Tony Fruscella Discography
by Michael Fitzgerald

Generated on Sun, Jun 26, 2011

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Date: December 10, 1948
Location: Vocarium Studios, New York City
Label: Century

Tony Fruscella (ldr), Chick Maures (as), Tony Fruscella (t), Bill Triglia (p), Red Mitchell (b), Dave Troy (d)

a.   Body And Soul  (Johnny Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton)
b.151A   Foo's - 2:47  (Composer Unknown)
     Spotlite LP 12": SPJ 126 — Debut   
     Cool 'n Blue CD: C&B 107 — The Unique Tony Fruscella: Tony's Blues   (1992)
     Jazz Factory CD: JFCD 44401 — The Complete Works   (1999)
     Jazz Factory CD: 22804 — Pernod   (1999)
c.153B   Flues - 2:43  (Composer Unknown)
     Spotlite LP 12": SPJ 126 — Debut   
     Cool 'n Blue CD: C&B 107 — The Unique Tony Fruscella: Tony's Blues   (1992)
     Jazz Factory CD: JFCD 44401 — The Complete Works   (1999)
     Jazz Factory CD: 22804 — Pernod   (1999)
d.154B   Oh Yeah - 3:24  (Composer Unknown)
     Spotlite LP 12": SPJ 126 — Debut   
     Cool 'n Blue CD: C&B 107 — The Unique Tony Fruscella: Tony's Blues   (1992)
     Jazz Factory CD: JFCD 44401 — The Complete Works   (1999)
     Jazz Factory CD: 22804 — Pernod   (1999)
e.155A   Little Orgg - 2:51  (Tony Fruscella)
     Spotlite LP 12": SPJ 126 — Debut   
     Cool 'n Blue CD: C&B 107 — The Unique Tony Fruscella: Tony's Blues   (1992)
     Jazz Factory CD: JFCD 44401 — The Complete Works   (1999)
     Jazz Factory CD: 22804 — Pernod   (1999)
f.155B   Little Orgg - 2:07  (Tony Fruscella)
     Spotlite LP 12": SPJ 126 — Debut   
     Cool 'n Blue CD: C&B 107 — The Unique Tony Fruscella: Tony's Blues   (1992)
     Jazz Factory CD: JFCD 44401 — The Complete Works   (1999)
     Jazz Factory CD: 22804 — Pernod   (1999)
g.156A   Out Of Nowhere - 3:18  (Johnny Green, Edward Heyman)
     Spotlite LP 12": SPJ 126 — Debut   
     Cool 'n Blue CD: C&B 107 — The Unique Tony Fruscella: Tony's Blues   (1992)
     Jazz Factory CD: JFCD 44401 — The Complete Works   (1999)
     Jazz Factory CD: 22804 — Pernod   (1999)
h.156B   Out Of Nowhere - 2:52  (Johnny Green, Edward Heyman)
     Spotlite LP 12": SPJ 126 — Debut   
     Cool 'n Blue CD: C&B 107 — The Unique Tony Fruscella: Tony's Blues   (1992)
     Jazz Factory CD: JFCD 44401 — The Complete Works   (1999)
     Jazz Factory CD: 22804 — Pernod   (1999)
i.163A   Flues - 2:32  (Composer Unknown)
     Spotlite LP 12": SPJ 126 — Debut   
     Cool 'n Blue CD: C&B 107 — The Unique Tony Fruscella: Tony's Blues   (1992)
     Jazz Factory CD: JFCD 44401 — The Complete Works   (1999)
     Jazz Factory CD: 22804 — Pernod   (1999)

Oh Yeah is a D minor bebop tune, starting somewhat like A Night In Tunisa.

Notes to Spotlite LP describe Body And Soul as "lengthy."


Date: February 16, 1952
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ
Label: [private recording]

Tony Fruscella (ldr), Herb Geller (as), Phil Urso (ts), Gene Allen (bar), Tony Fruscella (t), Bill Triglia (p), Red Mitchell (b), Howie Mann (d)

a.   P. U. Stomp - 3:06  (Phil Urso) / arr: Bill Triglia
b.   Darn That Dream - 2:58  (Jimmy Van Heusen, Edgar DeLange) / arr: Bill Triglia
c.   Tangerine - 2:46  (Victor Schertzinger, Johnny Mercer) / arr: Bill Triglia
d.   Loopadoo - 2:57  (Bill Triglia) / arr: Bill Triglia
All titles on:      Xanadu LP 12": 172 — Bebop Revisited, Volume 3   
     Jazz Factory CD: 22805 — Tony's Blues   
     Xanadu CD: FDC 5175 — Bebop Revisited, Volume 2   (1990)
     Jazz Factory CD: JFCD 44401 — The Complete Works   (1999)

