Gil Melle Discography

1952 (age 21)

Gil Melle Sextet

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 MoonsBlue Note 1606, BLP 5020
2. BN462-3 (tk.8)The GearsBlue Note 1606, BLP 5020, BST2 84433
3. BN463-0 (tk.9)MarsBlue Note 1607, BLP 5020
4. BN464-0 (tk.10)Sunset Concerto-

* Blue Note BST2 84433   Various Artists - The Best Of Blue Note, Volume 2
* Blue Note BLP 5020   Gil Melle Quintet/Sextet - New Faces-New Sounds
= Blue Note (J) K18P-9275   Gil Melle Quintet/Gil Melle Sextet
= Blue Note 7243 4 95718 2 2   Gil Melle - The Complete Blue Note Fifties Sessions
* Blue Note 1606   Gil Melle - Four Moons / The Gears
* Blue Note 1607   Gil Melle - Sunset Concerto / Mars

1953

Gil Melle Quintet

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.5CyclotronBlue Note BLP 5020
BN466-2 tk.8October-
BN467-0 tk.10Under Capricorn-
BN468-0 tk.13Venus-

* Blue Note BLP 5020   Gil Melle Quintet/Sextet - New Faces-New Sounds
= Blue Note (J) K18P-9275   Gil Melle Quintet/Gil Melle Sextet
= Blue Note 7243 4 95718 2 2   Gil Melle - The Complete Blue Note Fifties Sessions

Gil Melle Quintet

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 ManBlue Note BLP 5033
BN528-2 tk.11Spellbound-
BN529-1 tk.14Transition-
BN530-1 tk.16A Lion Lives Here-
BN531-2 tk.19Timepiece-
BN527-5 tk.23Gingersnap-
BN532-0 tk.27The Nearness Of YouBlue Note 7243 4 95718 2 2

* Blue Note BLP 5033   Gil Melle Quintet, Vol. 2
= Vogue (E) LDE 141; Jazz Selection (F) JSLP 50037   Gil Melle Quintet
= Blue Note (J) K18P-9275   Gil Melle Quintet/Gil Melle Sextet
= Blue Note 7243 4 95718 2 2   Gil Melle - The Complete Blue Note Fifties Sessions

1954

The Gil Melle Quartet

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

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

tk.4Lullaby Of BirdlandBlue Note BLP 5054
tk.8Ballade For Guitar-
tk.10Metropolitan-
tk.18Newport News-
tk.19Quadrille For Moderns-
tk.20Summertime-

* Blue Note BLP 5054   The Gil Melle Quartet, Vol. 3 - New Faces-New Sounds
= Blue Note 7243 4 95718 2 2   Gil Melle - The Complete Blue Note Fifties Sessions

1955

Gil Melle Quintet

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 RedBlue Note BLP 5063
tk.5Life Begins At Midnight-
tk.7Threadneedle Street-
tk.9Night Train To Wildwood-

* Blue Note BLP 5063   Gil Melle Quintet, Vol. 4 - Five Impressions Of Color
= Blue Note 7243 4 95718 2 2   Gil Melle - The Complete Blue Note Fifties Sessions

1956

Gil Melle Quintet

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 ValleyBlue Note BLP 1517
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-

* Blue Note BLP 1517   Gil Melle - Patterns In Jazz
= Blue Note 7243 4 95718 2 2   Gil Melle - The Complete Blue Note Fifties Sessions

Gil Melle Quartet

Gil Melle, baritone sax; Joe Cinderella, guitar; Billy Phillips, bass; Edmond Thigpen, drums.

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

877Adventure SwingPrestige PRLP 7040
878Mark One-
879Dedicatory Piece To The Geo-Physical Year Of 1957-

* Prestige PRLP 7040   Melle Plays Primitive Modern
= Original Jazz Classics OJC-1712   Gil Melle Quartet - Melle Plays Primitive Modern
= Original Jazz Classics OJCCD-1712-2   Gil Melle Quartet - Melle Plays Primitive Modern/Quadrama

Gil Melle Quartet

Gil Melle, baritone sax; Joe Cinderella, guitar; Billy Phillips, bass; Edmond Thigpen, drums.: same personnel.

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

908DominicaPrestige PRLP 7040
909Ballet Time-
910Iron Works-

* Prestige PRLP 7040   Melle Plays Primitive Modern
= Original Jazz Classics OJC-1712   Gil Melle Quartet - Melle Plays Primitive Modern
= Original Jazz Classics OJCCD-1712-2   Gil Melle Quartet - Melle Plays Primitive Modern/Quadrama

Gil Melle Quartet + 3 = Septet

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

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

955Block IslandPrestige PRLP 7063
956Tomorrow-
957Soudan-

* Prestige PRLP 7063; Original Jazz Classics OJC-1753, OJCCD-1753-2   Gil Melle Quartet - Gil's Guests

Gil Melle Quartet + 3 = Septet

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

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

966Still LifePrestige PRLP 7063
967Sixpence-
968Ghengis-

* Prestige PRLP 7063; Original Jazz Classics OJC-1753, OJCCD-1753-2   Gil Melle Quartet - Gil's Guests

1957

Gil Melle Quartet + 4 = Octet

Gil Melle, baritone sax; Joe Cinderella, guitar; George Duvivier, bass; Shadow Wilson, drums; + Art Farmer, trumpet; Hal McKusick, alto sax; Seldon Powell, tenor sax; Teddy Charles, vibes.

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

1058Funk For Star PeopleOriginal Jazz Classics OJCCD-1753-2
1059Golden Age-
1060Herbie-

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

Gil Melle Quartet

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

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

1218Walter EgoPrestige PRLP 7097
1219Jacqueline-
1220It Don't Mean A Thing-
1221Full House-
1222Quadrama-
1223In A Sentimental Mood-
1224Rush Hour In Hong Kong-

* Prestige PRLP 7097   Gil Melle Quartet - Quadrama
= Original Jazz Classics OJCCD-1712-2   Gil Melle Quartet - Melle Plays Primitive Modern/Quadrama

1968 (age 37)

The Gil Melle Quartet / The Jazz Electronauts

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 QuasarVerve V6-8744
104257Man With The Flashlight-
104258Elgin Marble-
104259Jog Falls Spinning Song-

* Verve V6-8744, (J) PROA-53   Gil Melle - Tome VI

1970

Gil Melle

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)Nocturne NRS-702
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-

* Nocturne NRS-702; Jazz Chronicles JCS-702   Gil Melle - Waterbirds

1971 (age 40)

Gil Melle

Gil Melle, producer, composer, arranger.

released 1971

WildfireKapp KRS-5513
Hex-
Andromeda-
Desert Trip-
The Piedmont Elegy-
Op-
Xenogenesis-
Strobe Crystal Green-

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

1988 (age 57)

Gil Melle

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

Diamondhead, Malibu, CA, 1988-1989

MindscapeBlue Note B1-92168
Double Exposure-
Message From Mozambique-
Shadow And Substance: Vintage Autumn / Experiment Perilous / Zero In The Universe-
Bird Of Paradise-
The Blue Lion-
Anti-GravitationalBlue Note CDP 7 92168 2
Neon CanyonsBlue Note B1-92168
Swamp Girl-
The Richest Man In BogotaBlue Note CDP 7 92168 2

* Blue Note B1-92168, CDP 7 92168 2   Gil Melle - Mindscape