Al Kiger Discography



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Date: December 1952
Location: Chicago, IL
Label: Mercer

Tony Pappa (ldr), Jimmy Hamilton (cl), Gene Hull, Russell Procope (as), Jerry Coker, Paul Gonsalves (ts), Ray Papai (bar), John Carroll, Vern Cressler, John Hunt, Al Kiger, Clark Terry (t), Buddy Baker, David Baker, Quentin 'Butter' Jackson, Britt Woodman (tb), Juan Tizol (vtb), Marty Rose (p), Rock Crandall (b), Tony Pappa (d), Betty Roche (v)

a.   Love You Madly  (Duke Ellington)
b.   C Jam Blues  (Duke Ellington)
c.   Coffee And Kisses  (Ralph Freed, Frederick Hollaender)

Betty Roche (v) on a.


Date: Spring 1954
Location: Universal Studios, Chicago, IL
Label: Town And Country Records

Tony Pappa (ldr), Ray Papai, Bob Wynn (as), Louis Ciotti, Bob Cowart (ts), Freddy Fox (bar), John Howell, Al Kiger, Mike Leone (t), Don Bradley, Ed Oszust, Tom Shepard (tb), Richie Tree (p), Rudy Williams (b), Tony Pappa (d), Bill Russo (con)

a.a-01   Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart - 3:05  (James Hanley) / arr: Bill Gerhardt
b.a-02   Don't Blame Me - 4:40  (Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields) / arr: Bill Gerhardt
c.a-03   The Way You Look Tonight - 3:11  (Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields) / arr: Bill Gerhardt
d.b-01   That Old Feeling - 2:39  (Lew Brown, Sammy Fain) / arr: Bill Gerhardt
e.b-02   I Get A Kick Out Of You - 3:01  (Cole Porter) / arr: Bill Gerhardt
f.b-03   A Theme - 2:15  (Bill Gerhardt) / arr: Bill Gerhardt
g.b-04   Bill's Idea - 2:32  (Bill Gerhardt) / arr: Bill Gerhardt
All titles on:      Town And Country Records LP 10": - — The Music Of Bill Gerhardt   (1955)

Date: June 1954
Location: New York City
Label: Decca

Fred Dale (ldr), Leonard Graves (as, ts), Al Cobine, Jerry Coker (ts), Ray Papai (bar), Vern Cressler, Al Kiger, Doug Mettome (t), Fred Dale (t, vib), Buddy Baker, David Baker, Urbie Green (tb), Al Planck (p), Dick Wagner (b), Richard Dickinson (d)

a.86217   I Only Have Eyes For You - 2:24  (Harry Warren, Al Dubin)
     Coral 45: 61261   
b.86218   Laura - 3:00  (David Raksin, Johnny Mercer)
     Coral 45: 61194   
c.86219   Mean To Me - 2:40  (Roy Turk, Fred E. Ahlert)
     Coral 45: 61194   
d.86220   Ginger - 2:40  (Fred Dale)
     Coral 45: 61261   

All trumpet solos by Doug Mettome.


Date: May 1955
Location: Bloomington, IN
Label: [private recording]

Al Cobine (ldr), Louis Ciotti (ts), Al Cobine (ts, v), Al Kiger (t), Jim Hewitt (tb), Jack Coker (p), Bill Takas (b), Willis Kirk (d)

a.tk 1   altDo Make It Nice  (Al Cobine) / arr: Al Cobine
b.tk 2   Do Make It Nice  (Al Cobine) / arr: Al Cobine
c.   The Thrill Is Gone  (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson) / arr: Al Cobine
d.tk 1   altIvana  (Al Cobine) / arr: Al Cobine
e.tk 2   Ivana  (Al Cobine) / arr: Al Cobine
f.   Barfly  (Al Cobine) / arr: Al Cobine
g.   Warm Bunns  (Bill Takas) / arr: Al Cobine
h.   altAlmost Like Being In Love  (Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe) / arr: Al Cobine
i.   altSpring Is Here  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) / arr: Al Cobine

Al Cobine (v) on d-e.

acetates exist


Date: July 1955
Location: Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Label: Fantasy

Jerry Coker (ldr), Louis Ciotti, Jerry Coker, Bob Cowart (ts), Freddy Fox, Roger Pemberton (bar), Al Kiger (t), Jim Hewitt (tb), Jack Coker (p), Monk Montgomery (eb), Charles Masterpoulos (d)

a.a-01   Kigeria - 2:15  (Jerry Coker)
b.b-01   You Gotta Show Me - 2:30
c.b-02   It's You Or No One - 2:30  (Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn)
All titles on:      Fantasy LP 12": LP 3-214 — Modern Music From Indiana University   

Contrary to some sources, Kiger does not appear on other selections issued on Fantasy 3-214.

You Gotta Show Me credited to Brooks & Castle. Further details needed.


Date: November 1 & 8, 1955
Location: Bloomington, IN
Label: [private recording]

Al Cobine (ldr), Louis Ciotti, Jerry Coker (ts), Al Cobine (ts, v), Roger Pemberton (bar), Gene Bahlman, Al Kiger (t), Jim Hewitt (tb), Jack Coker (p), Gene Hutson (d)

a.   Party For Pres  (Al Cobine) / arr: Al Cobine
b.   Long Ago And Far Away  (Jerome Kern, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Al Cobine
c.   It's A Pity To Say Goodnight  (Billy Reid) / arr: Roger Pemberton
d.   Stella By Starlight  (Victor Young, Ned Washington) / arr: Al Cobine
e.   With A Song In My Heart  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) / arr: Al Cobine

Al Cobine (v) on b.

acetate of first four selections exists

3 additional selections - details unknown.
Additional personnel (big band) unknown.

