Charles McPherson Leader Entry
by Michael Fitzgerald

Generated on Sun, Oct 02, 2011


Date: November 20, 1964
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Label: Prestige

Charles McPherson (ldr), Charles McPherson (as), Carmell Jones (t), Barry Harris (p), Nelson Boyd (b), Albert 'Tootie' Heath (d)

a. a-01    Hot House - 7:43  (Tadd Dameron)
     Prestige LP 12": PR 7359 — Bebop Revisited!   
b. a-02    Nostalgia - 5:24  (Theodore 'Fats' Navarro)
     Prestige LP 12": PR 7359 — Bebop Revisited!   
c. a-03    Passport [tune Y] - 6:55  (Charlie Parker)
     Prestige LP 12": PR 7359 — Bebop Revisited!   
d. b-01    Wail - 6:04  (Bud Powell)
     Prestige LP 12": PR 7359 — Bebop Revisited!   
e. b-02    Embraceable You - 7:39  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
     Prestige LP 12": PR 7359 — Bebop Revisited!   
f. b-03    Si Si - 5:50  (Charlie Parker)
     Prestige LP 12": PR 7359 — Bebop Revisited!   
g.     If I Loved You - 6:17  (Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II)
All titles on:      Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD 710-2 — Bebop Revisited!   (1992)

Carmell Jones (t) on a-d, f-g.

Passport listed as "Variations On A Blues By Bird". This is the rarer of the two Parker compositions titled "Passport".


Date: August 6, 1965
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Label: Prestige

Charles McPherson (ldr), Charles McPherson (as), Clifford Jordan (ts), Barry Harris (p), George Tucker (b), Alan Dawson (d)

a. a-01    Eronel - 7:03  (Thelonious Monk, Sadik Hakim, Sahib Shihab)
b. a-02    In A Sentimental Mood - 7:57  (Duke Ellington, Manny Kurtz, Irving Mills)
c. a-03    Chasin' The Bird - 7:08  (Charlie Parker)
d. b-01    Con Alma - 5:28  (Dizzy Gillespie)
e. b-02    I Don't Know - 8:16  (Charles McPherson)
f. b-03    Dexter Rides Again - 8:08  (Dexter Gordon, Bud Powell)
All titles on:      Prestige LP 12": PR 7427 — Con Alma!   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-1875-2 — Con Alma!   (1995)

Date: October 13, 1966
Location: Five Spot, New York City
Label: Prestige

Charles McPherson (ldr), Charles McPherson (as), Lonnie Hillyer (t), Barry Harris (p), Ray McKinney (b), Billy Higgins (d)

a.     Cheryl  (Charlie Parker)
b.     Here's That Rainy Day - 6:35  (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke)
     Prestige LP 12": PR 7480 — Live!   (1972)
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD 1804-2 — Live!   (1992)
     Prestige CD: PRCD 24135-2 — Live At The Five Spot   (1994)
c.     I Believe In You - 8:13  (Frank Loesser)
     Prestige CD: PRCD 24135-2 — Live At The Five Spot   (1994)
d.    alt Suddenly  (Charles McPherson)
e.     Shaw 'Nuff - 10:24  (Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker)
     Prestige LP 12": PR 7480 — Live!   (1972)
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD 1804-2 — Live!   (1992)
     Prestige CD: PRCD 24135-2 — Live At The Five Spot   (1994)
f.     Never Let Me Go - 11:35  (Ray Evans, Jay Livingston)
     Prestige LP 12": PR 7480 — Live!   (1972)
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD 1804-2 — Live!   (1992)
     Prestige CD: PRCD 24135-2 — Live At The Five Spot   (1994)
g.     I Concentrate On You  (Cole Porter)
h.     Equinox  (John Coltrane)
i.     The Viper - 4:22  (Charles McPherson)
     Prestige LP 12": PR 7480 — Live!   (1972)
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD 1804-2 — Live!   (1992)
     Prestige CD: PRCD 24135-2 — Live At The Five Spot   (1994)
j.     Blues For Alice  (Charlie Parker)
k.     I Can't Get Started - 9:10  (Vernon Duke, Ira Gershwin)
     Prestige LP 12": PR 7480 — Live!   (1972)
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD 1804-2 — Live!   (1992)
     Prestige CD: PRCD 24135-2 — Live At The Five Spot   (1994)
l.     Epistrophy - 7:28  (Thelonious Monk, Kenny Clarke)
     Prestige CD: PRCD 24135-2 — Live At The Five Spot   (1994)
m.     Cheryl  (Charlie Parker)
n.     Suddenly - 6:50  (Charles McPherson)
     Prestige LP 12": PR 7480 — Live!   (1972)
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD 1804-2 — Live!   (1992)
     Prestige CD: PRCD 24135-2 — Live At The Five Spot   (1994)
o.    alt The Viper  (Charles McPherson)
p.     You're My Thrill  (Sidney Clare, Jay Gorney)
q.     Lover  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
r.     Luminescence - 10:41  (Barry Harris)
     Prestige CD: PRCD 24135-2 — Live At The Five Spot   (1994)