Date: September 1952
Location: Gene DiNovi's house, Brooklyn, NY
Label: [private recording]

Charlie Kennedy, Hal McKusick (as), Tony Fruscella (t), Gene DiNovi (p), Red Mitchell, Joe Shulman (b), William Exiner, Harold Granowski, Buddy Lazza (d)

a.01   All The Things You Are  (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II)
b.02   Idaho  (Jesse Stone)
c.03   Donna Lee  (Miles Davis)
d.04   Johnny Mandel Tune  (Johnny Mandel)
e.05   Over The Rainbow  (Harold Arlen, E. Y. Harburg)
f.06   Blue Lester  (Lester Young)
g.07   Minor Blues  (Gene DiNovi, Tony Fruscella)
h.08   Broadway  (Bill Bird, Teddy McRae, Henri Woode)
i.09   Strike Up The Band  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
All titles on:      Marshmallow CD: MYCJ-30124 — Brooklyn Jam 1952   

Charlie Kennedy (as) on a-b; Hal McKusick (as) on c-d, g-i; Red Mitchell (b) on h-i; Joe Shulman (b) on a-d, g; William Exiner (d) on a-d; Harold Granowski (d) on h-i; Buddy Lazza (d) on g.

Bruyninckx gives date as September 1952.

Uncertain whether all performances are from the same date.

Some sources list Turk Van Lake on guitar for this material.


Date: ca. 1953
Location: Tony Fruscella's home, New York City
Label: Royal Jazz

Dave Schildkraut (as), Tony Fruscella (t), Bill Triglia (p)

a.   You Stepped Out Of A Dream - 9:46  (Nacio Herb Brown, Gus Kahn)
b.   Now's The Time - 9:11  (Charlie Parker)
c.   Emanon - 11:09  (Dizzy Gillespie)
All titles on:      Royal Jazz CD: RJD 506 — More Unissued, Vol. 2   (1990)

Date unknown. Location speculative. RJD 506 (issued under Charlie Parker's name) says "some musician's apartment" in New York City.

Unknown bass and drums. RJD 506 says "possibly" Bill Triglia and lists Charlie Parker as alto saxophonist, but Lord discography identifies Schildkraut instead. This is confirmed by Bill Triglia (who also confirms his own presence).


Date: mid 1953
Location: Open Door, New York City
Label: Spotlite

Tony Fruscella (ldr), Brew Moore (ts), Tony Fruscella (t), Bill Triglia (p), Teddy Kotick (b), Art Mardigan (d)

a.   Bernie's Tune [aka Bobby Sox]  (Bernie Miller, Bobby Lehman)
     Spotlite LP 12": SPJ 126 — Debut   
b.   Lover Man  (Roger 'Ram' Ramirez, Jimmy Davis, Jimmy Sherman)
     Spotlite LP 12": SPJ 126 — Debut   
c.   A Night In Tunisia  (Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Paparelli)
     Spotlite LP 12": SPJ 126 — Debut   
d.   Sometimes I'm Happy  (Vincent Youmans, Irving Caesar)
     Spotlite LP 12": SPJ 151 — Fru 'n Brew   
e.   Blue Lester  (Lester Young)
     Spotlite LP 12": SPJ 151 — Fru 'n Brew   
f.   Rifftide [aka Hackensack]  (Coleman Hawkins)
     Spotlite LP 12": SPJ 151 — Fru 'n Brew   
g.   Donna [aka Dig]  (Jackie McLean)
     Spotlite LP 12": SPJ 151 — Fru 'n Brew   
h.   Imagination  (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke)
     Spotlite LP 12": SPJ 151 — Fru 'n Brew   
All titles on:      Jazz Factory CD: 22802 — A Night At The Open Door   
     Jazz Factory CD: JFCD 44401 — The Complete Works   (1999)

Brew Moore (ts) on d-h.


Date: March 22, 1954
Location: New York City
Label: Atlantic

Brew Moore (ldr), Brew Moore (ts), Tony Fruscella (t), Bill Triglia (p), Teddy Kotick (b), Bill Heine (d)

a.1243   Bill Triglia's Blues  (Bill Triglia)
b.1246   Brew's Nightmare  (Brew Moore)

Private tape still exists. Reportedly, Fruscella does not play on all selections. Specifics unknown.

Additional selections: 1241: Blues Medium; 1242: Minor Blues; 1244: Slow Blues; 1245: Fast Blues; 1247 [no information] by unknown composers. Composers for 1243 and 1246 are speculative.


Date: July 17, 1954
Location: Newport Jazz Festival - Newport Casino, Newport, RI
Label: [radio broadcast]

Gerry Mulligan (ldr), Gerry Mulligan (bar), Tony Fruscella (t), Red Mitchell (b), Frank Isola (d)

a.01   Bernie's Tune [aka Bobby Sox] - 4:42  (Bernie Miller, Bobby Lehman)
b.02   The Lady Is A Tramp - 6:11  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
c.03   Lullaby Of The Leaves - 4:22  (Bernice Petkere, Joe Young)

A spoken introduction by Stan Kenton (3:18) precedes the first selection.