Ciotti solos on With A Song In My Heart. All other tenor solos by Coker. All trumpet solos by Kiger.


Date: 1955 (probably c. November)
Location: IN
Label: Focus

Al Cobine (ldr), Dave Niver (as), Louis Ciotti, Al Cobine (ts), Al Kiger (t), Jim Hewitt (tb), Jack Coker (p)

a.G80W-1009   Mountain Greenery - 2:20  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) / arr: Al Cobine
b.G80W-1010   Autumn In New York - 3:25  (Vernon Duke) / arr: Al Cobine
Both titles on:      Focus 45: — Mountain Greenery/Autumn In New York   

Only soloists are named on disc. Additional personnel unknown.


Date: November 1956
Location: San Francisco, CA
Label: San Francisco Jazz

Jerry Coker (ldr), Jerry Coker (ts), Al Kiger (t), Eddie Duran (g), Dean Reilly (b)

a.   Water's Edge - 4:00
b.   You'll Stay - 4:08
c.   Gigglin' Oysters - 4:46
All titles on:      San Francisco Jazz LP 12": JR 1 — Intro To Jazz   

Date: August 29, 1959
Location: Berkshire Music Barn, Lenox, MA
Label: [private recording]

Ted Casher (ts), Al Kiger (t), Dick Wright (tb), Gary McFarland (vib), Attila Zoller (g), Edward 'Dizzy Sal' Saldanha (p), Doug McLaughlin (b), Bill Sharfman (d), Bill Evans, Jim Hall, Connie Kay (dir)

a.   Monk's Sphere - 4:20  (Gary McFarland)
     Royal Jazz CD: 513 — Lenox School Of Jazz Concert   (1990)
b.   Summer Day  (Gary McFarland)
c.   Relaxin' At Music Inn  (Edward 'Dizzy Sal' Saldanha)
d.   Jingles - 3:25  (Wes Montgomery) / arr: Al Kiger
     Royal Jazz CD: 513 — Lenox School Of Jazz Concert   (1990)

Need confirmation on composer of b.


Date: December 29, 1959
Location: New York City
Label: Decca

George Russell (ldr), Walt Levinsky (as), Dave Young (ts), Sol Schlinger (bar), Al Kiger, Ernie Royal (t), Jim Buffington (frh), David Baker, Frank Rehak (tb), Howard Collins, Barry Galbraith (g), Paul Bley, Bill Evans (p), Milt Hinton (b), Don Lamond (d), George Russell (con)

a.108511   Chromatic Universe - 12:15  (George Russell) / arr: George Russell
b.108512   The Lydiot - 10:04  (George Russell) / arr: George Russell
Both titles on:      Decca LP 12": DL 9219 — Jazz In The Space Age   

Chromatic Universe issued in three parts (3:33/3:47/4:55).

Which guitarist is uncertain.


Date: January 27, 1960
Location: New York City
Label: Decca

George Russell (ldr), Hal McKusick (as), Dave Young (ts), Sol Schlinger (bar), Al Kiger, Irving 'Marky' Markowitz, Ernie Royal (t), David Baker, Frank Rehak (tb), Bob Brookmeyer (vtb), Barry Galbraith (g), Bill Evans (p), Milt Hinton (b), Charli Persip (d), George Russell (con)

a.108513   Waltz From Outer Space - 6:59  (George Russell) / arr: George Russell
b.108514   Dimensions - 13:11  (George Russell) / arr: George Russell
Both titles on:      Decca LP 12": DL 9219 — Jazz In The Space Age   

Date: February 12, 1960
Location: New York City
Label: Atlantic

John Lewis (ldr), Mel Broiles, Bernie Glow, Al Kiger, Joe Wilder (t), Ray Alonge, John Barrows, Al Richman, Gunther Schuller (frh), David Baker, Dick Hixson (tb), Jay McAllister (tu), John Lewis (p), George Duvivier (b), Connie Kay (d)

a.4242   Odds Against Tomorrow - 7:54  (John Lewis) / arr: John Lewis
b.4243   La Cantatrice - 5:01  (John Lewis) / arr: John Lewis
c.4244   Pulcinella - 3:54  (John Lewis) / arr: John Lewis
All titles on:      Atlantic LP 12": 1334 — The Golden Striker   (1960)
     Collectables CD: COL-CD-6252 — Golden Striker/Jazz Abstractions   (1999)

Date: February 15, 1960
Location: New York City
Label: Atlantic

John Lewis (ldr), Mel Broiles, Bernie Glow, Al Kiger, Joe Wilder (t), Ray Alonge, John Barrows, Al Richman, Gunther Schuller (frh), David Baker, Dick Hixson (tb), Harvey Phillips (tu), John Lewis (p), George Duvivier (b), Connie Kay (d)

a.4253   Piazza Di Spagna - 4:22  (John Lewis) / arr: John Lewis
b.4254   Piazza Navona - 6:24  (John Lewis) / arr: John Lewis
Both titles on:      Atlantic LP 12": 1334 — The Golden Striker   (1960)
     Collectables CD: COL-CD-6252 — Golden Striker/Jazz Abstractions   (1999)