One additional unissued selection "On The Moon" - composer unknown.


Date: January 31, 1968
Location: Impact Studios, New York City
Label: Prestige

Charles McPherson (ldr), Charles McPherson (as), Pat Martino (g), Cedar Walton (p), Peck Morrison (b), Lenny McBrowne (d)

a. a-01    Little Sugar Baby - 4:14  (Charles McPherson)
b. a-02    Once In A Lifetime - 5:11  (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)
c. a-03    The Good Life [aka Marina] - 6:40  (Sacha Distel, Jack Reardon)
d. a-04    Like The Way You Shake That Thing - 3:18  (Charles McPherson)
e. b-01    From This Moment On - 3:32  (Cole Porter)
f. b-02    Without You [aka Tres Palabras] - 7:10  (Osvaldo Farrés)
g. b-03    You've Changed - 6:18  (Carl Fischer, Bill Carey)
All titles on:      Prestige LP 12": PR 7559 — From This Moment On!   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD 1899-2 — From This Moment On!   (1997)

Date: August 27, 1968
Location: Impact Studios, New York City
Label: Prestige

Charles McPherson (ldr), Charles McPherson (as), Abe Woodley (vib), Pat Martino (g), Cedar Walton (p), Walter Booker (b), Billy Higgins (d)

a. a-01    Horizons - 5:47  (Charles McPherson)
b. a-02    Lush Life - 8:04  (Billy Strayhorn)
c. a-03    Ain't That Somethin' - 5:18  (Charles McPherson)
d. b-01    Night Eyes - 5:14  (Charles McPherson)
e. b-02    I Should Care - 6:38  (Axel Stordahl, Paul Weston, Sammy Cahn)
f. b-03    She Loves Me - 7:16  (Charles McPherson)
All titles on:      Prestige LP 12": PR 7603 — Horizons   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD 1912-2 — Horizons   (1998)

Date: December 23, 1969
Location: RCA Studios, New York City
Label: Prestige

Charles McPherson (ldr), Charles McPherson (as), Barry Harris (p), Buster Williams (b), Roy Brooks (d)

a. a-01    Explorations - 5:22  (Charles McPherson)
b. a-02    McPherson's Mood - 8:12  (Charles McPherson)
c. a-03    Opalescence - 5:37  (Charles McPherson)
d. b-01    My Cherie Amour - 8:23  (Stevie Wonder, Henry Cosby, Sylvia Rose Moy)
e. b-02    Mish-Mash-Bash - 6:58  (Charles McPherson)
f. b-03    I Get A Kick Out Of You - 6:47  (Cole Porter)
All titles on:      Prestige LP 12": PR 7743 — McPherson's Mood   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD 1947-2 — McPherson's Mood   (2001)

Date: June 16 & 17, 1971
Location: Mercury Recording Studios, New York City
Label: Mainstream

Charles McPherson (ldr), Charles McPherson (as), Lonnie Hillyer (t), Gene Bertoncini, Carl Lynch (g), Nico Bunink, Barry Harris (p), Ron Carter (b), Leroy Williams (d)

a. a-01    What's Going On - 3:26  (Marvin Gaye, Renaldo Benson, Al Cleveland)
b. a-02    Serenity - 7:25  (Charles McPherson)
c. a-03    My Funny Valentine - 7:37  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
     Mainstream CD: MDCD 713 — Siku Ya Bibi (Day Of The Lady)   (1991)
d. b-01    Another Kind Of Blues - 7:03  (Charles McPherson)
e. b-02    While We're Young - 6:33  (Alec Wilder, William Engvick, Morty Palitz)
f. b-03    Bird Feathers - 5:10  (Charlie Parker)
All titles on:      Mainstream LP 12": MRL 329 — Charles McPherson   

Studio needs confirmation.


