Roy Brooks Leader Entry
by Michael Fitzgerald

Generated on Sat, Oct 01, 2011


Date: October 1, 1963
Location: Hitsville USA Studio, Detroit, MI
Label: Motown

Roy Brooks (ldr), Junior Cook (ts), Blue Mitchell (t), George Bohanon (tb), Hugh Lawson (p), Gene Taylor (b), Roy Brooks (d)

a. b-03    My Secret Passion - 6:51  (Duke Pearson)
     Workshop Jazz LP 12": WSJ 220 — Beat   (1964)
     Workshop Jazz LP 12": WSJS 200 — Beat   (1964)
     Fresh Sound CD: FSR CD 350 — Beat   (2004)
b. a-03    Passin' The Buck - 4:34  (Roy Brooks)
     Workshop Jazz LP 12": WSJ 220 — Beat   (1964)
     Workshop Jazz LP 12": WSJS 200 — Beat   (1964)
     Fresh Sound CD: FSR CD 350 — Beat   (2004)
c. a-01    Homestretch - 5:15  (Joe Henderson)
     Workshop Jazz LP 12": WSJ 220 — Beat   (1964)
     Workshop Jazz LP 12": WSJS 200 — Beat   (1964)
     Fresh Sound CD: FSR CD 350 — Beat   (2004)
d. b-01    Soulin' - 4:29  (Joe Henderson)
     Workshop Jazz LP 12": WSJ 220 — Beat   (1964)
     Workshop Jazz LP 12": WSJS 200 — Beat   (1964)
     Fresh Sound CD: FSR CD 350 — Beat   (2004)
e. b-02    Soulsphere - 5:05  (Alice McLeod Coltrane)
     Workshop Jazz LP 12": WSJ 220 — Beat   (1964)
     Workshop Jazz LP 12": WSJS 200 — Beat   (1964)
     Fresh Sound CD: FSR CD 350 — Beat   (2004)
f. a-02    If You Could See Me Now - 4:48  (Tadd Dameron, Carl Sigman)
     Workshop Jazz LP 12": WSJ 220 — Beat   (1964)
     Workshop Jazz LP 12": WSJS 200 — Beat   (1964)
     Fresh Sound CD: FSR CD 350 — Beat   (2004)
g.     Blue Farouq  (Richard 'Blue' Mitchell)

Information courtesy of Motown Records Archives.


Date: April 26, 1970
Location: Left Bank Jazz Society, Baltimore, MD
Label: [private recording]

Roy Brooks (ldr), George Coleman (ts), Woody Shaw (t), Hugh Lawson (p), Cecil McBee (b), Roy Brooks (d)

a. a-01    The Free Slave - 12:18  (Roy Brooks)
b. a-02    Understanding - 10:57  (Roy Brooks)
c. b-01    Wilpan's [aka Wilpan's Walk] - 9:07  (Cecil McBee)
d. b-02    Five For Max - 13:40  (Roy Brooks)
All titles on:      Muse LP 12": MR 5003 — The Free Slave   (1972)
     32 Jazz CD: 32070 — The Free Slave   (1998)

Wilpan's listed as "Will Pan's Walk".


Date: July 7, 1973
Location: Columbia University, New York City
Label: [radio broadcast]

Roy Brooks (ldr), Sonny Fortune (f, as), John Stubblefield (ss, ts), Charles Sullivan [aka Kamau Adilifu] (t), Kenny Barron (p), Reggie Workman (b), Roy Brooks (d, saw), Lawrence Williams (per)

a. 02    Dreams - 16:29  (Kenny Barron)

Group known as The Artistic Truth.

Additional unknown titles: #1 (38:51); #3 (25:34); #4 (11:18).


Date: November 22, 1973
Location: Smalls' Paradise, New York City
Label: [private recording]

Roy Brooks (ldr), Sonny Fortune (f, as), John Stubblefield (f, bcl, ts), Hamiet Bluiett (cl, bar), Cecil Bridgewater (t, fh), Olu Dara (t, ah), Joe Bonner (p), Hilton Ruiz (ep), Reggie Workman (b), Roy Brooks (d, per), Richard 'Pablo' Landrum, Lawrence Williams (per), Eddie Jefferson (v)

a.     M'jumbe  (Roy Brooks)
b.     The Last Prophet  (Roy Brooks)
c.     The Smart Set - 6:47  (Roy Brooks) / arr: John Stubblefield
d.     Eboness - 5:30  (Roy Brooks) / arr: John Stubblefield
All titles on:      Im-Hotep LP 12": CS 030 — Ethnic Expressions   

Eddie Jefferson (v) on c-d.