Date: February 16, 1960
Location: New York City
Label: Atlantic

John Lewis (ldr), Mel Broiles, Bernie Glow, Al Kiger, Joe Wilder (t), Ray Alonge, John Barrows, Al Richman, Gunther Schuller (frh), David Baker, Dick Hixson (tb), Harvey Phillips (tu), John Lewis (p), George Duvivier (b), Connie Kay (d)

a.4255   The Golden Striker - 4:55  (John Lewis) / arr: John Lewis
b.4256   Fanfare I - 0:40  (John Lewis) / arr: John Lewis
c.4257   Fanfare II - 0:44  (John Lewis) / arr: John Lewis
All titles on:      Atlantic LP 12": 1334 — The Golden Striker   (1960)
     Collectables CD: COL-CD-6252 — Golden Striker/Jazz Abstractions   (1999)

Date: September 1, 1960
Location: Berkshire Music Barn, Lenox, MA
Label: [private recording]

Dave Young (ts), Al Kiger (t), David Baker (tb), David Lahm (p), George Russell (p, dir), Chuck Israels (b), Joe Hunt (d)

a.   Things New  (George Russell)
b.   Dance Class  (Carla Bley)
c.   Potting Shed  (David Lahm)
d.   Stratusphunk  (George Russell)
e.   New Donna  (George Russell)

David Lahm (p) on c; George Russell (p) on a-b, d-e.


Date: September 20, 1960
Location: New York City
Label: Decca

George Russell (ldr), Dave Young (ts), Al Kiger (t), David Baker (tb), George Russell (p), Chuck Israels (b), Joe Hunt (d)

a.109600   Sippin' At Bells - 7:17  (Miles Davis) / arr: George Russell
b.109601   121 Bank Street - 5:55  (David N. Baker) / arr: George Russell
c.109602   Swingdom Come - 7:26  (George Russell) / arr: George Russell
d.109603   Dance Class - 6:15  (Carla Bley) / arr: George Russell
e.109604   Moment's Notice - 8:02  (John Coltrane) / arr: George Russell
f.109605   Beast Blues - 8:53  (Carla Bley) / arr: George Russell
All titles on:      Decca LP 12": DL 9220 — At The Five Spot   
     Verve CD: 088 112 287-2 — At The Five Spot   (2000)

Despite issue title, this was not recorded live at the Five Spot.

LP issue gives incorrect timing for 109601 as 6:15.


Date: October 18, 1960
Location: Plaza Sound Studios, New York City
Label: Riverside

George Russell (ldr), Dave Young (ts), Al Kiger (t), David Baker (tb), George Russell (p), Chuck Israels (b), Joe Hunt (d)

a.a-01   Stratusphunk - 6:08  (George Russell) / arr: George Russell
b.a-02   New Donna - 8:25  (George Russell) / arr: George Russell
c.a-03   Bent Eagle - 6:16  (Carla Bley) / arr: George Russell
d.b-01   Kentucky Oysters - 8:25  (David N. Baker) / arr: George Russell
e.b-02   Lambskins - 7:13  (David Lahm) / arr: George Russell
f.b-03   Things New - 6:55  (George Russell) / arr: George Russell
All titles on:      Riverside LP 12": RLP-341 — Stratusphunk   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-232-2 — Stratusphunk   

Date: 1967
Location: Full Scale Studio, Martinsville, IN
Label: Studio P/R

Al Cobine (ldr), Jerry Green, Jim Houston (as), Al Cobine, Tom Meyer (ts), Carl Atkins (bar), Don Johnson, Al Kiger, Dominic Spera (t), Ed Cox, Gary Potter, Tom Streeter (tb), Mike Lucas (p), Brent McKesson (b), Jack Gilfoy (d)

a.01   Ballin' The Jack - 2:54  (James Reese Europe, Chris Smith)
b.02   A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square - 3:08  (Eric Maschwitz, Manning Sherwin)
c.03   Work Song - 4:00  (Nat Adderley, Oscar Brown, Jr.)
d.04   Body And Soul - 4:05  (Johnny Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton)
e.05   Back Home Again In Indiana - 3:32  (James Hanley, Ballard MacDonald)
f.06   Yesterday - 2:25  (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
g.07   Across The Sea - 2:26  (Al Cobine)
h.08   October In The Air - 4:23  (Al Cobine)
i.09   Gospel Truth - 3:10  (Al Cobine)
j.10   I'm Waitin' Up For You - 5:12  (Al Cobine)
All titles on:      Studio P/R LP 12": 873S-7217 — The Big Band Of Al Cobine Plays Songs Of Yesterday And Today   

Woodwind assignments are speculative.


Date: 1975
Location: Lebanon, IN
Label: Studio P/R

Al Cobine (ldr), Al Cobine (ts), Roger Pemberton (bar), Jim Edison, Al Kiger (t)

a.01   Short And Sweet - 1:52  (Al Cobine)
b.02   Marshal - 3:33  (Roger Pemberton)
c.03   Foxy Fox - 2:15  (Chris Gallagher)
d.04   Song For Christy - 2:58  (Tom Johns)
e.05   It's A Dueling Band, Joe! - 2:10  (Gerald Sebesky)
f.06   Misty Morning - 2:27  (Chris Gallagher)
g.07   Time Merchant - 1:17  (Jim Edison)
h.08   Tequila Mockingbird - 2:30  (Chris Gallagher)
i.09   Night Song - 2:54  (Al Cobine)
j.10   Stout Blooze - 4:55  (Don Lawhead)
k.11   Angel Eyes - 4:50  (Matt Dennis, Earl Brent)
l.12   Que Suave - 2:14  (Chris Gallagher)
m.13   My Man Quincy - 4:22  (Al Cobine)
n.14   Easy Cookin' - 4:13  (Roger Pemberton)
o.15   New Cats Meow - 2:31  (K. Carpenter, R. Peck)
All titles on:      Studio P/R LP 12": R 761 — Jazz Alive & Well   

No personnel given. Listing is speculative based on composers and aural evidence. Additional personnel unknown. Kiger solos on j. and k.