Date: ca. 1972
Location: New York City
Label: Mainstream

Charles McPherson (ldr), Charles McPherson (as), Ted Dunbar (g), Barry Harris (p), Sam Jones (b), Leroy Williams (d), Selwart Clarke, Max Ellen, Emanuel Green, Joe Malin, David Nadien, Gene Orloff (vn), Julien Barber, Alfred Brown (vl), Kermit Moore, Alan Shulman (vc), Ernie Wilkins (con)

a. a-01    Don't Explain - 4:22  (Arthur Herzog, Billie Holiday) / arr: Ernie Wilkins
b. a-03    God Bless The Child - 4:24  (Arthur Herzog, Billie Holiday) / arr: Ernie Wilkins
c. b-01    Good Morning Heartache - 4:24  (Ervin Drake, Dan Fisher, Irene Higginbotham) / arr: Ernie Wilkins
d. b-03    I'm A Fool To Want You - 4:37  (J. S. Herron, Frank Sinatra, Jack Wolf) / arr: Ernie Wilkins
All titles on:      Mainstream LP 12": MRL 365 — Siku Ya Bibi (Day Of The Lady)   (1972)
     Mainstream CD: MDCD 713 — Siku Ya Bibi (Day Of The Lady)   (1991)

No date given. Album issued in 1972. Engineer Carmine Rubino.


Date: ca. 1972
Location: New York City
Label: Mainstream

Charles McPherson (ldr), Charles McPherson (as), Barry Harris (p), Sam Jones (b), Leroy Williams (d)

a. a-02    Lover Man - 4:52  (Roger 'Ram' Ramirez, Jimmy Davis, Jimmy Sherman)
b. a-04    Miss Brown To You - 4:38  (Leo Robin, Ralph Rainger, Richard Whiting)
c. b-02    For Heaven's Sake - 4:57  (Elise Bretton, Sherwin Edwards, Don Meyer)
d. b-04    Lover, Come Back To Me - 6:56  (Sigmund Romberg, Oscar Hammerstein II)
All titles on:      Mainstream LP 12": MRL 365 — Siku Ya Bibi (Day Of The Lady)   (1972)
     Mainstream CD: MDCD 713 — Siku Ya Bibi (Day Of The Lady)   (1991)

LP issue gives no recording date - 1972 is issue date.


Date: 1973
Location: New York City
Label: Mainstream

Charles McPherson (ldr), Frank Wess (f, ts), Chris Woods (f, bar), Charles McPherson (as), Cecil Bridgewater, Richard Williams (t, fh), Julius Watkins (frh), Garnett Brown (tb), Barry Harris (p), Larry Evans (b), Billy Higgins (d), Ernie Wilkins (con)

a. a-01    Charisma - 5:07  (Charles McPherson) / arr: Ernie Wilkins
b. a-02    Invitation - 3:15  (Bronislau Kaper, Paul Francis Webster) / arr: Ernie Wilkins
c. a-03    Naima - 6:20  (John Coltrane) / arr: Ernie Wilkins
All titles on:      Mainstream LP 12": MRL 395 — Today's Man   (1973)

LP issue gives no recording date - 1973 is issue date.


Date: 1973
Location: New York City
Label: Mainstream

Charles McPherson (ldr), Charles McPherson (as), Barry Harris (p), Larry Evans (b), Billy Higgins (d)

a. b-01    Bell Bottoms - 4:43  (Charles McPherson)
b. b-02    Stranger In Paradise - 5:53  (George 'Chet' Forrest, Robert Craig Wright, Alexander Borodin)
c. b-03    Cheryl - 6:17  (Charlie Parker)
All titles on:      Mainstream LP 12": MRL 395 — Today's Man   (1973)

LP issue gives no recording date - 1973 is issue date.


Date: ca. 1974
Label: Mainstream

Dave Hubbard, Charles McPherson (ldr), Charles McPherson (as), Dave Hubbard (ts), Virgil Jones (t), Curtis Fuller (tb), Ted Dunbar, Roland Prince (g), Harold Mabern, Jr. (ep), Ron Carter (b), Mickey Roker (d), Omar Clay, Andrei Strobert (per)

a. a-02    Family Affair - 2:34  (Sylvester Stewart)
b. a-03    Respect Yourself - 3:00  (Luther Ingram, Mack Rice)
Both titles on:      Mainstream LP 12": MRL 413 — Booty   (1974)

Charles McPherson (ldr) on b.


