Herbie Harper Leader Entry
by Michael Fitzgerald

Generated on Sun, Oct 02, 2011


Date: February 17, 1954
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Label: Nocturne

Herbie Harper (ldr), Bob Gordon (bar), Herbie Harper (tb), Jimmy Rowles (p), Harry Babasin (b), Roy Harte (d)

a. a-01    Jeepers Deepers - 5:09  (Bill McDougall)
     Nocturne EP 7": NXP 1 — Herbie Harper Quintet   (1954)
     Fresh Sound CD: FSR CD 180 — Bob Gordon Memorial   (1991)
     LoneHill Jazz CD: LHJ 10126 — Complete Recordings   (2004)
b. a-02    Dinah - 2:52  (Harry Akst, Sam M. Lewis, Joe Young)
     Nocturne EP 7": NXP 1 — Herbie Harper Quintet   (1954)
c. a-03    Five Brothers - 2:11  (Gerry Mulligan)
     Nocturne EP 7": NXP 1 — Herbie Harper Quintet   (1954)
     Fresh Sound CD: FSR CD 180 — Bob Gordon Memorial   (1991)
     LoneHill Jazz CD: LHJ 10126 — Complete Recordings   (2004)
d. b-01    Herbstone - 2:56  (Herbie Harper)
     Nocturne EP 7": NXP 2 — Herbie Harper Quintet   (1954)
     Fresh Sound CD: FSR CD 180 — Bob Gordon Memorial   (1991)
     LoneHill Jazz CD: LHJ 10126 — Complete Recordings   (2004)
e. b-02    Summertime - 2:59  (George Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
     Nocturne EP 7": NXP 2 — Herbie Harper Quintet   (1954)
     Fresh Sound CD: FSR CD 180 — Bob Gordon Memorial   (1991)
     LoneHill Jazz CD: LHJ 10126 — Complete Recordings   (2004)
f. b-03    Jive At Five - 4:15  (Harry Edison, Count Basie)
     Nocturne EP 7": NXP 2 — Herbie Harper Quintet   (1954)
     Liberty LP 12": LJH 6001 — Jazz In Hollywood   (1955)
     Fresh Sound CD: FSR CD 180 — Bob Gordon Memorial   (1991)
     LoneHill Jazz CD: LHJ 10126 — Complete Recordings   (2004)
All titles on:      Nocturne LP 10": NLP 1 — Herbie Harper Quintet   (1954)
     Toshiba-EMI LP 10": TOJJ 6037 — Herbie Harper Quintet   
     Liberty LP 12": LJH 6003 — Herbie Harper   (1957)
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD 1887-2 — Jazz In Hollywood   (1997)
     Fresh Sound CD: NR3CD 101 — The Complete Nocturne Recordings, Volume One   (1998)

Bob Gordon (bar) on a, c-f.

Engineer: Stan Ross

Although originally issued as "Jeepers Leapers", BMI shows title as "Jeepers Deepers".


Date: Summer 1954
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Label: Nocturne

Herbie Harper (ldr), Herbie Harper (tb), Al Hendrickson (g), Harry Babasin (b), Roy Harte (d)

a. a-01    Patty - 2:29  (John Graas, Al Hendrickson) / arr: John Graas, Al Hendrickson
b. a-03    Julie Is Her Name - 2:50  (Bobby Troup)
c. b-02    6/4 Mambo - 2:54  (John Graas) / arr: John Graas
d. b-03    Bananera - 3:26  (Nelson Riddle) / arr: John Graas
e. b-04    Indian Summer - 2:24  (Victor Herbert, Al Dubin)
All titles on:      Nocturne LP 10": NLP 7 — Herbie Harper   (1954)
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD 1887-2 — Jazz In Hollywood   (1997)
     Fresh Sound CD: NR3CD 101 — The Complete Nocturne Recordings, Volume One   (1998)

Engineer: John Neal


Date: Summer 1954
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Label: Nocturne

Herbie Harper (ldr), Bud Shank (ts, bar), Herbie Harper (tb), Marty Paich (p), Harry Babasin (b), Roy Harte (d)

a. a-02    The New York City Ghost - 3:37  (Victor Young, Peggy Lee) / arr: Marty Paich
     Nocturne LP 10": NLP 7 — Herbie Harper   (1954)
b. a-04    Sanguine - 3:11  (Marty Paich) / arr: Marty Paich
     Nocturne LP 10": NLP 7 — Herbie Harper   (1954)
     Liberty LP 12": LJH 6001 — Jazz In Hollywood   (1955)
c. b-01    Now Playing - 3:11  (Neal Hefti) / arr: Marty Paich
     Nocturne LP 10": NLP 7 — Herbie Harper   (1954)
d.     The Happy Clown - 3:38  (Marty Paich) / arr: Marty Paich
All titles on:      Liberty LP 12": LJH 6003 — Herbie Harper   (1957)
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD 1887-2 — Jazz In Hollywood   (1997)
     Fresh Sound CD: NR3CD 101 — The Complete Nocturne Recordings, Volume One   (1998)

Bud Shank (ts) on c-d; (bar) on a-b.

Engineer: John Neal


Date: January 25, 1955
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Label: Bethlehem

Herbie Harper (ldr), Jimmy Giuffre (cl, ts, bar), Charlie Mariano (as), Herbie Harper (tb), Paul Sarmento (tu), Jimmy Rowles (p), Harry Babasin (b), Irv Cottler (d), Corky Hale (hrp)

a. a-01    Anything Goes  (Cole Porter)
b. a-02    I'm Old Fashioned  (Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer)
c. a-03    My Romance  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
d. a-04    Topsy  (Eddie Durham)
e. b-01    How Deep Is The Ocean  (Irving Berlin)
f. b-02    Now You Know  (Bobby Troup)
g. b-03    Angus  (John Graas)
All titles on:      Bethlehem LP 10": BCP 1025 — Herbie Harper   

Label gives "My Romance" but sleeve gives "I'll Take Romance" - confirmation needed.