Date: 1976
Location: Lebanon, IN
Label: Now

Indianapolis Compendium (ldr), Al Cobine (ts, dir), Roger Pemberton (bar), Jim Edison, Al Kiger (t), Carroll DeCamp (p)

a.a-01   Echo Blues - 2:32  (Al Cobine)
b.a-02   Close To Home - 2:12  (Al Cobine)
c.a-03   A Little Bossa Nova - 2:01  (Al Cobine)
d.a-04   Young Dr. Trumpet - 1:26  (Jim Edison)
e.a-05   We're Truckin' On - 1:54  (Gerald Sebesky)
f.a-06   Pretty One - 2:36  (Al Cobine)
g.a-07   Too Much Cha Cha - 2:15  (Al Cobine)
h.a-08   Ode To Sister Sue - 2:05  (Roger Pemberton)
i.a-09   Bossa Fuego - 2:43  (Roger Pemberton)
j.a-10   Petite Sweet - 3:17  (Jim Edison)
k.b-01   Bluesy Basie - 3:12  (Carroll DeCamp)
l.b-02   October In The Air - 4:24  (Al Cobine)
m.b-03   Cherish - 3:11  (Terry Kirkman)
n.b-04   Tribute To Miller - 3:01  (Carroll DeCamp)
o.b-05   Gladstone - 3:40  (Bill Svarda)
p.b-06   Tribute To Brown - 2:45  (Carroll DeCamp)
q.b-07   Soulful Moments - 2:36  (Gerald Sebesky)
r.b-08   Midnight Crawl - 1:57  (Gerald Sebesky)
All titles on:      Now LP 12": R 763 — Jazz From Studio P/R, volume 1: Movin' Easy   

No date given - 1976 is issue date.

No personnel listed. Listing is speculative based on composers and aural evidence. Additional personnel unknown. Kiger solos on "Tribute To Brown" and it is assumed that he is present on all selections.


Date: 1976
Location: Lebanon, IN
Label: Now

Indianapolis Compendium (ldr), Al Cobine (ts, dir), Al Kiger (t)

a.a-01   Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey - 5:15  (Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney) / arr: Don Sebesky
b.a-02   Jazz Espanola - 8:43  (Al Cobine) / arr: Al Cobine
c.a-03   Flugel Fancy - 4:02  (Neil Slater)
d.a-04   Country Toad - 2:28  (Chris Gallagher)
e.a-05   Truth Serum - 3:05  (Alan Foust)
f.b-01   That's The Way I Feel - 6:38  (Al Cobine) / arr: Al Cobine
g.b-02   Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child - 7:08  (Traditional) / arr: Bill Svarda
h.b-03   Freak Shrieks! - 4:15  (Tom Hensley) / arr: Al Cobine
i.b-04   I'm Waitin' Up For You - 5:14  (Al Cobine) / arr: Al Cobine
All titles on:      Now LP 12": R 764 — Jazz From Studio P/R, volume 2: That's The Way I Feel   

No date given - 1976 is issue date.

No personnel listed. Listing is speculative based on composers and aural evidence. Additional personnel unknown.


Date: January 10, 1977
Location: Bloomington, IN
Label: Sea Breeze

Chuck Carter, John Von Ohlen (ldr), Terry Cook (as), Tom Meyer (ts), Chuck Carter (bar), Jim Edison, Al Hembd, Don Johnson, Al Kiger, Larry McWilliams (t), Ed Cox, Ken Kugler, David Pavolka (tb), Claude Sifferlen (vib), Royce Campbell (g), Steve Allee (p), John Clayton (b), John Von Ohlen (d), Rita Reed (v)

a.01   Showtime - 6:19  (John Von Ohlen)
b.02   A Walk Thru Bombay - 5:53  (John Von Ohlen)
c.03   Downtown Blues - 6:17  (Steve Allee)
d.08   Saturn's Dance - 6:11  (Gene Gjesvold)
e.11   Burma - 6:37  (Steve Allee)
All titles on:      Sea Breeze CD: SB-2095 — Downtown Blues   (1999)

Date: September 17, 1977
Location: The Commons, Columbus, IN
Label: [private recording]