Group known as The Artistic Truth.

Personnel details need confirmation. One additional selection featuring recitation by 'Black Rose' - further details needed.


Date: May 26, 1974
Location: Town Hall, New York City
Label: Baystate

Roy Brooks (ldr), Sonny Fortune (as), Sylvester 'Sonny Red' Kyner (ts), Marcus Belgrave (t), Mickey Tucker (p), Reggie Workman (b), Roy Brooks (d, per, saw), Eddie Jefferson (v)

a. a-01    The Last Prophet - 17:16  (Roy Brooks)
b. a-02    So What - 3:14  (Miles Davis)
c. b-01    Blues For The Carpenter's Saw - 12:33  (Roy Brooks)
d. b-02    Moody's Mood - 4:12  (James Moody, Eddie Jefferson)
e. b-03    Epistrophy - 2:49  (Thelonious Monk, Kenny Clarke)
All titles on:      Baystate LP 12": RVJ 6028 — Live At Town Hall   

Roy Brooks (saw) on c; Eddie Jefferson (v) on b, d.

Group known as The Artistic Truth.

a. listed as "The Last Profet"

Roy Haynes was master of ceremonies.


Date: April 12, 1979
Location: Victor Studio, Tokyo, Japan
Label: Baystate

Roy Brooks (ldr), Hidehiko 'Sleepy' Matsumoto (ts), Roy Brooks (mar, d), Mickey Tucker (p), Takashi 'Gon' Mizuhashi (b)

a. a-01    Birdlike  (Freddie Hubbard)
b. a-02    Old Folks  (Willard Robison, Dedette Hill)
c. b-01    The Smart Set  (Roy Brooks)
d. b-02    Pisces Brothers  (Roy Brooks)
All titles on:      Baystate LP 12": RDC 15 — The Smart Set   

Date: September 5, 1982
Location: Montreux/Detroit International Jazz Festival - Pyramid Stage, Hart Plaza, Detroit, MI
Label: Montreux/Detroit Records

Roy Brooks (ldr), Vincent Bowens, Phil Lasley (ts), Rayse Biggs (t), Teddy Harris, Jr. (p), Rod Hicks (b), Roy Brooks (d), Sudiata Keita (per)

a.     Monk's Mood - 7:00  (Thelonious Monk) / arr: Teddy Harris, Jr.
b.     Dr. Silver - 7:03  (Roy Brooks)
Both titles on:      Montreux/Detroit Records LP 12": MDR 841 — Montreux/Detroit Collection, vol. 1: Late Model Bop   (1984)

Group known as The Artistic Truth.


Date: August 26, 1983
Location: Detroit, MI
Label: [private recording]

Roy Brooks (ldr), Woody Shaw (t), Roy Brooks (d, per, saw)

a.     Elegy For Eddie Jefferson - 12:06  (Woody Shaw, Roy Brooks)
b.     Jeffuso - 2:27  (Woody Shaw, Roy Brooks)
Both titles on:      Enja CD: ENJ 7067-2 — Duet In Detroit   (1993)

Date: May 25, 1984
Location: Detroit, MI
Label: [private recording]

Roy Brooks (ldr), Randy Weston (p), Roy Brooks (d, per, saw)

a.     Zulu - 8:04  (Randy Weston)
b.     Waltz For Sweetcakes - 6:20  (Randy Weston)
Both titles on:      Enja CD: ENJ 7067-2 — Duet In Detroit   (1993)

A spoken introduction (0:56) precedes the first selection.


Date: July 2, 1987
Location: Detroit, MI
Label: [private recording]

Roy Brooks (ldr), Don Pullen (p), Roy Brooks (d, per, saw)

a.     Forever Mingus - 11:34  (Roy Brooks)
b.     Healing Force - 14:52  (Don Pullen)
Both titles on:      Enja CD: ENJ 7067-2 — Duet In Detroit   (1993)

A spoken introduction (0:37) precedes the first selection.


Date: February 25, 1989
Location: Detroit, MI
Label: [private recording]

Roy Brooks (ldr), Geri Allen (p), Roy Brooks (d, per, saw)

a.     Samba Del Sol - 4:27  (Roy Brooks)
b.     Duet In Detroit - 7:33  (Geri Allen, Roy Brooks)
Both titles on:      Enja CD: ENJ 7067-2 — Duet In Detroit   (1993)