumn Leaves(Joseph Kosma, Jacques Prevert, Johnny Mercer)
c. Blues Up and Down(Gene Ammons, Sonny Stitt)
d. Moody's Mood(James Moody, Eddie Jefferson)
e. Just Friends(John Klenner, Sam M. Lewis)
f. The Midgets(Joe Newman)
g. After Hours(Avery Parrish)
h. Secret Love(Sammy Fain, Paul Francis Webster)
i. Old Folks(Willard Robison, Dedette Hill)
j. It Don't Mean a Thing(Duke Ellington, Irving Mills)
k. Jumpin' at the Woodside(Count Basie)
All titles unissued.

Clark Terry (t) on a, e-f, k; Ray Bryant (p) on c, f-k; Junior Mance (p) on a-e; Ray Brown (b) on a-e; Bob Cranshaw (b) on f-k; Louie Bellson (d) on f-k; Mickey Roker (d) on a-e, j; James Moody (v) on d.

This was a live performance which was part of a program dedicated to Norman Granz. Clark Terry was the MC. The information comes from: Ira Gitler's review of the concert. These titles have not been auditioned.

See also: Library of Congress Website.


Date: May 5, 2002
Location: Manchester Craftsman's Guild, Pittsburgh, PA
Label: MCG Jazz
Slide Hampton and his World of Trombones Live: Spirit of the Horn

Slide Hampton (ldr), Jay Ashby, Michael Boschen, Steve Davis, Hugh Fraser, Slide Hampton, Andre Hayward, Benny Powell, Isaac Smith, Bill Watrous (tb), Tim Newman, Douglas Purviance, Max Seigel, Dave Taylor (btb), Marty Ashby (g, bj), Larry Willis (p), John Lee (eb), Victor Jones (d)

a. Cherokee - 4:55(Ray Noble) / arr: Slide Hampton
b. All in Love Is Fair - 5:05(Stevie Wonder) / arr: Slide Hampton
c. A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing - 6:24(Billy Strayhorn) / arr: Slide Hampton
d. Lament - 5:43(J. J. Johnson) / arr: Slide Hampton
e. Basin Street Blues(Spencer Williams) / arr: Slide Hampton
f. April in Paris - 4:36(Vernon Duke, E. Y. Harburg) / arr: Slide Hampton
g. Lester Leaps In - 6:08(Lester Young) / arr: Slide Hampton
h. Moment's Notice - 5:10(John Coltrane) / arr: Slide Hampton
i. Dolphin Dance - 7:10(Herbie Hancock) / arr: Todd Bashore
j. Walkin' 'N' Rhythm (Walkin', Gravy) - 7:25(Jimmy Mundy) / arr: Max Seigel
k. Maya - 5:59(David Gibson) / arr: Slide Hampton
l. Blues for Eric - 8:25(Slide Hampton) / arr: Slide Hampton
All titles on: MCG Jazz CD1011 — Spirit of the Horn   (2002)

d, e, f, g, h, i performed as medley.

Marty Ashby (g) on a-d, f-l, (bj) on e.

Tracks d-i constitute a suite called "Tribute Suite." The timing of 5:43 is for tracks d and e combined. "Walkin' 'N' Rhythm" is the same blues line as "Walkin'" but liberties are taken with the 12-bar blues form during the solos. Soloists are as follows in order of appearance:
a: Watrous, Hampton
b: Smith, Hampton, J. Ashby, M. Ashby, Willis
c: Watrous
d: Hampton
e: Powell, Hampton
f: Hampton
g: Gibson, Boschen, J. Ashby, Hayward, Taylor, Seigel, Newman, Purviance, Fraser, Davis, Powell, Smith, Willis
h: Willis, M. Ashby, Davis, Smith, Fraser, Hayward, Jones
i: Willis, Gibson, Davis, M. Ashby
j: Newman, Seigel, Taylor, Purviance, Lee
k: Willis, Hampton, Gibson
l: Jones, Watrous, Smith, Powell, Davis, Fraser, Purviance, Newman, Seigel, Taylor, Hayward, J. Ashby, Boschen, Gibson, Hampton, Willis, M. Ashby, Lee, Jones