John Von Ohlen (ldr), Harry Miedema (as), Tom Myers (ts), Chuck Carter (bar, v), Ron Blomberg, Jim Edison, Don Johnson, Al Kiger, Larry McWilliams (t), Ed Cox, David Pavolka (tb), Pete Bachman (btb), Art Reiner (vib, per), Mike Lawrence (g), Steve Allee (p), Joe Bogue (eb), John Von Ohlen (d), Mary Ann Moss (v)

a.01   Odyssey - 3:22  (Carroll DeCamp)
b.02   When Your Lover Has Gone - 3:34  (Einar A. Swan)
c.03   What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life - 3:50  (Michel Legrand, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman)
d.04   What Kind Of Fool Am I - 3:50  (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)
e.05   The Search - 5:10  (Carroll DeCamp)
f.06   Sweet Lorraine - 3:28  (Mitchell Parish, Cliff Burwell)
g.07   Invitation - 3:58  (Bronislau Kaper, Paul Francis Webster)
h.08   Redman - 9:41  (Carroll DeCamp, John Von Ohlen)
i.09   Yes Sir, That's My Baby - 4:53  (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn)
j.10   Basietown USA - 2:55  (Carroll DeCamp)
k.11   Days Of Wine And Roses - 3:46  (Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer)
l.12   I Concentrate On You - 4:09  (Cole Porter)
m.13   You've Changed - 4:29  (Carl Fischer, Bill Carey)
n.14   Brewersville Blues - 3:43  (Carroll DeCamp)
o.15   You're Driving Me Crazy - 3:19  (Walter Donaldson)
p.16   Chavin Alley - 2:36  (Carroll DeCamp)
q.17   Take The "A" Train - 7:11  (Billy Strayhorn)

Chuck Carter (v) on f; Mary Ann Moss (v) on l-m.


Date: 1980
Location: Lausche Recording Studio, Cincinnati, OH
Label: Waja

Warren James (ldr), Warren James (f, af, bf), Paul Plummer (bcl, ts), Al Kiger (t), Carol Hedges (p), Bud Hunt, Lou Lausche (b), Jack Ireland (d, per)

a.a-01   From Here To There - 8:50  (Warren James)
b.a-02   Gymnopedie #2 - 3:50  (Erik Satie)
c.a-03   Floating On A Dark Wind - 7:59  (Warren James)
d.b-01   Artfully - 9:32  (Jack Reilly)
e.b-02   Pensive - 4:35  (Jack Reilly)
f.b-03   If I Love Again - 6:52  (Jack Murray, Ben Oakland)
All titles on:      Waja LP 12": JRC 80864 — Floating On A Dark Wind   (1980)

Warren James (f) on a-b, d; (af) on a, d; (bf) on a, c-e; Paul Plummer (bcl) on a, c-d; (ts) on d, f; Al Kiger (t) on a, d, f; Bud Hunt (b) on a, d; Lou Lausche (b) on b; Jack Ireland (d) on a, c-d; (per) on a, c-d.

No date given - 1980 is issue date.


Date: c. late 1981
Location: QCA Recording Studios, Cincinnati, OH
Label: Mopro

The Blue Wisp Big Band (ldr), Mike Andres (ss, as), Jim Sherrick (as), Herb Aronoff, Joe Gaudio (ts), Larry Dickson (bar), Jeff Folkens, Tim Hagans, Don Johnson, Kevin Moore, Al Nori (t), Al Kiger (t, fh), Bill Gemmer, Clarence Pawn, Paul Piller (tb), Steve Schmidt (p), Lynn Seaton (b), John Von Ohlen (d)

a.a-01   Love For Sale - 3:51  (Cole Porter) / arr: Carroll DeCamp
b.a-02   Yes Sir, That's My Baby - 3:31  (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn) / arr: Carroll DeCamp
c.a-03   Tricotism - 5:40  (Oscar Pettiford) / arr: Paul Piller
d.a-04   Weep - 5:23  (Gary McFarland) / arr: Larry Dickson
e.a-05   Sparks - 3:42  (Al Kiger) / arr: Al Kiger
f.b-01   Nica's Dream - 5:04  (Horace Silver) / arr: Carroll DeCamp
g.b-02   Butterfly - 6:10  (Herbie Hancock, Bennie Maupin) / arr: Larry Dickson
h.b-03   I Won't Dance - 4:24  (Jerome Kern, Jimmy McHugh, Otto Harbach, Dorothy Fields, Oscar Hammerstein II) / arr: Al Cobine
i.b-04   Evidence - 6:42  (Thelonious Monk) / arr: Larry Dickson
All titles on:      Mopro LP 12": M 101 — Butterfly   (1982)
     Sea Breeze CD: SB-2066 — Butterfly And The Smooth One   (1995)

Tim Hagans (t) on a-c, e-i; Al Nori (t) on d.

Probably multiple sessions - details unknown.


Date: 1982
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Label: Mopro

April Aloisio (ldr), Al Kiger (fh), Jim Anderson (b), April Aloisio (v)

a.   Willow Weep For Me  (Ann Ronell)
     Mopro LP 12": M 102 — April Aloisio   

Date: 1983
Location: QCA Recording Studios, Cincinnati, OH
Label: Mopro

The Blue Wisp Big Band (ldr), Mike Andres (ss, as), Jim Sherrick (as), Herb Aronoff, Joe Gaudio (ts), Larry Dickson (bar), Tim Hagans, Don Johnson, Al Kiger, Kevin Moore, Al Nori (t), Bill Gemmer, Clarence Pawn, Paul Piller (tb), Gary Langhorst (btb), Steve Schmidt (p), Lynn Seaton (b), John Von Ohlen (d)