Date: August 12, 1975
Location: New York City
Label: Xanadu

Charles McPherson (ldr), Charles McPherson (as), Duke Jordan (p), Sam Jones (b), Leroy Williams (d)

a.     They Say It's Wonderful  (Irving Berlin)
     Xanadu LP 12": 115 — Beautiful!   (1975)
b.     But Beautiful  (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke)
     Xanadu LP 12": 115 — Beautiful!   (1975)
c.     It Could Happen To You  (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke)
     Xanadu LP 12": 115 — Beautiful!   (1975)
d.     Lover  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
     Xanadu LP 12": 115 — Beautiful!   (1975)
e.     This Can't Be Love  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
     Xanadu LP 12": 115 — Beautiful!   (1975)
f.     Body And Soul  (Johnny Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton)
     Xanadu LP 12": 115 — Beautiful!   (1975)
g.     It Had To Be You  (Isham Jones, Gus Kahn)
     Xanadu LP 12": 115 — Beautiful!   (1975)
h.     All God's Children Got Rhythm - 8:59  (Bronislau Kaper, Walter Jurmann, Gus Kahn)
     Xanadu LP 12": 171 — The Piano Players   (1980)
All titles on:      Xanadu CD: XCD 1230 — Beautiful!   (1995)

Charles McPherson (as) on a-g.


Date: April 14, 1976
Location: Sun Plaza Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Label: Xanadu

Barry Harris, Charles McPherson, Jimmy Raney (ldr), Charles McPherson (as), Jimmy Raney (g), Barry Harris (p), Sam Jones (b), Leroy Williams (d)

a.     Tea For Two - 4:45  (Vincent Youmans, Irving Caesar)
     Xanadu LP 12": 130 — Live In Tokyo   (1976)
     Xanadu LP 12": 5001 — Four Decades Of Jazz: A Musical History Of Xanadu   (1978)
b.     Dance Of The Infidels - 5:43  (Bud Powell)
     Xanadu LP 12": 130 — Live In Tokyo   (1976)
c.     I'll Remember April - 8:39  (Don Raye, Gene DePaul, Patricia Johnston)
     Xanadu LP 12": 130 — Live In Tokyo   (1976)
d.     Fukai Aijo (Deep Love) - 4:09  (Barry Harris)
     Xanadu LP 12": 130 — Live In Tokyo   (1976)
e.     Un Poco Loco - 6:14  (Bud Powell)
     Xanadu LP 12": 130 — Live In Tokyo   (1976)
f.     Anthropology - 3:58  (Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie)
     Xanadu LP 12": 132 — Live In Tokyo   (1978)
g.     Autumn Leaves [aka Les Feuilles Mortes] - 4:05  (Joseph Kosma, Jacques Prevert, Johnny Mercer)
     Xanadu LP 12": 132 — Live In Tokyo   (1978)
h.     Cherokee - 4:49  (Ray Noble)
     Xanadu LP 12": 132 — Live In Tokyo   (1978)
i.     Tokyo Blue - 7:14  (collective improvisation)
     Xanadu LP 12": 131 — Live In Tokyo   (1979)
j.     East Of The Sun - 5:32  (Brooks Bowman)
     Xanadu LP 12": 131 — Live In Tokyo   (1979)
k.     Desafinado [aka Slightly Out Of Tune] - 8:32  (Antonio Carlos Jobim, Newton Mendonça, Jon Hendricks)
     Xanadu LP 12": 131 — Live In Tokyo   (1979)
l.     Orient Express - 9:13
     Xanadu LP 12": 131 — Live In Tokyo   (1979)
m.     These Foolish Things - 6:18  (Harry Link, Holt Marvell, Jack Strachey)
     Xanadu LP 12": 131 — Live In Tokyo   (1979)
n.     Bouncing With Bud - 6:34  (Bud Powell)
     Xanadu LP 12": 131 — Live In Tokyo   (1979)
o.     Groovin' High - 7:46  (Dizzy Gillespie)
     Xanadu LP 12": 177 — Tokyo: 1976   (1980)
p.     Blue 'n' Boogie - 7:52  (Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Paparelli)
     Xanadu LP 12": 177 — Tokyo: 1976   (1980)

Barry Harris (ldr) on a-e, o-p; (p) on a-e, i-p; Charles McPherson (ldr) on i-n; (as) on i-p; Jimmy Raney (ldr) on f-h; (g) on f-h, o-p; Sam Jones (b) on a-c, e-p; Leroy Williams (d) on a-c, e-p.