Date: September 22, 2002
Location: Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey, CA
Label: [radio broadcast]
Randy Weston African Rhythms Sextet Live

Randy Weston (ldr), Benny Powell (tb), Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue] (ss, as, f), Billy Harper (ts), Randy Weston (p), Alex Blake (b), Neil Clarke (per)

a. Afro Black - 12:48(Randy Weston)
b. African Sunrise - 18:32(Randy Weston)
c. The Shrine - 12:29(Randy Weston)
d. A Night in Mbari - 4:45(Randy Weston)
e. Niger Mambo - 11:56(Olabinjo Bobby Benson)
f. Mystery of Love (Love, the Mystery of) - 2:40(Guy Warren [Kofi Ghanaba, Kpakpo Akwei])
All titles unissued.

Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue] (f) on c.

Spoken comments by Tim Jackson (0:38) precede the first selection. Information comes from Michael Fitzgerald. These titles have not been auditioned.


Date: February 25 & 26, 2003
Location: Clinton Recording Studios, New York City
Label: Mack Avenue
Gerald Wilson Big Band: New York, New Sound

Gerald Wilson (ldr), Jon Faddis, Eddie Henderson, Sean Jones, Jimmy Owens (t), Clark Terry (t, fh), Luis Bonilla, Benny Powell, Douglas Purviance, Dennis Wilson (tb), Jesse Davis (as), Jerry Dodgion (as, f), Jimmy Heath (ts), Frank Wess (ts, f), Jay Brandford (bar), Oscar Castro-Neves, Anthony Wilson (g), Kenny Barron (p), Bob Cranshaw, Trey Henry, Larry Ridley (b), Stix Hooper, Lewis Nash (d), Lenny Castro (per), Gerald Wilson (con)

a. Milestones (Miles) - 7:24(Miles Davis) / arr: Gerald Wilson
b. Blues for the Count - 9:54(Gerald Wilson) / arr: Gerald Wilson
c. Teri - 3:34(Gerald Wilson) / arr: Gerald Wilson
d. Blues for Yna Yna - 8:04(Gerald Wilson) / arr: Gerald Wilson
e. M Capetillo - 4:51(Gerald Wilson) / arr: Gerald Wilson
f. Josefina - 5:12(Gerald Wilson) / arr: Gerald Wilson
g. Nancy Jo - 6:08(Gerald Wilson) / arr: Gerald Wilson
Mack Avenue CDMAC 1027 — Legends & Lions: Swingin'   (2006)
All titles on: Mack Avenue CDMAC 1009 — New York, New Sound   (2003)

Clark Terry (t) on b, d, (fh) on b; Jerry Dodgion (f) on b, e; Frank Wess (f) on b; Oscar Castro-Neves (g) on e; Bob Cranshaw (b) on b, d; Trey Henry (b) on c, f; Larry Ridley (b) on a, d-e, g; Stix Hooper (d) on b; Lewis Nash (d) on a, c-g; Lenny Castro (per) on e.

The recording dates are not disclosed on the CD insert but were obtained from Mack Avenue Records. See also the following session. Track a is the later of the two Miles Davis compositions with this title.