a.a-01   A Smo-o-o-oth One - 6:05  (Benny Goodman) / arr: Dave Zoller
     Sea Breeze CD: SB-2066 — Butterfly And The Smooth One   (1995)
b.a-02   Yours Is My Heart Alone - 2:44  (Ludwig Herzer, Fritz Lohner, Franz Lehar) / arr: Al Kiger
c.a-03   You're Driving Me Crazy - 3:18  (Walter Donaldson) / arr: Carroll DeCamp
     Sea Breeze CD: SB-2066 — Butterfly And The Smooth One   (1995)
d.a-04   Cold 'Tater Stomp - 7:25  (Alan Foust) / arr: Alan Foust
e.b-01   Blues For Helen - 3:37  (Carroll DeCamp) / arr: Carroll DeCamp
     Sea Breeze CD: SB-2066 — Butterfly And The Smooth One   (1995)
f.b-02   Speak Low - 5:36  (Kurt Weill, Ogden Nash) / arr: Carroll DeCamp
     Sea Breeze CD: SB-2066 — Butterfly And The Smooth One   (1995)
g.b-03   Moon Cycle - 4:35  (Royce Campbell) / arr: Carroll DeCamp
     Sea Breeze CD: SB-2066 — Butterfly And The Smooth One   (1995)
h.b-04   The Bull And A Big Band - 4:56  (Gordon Brisker) / arr: Gordon Brisker
     Sea Breeze CD: SB-2066 — Butterfly And The Smooth One   (1995)
All titles on:      Mopro LP 12": M 103 — The Smooth One   (1983)

Date: June 1983
Location: QCA Recording Studios, Cincinnati, OH
Label: Cobine Inc.

Al Cobine (ldr), Jim Farrelly (f, ts), Al Cobine (cl, ts), Mark Hopkins (bcl, bar), Tom Meyer (ss, as), Hunt Butler (ts), Jim Edison, Don Johnson, Larry Wiseman (t), Cecil Welch (t, fh), Al Kiger (c), Arlen Eichman, David Pavolka (tb), Pete Brockman (btb), Royce Campbell (g), Mike Lucas (p), Joe Bogue (eb), Jack Gilfoy (d), Dick Dennis (vn), Ann Chamberlin (v)

a.a-01   Riverboat Shuffle - 3:32  (Hoagy Carmichael, Mitchell Parish, Dick Voynow) / arr: Al Cobine
b.a-02   Georgia On My Mind - 4:33  (Hoagy Carmichael, Stuart Gorrell) / arr: Al Cobine
c.a-04   The Nearness Of You - 4:10  (Hoagy Carmichael, Ned Washington) / arr: Al Cobine
d.a-05   Lazy River - 4:09  (Hoagy Carmichael, Sidney Arodin) / arr: Chris Gallaher
e.b-04   Lazy Bones - 3:30  (Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer) / arr: Al Cobine
f.b-06   Star Dust - 4:18  (Hoagy Carmichael, Mitchell Parish) / arr: Al Cobine
All titles on:      Cobine Inc. LP 12": 310015X — Cobine Plays Carmichael   (1983)

Jim Farrelly (f) on d; Al Kiger (c) on a; Cecil Welch (fh) on e; Dick Dennis (vn) on f; Ann Chamberlin (v) on c.


Date: February 3 & 4, 1984
Location: Carmelo's Jazz Club, Sherman Oaks, CA
Label: Mopro

The Blue Wisp Big Band (ldr), Mike Andres (ss, as), Jim Sherrick (as), Herb Aronoff, Joe Gaudio (ts), Larry Dickson (bar), Tim Hagans, Al Kiger (t, fh), Don Johnson, Kevin Moore, Larry Wiseman (t), Bill Gemmer, Clarence Pawn, Paul Piller (tb), Gary Langhorst (btb), Steve Schmidt (p), Lynn Seaton (b), John Von Ohlen (d)

a.a-01   In The Still Of The Night - 4:27  (Cole Porter) / arr: Al Kiger
     Sea Breeze CD: SB-2077 — Rollin' With Von Ohlen/Live At Carmelo's   
b.a-02   Footprints - 7:35  (Wayne Shorter) / arr: Larry Dickson
     Sea Breeze CD: SB-2077 — Rollin' With Von Ohlen/Live At Carmelo's   
c.a-03   Subconscious-Lee - 6:00  (Lee Konitz) / arr: Larry Dickson
d.a-04   Rockin' In Rhythm - 2:28  (Duke Ellington, Harry Carney, Irving Mills) / arr: Ernie Wilkins
     Sea Breeze CD: SB-2077 — Rollin' With Von Ohlen/Live At Carmelo's   
e.b-01   Bolivia - 6:22  (Cedar Walton) / arr: Al Kiger
     Sea Breeze CD: SB-2077 — Rollin' With Von Ohlen/Live At Carmelo's   
f.b-02   Blood Count - 7:08  (Billy Strayhorn) / arr: Al Kiger
     Sea Breeze CD: SB-2077 — Rollin' With Von Ohlen/Live At Carmelo's   
g.b-03   Mr. Broadway - 7:04  (Dave Brubeck) / arr: Larry Dickson
     Sea Breeze CD: SB-2077 — Rollin' With Von Ohlen/Live At Carmelo's   
All titles on:      Mopro LP 12": M 109 — Live At Carmelo's   (1984)

Date: September 22, 1984 and January 2 & 4, 1985
Location: QCA Recording Studios, Cincinnati, OH
Label: Mopro