Spoken comments in Japanese by Harris (1:15) precede d.

Tokyo Blue is a themeless blues.


Date: September 12, 1976
Location: Pepijn, Den Haag, Netherlands
Label: [private recording]

Barry Harris, Charles McPherson (ldr), Charles McPherson (as), Lonnie Hillyer (t), Barry Harris (p), Hal Dodson (b), Leroy Williams (d)

a. 01    Groovin' High  (Dizzy Gillespie)
b. 02    East Of The Sun  (Brooks Bowman)
c. 03    Wee [aka Allen's Alley]  (Denzil Best)
d. 04    I Should Care  (Axel Stordahl, Paul Weston, Sammy Cahn)
e. 06    Ornithology  (Charlie Parker, Bennie Harris)
f. 07    A Night In Tunisia  (Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Paparelli)
g. 08    Chi Chi  (Charlie Parker)
h. 09    All God's Children Got Rhythm  (Bronislau Kaper, Walter Jurmann, Gus Kahn)
i. 10    My Heart Stood Still  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
j. 11    With A Grain Of Salt  (Barry Harris)

Barry Harris (ldr) on j; (p) on j; Charles McPherson (ldr) on j; (as) on j; Lonnie Hillyer (t) on j; Hal Dodson (b) on j; Leroy Williams (d) on j.


Date: September 16, 1976
Location: De Blauwe Kei, Veghel, Netherlands
Label: [radio broadcast]

Barry Harris, Charles McPherson (ldr), Charles McPherson (as), Lonnie Hillyer (t), Barry Harris (p), Hal Dodson (b), Leroy Williams (d)

a. 01    Passport [tune Z] - 15:20  (Charlie Parker)
b. 02    Easy To Love - 12:10  (Cole Porter)
c. 03    I Should Care - 9:30  (Axel Stordahl, Paul Weston, Sammy Cahn)
d. 04    Luminescence - 12:00  (Barry Harris)

Confirmation needed that it is the more common of Parker's "Passport" tunes which is performed.


Date: September 20, 1976
Location: Jazzclub Ostertor, Bremen, Germany
Label: [private recording]

Barry Harris, Charles McPherson (ldr), Charles McPherson (as), Lonnie Hillyer (t), Barry Harris (p), Hal Dodson (b), Leroy Williams (d)

a. 01    An Oscar For Treadwell - 11:42  (Charlie Parker)
b. 02    I Didn't Know What Time It Was - 12:35  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
c. 03    Epistrophy - 14:31  (Thelonious Monk, Kenny Clarke)

Date: September 23, 1976
Location: Kulturzentrum Pumpwerk, Wilhelmshaven, Germany
Label: [private recording]

Charles McPherson (ldr), Charles McPherson (as), Lonnie Hillyer (t), Barry Harris (p), Hal Dodson (b), Leroy Williams (d)

a. 01    Back Home Blues - 11:48  (Charlie Parker)
b. 02    Estrellita - 9:49  (Vito Picone, Arthur Venosa)
c. 03    I Remember You - 10:05  (Victor Schertzinger, Johnny Mercer)
d. 04    Everything Happens To Me - 11:05  (Matt Dennis, Tom Adair)
e. 05    A Night In Tunisia - 11:03  (Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Paparelli)
f. 06    Ornithology - 12:58  (Charlie Parker, Bennie Harris)
g. 07    April In Paris - 11:48  (Vernon Duke, E. Y. Harburg)
h. 08    Back Home Again In Indiana  (James F. Hanley, Ballard MacDonald)
i. 08    Donna Lee - 8:21  (Miles Davis)
j. 09    Barbados - 9:35  (Charlie Parker)
k. 10    Wee [aka Allen's Alley] - 2:48  (Denzil Best)
l. 11    Groovin' High - 8:10  (Dizzy Gillespie)
m. 12    'Round Midnight - 7:13  (Thelonious Monk, Cootie Williams, Bernie Hanighen)
n. 13    Now's The Time  (Charlie Parker)
o. 13    52nd Street Theme - 8:27  (Thelonious Monk)

h, i;   n, o performed as medleys.