Soloists:
Track a - Barron, Owens, Davis, Bonilla, Heath, A. Wilson
Track b - Barron, Terry, Wess (ts), D. Wilson
Track c - A. Wilson
Track d - Terry, Wess (ts), Barron
Track e - Barron, Henderson, Wess (ts), Castro-Nueves
Track f - Barron, Heath
Track g - Jones, Davis, A. Wilson, Barron


Date: February 25 & 26, 2003
Location: Clinton Recording Studios, New York City
Label: Mack Avenue
Gerald Wilson Big Band: New York, New Sound

Gerald Wilson (ldr), Frank Greene, Eddie Henderson, Sean Jones, Jimmy Owens (t), Luis Bonilla, Benny Powell, Douglas Purviance, Dennis Wilson (tb), Jesse Davis, Jerry Dodgion (as), Jimmy Heath, Frank Wess (ts), Jay Brandford (bar), Anthony Wilson (g), Renee Rosnes (p), Bob Cranshaw, Trey Henry, Larry Ridley (b), Stix Hooper (d), Lenny Castro (per), Gerald Wilson (con)

a. Equinox - 6:39(John Coltrane) / arr: Gerald Wilson
Mack Avenue CDMAC 1032 — Legends & Lions: Blues   (2006)
b. Viva Tirado - 9:09(Gerald Wilson) / arr: Gerald Wilson
c. Theme for Monterey: Romance - 14:45(Gerald Wilson) / arr: Gerald Wilson
d. Theme for Monterey: Carmel by the Sea(Gerald Wilson) / arr: Gerald Wilson
e. Theme for Monterey: Seventeen Mile Drive(Gerald Wilson) / arr: Gerald Wilson
f. Theme for Monterey: Lyons Roar(Gerald Wilson) / arr: Gerald Wilson
All titles on: Mack Avenue CDMAC 1009 — New York, New Sound   (2003)

c, d, e, f performed as medley.

Bob Cranshaw (b) on a; Trey Henry (b) on c-f; Larry Ridley (b) on b; Lenny Castro (per) on b.

The recording dates are not disclosed on the CD insert but were obtained from Mack Avenue Records. See also the preceding session. Tracks c-f comprise a suite of 14:45 in duration.

Soloists:
Track a - Rosnes, Powell, Bonilla, D. Wilson, Purviance, Brandford
Track b - Jones, Heath, Wess (ts), Davis, Rosnes
Track c - Davis
Track d - A. Wilson
Track e - A. Wilson
Track f - Rosnes


Date: October 4, 2003
Location: Terrace Theater, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC
Label: [radio broadcast]
Randy Weston African Rhythms Ensemble Live

Randy Weston (ldr), Benny Powell (tb), Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue] (ss, as), Randy Weston (p), Alex Blake (b), Neil Clarke, Taiwo Divall (per)

a. Lagos - 7:27(Randy Weston)
b. A Night in Mbari(Randy Weston)
c. Boram Xam Xam - 7:49(Randy Weston)
d. Chromatic Love Affair - 9:01(Duke Ellington)
e. Hi Fly - 12:10(Randy Weston)
f. African Sunrise - 13:06(Randy Weston)
All titles unissued.

a, b performed as medley.

Benny Powell (tb) on e-f; Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue] (ss) on d, (as) on e-f; Alex Blake (b) on c, e-f; Neil Clarke (per) on c, e-f; Taiwo Divall (per) on f.

This concert was broadcast on NPR's Jazzset. Tracks a and b comprise a medley of 07:27. Only tracks e and f have been auditioned.


Date: December 8-10, 2003
Location: Nola Studios, New York City
Label: Arbors
Benny Powell Sextet: Statesmen of Jazz

Benny Powell (ldr), Don Sickler (t), Benny Powell (tb), Frank Wess (ts), Norman Simmons (p), Bob Cranshaw (b), Eddie Locke (d)

a. Corner Pocket (Until I Met You) - 5:38(Freddie Green, Don Wolf)
b. Why Do I Love You? - 4:59(Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II)
c. Shiny Stockings - 5:09(Frank Foster, Ella Fitzgerald)
All titles on: Arbors CDSOJCD 202 — Statesmen of Jazz: A Multitude of Stars   (2004)

Don Sickler (t) on a, c; Benny Powell (tb) on a, c.

These tracks are part of a 2 CD compilation also containing material from ensembles led by Clark Terry, Ed Polcer, Buddy DeFranco, Johnny Frigo, Joe Wilder and a solo piano track by Jane Jarvis.