On only known source, New York radio announcer interrupts the final selection to conclude the live broadcast.


Date: December 10, 1954
Location: Fort Myers, VA
Label: [private recording]

Stan Getz (ldr), Stan Getz (ts), Tony Fruscella (t), Johnny Williams (p), Bill Anthony (b), Frank Isola (d)

a.   Tangerine  (Victor Schertzinger, Johnny Mercer)
b.   Blue Moon  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
c.   Anthropology  (Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie)
d.   Wonder Why  (Nicholas Brodszky, Sammy Cahn)
e.   Tony's Blues  (Tony Fruscella)
f.   Bernie's Tune [aka Bobby Sox]  (Bernie Miller, Bobby Lehman)

Private tape exists.

One additional selection (first): B-flat Blues by unknown composer.


Date: ca. 1955
Location: Open Door, New York City
Label: [private recording]

Tony Fruscella (t), Don Joseph (c)

a.01   Now's The Time - 4:32  (Charlie Parker)
b.02   Embraceable You - 5:47  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
c.03   I Got Rhythm - 3:10  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
d.04   'S Wonderful - 4:36  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
e.05   What Is This Thing Called Love - 7:19  (Cole Porter)
f.06   Ash Wednesday Blues - 3:31  (Don Joseph)

Unknown guitar, bass, drums. Solos by these players have been edited out on only known source.


Date: January 23, 1955
Location: Birdland, New York City
Label: [radio broadcast]

Stan Getz (ldr), Stan Getz (ts), Tony Fruscella (t), Johnny Williams (p), Bill Anthony (b), Frank Isola (d)

a.   Get Happy - 6:21  (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler)
b.   Dear Old Stockholm [Ack Värmeland, Du Sköna] - 7:12  (Traditional)
c.   Pernod - 4:41  (Stan Getz)
All titles on:      Queen-Disc LP 12": Q 013 — Stan Getz   
     Cicala LP 12": BLJ 8036 — Yesterdays   
     Jazz Factory CD: JFCD 44401 — The Complete Works   (1999)
     Jazz Factory CD: 22804 — Pernod   (1999)

Q 013 gives incorrect date as 1953.


Date: January 31, 1955
Location: Fine Sound Studio, New York City
Label: Verve

Stan Getz (ldr), Stan Getz (ts), Tony Fruscella (t), Johnny Williams (p), Bill Anthony (b), Frank Isola (d)

a.2229-2   Blue Bells - 7:08  (Phil Sunkel)
b.2230-1   Round-Up Time - 7:07  (Phil Sunkel)
     Verve CD: 314 517 330-2 — The Artistry Of Stan Getz, vol. 2   (1993)
     Verve CD: 517 330-2 — The Best Of The Verve Years, Volume 2   (1993)
Both titles on:      Verve LP 12": MGV 8200 — Stan Getz And The Cool Sounds   
     Jazz Factory CD: JFCD 44401 — The Complete Works   (1999)
     Jazz Factory CD: 22804 — Pernod   (1999)
     Verve CD: 314 547 317-2 — Stan Getz And The Cool Sounds   (2002)

Date: March 29, 1955
Location: Capitol Studios, New York City
Label: Atlantic

Tony Fruscella (ldr), Allen Eager (ts), Danny Bank (bar), Tony Fruscella (t), Chauncey Welsch (tb), Bill Triglia (p), Bill Anthony (b), Will Bradley, Jr. (d)

a.1466   Muy - 5:42  (Phil Sunkel) / arr: Phil Sunkel
     London LP 12": 15044 — Tony Fruscella   
     Atlantic LP 12": 1220 — Tony Fruscella   (1955)
     Atlantic LP 12": 7 90463-1-Y — Tony Fruscella   (1985)
     Jazz Factory CD: JFCD 44401 — The Complete Works   (1999)
     Atlantic CD: 75354 — Tony Fruscella   (2000)
     Atlantic CD: WPCR 25153 — Tony Fruscella   (2007)
b.1467   Salt - 4:40  (Phil Sunkel) / arr: Phil Sunkel
     London LP 12": 15044 — Tony Fruscella   
     Atlantic LP 12": 1220 — Tony Fruscella   (1955)
     Atlantic LP 12": 7 90463-1-Y — Tony Fruscella   (1985)
     Jazz Factory CD: JFCD 44401 — The Complete Works   (1999)
     Atlantic CD: 75354 — Tony Fruscella   (2000)
     Atlantic CD: WPCR 25153 — Tony Fruscella   (2007)
c.1468   Ta-Ra-Ra Boom-De-Ay  (Henry J. Sayers)