Date: September 28, 1977
Location: RCA Studios, New York City
Label: Xanadu

Charles McPherson (ldr), Charles McPherson (as), Mickey Tucker (p), Cecil McBee (b), Freddie Waits (d)

a. a-01    Promise - 5:02  (Charles McPherson)
b. a-02    I'll Never Stop Loving You - 4:17  (Nicholas Brodszky, Sammy Cahn)
     Xanadu LP 12": 5001 — Four Decades Of Jazz: A Musical History Of Xanadu   (1978)
c. a-03    Night Eyes - 9:38  (Charles McPherson)
d. b-01    Horizons - 5:19  (Charles McPherson)
e. b-02    Samba De Orfeu - 6:56  (Luiz Bonfá, Antonio María)
f. b-03    Dee Blues - 8:13  (Charles McPherson)
All titles on:      Xanadu LP 12": 149 — New Horizons   (1978)

Date: October 23, 1978
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Label: Xanadu

Charles McPherson (ldr), Charles McPherson (as, ts), Peter Sprague (g), Lou Levy (p), Monty Budwig (b), Chuck McPherson (d), Kevin Jones (cga, per)

a. a-01    A Day In Rio - 10:42  (Charles McPherson)
     Xanadu LP 12": 170 — Free Bop!   (1979)
b. a-02    Come Sunday - 5:08  (Duke Ellington)
     Xanadu LP 12": 170 — Free Bop!   (1979)
c. a-03    Chuck-A-Luck - 4:48  (Charles McPherson)
     Xanadu LP 12": 170 — Free Bop!   (1979)
d. b-01    Estrellita - 6:19  (Vito Picone, Arthur Venosa)
     Xanadu LP 12": 170 — Free Bop!   (1979)
e. b-02    Si Si - 7:28  (Charlie Parker)
     Xanadu LP 12": 170 — Free Bop!   (1979)
f. b-03    Free Bop - 5:29  (Charles McPherson)
     Xanadu LP 12": 170 — Free Bop!   (1979)
g.     If You Could See Me Now - 4:31  (Tadd Dameron, Carl Sigman)
     Xanadu LP 12": 171 — The Piano Players   (1980)

Charles McPherson (as) on a-b, e-f; (ts) on c-d; Peter Sprague (g) on a-f; Monty Budwig (b) on a-f; Chuck McPherson (d) on a-f; Kevin Jones (cga) on a-f; (per) on a-f.


Date: April 14, 1983
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Label: Discovery

Charles McPherson (ldr), Charles McPherson (as), Kevin Quail (tb), Mike Wofford (p), Andy Simpkins (b), Donald Bailey (d), Hayward Brown, Jr. (cga)

a. a-01    Starburst - 4:17  (David Friedman)
b. a-02    The Prophet - 5:57  (Charles McPherson)
c. a-03    Dearly Beloved - 7:59  (Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer)
d. a-04    Fun And Games - 4:19  (Charles McPherson)
e. b-01    Mantra - 8:50  (Charles McPherson)
f. b-02    Prelude To A Kiss - 7:22  (Duke Ellington, Irving Gordon, Irving Mills)
g. b-03    An Oscar For Treadwell - 5:47  (Charlie Parker)
All titles on:      Discovery LP 12": DS 882 — The Prophet   
     Discovery CD: DSCD 963 — Follow The Bouncing Ball   (1990)

Date: July 27, 1989
Location: Hollywood, CA
Label: Discovery

Charles McPherson (ldr), Charles McPherson (as), Alan Broadbent (p), Jeff Littleton (b), Chuck McPherson (d)

a.     Passport [tune Y] - 6:22  (Charlie Parker)
b.     Where Are You? - 4:57  (Jimmy McHugh, Harold Adamson)
c.     Follow The Bouncing Ball - 4:32  (Charles McPherson)
d.     Blues For Mac - 6:32  (Charles McPherson)
All titles on:      Discovery CD: DSCD 963 — Follow The Bouncing Ball   (1990)

Date: 1990
Location: San Diego, CA
Label: Chazz Jazz

Charles McPherson (ldr), Charles McPherson (as), Randy Porter (p), Jeff Littleton (b), Chuck McPherson (d)

a. 01    Illusions In Blue - 16:40  (Charles McPherson)
b. 02    A Tear And A Smile - 11:25  (Charles McPherson)
c. 03    Manhattan Nocturne - 10:43  (Charles McPherson)
d. 04    Bebop To Hip Hop - 11:46  (Charles McPherson)
e. 05    Quiet Storm - 12:38  (Charles McPherson)
All titles on:      Chazz Jazz CD: - — Illusions In Blue   

CD issue gives no recording details.