Soloists:
Track a - Cranshaw, Simmons, Wess, Powell, Sickler
Track b - Simmons (intro), Wess, Simmons, Wess (Sickler, Powell out)
Track c - Simmons (intro), Simmons, Powell, Sickler, Locke


Date: January 13, 2004
Location: Bennett Studios, Englewood, NJ
Label: Planet Arts
Jimmy Heath Big Band: Turn Up the Heath

Jimmy Heath (ldr), Frank Greene, Nick Marchione, Michael Philip Mossman, Terrell Stafford (t), Slide Hampton, John Mosca, Benny Powell (tb), Douglas Purviance (btb), Antonio Hart (ss, as, f), Mark Gross (as, f), Charles Davis, Robert Garner, Jr. [Bobby LaVell], Jimmy Heath (ts), Jay Brandford (bar), Jeb Patton (p), Peter Washington (b), Lewis Nash (d), Joe Gonzales (per, cng)

a. Big P - 7:07(Jimmy Heath) / arr: Jimmy Heath
b. Heritage Hum - 7:18(Jimmy Heath) / arr: Jimmy Heath
c. Like a Son - 4:55(Jimmy Heath) / arr: Jimmy Heath
d. I'm Glad There Is You - 8:59(Jimmy Dorsey, Paul Madeira Mertz) / arr: Jimmy Heath
e. One for Juan - 8:13(Jimmy Heath) / arr: Jimmy Heath
f. Project S - 6:32(Jimmy Heath) / arr: Jimmy Heath
All titles on: Planet Arts CD100560 — Turn Up the Heath: The Jimmy Heath Big Band   (2006)

Joe Gonzales (per) on e, (cng) on b.

Benny Powell does not appear on the remining 4 tracks of this CD. Section leads: Trumpet - Greene; Trombone - Mosca; Reeds - Gross (Hart on track c).


Date: August 13, 2004
Location: Nola Studios, New York City
Label: Faith (Jpn.)
Jane Jarvis-Benny Powell Duo: Two of a Kind

Jane Jarvis (ldr), Benny Powell (tb, v), Jane Jarvis (p)

a. All of Me - 3:57(Gerald Marks, Seymour Simons)
b. Cherokee - 3:57(Ray Noble)
c. My Shining Hour - 3:16(Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
d. Benny - 2:34(Jane Jarvis)
e. I'll Remember April - 5:41(Gene DePaul, Don Raye, Patricia Johnston)
f. I Thought About You - 3:45(Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Mercer)
g. Lifelong Dream - 5:34(Benny Powell)
h. Aunt Babe - 4:30(Benny Powell)
i. The More I See You - 5:28(Harry Warren, Mack Gordon)
j. Georgia on My Mind - 3:34(Hoagy Carmichael, Stuart Gorrell)
k. Beth - 2:01(Jane Jarvis)
l. You've Changed - 3:41(Carl Fischer, Bill Carey)
m. Old Folks - 4:52(Willard Robison, Dedette Hill)
n. Organizing - 2:22(Jane Jarvis)
o. For All We Know - 6:46(J. Fred Coots, Sam M. Lewis)
All titles on: Faith (Jpn.) CDFM 1133 — Two of a Kind   (2005)

Benny Powell (tb) on a, e, j, (v) on o.


Date: ca. 2005
Location: New York City
Label: [private recording]
Lil Phillips: Pull Out Those Dreams

