Gil Melle Catalog

1952 (age 21)

Gil Melle Quintet/Gil Melle Sextet  (Blue Note (J) K18P-9275)

Eddie Bert, trombone; Gil Melle, tenor sax; Joe Manning, vibes; George Wallington, piano; Red Mitchell, bass; Max Roach, drums; Monica Dell, vocals #2-4.

Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, March 2, 1952

1. BN461-3 (tk.4)Four Moons
2. BN462-3 (tk.8)The Gears
3. BN463-0 (tk.9)Mars
4. BN464-0 (tk.10)Sunset Concerto

Eddie Bert as X. Kentonite, trombone; Gil Melle, tenor sax; Tal Farlow, guitar; Clyde Lombardi, bass; Joe Morello, drums.

Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, January 31, 1953

BN465-4 tk.5Cyclotron
BN466-2 tk.8October
BN467-0 tk.10Under Capricorn
BN468-0 tk.13Venus

Urbie Green, trombone; Gil Melle, tenor, baritone sax; Tal Farlow, guitar; Clyde Lombardi, bass; Joe Morello, drums.

Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, October 25, 1953

BN526-2 tk.3Lover Man
BN528-2 tk.11Spellbound
BN529-1 tk.14Transition
BN530-1 tk.16A Lion Lives Here
BN531-2 tk.19Timepiece
BN527-5 tk.23Gingersnap

** same as Blue Note BLP 5020 entitled "Gil Melle Quintet/Sextet - New Faces-New Sounds" + BLP 5033 entitled "Gil Melle Quintet, Vol. 2".

1953

Gil Melle - The Complete Blue Note Fifties Sessions  (Blue Note 7243 4 95718 2 2)

Urbie Green, trombone; Gil Melle, tenor, baritone sax; Tal Farlow, guitar; Clyde Lombardi, bass; Joe Morello, drums.

Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, October 25, 1953

BN532-0 tk.27The Nearness Of You

Gil Melle, baritone sax; Lou Mecca, guitar; Billy Phillips, bass; Vinnie Thomas, drums.

Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, September 5, 1954

tk.4Lullaby Of Birdland
tk.8Ballade For Guitar
tk.10Metropolitan
tk.18Newport News
tk.19Quadrille For Moderns
tk.20Summertime

Don Butterfield, tuba; Gil Melle, baritone sax; Lou Mecca, guitar; Billy Phillips, bass; Vinnie Thomas, drums.

Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, February 27, 1955

tk.1Five Impressions Of Color: I. Spectrum Violet / II. Sea Green / III. Royal Blue / IV. Ebony / V. Spectrum Red
tk.5Life Begins At Midnight
tk.7Threadneedle Street
tk.9Night Train To Wildwood

** same as Blue Note BLP 5020 entitled "Gil Melle Quintet/Sextet - New Faces-New Sounds" + BLP 5033 entitled "Gil Melle Quintet, Vol. 2" + BLP 5054 entitled "The Gil Melle Quartet, Vol. 3 - New Faces-New Sounds" + BLP 5063 entitled "Gil Melle Quintet, Vol. 4 - Five Impressions Of Color" + BLP 1517 entitled "Patterns In Jazz" + 1 bonus track.

1956

Gil Melle - Patterns In Jazz  (Blue Note BLP 1517)

Eddie Bert, trombone #1-4; Gil Melle, baritone sax; Joe Cinderella, guitar; Oscar Pettiford, bass; Ed Thigpen, drums.

Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, April 1, 1956

1. tk.5Weird Valley
2. tk.10The Set Break
3. tk.11Moonlight In Vermont
4. tk.12Long Ago And Far Away
5. tk.13The Arab Barber Blues
6. tk.14Nice Question

** part of Blue Note 7243 4 95718 2 2 as "The Complete Blue Note Fifties Sessions".

Melle Plays Primitive Modern  (Prestige PRLP 7040)

Gil Melle, baritone sax; Joe Cindrella, guitar; Billy Phillips, bass; Edmund Thigpen, drums.

Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, April 20, 1956

877Adventure Swing
878Mark One
879Dedicatory Piece To The Geophysical Year Of 1957

same personnel.

Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, June 1, 1956

908Dominica
909Ballet Time
910Iron Works

** also issued on Original Jazz Classics OJC-1712 as "Gil Melle Quartet - Melle Plays Primitive Modern".
** part of Original Jazz Classics OJCCD-1712-2 as "Gil Melle Quartet - Primitive Modern/Quadrama".