Date: April 1, 1955
Location: Capitol Studios, New York City
Label: Atlantic

Tony Fruscella (ldr), Allen Eager (ts), Tony Fruscella (t), Bill Triglia (p), Bill Anthony (b), Will Bradley, Jr. (d)

a.1469   Metropolitan Blues - 5:03  (Phil Sunkel) / arr: Phil Sunkel
b.1470   Raintree County - 5:15  (Phil Sunkel) / arr: Phil Sunkel
c.1471   Blue Serenade - 5:14  (Harold Adamson)
d.1472   Old Hat - 3:19  (Phil Sunkel) / arr: Phil Sunkel
e.1473   His Master's Voice - 5:32  (Phil Sunkel) / arr: Phil Sunkel
f.1474   I'll Be Seeing You - 3:20  (Sammy Fain, Irving Kahal)
     Atlantic CD: 81704-2 — Atlantic Jazz: Mainstream   
g.1475   Let's Play The Blues - 4:03  (Phil Sunkel) / arr: Phil Sunkel
All titles on:      London LP 12": 15044 — Tony Fruscella   
     Atlantic LP 12": 1220 — Tony Fruscella   (1955)
     Atlantic LP 12": 7 90463-1-Y — Tony Fruscella   (1985)
     Jazz Factory CD: JFCD 44401 — The Complete Works   (1999)
     Atlantic CD: 75354 — Tony Fruscella   (2000)
     Atlantic CD: WPCR 25153 — Tony Fruscella   (2007)

Date: November 7, 1955
Location: Pythian Temple, New York City
Label: Decca

Tony Fruscella (ldr), Tony Fruscella (t), Hank Jones (p), Wendell Marshall (b), Shadow Wilson (d)

a.88973   Tony's Blues  (Tony Fruscella)
     Coral LP 12": CRL 57035 — East Coast Jazz Scene   
     Jazz Factory CD: 22805 — Tony's Blues   
     Cool 'n Blue CD: C&B 107 — The Unique Tony Fruscella: Tony's Blues   (1992)
     Jazz Factory CD: JFCD 44401 — The Complete Works   (1999)

The East Coast Jazz Scene album was from a concert with groups selected by the New York City DJ Al "Jazzbo" Collins.

Should third digit of master number be 4?


Date: August 3, 1959
Label: Honey Dew

Tony Fruscella (ldr), Tony Fruscella (t), Bill Keck (g)

a.   Lover Man - 3:36  (Roger 'Ram' Ramirez, Jimmy Davis, Jimmy Sherman)
     Stateside LP 12": ISJ-80117 — Tony Fruscella-Phil Woods Quintet   
     Honey Dew LP 12": HD 6609 — Bebop Is Where It's At, Volume 1   (1977)
     Jazz Factory CD: 22805 — Tony's Blues   
     Jazz Factory CD: JFCD 44401 — The Complete Works   (1999)

Stateside (Jap) ISJ-80117 gives the date of August 3, 1969 for "Lover Man." This date does not seem correct to the compiler and is probably 1959. However, Stateside is correct in noting the fact that "Lover Man" is a duo with Bill Keck while the other three titles are by the quintet. Lord and Bruyninckx both listed the collective personnel which, in effect, suggests to the reader that the four titles are played by a sextet.


Date: ca. November 1959
Location: Ridgewood High School, Ridgewood, NJ
Label: Honey Dew

Tony Fruscella (ldr), Phil Woods (as), Tony Fruscella (t), Bill Triglia (p), Paul Chambers (b), Roy Hall (d)

a.   A Night In Tunisia - 14:41  (Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Paparelli)
     Honey Dew LP 12": HD 6609 — Bebop Is Where It's At, Volume 1   (1977)
b.   Night Train - 11:24  (Jimmy Forrest, Oscar Washington)
     Honey Dew LP 12": HD 6610 — Bebop Is Where It's At, Volume 2   (1977)
c.   Scrapple From The Apple - 11:12  (Charlie Parker)
     Honey Dew LP 12": HD 6610 — Bebop Is Where It's At, Volume 2   (1977)
All titles on:      Stateside LP 12": ISJ-80117 — Tony Fruscella-Phil Woods Quintet   
     Jazz Factory CD: 22805 — Tony's Blues   
     Cool 'n Blue CD: C&B 107 — The Unique Tony Fruscella: Tony's Blues   (1992)
     Jazz Factory CD: JFCD 44401 — The Complete Works   (1999)

Date sometimes given as c. 1955. Confirmation needed.

Contrary to some listings, guitarist Bill Keck does not appear on any of this material.

The performance of "Night Train" includes an interpolation of the melody commonly known as "Walkin'."


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