Lil Phillips (ldr), Benny Powell (tb), Howard Johnson (tu, bar), Cleave Guyton (as), Onaje Allen Gumbs, Larry Willis (p), Bob Cranshaw (b), Vinton Johnson, Ben Riley (d), Lil Phillips (v), Others Unknown (var)

a. So Perfectly(Jim Phillips) / arr: Howard Johnson
b. Mad About You(Jim Phillips) / arr: Howard Johnson
c. I've Only Known You a Moment(Jim Phillips) / arr: Howard Johnson
d. Though I Don't Even Know His Name(Jim Phillips) / arr: Howard Johnson
e. I Wish That I Knew Magic(Jim Phillips) / arr: Howard Johnson
f. You're My Favorite Dream(Jim Phillips) / arr: Howard Johnson
g. I Thought I Knew About the Blues(Jim Phillips) / arr: Howard Johnson
h. Why'd You Do It?(Jim Phillips) / arr: Howard Johnson
i. Just in Case You Change Your Mind(Jim Phillips) / arr: Howard Johnson
j. Pull out Those Dreams(Jim Phillips) / arr: Howard Johnson
k. Here I Go Again(Jim Phillips) / arr: Howard Johnson
All titles on: [private recording] CD? — Pull Out Those Dreams   (2005)

2005 is the release date of this CD but the specific recording dates and personnel of the sessions involved are not known. This information comes from the Lord Discography and internet sources. This material has not been auditioned.


Date: April 11, 12, 14-16, 2005
Location: Right Track Studios (4/11, 12) & Sony Music Studios (4/14-16), New York City
Label: Mack Avenue
Gerald Wilson Big Band: In My Time

Gerald Wilson (ldr), Jon Faddis, Frank Green, Eddie Henderson, Sean Jones, Jimmy Owens, Jeremy Pelt, Mike Rodriguez (t), Luis Bonilla, Benny Powell, Dennis Wilson (tb), Douglas Purviance (btb), Jerry Dodgion (ss, as, f), Dustin Cicero (as), Steve Wilson (as, f), Ron Blake (ts, f), Kamasi Washington (ts), Gary Smulyan (bar), Russell Malone (g), Renee Rosnes (p), Peter Washington (b), Lewis Nash (d), Gerald Wilson (con)

a. Sax Chase - 10:22(Gerald Wilson) / arr: Gerald Wilson
b. The Diminished Triangle: Dorian - 7:27(Gerald Wilson) / arr: Gerald Wilson
c. The Diminished Triangle: Ray's Vision at the U - 4:25(Gerald Wilson) / arr: Gerald Wilson
d. The Diminished Triangle: Blues for Manhattan - 8:47(Gerald Wilson) / arr: Gerald Wilson
Mack Avenue CDMAC 1032 — Legends & Lions: Blues   (2006)
e. Lomelin - 7:45(Gerald Wilson) / arr: Gerald Wilson
f. A.E.N. - 10:26(Gerald Wilson) / arr: Gerald Wilson
g. Musette - 5:48(Gerald Wilson) / arr: Gerald Wilson
h. So What - 11:09(Miles Davis) / arr: Gerald Wilson
i. Love for Sale - 5:05(Cole Porter) / arr: Gerald Wilson
j. Jeri - 3:54(Gerald Wilson) / arr: Gerald Wilson
All titles on: Mack Avenue CDMAC 1025 — In My Time   (2005)

Eddie Henderson (t) on a-e, h-i; Sean Jones (t) on b-e, h-i; Jeremy Pelt (t) on a, f-g, j; Mike Rodriguez (t) on f-g, j.

The exact breakdown of tracks and personnel for each of the five recording days is not known.


Date: July 10, 2005
Location: North Sea Jazz Festival, Carel Willink Zaal, The Hague, The Netherlands
Label: [radio broadcast]
Randy Weston African Rhythms Quintet Live

Randy Weston (ldr), Benny Powell (tb), Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue] (as, f), Randy Weston (p), Alex Blake (b), Neil Clarke (per)

a. African Cookbook - 25:53(Randy Weston)
b. African Sunrise - 16:20(Randy Weston)
c. The Healers - 12:45(Randy Weston)
All titles unissued.

Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue] (as) on a-b, (f) on c.

These performances have not been auditioned.