The Blue Wisp Big Band (ldr), Mike Andres (ss, as), Jim Sherrick (as), Herb Aronoff, Joe Gaudio (ts), Larry Dickson (bar), Tim Hagans, Don Johnson, Kevin Moore, Larry Wiseman (t), Scott Acree, Bill Gemmer, Clarence Pawn, Paul Piller (tb), Gary Langhorst (btb), Steve Schmidt (p), Michael Sharfe (b), John Von Ohlen (d)

a.a-01   Potato Blues - 4:15  (Matt Harris) / arr: Matt Harris
     Sea Breeze CD: SB-2077 — Rollin' With Von Ohlen/Live At Carmelo's   
b.a-02   Manteca - 6:39  (Dizzy Gillespie, Chano Pozo, Walter 'Gil' Fuller) / arr: Larry Dickson
     Sea Breeze CD: SB-2077 — Rollin' With Von Ohlen/Live At Carmelo's   
c.a-03   Sophisticated Lady - 4:26  (Duke Ellington, Mitchell Parish, Irving Mills) / arr: Al Kiger
     Sea Breeze CD: SB-2077 — Rollin' With Von Ohlen/Live At Carmelo's   
d.a-04   Whatever - 5:49  (Matt Harris) / arr: Matt Harris
     Sea Breeze CD: SB-2077 — Rollin' With Von Ohlen/Live At Carmelo's   
e.b-01   Rollin' With Von Ohlen - 5:38  (Tim Hagans) / arr: Tim Hagans
     Sea Breeze CD: SB-2077 — Rollin' With Von Ohlen/Live At Carmelo's   
f.b-02   'Tain't No Use - 6:16  (Al Cohn) / arr: Al Kiger
     Sea Breeze CD: SB-2077 — Rollin' With Von Ohlen/Live At Carmelo's   
g.b-03   Duncan's Dance - 7:40  (Tim Hagans) / arr: Tim Hagans
All titles on:      Mopro LP 12": M 112 — Rollin' With Von Ohlen   (1985)

Bill Gemmer (tb) on d-e; Paul Piller (tb) on a-c, f-g.


Date: February 5, 1989
Location: September Recording
Label: Timeless

Royce Campbell (ldr), Al Kiger (t), Royce Campbell (g), Claude Sifferlen (p), Frank Smith (b), John Von Ohlen (d)

a.01   I Love You - 6:25  (Cole Porter)
b.02   Nighttime Daydreams - 7:35  (Royce Campbell)
c.03   I'll Remember April - 5:47  (Don Raye, Gene DePaul, Patricia Johnston)
d.04   Autumn Bossa - 5:43  (Royce Campbell)
e.05   Wes - 7:02  (Royce Campbell)
f.06   In A Sentimental Mood - 6:43  (Duke Ellington, Manny Kurtz, Irving Mills)
g.07   Spring Bossa - 4:30  (Royce Campbell)
h.08   Beautiful Love - 6:25  (Victor Young, Haven Gillespie, Wayne King, Egbert Van Alstyne)
All titles on:      Timeless CD: CD SJP 337 — Nighttime Daydreams   (1990)

Notes: "Al [Kiger] was forced to quit playing a couple of years ago when he lost the full use of his right hand. Through much determination he relearned to play left-handed and this is his first recording as a left-handed player."


Date: 1991
Location: Hyatt Hotel, Cincinnati, OH
Label: Cadence Jazz

Paul Plummer (ldr), Paul Plummer (ts), Al Kiger (t, fh), Charles Wilson (p), Lou Lausche (b), Ron Enyard (d)

a.01   Blues Connotation - 8:04  (Ornette Coleman)
     Cadence Jazz CD: CJR 1075 — Driving Music: A Great Concert, volume 1   
b.02   Slow Dance - 7:21  (Alonzo Levister)
     Cadence Jazz CD: CJR 1075 — Driving Music: A Great Concert, volume 1   
c.03   Father - 8:06  (George Coleman)
     Cadence Jazz CD: CJR 1075 — Driving Music: A Great Concert, volume 1   
d.04   Stablemates - 8:24  (Benny Golson)
     Cadence Jazz CD: CJR 1075 — Driving Music: A Great Concert, volume 1   
e.05   Lester Left Town - 8:42  (Wayne Shorter)
     Cadence Jazz CD: CJR 1075 — Driving Music: A Great Concert, volume 1   
f.06   Yo Thang - 10:03  (Charles Wilson)
     Cadence Jazz CD: CJR 1078 — Driving Music: A Great Concert, volume 2   
g.07   Four In One - 7:35  (Thelonious Monk)
     Cadence Jazz CD: CJR 1078 — Driving Music: A Great Concert, volume 2   
h.08   Big Boss Blues - 9:44  (Lou Lausche)
     Cadence Jazz CD: CJR 1078 — Driving Music: A Great Concert, volume 2   
i.09   Soul Eyes - 9:21  (Mal Waldron)
     Cadence Jazz CD: CJR 1078 — Driving Music: A Great Concert, volume 2   

Additional selection: #10: Home At Last (9:04) - composer unknown. Issued on CJR 1078.

Date and location are incorrect on CD issue. Two solo piano performances recorded at studio.