Gil Melle Quartet - Gil's Guests  (Prestige PRLP 7063)

Gil Melle, baritone sax; Joe Cinderella, guitar; Vinnie Burke, bass; Edmund Thigpen, drums; + Art Farmer, trumpet; Julius Watkins, French horn; Hal McKusick, alto sax, flute.

Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, August 10, 1956

955Block Island
956Tomorrow
957Soudan

Gil Melle, baritone sax; Joe Cinderella, guitar; Vinnie Burke, bass; Edmund Thigpen, drums; + Kenny Dorham, trumpet; Don Butterfield, tuba; Hal McKusick, alto sax.

Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, August 24, 1956

966Still Life
967Sixpence
968Ghengis

** also issued on Original Jazz Classics OJC-1753, OJCCD-1753-2.

Gil Melle Quartet - Gil's Guests  (Original Jazz Classics OJCCD-1753-2)

Gil Melle, baritone sax; Joe Cinderella, guitar; Vinnie Burke, bass; Edmund Thigpen, drums; + Donald Byrd, trumpet; Phil Woods, alto sax; / Gil Melle, baritone sax; Vinnie Burke, bass; Edmund Thigpen, drums; + Art Farmer, trumpet; Hal McKusick, alto sax; maybe Seldon Powell or possibly Zoot Sims, tenor sax; Teddy Charles, vibes.

Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, January 18, 1957

1058Funk For Star People
1059Golden Age
1060Herbie

** reissue of Prestige PRLP 7063 + 3 bonus tracks.

1957

Gil Melle Quartet - Quadrama  (Prestige PRLP 7097)

Gil Melle, baritone sax; Joe Cinderella, guitar; George Duvivier, bass; Shadow Wilson, drums.

Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, April 26, 1957

1218Walter Ego
1219Jacqueline
1220It Don't Mean A Thing
1221Full House
1222Quadrama
1223Sentimental Mood
1224Rush Hour In Hong Kong

** part of Original Jazz Classics OJCCD-1712-2 as "Gil Melle Quartet - Primitive Modern/Quadrama".

1968 (age 37)

Gil Melle - Tome VI  (Verve V6-8744)

Gil Melle, soprano sax, Tome VI, Effects Generator; Forrest Westbrook, piano, Electar; Benfaral Matthews, bass, cello, Envelope; Fred C. Stofflet, percussion, Doomsday Machine.

NYC, February 8, 1968

104256Blue Quasar
104257Man With The Flashlight
104258Elgin Marble
104259Jog Falls Spinning Song

** also issued on Verve (J) PROA-53.

1970

Gil Melle - Waterbirds  (Nocturne NRS-702)

Gil Melle, soprano sax, composer, orchestrator, special electronic musical instruments; Pete Robinson, Fender piano #4,6,7; Joe Cinderella, guitar #1; Art Johnson, guitar #2,3,5; Dave Parlato, Fender bass #2-7; Fred C. Stofflet, drums.

released 1970

1.Waterbirds (Pt. 1)
2.Waterbirds (Pt. 2)
3.Walkin' Down The Gloomy Streets...Alone...Broke...Depressed...Gonna Kill Myself Blues
4.Little Big Horn
5.The Love Song
6.My Sweet Charlie
7.Charlie Chaplin

** also issued on Jazz Chronicles JCS-702.

1971 (age 40)

Gil Melle - The Andromeda Strain (Original Electronic Soundtrack)  (Kapp KRS-5513)

Gil Melle, producer, composer, arranger.

released 1971

Wildfire
Hex
Andromeda
Desert Trip
The Piedmont Elegy
Op
Xenogenesis
Strobe Crystal Green

1988 (age 57)

Gil Melle - Mindscape  (Blue Note B1-92168)

Gil Melle, composer, electro orchestrator, programs, all instruments, producer.

Diamondhead, Malibu, CA, 1988-1989

Mindscape
Double Exposure
Message From Mozambique
Shadow And Substance: Vintage Autumn / Experiment Perilous / Zero In The Universe
Bird Of Paradise
The Blue Lion
Neon Canyons
Swamp Girl

** also issued on Blue Note CDP 7 92168 2.

Gil Melle - Mindscape  (Blue Note CDP 7 92168 2)

Gil Melle, composer, electro orchestrator, programs, all instruments, producer.: same session.

Diamondhead, Malibu, CA, 1988-1989

Anti-Gravitational
The Richest Man In Bogota

** reissue of Blue Note B1-92168 + 2 bonus tracks.