Date: August 17, 2005
Location: M&I Recording Studios, New York City
Label: HighNote
David 'Fathead' Newman Septet: Cityscape

David 'Fathead' Newman (ldr), Winston Bird (t, fh), Benny Powell (tb), David 'Fathead' Newman (as, ts, f), Howard Johnson (bar), David Leonhardt (p), John Menegon (b), Yoron Israel (d)

a. Goldfinger - 5:44(John Barry, Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)
HighNote CD756019 — Jazz Goes Pop: Hits of the 60s, Vol. 1   (2008)
b. Pharoah's Gold - 6:39(Howard Johnson)
c. A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing - 7:04(Billy Strayhorn)
d. Bu Bop Bass - 4:10(John Menegon)
e. Here Comes Sonny Man - 4:41(Howard Johnson)
f. It Was a Very Good Year - 6:03(Ervin Drake)
g. Flankin' - 6:57(David 'Fathead' Newman)
h. Sneakin' In - 6:22(David 'Fathead' Newman)
i. Suki Duki - 4:40(Ronnie Boykins)
All titles on: HighNote CDHCD 7150 — Cityscape   (2006)

Winston Bird (t) on a-c, e-f, h-i, (fh) on a-c, e-f, h-i; Benny Powell (tb) on a-c, e-f, h-i; David 'Fathead' Newman (as) on e, i, (ts) on a, c-d, f, h, (f) on b, g; Howard Johnson (bar) on a-f, h-i.

Soloists:
Track a - Newman (ts), Menegon, Leonhardt
Track b - Newman (f), Leonhardt
Track c - Newman (ts), Leonhardt
Track d - Johnson, Newman (ts), Leonhardt
Track e - Newman (as), Leonhardt
Track f - Newman (ts), Bird, Leonhardt
Track g - Newman (f), Leonhardt, Israel, Newman (f)
Track h - Newman (ts), Leonhardt
Track i - Newman (as), Powell, Leonhardt


Date: February 9 & 10, 2007
Location: Alleycat Studio, South Orange, NJ
Label: Origin
Benny Powell Quintet: Nextep

Benny Powell (ldr), Benny Powell (tb), Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue] (ss, as, f), Sayuri Goto (p), Essiet Okon Essiet (b, eb), Billy Hart (d)

a. Free to Be Me - 5:34(Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue])
b. The Township Diary - 5:34(Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue])
c. Best People - 5:06(Sayuri Goto)
d. Akiha - 5:57(Sayuri Goto)
e. Another Blue - 6:18(Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue])
f. Night, Never End - 6:38(Sayuri Goto)
g. I Tried and Tried - 5:20(Petsye Powell)
h. A Single Tear of Remembrance - 7:18(Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue])
i. You Got It - 5:31(Benny Powell)
j. The Caribbean Express - 4:28(Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue])
All titles on: Origin CD82517 — Nextep   (2008)

Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue] (ss) on b, d, (as) on a, c, e, g, i-j, (f) on f, h; Essiet Okon Essiet (eb) on b, j.

Soloists:
Track a - Powell, Goto, Essiet (b), Hart
Track b - Kibwe (ss), Powell, Goto
Track c - Goto, Powell, Kibwe (as)
Track d - Powell, Goto, Kibwe (ss)
Track e - Kibwe (as), Powell, Goto
Track f - Kibwe (f), Powell, Goto, Kibwe
Track g - Powell, Kibwe (as), Goto
Track h - Kibwe (f), Powell, Goto, Essiet (b), Kibwe
Track i - Powell, Kibwe (as), Goto
Track j - Powell, Goto, Essiet (eb), Kibwe (as)


Date: June 19, 2007
Location: Midsummer Night Swing, Lincoln Center, New York City
Label: [private recording]
George Gee and David Berger Big Bands Live