Date: January 25 & 26, 1994
Location: Sound On Sound, New York City
Label: Arabesque

Charles McPherson (ldr), Charles McPherson (as), Tom Harrell (t, fh), Michael Weiss (p), Peter Washington (b), Victor Lewis (d)

a. 01    Lynn's Grins - 4:08  (Charles McPherson)
b. 02    Lizabeth - 5:51  (Charles McPherson)
c. 03    Blues For Chuck - 6:59  (Charles McPherson)
d. 04    Nostalgia In Times Square - 7:46  (Charles Mingus)
e. 05    Well, You Needn't - 5:27  (Thelonious Monk)
f. 06    7th Dimension - 6:19  (Charles McPherson)
g. 07    Goodbye Pork Pie Hat - 7:20  (Charles Mingus)
h. 08    Deep Night - 6:04  (Charles Henderson, Rudy Vallee)
i. 09    Portrait - 5:08  (Charles Mingus)
j. 10    Karen - 4:18  (Charles McPherson)
k. 11    My Funny Valentine - 5:40  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
l. 12    First Flight Out - 3:51  (Charles McPherson)
All titles on:      Arabesque CD: AJ 0113 — First Flight Out   (1994)

Tom Harrell (t) on a-d, f-h, k-l; (fh) on a-d, f-h, k-l.


Date: March 2, 1995
Location: Sound On Sound, New York City
Label: Arabesque

Charles McPherson (ldr), Charles McPherson (as), Mulgrew Miller (p), Santi Debriano (b), Lewis Nash (d)

a. 01    Get Happy - 4:43  (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler)
b. 02    Lonely Little Chimes - 9:16  (Charles McPherson)
c. 03    Marionette - 6:51  (Charles McPherson)
d. 04    Pretty Girl Blues - 7:18  (Charles McPherson)
e. 05    Darn That Dream - 6:35  (Jimmy Van Heusen, Edgar DeLange)
f. 06    Bloomdido - 5:54  (Charlie Parker)
g. 07    Jumping Jacks - 7:13  (Charles McPherson)
h. 08    Fun House - 5:43  (Charles McPherson)
i. 09    Blues For Camille - 7:13  (Charles McPherson)
All titles on:      Arabesque CD: AJ 0117 — Come Play With Me   (1995)

Date: March 15 & 16, 1996
Location: Vartan Jazz Festival, Denver, CO
Label: Vartan Jazz

Charles McPherson (ldr), Charles McPherson (as), Valery Ponomarev (t), Sid Simmons (p), Kenny Walker (b), Chuck McPherson (d)

a. 01    A Night In Tunisia - 10:40  (Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Paparelli)
b. 02    I Should Care - 10:47  (Axel Stordahl, Paul Weston, Sammy Cahn)
c. 03    A Tear And A Smile - 7:56  (Charles McPherson)
d. 04    Blues For Vartan - 9:40  (Charles McPherson)
e. 05    The Song Is You - 12:07  (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II)
f. 06    Embraceable You - 10:54  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
g. 07    What Is This Thing Called Love - 10:23  (Cole Porter)
All titles on:      Vartan Jazz CD: VJ 011 — Live At Vartan Jazz   (1997)

Date: April 24 & 25, 1997
Location: EastSide Sound, New York City
Label: Arabesque

Charles McPherson (ldr), Charles McPherson (as), Mulgrew Miller (p), Ray Drummond (b), Victor Lewis (d), Bobby Sanabria (per)

a. 01    Evidence - 6:10  (Thelonious Monk)
b. 02    You're My Thrill - 8:13  (Sidney Clare, Jay Gorney)
c. 03    Morning Dance - 6:39  (Charles McPherson)
d. 04    Primal Urge - 8:15  (Charles McPherson)
e. 05    Blue 'n' Boogie - 7:07  (Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Paparelli)
f. 06    How Deep Is The Ocean - 10:12  (Irving Berlin)
g. 07    Manhattan Nocturne - 7:08  (Charles McPherson)
h. 08    Fire Dance - 6:02  (Charles McPherson)
All titles on:      Arabesque CD: AJ 0134 — Manhattan Nocturne   (1998)