Date: June 17, 1991
Location: Blue Wisp Jazz Club, Cincinnati, OH
Label: Timeless

Royce Campbell (ldr), Al Kiger (fh), Royce Campbell (g), Lynn Seaton (b), John Von Ohlen (d)

a.01   Middle Ground - 5:10  (Royce Campbell)
b.02   Stella By Starlight - 6:45  (Victor Young, Ned Washington)
c.03   Am I Dreaming - 5:15  (Royce Campbell)
d.04   Alone Together - 6:37  (Arthur Schwartz, Howard Dietz)
e.05   Bomp Bomp - 4:02  (Royce Campbell)
f.06   Laura - 3:10  (David Raksin, Johnny Mercer)
g.07   Gentle Breeze - 5:05  (Royce Campbell)
h.08   Out Of Nowhere - 6:26  (Johnny Green, Edward Heyman)
i.09   I'm On A Cloud - 3:54  (Royce Campbell)
j.10   I Get A Kick Out Of You - 3:45  (Cole Porter)
All titles on:      Timeless CD: CD SJP 389 — Gentle Breeze   (1992)

Recorded with no audience present.


Date: 1999
Location: Highland Heights, KY
Label: Stork Music Productions

Liz Antony (ldr), Scott Weinhols (as), Randy Vilars (ts), Larry Dickson (bar), Jerry Conrad, Gary Winters (t), Gary Langhorst, Paul Piller (tb), Bobby Fisher (g), Phil DeGreg (p), Steve Flora (b), Brian Baverman (d), Paul Patterson (vn, vl), Christina Coletta (vc), Liz Antony (v)

a.03   'Round Midnight - 6:00  (Thelonious Monk, Cootie Williams, Bernie Hanighen) / arr: Al Kiger
b.05   Lullaby Of Birdland - 6:12  (George Shearing) / arr: Al Kiger
c.07   Moonlight In Vermont - 2:58  (John Blackburn, Karl Suessdorf) / arr: Al Kiger
d.09   Puttin' On The Ritz - 2:37  (Irving Berlin) / arr: Al Kiger
All titles on:      Stork Music Productions CD: SMP 1199 — No Moon At All   

Date: September 24 & 25, 2000
Location: Lausche Recording Studios, Cincinnati, OH
Label: Sea Breeze

The Blue Wisp Big Band (ldr), Mike Andres (ss, as), Jim Sherrick (as), Herb Aronoff, Joe Gaudio (ts), Larry Dickson (bar), Jerry Conrad, Jeff Folkens, Brad Goode, Kevin Moore, Al Nori (t), Clarence Pawn, Jim Pelz, Paul Piller (tb), Gary Langhorst (btb), Sandy Schmidt (p), Michael Sharfe (b), John Von Ohlen (d)

a.01   Winding Way - 4:57  (Matt Harris) / arr: Matt Harris
b.02   Show-Type Tune - 4:20  (Bill Evans) / arr: Al Kiger
c.03   Well, You Needn't - 6:03  (Thelonious Monk) / arr: Larry Dickson
d.04   Lament - 4:27  (J. J. Johnson) / arr: Al Kiger
e.05   Tones For Joan's Bones - 6:51  (Chick Corea) / arr: Al Kiger
f.06   Funk Dumplin' - 6:30  (Johnny Coles) / arr: Larry Dickson
g.07   Waltz New - 6:58  (Jim Hall) / arr: Larry Dickson
h.08   Straight Track - 5:02  (Steve Allee) / arr: Steve Allee
i.09   Hum - 6:06  (Bob Brookmeyer) / arr: Larry Dickson
j.10   Morning - 6:26  (Clare Fischer) / arr: Larry Dickson
k.11   Forgotten Memories - 7:13  (Matt Harris) / arr: Matt Harris
l.12   Just In Time - 4:16  (Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Adolph Green) / arr: Matt Harris
All titles on:      Sea Breeze CD: SB-2114 — 20th Anniversary   (2001)

Brad Goode (t) on a-b, d-e, h-i; Kevin Moore (t) on c, f-g, j-l.


Date: ca. 2003
Location: Blue Wisp Jazz Club, Cincinnati, OH
Label: Sea Breeze

The Blue Wisp Big Band (ldr), Mike Andres (ss, as), Jim Sherrick (as), Herb Aronoff, Joe Gaudio (ts), Larry Dickson (bar), Jerry Conrad, Jeff Folkens, Kevin Moore, Al Nori (t), Bill Gwynne, Clarence Pawn, Jim Pelz, Paul Piller (tb), Gary Langhorst (btb), Steve Schmidt (p), Michael Sharfe (b), John Von Ohlen (d)

a.01   Cold 'Tater Stomp - 7:22  (Alan Foust) / arr: Alan Foust
b.02   Yours Is My Heart Alone - 2:47  (Ludwig Herzer, Fritz Lohner, Franz Lehar) / arr: Al Kiger
c.03   Mr. Broadway - 6:33  (Dave Brubeck) / arr: Larry Dickson
d.04   Where Or When - 3:46  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) / arr: Vaughn Wiester
e.05   Nica's Dream - 6:41  (Horace Silver) / arr: Carroll DeCamp
f.06   Sweet Lorraine - 3:51  (Mitchell Parish, Cliff Burwell) / arr: Carroll DeCamp
g.07   Penniless - 8:13  (Paul Piller) / arr: Paul Piller
h.08   Capricious - 5:28  (Billy Taylor) / arr: Larry Dickson
i.09   Lush Life - 5:44  (Billy Strayhorn) / arr: Larry Dickson
j.10   Sparks - 4:01  (Al Kiger) / arr: Al Kiger
k.11   Recorda Me [aka No Me Esqueça] - 5:49  (Joe Henderson) / arr: Larry Dickson
l.12   Amyable - 6:12  (Jack Wilson) / arr: Larry Dickson
All titles on:      Sea Breeze CD: SB 2124 — A Night At The Wisp   (2003)

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