David Berger, George Gee (ldr), Shawn Edmonds, Kenny Lavendar, Walt Szymanski, Steve Wiseman (t), Brian Bonvissuto, Barry Cooper, David Gibson, Benny Powell (tb), Alex Harding, Michael Hashim, Grant Langford, Marshall McDonald, Ed Pazant (sax), Rick Briskin (g), Steve Einerson (p), Kelly Friesen (b), Willard Dyson (d), David Berger, George Gee (con), John Dokes (v), Sultans Of Swing (var)

a. Trumpet Blues and Cantabile - 3:06(Harry James, Jack Matthias)
b. Sent for You Yesterday - 3:41(Ed Durham, Jimmy Rushing)
c. Blues for Stephanie - 4:04(John Clayton)
d. Basie Boogie - 3:25(Count Basie, Milt Ebbins)
e. Battle Royal - 10:20(Duke Ellington)
All titles unissued.

David Berger (ldr) on e, (con) on e; John Dokes (v) on b; Sultans Of Swing (var) on e.

These are videos of a live performance of George Gee and his Make Believe Ballroom Orchestra and can be accessed at YouTube. On track e, David Berger and the Sultans of Swing join the Gee band but the personnel of Berger's ensemble are not given.


Date: January 15, 2008
Location: Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, New York City
Label: [private recording]
Randy Weston African Rhythms Sextet Live

Randy Weston (ldr), Benny Powell (tb), Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue] (ss, as), Billy Harper (ts), Randy Weston (p), Alex Blake (b), Neil Clarke (per)

a. African Village Bedford-Stuyvesant - 14:37(Randy Weston)
b. Con Alma - 15:19(Randy Weston)
c. Tanjah - 22:44(Randy Weston)
d. inc African Sunrise - 24:22(Randy Weston)
All titles unissued.

Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue] (ss) on c, (as) on a-b, d.


Date: February 14 & 15, 2008
Location: Nola Studios, New York City
Label: Arbors
Theo Croker Quartet and Quintet: In the Tradition

Theo Croker (ldr), Theo Croker (t, v), Benny Powell (tb), Sullivan Fortner (p), Joe Sanders (b), Albert 'Tootie' Heath (d)

a. Black and Blue - 5:33(Fats Waller, Andy Razaf, Harry Brooks)
b. It Don't Mean a Thing - 4:26(Duke Ellington, Irving Mills)
c. She's Funny That Way - 3:45(Richard Whiting, Charles N. Daniels [Neil Moret])
d. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You - 4:16(Andy Razaf, Don Redman)
e. Struttin' with Some Barbecue - 3:06(Lillian Hardin Armstrong, Don Raye)
f. You're Blase - 11:11(Ord Hamilton, Bruce Sievier)
g. Ja-Da - 5:47(Bob Carleton)
h. New Orleans - 5:39(Hoagy Carmichael)
i. I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues - 6:05(Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler)
j. St. Louis Blues - 7:56(W. C. Handy)
k. I Cover the Waterfront - 8:02(Johnny Green, Edward Heyman)
l. Bourbon Street Parade - 5:48(Paul Barbarin)
m. The Little Things That Mean So Much - 1:42(Harold Adamson, Teddy Wilson)
All titles on: Arbors CDARCD 19372 — In the Tradition   (2008)

Benny Powell (tb) on g, j; Theo Croker (v) on b, d, f, i, k.


Date: August 13, 2008
Location: Grant's Tomb, New York City
Label: [private recording]
Benny Powell and JazzMobile Friends Live

Benny Powell (ldr), Benny Powell (tb), Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue] (as), Bill Saxton (ts), Sayuri Goto (p), unknown (b), Willie Martinez (d), Kevin Jones (cng)

a. Blue Concept - 10:59(Gigi Gryce)
unissued

This was a JazzMobile performance that can be accessed at YouTube.

Solo order: Saxton, Powell, Kibwe, Martinez/Jones


Date: February 18, 2009
Location: Jazz Standard, New York City
Label: [private recording]
Randy Weston African Rhythms Quintet Live

Randy Weston (ldr), Benny Powell (tb), Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue] (ss, as, f), Randy Weston (p), Alex Blake (b), Neil Clarke (per)

a. Niger Mambo - 15:55(Olabinjo Bobby Benson)
b. Anu Anu - 17:55(Randy Weston)
c. African Sunrise - 16:23(Randy Weston)
d. Mystery of Love (Love, the Mystery of) - 5:24(Guy Warren [Kofi Ghanaba, Kpakpo Akwei])
All titles unissued.