Date: August 6, 2000
Location: Tai Studio, Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan
Label: Vega

Charles McPherson (ldr), Charles McPherson (as), Don Friedman (p), Earl May (b), Akira Tana (d)

a. 01    But Beautiful - 7:02  (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke)
b. 02    Illusions In Blue - 7:29  (Charles McPherson)
c. 03    Almost Everything - 6:57  (Don Friedman)
d. 04    Spring Is Here - 8:12  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
e. 05    Old Folks - 8:40  (Willard Robison, Dedette Hill)
f. 06    Like Someone In Love - 6:25  (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke)
g. 07    A Tear And A Smile - 7:19  (Charles McPherson)
h. 08    Gone With The Wind - 6:37  (Allie Wrubel, Herb Magidson)
i. 09    Lonely Little Chimes - 7:24  (Charles McPherson)
j. 10    Visa - 5:26  (Charlie Parker)
All titles on:      Vega CD: ART 1005 — "Is That It? No, But..."   (2001)

Date: November 5, 2001
Location: Drinko Recital Hall, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH
Label: Clarion Jazz

Charles McPherson (ldr), David McGuire (ob), Charles McPherson (as), David Nesmith (frh), Randy Porter (p), Jeff Littleton (b), Chuck McPherson (d), Maria Andreini, Leslie Braidech, Peter Briedis, Susan Britton, Mary Beth Ions, Carla Leurs, Bonita Maky, Laura Martin, Pedro Morales, Daniella Strasfogel (vn), Nikki Dival, Adrienne Elisha, Diana Parker, Heather Walker (vl), Heidi Albert, Linda Atherton, Amy Laing, Craig Leffer (vc), Nicole Castleberry, Dianna Richardson (cb), Ed London (dir), Howie Smith (con)

a. 02    If I Should Lose You  (Leo Robin, Ralph Rainger)
b. 03    Everything Happens To Me  (Matt Dennis, Tom Adair)
c. 04    I'll Remember April  (Don Raye, Gene DePaul, Patricia Johnston)
d. 05    April In Paris  (Vernon Duke, E. Y. Harburg)
e. 06    Just Friends  (John Klenner, Sam M. Lewis)
f. 07    I Didn't Know What Time It Was  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
g. 08    Yardbird Suite  (Charlie Parker) / arr: Randy Porter
All titles on:      Clarion Jazz CD: 80501 — A Tribute To Charlie Parker   (2005)

Spoken comments issued as first track.

Ensemble consists of members of the Cleveland Chamber Orchestra.


Date: July 26 & 27, 2002
Location: The Cellar, Vancouver, Canada
Label: Cellar Live

Charles McPherson (ldr), Charles McPherson (as), Ross Taggart (p), Jodi Proznick (b), Blaine Wikjord (d)

a. 01    Spring Is Here - 10:12  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
b. 02    Illusions In Blue - 13:22  (Charles McPherson)
c. 03    Blue 'n' Boogie - 10:41  (Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Paparelli)
d. 04    How Deep Is The Ocean - 14:56  (Irving Berlin)
e. 05    Manhattan Nocturne - 11:52  (Charles McPherson)
f. 06    Star Eyes - 11:13  (Don Raye, Gene DePaul)
All titles on:      Cellar Live CD: CL 000726 — Live At The Cellar   (2003)

Date: July 24 & 25, 2003
Location: Avatar Studios, New York City
Label: Venus

Charles McPherson (ldr), Charles McPherson (as), Steve Kuhn (p), David Williams (b), Leroy Williams (d)

a. 01    Be My Love - 8:17  (Nicholas Brodszky, Sammy Cahn)
b. 02    I Should Care - 8:35  (Axel Stordahl, Paul Weston, Sammy Cahn)
c. 03    We'll Be Together Again - 10:34  (Carl Fischer, Frankie Laine)
d. 04    My Ideal - 8:52  (Newell Chase, Leo Robin, Richard Whiting)
e. 05    I Didn't Know What Time It Was - 7:20  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
f. 06    I'll Never Stop Loving You - 7:05  (Nicholas Brodszky, Sammy Cahn)
g. 07    Love Letters - 3:12  (Victor Young, Edward Heyman)
h. 08    But Beautiful - 9:26  (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke)
i. 09    Gone With The Wind - 7:10  (Allie Wrubel, Herb Magidson)
All titles on:      Venus CD: TKCV 35331 — But Beautiful   (2004)