Date: June 15, 1955
Location: Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA
Label: Tampa

Herbie Harper (ldr), Bob Enevoldsen (ts), Herbie Harper (tb), Don Overberg (g), Red Mitchell (b), Frankie Capp (d)

a. a-01    King Porter Stomp - 3:04  (Ferdinand 'Jelly Roll' Morton)
     Tampa LP 12": 25 — Five Brothers   
b. a-02    Alone Together - 2:53  (Arthur Schwartz, Howard Dietz)
     Tampa LP 12": 25 — Five Brothers   
c. a-03    Skull Cap - 2:44  (Frankie Capp)
     Tampa LP 12": 25 — Five Brothers   
d. a-04    Pick Yourself Up - 3:08  (Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields)
     Tampa LP 12": 25 — Five Brothers   
e. a-05    Jim's Tune - 3:23  (Jimmy Williams)
     Tampa LP 12": 25 — Five Brothers   
f. b-01    Don't Buck It - 3:29  (Keith 'Red' Mitchell)
     Tampa LP 12": 25 — Five Brothers   
g.    alt Juan Don - 2:51  (Don Overberg)
h. b-02    Juan Don - 2:55  (Don Overberg)
     Tampa LP 12": 25 — Five Brothers   
i. b-03    AdiĆ³s - 4:03  (Enric Madriguera, Eddie Woods)
     Tampa LP 12": 25 — Five Brothers   
j.    alt Godchild - 3:16  (George Wallington)
k. b-04    Godchild - 3:14  (George Wallington)
     Tampa LP 12": 25 — Five Brothers   
l.    alt Stars Fell On Alabama - 1:59  (Mitchell Parish, Frank Perkins)
m. b-05    Stars Fell On Alabama - 2:03  (Mitchell Parish, Frank Perkins)
     Tampa LP 12": 25 — Five Brothers   
All titles on:      V.S.O.P. CD: 9 — Five Brothers   

CD issue lists alternative take of "Juan Don" as "Don's Tune".


Date: June 1957
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Label: Mode

Herbie Harper (ldr), Jay Corre (ts), Herbie Harper (tb), Howard Roberts (g), Marty Paich (p), Red Mitchell (b), Frankie Capp, Mel Lewis (d)

a. a-01    Jay's Tune - 4:57  (Jay Corre)
b. a-02    Little Orphan Annie - 3:38  (Gus Kahn, Joe Sanders)
c. a-03    Chloe - 6:53  (Charles N. Daniels [aka Neil Moret], Gus Kahn)
d. b-01    Let's Fall In Love - 3:46  (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler)
e. b-02    Skylark - 2:29  (Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer)
f. b-03    Long Ago And Far Away - 4:10  (Jerome Kern, Ira Gershwin)
g. b-04    That's For Sure - 4:46  (Frankie Capp)
All titles on:      V.S.O.P. LP 12": 49 — Herbie Harper Sextet   (1987)
     Mode LP 12": MOD LP 100 — Herbie Harper Sextet   
     V.S.O.P. CD: 49 — Herbie Harper Sextet   (1997)

Frankie Capp (d) on a-c; Mel Lewis (d) on d-g.


Date: May 6 & 7, 1981
Location: Larrabee Sound, Hollywood, CA
Label: Sea Breeze

Herbie Harper (ldr), Herbie Harper (tb), Jim Nichols (g), Bob Badgley (b), Chuck Piscitello (d)

a. a-01    Shadow Waltz  (Harry Warren, Al Dubin)
b. a-02    In A Sentimental Mood  (Duke Ellington, Manny Kurtz, Irving Mills)
c. a-03    Keepin' Out Of Mischief Now  (Thomas 'Fats' Waller, Andy Razaf)
d. b-01    My Inspiration  (Bob Haggart, Hilton 'Nappy' Lamare)
e. b-02    Little Girl Blue  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
f. b-03    All The Things You Are  (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II)
g. b-04    Summertime  (George Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
All titles on:      Sea Breeze LP 12": SBD 101 — Herbie Harper Revisited   (1982)

Date: September 14, 15, 17, 1989
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
Label: V.S.O.P.

Herbie Harper, Bill Perkins (ldr), Bill Perkins (f, ts, bar), Herbie Harper (tb), Larry Koonse (g), Jennifer Leitham (b), Larance Marable (d)

a. 01    Zigeuner - 3:50  (Noel Coward)
b. 02    The Touch Of Your Lips - 3:50  (Ray Noble)
c. 03    The Wind - 4:10  (Russ Freeman, Jerry Gladstone)
d. 04    Mitch - 5:27  (Tom Garvin)
e. 05    Zingaro [aka Portrait In Black And White] - 4:06  (Antonio Carlos Jobim)
f. 06    Pieces Of Dreams - 5:02  (Michel Legrand, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman)
g. 07    Remember - 5:24  (Irving Berlin)
h. 08    I Thought About You - 7:15  (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Mercer)
i. 09    Fred - 6:15  (Fred Astaire, Neal Hefti)
j. 10    Dirty Man - 5:55  (Bob Brookmeyer)
All titles on:      V.S.O.P. CD: CD 80 — Two Brothers   

Jennifer Leitham known as John Leitham prior to 2001.