The timings include announcements and personnel introductions by Weston. These performances have not been auditioned.


Date: October 4, 2009
Location: Jazz Standard, New York City
Label: [private recording]
Bobby Bradford Octet featuring David Murray Live

Bobby Bradford (ldr), Baikida Carroll (t), Bobby Bradford (c), Benny Powell (tb), Marty Ehrlich (as, cl), David Murray (ts, bcl), James Weidman (p), Mark Helias (b), Andrew Cyrille (d)

a. Comin' On - 21:45(Bobby Bradford)
b. A Little Pain - 17:10(Bobby Bradford)
c. Crooked Blues - 15:24(Bobby Bradford)
All titles unissued.

Marty Ehrlich (as) on a-b, (cl) on c; David Murray (ts) on a, c, (bcl) on b.

This live set was part of the Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT). These performances have not been auditioned.


Date: December 8, 2009
Location: Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, New York City
Label: [private recording]
Randy Weston African Rhythms Sextet Live

Randy Weston (ldr), Benny Powell (tb), Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue] (as, f), Randy Weston (p), Alex Blake (b), Lewis Nash (d), Neil Clarke (per)

a. Well, You Needn't - 15:24(Thelonious Monk)
b. Little Niles - 14:54(Randy Weston)
c. The Seventh Queen - 15:17(Randy Weston)
d. St. Thomas - 10:15(Sonny Rollins)
e. Mystery of Love (Love, the Mystery of) - 4:14(Guy Warren [Kofi Ghanaba, Kpakpo Akwei])
All titles unissued.

Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue] (as) on a-d, (f) on e.

This is an audience recording.


Date: December 12, 2009
Location: Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, New York City
Label: Motéma Music
Randy Weston African Rhythms Sextet Live

Randy Weston (ldr), Benny Powell (tb), Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue] (as, f), Randy Weston (p), Alex Blake (b, v), Lewis Nash (d), Neil Clarke (per)

a. Chano Pozo - 4:02(Randy Weston)
b. African Sunrise - 9:38(Randy Weston)
c. Pt. 1: Tehuti African Cookbook - 2:34(Randy Weston)
d. Pt. 2: Jus' Blues African Cookbook - 13:52(Randy Weston)
e. Pt. 3: Bridge African Cookbook - 4:16(Randy Weston)
f. The Shrine - 11:25(Randy Weston)
g. Loose Wig - 7:22(Randy Weston)
Motéma Music Digital Download — Music On the Rise: Motéma Music Sampler   (2011)
h. Wig Loose - 2:15(Randy Weston)
i. Hi Fly - 9:47(Randy Weston)
j. Fly Hi - 3:39(Randy Weston)
k. Mystery of Love (Love, the Mystery of) - 3:42(Guy Warren [Kofi Ghanaba, Kpakpo Akwei])
All titles on: Motéma Music CDMTM 51 — The Storyteller   (2010)

c, d, e;   g, h;   i, j performed as medleys.

Benny Powell (tb) on b, d, f-g, i-j; Talib Kibwe [T.K. Blue] (as) on b, d, g, i-j, (f) on f, k; Randy Weston (p) on a-d, f-k; Alex Blake (b) on b, d-k, (v) on e; Lewis Nash (d) on b, d, f-k; Neil Clarke (per) on b, d-k.

This was Benny Powell's last recording. Tracks a and c are piano solos. Tracks h and j are not new compositions but rather extensions of tracks g and i, respectively; however, they are listed on the CD as shown.


Sessions Reported: 105

Performances Reported: 661

Unique Songs Reported: 509

Unique Issues Reported: 116