Henry Franklin Catalog

1972 (age 32)

Henry Franklin - The Skipper  (Black Jazz Records BJQD/7)

Oscar Brasheer (Che-Chi), trumpet, flugelhorn; Charles Owens, tenor, soprano sax; Bill Henderson (Umoya Kemang Sunduza), electric piano; Kenny Climax, guitar, electric tub; Henry Franklin (Nyimbo), Fender bass, upright bass, leader; Mike Carvin (Tabo), drums; Tip Jones, Fred Lido, percussion.
Stage And Sound Studio, Hollywood, CA, released 1972
Outbreak
Plastic Creek Stomp
Theme For JoJo
Beauty And The Electric Tub
Little Miss Laurie
The Skipper
** also issued on Black Jazz Records BJ/7.

1974

Henry Franklin - The Skipper At Home  (Black Jazz Records BJQD/17)

Oscar Brashear (Cache), trumpet; Al Hall Jr., trombone; Kemang Sunduza (Bill Henderson), soprano sax; Charles Owens, tenor sax; David Durrah, piano #5,6; Kirk Lightsey (Thalmus), piano, flute #6; Kenny Climas, guitar; Henry Franklin (Nyimbo), bass, leader; Ndugu (Leon Chancler), drums; The Sisters Happiness: Penny Holt (Ki Kuu), Shirley Reid, Patricia Talbert, Shirley Thornton, vocals #5.
Stage And Sound Studio, Hollywood, CA, released 1974
1.Blue Lights
2.What Was
3.Soft Spirit
4.The Magic Boy
5.Venus Fly Trap
6.Waltz For Boobuss
** also issued on Black Jazz Records BJ/17.

1977

Henry Franklin - Tribal Dance  (Catalyst CAT-7618)

Jerry Rush, trumpet, flugelhorn; Al Hall Jr., trombone, baritone horn, percussion; Charles Owens, soprano, tenor sax, English horn, flute; Dwight Dickerson, piano; Kenneth Climax, guitar; Henry Franklin, bass; Sonship, drums, congas, bongos, gong, bells.
Sage & Sound, Hollywood, CA, January, 1977
Tribal Dance
Eric's Tune
For Penny
Spring Song
Cosmos Dwellers
Prime Mover

1985 (age 45)

Henry Franklin - We Came To Play - The Skipper....And Crew  (Daagnim Records daagnim 12)

Rob Blakeslee, trumpet; Marchel Ivery, sax, tenor sax; Fred Raulston, vibes; Gary Fisher, piano; Henry Franklin, bass; Paul Guererro, drums; + Bob Ackerman, maketi flute; Lee Ann Harris, bongos; Martha Burke, vocals.
Omega Audio, Dallas, TX, released 1985
It's Love
Little Miss Laurie
Good Morning Heartache
Bo Bossa
Straight Away
I Remember Clifford
Ebony

1990 (age 50)

Henry "Skipper" Franklin And Crew - Shalabongo (It's Up To God)  (Jeru Records JERU 3000)

Jerome Rusch, trumpet; George Harper, sax, tenor sax; Bobby Pierce, piano; Rick Zunigar, guitar; Henry Franklin, bass; William Richardson, drums; Talita Long, vocals.
released 1990
Shalabongo
Follow Your Bliss
Mr. G.H. Sr.
Cherokee Lady
Max Master
Children Of Tiananman Square
Ode To Vanetta And John
Holy Holy Talita

1995

Henry Franklin - Bassic Instincts  (Resurgent Music RM110)

Tony Lujan, trumpet; Phil Ranelin, trombone; Charles Owen, tenor sax, flute; Cecilia Coleman, piano; Henry Franklin, acoustic bass; Michael Carvin, drums; + George Harper, sax; Pat Bass, vocals.
Sunburst Studios, Culver City, CA, May 28 & 29, 1995
Balle De Las Cucharaches
Neko
Waltz For Gina
Mr. G.H. Senior
Blue
Lady Red
No Te Preocupes
Forest Flower

1997

Henry "The Skipper" Franklin - The Hunter  (Resurgent Music RM117)

jazz for quintet: Tony Lujan, trumpet; Phil Vieux, tenor, alto, soprano sax, bass flute; Todd Hunter, piano; Henry Franklin, double bass; Mike Clark, drums; jazz for trio: Marc Seales, piano; Henry Franklin, double bass; Steve Clover, drums.
Musicians Union Local 47, Los Angeles, CA, April 1, 1997;
Musicians Union Local 47, Los Angeles, CA, May 3, 1997
The Hunter
Woody Shaw
Remember Why
The Neucistic Nubian Alligator
Conversations With Linda
Take The Coltrane
Wayne's Domayne
Ode To Vanetta, John And Charles
It's You Or No One
Old Folks

1998

Franklin/Clover Project Featuring Marc Seales - Two Worlds  (A-Records (Du) AL 73162)

Henry Franklin, bass; Steve Clover, drums; featuring Marc Seales, piano; + guests: Jerry Rush, trumpet; George Harper, tenor, soprano sax.
Musicians Union Local 47, Los Angeles, CA, May 24, 1998
Highway Blues
When I Fall In Love
Shalabongo
I've Never Been In Love Before
Prince Of Darkness
Love's Question
Follow Your Bliss
Central Park West

2000 (age 60)

Franklin/Clover/Seales - Three Worlds  (Beezwax Records BW3277A)

Marc Seales, piano; Henry Franklin, double bass; Steve Clover, drums.
Musicians Union Local 47, Los Angeles, CA, January 6, 2000
Sweet Lorraine
Serenade To A Cuckoo
Mr. Bojangles
New Stories
Righteous Path
Norwegian Eyes

Henry "Skipper" Franklin - Bass Encounters  (Resurgent Music RM124)

Gilbert Castellanos, trumpet #1,7,8; Jerome Rusch, trumpet, flugelhorn #3,5,9; Herman Riley, tenor, soprano sax #3,5,6,9; George Harper, tenor, baritone sax #1,2,7,8; Theo Saunders, piano; Mark Waggoner, guitar #2,4; Henry "Skipper" Franklin, bass; Willie Jones III, drums #1,2,4,7; Carl Burnett, drums #3,5,9; Taumbu, percussion, congas #1,3,5-8,10; Sylvester Le Blanc, Barbara Morrison, vocals.
Musicians Union Local 47, Los Angeles, CA, January 23, 2000;
No Sound Studio, Pasadena, CA, March 26, 2000
1.Theme For JoJo
2.One For Leroy
3.Lynford's Lament
4.Black Nile
5.Close Encounters Of The Very Best Kind
6.Eslilian
7.Vision Quest
8.Bo Bossa
9.Puff Of Vapor
10.You Bring The Sun Out

2001

Franklin Clover Seales - Ears Wide Open  (Beezwax Records BW6736A)

Marc Seales, piano; Henry Franklin, double bass; Steve Clover, drums.
No Sound Studio, Pasadena, CA, November 13 & 14, 2001
A Little 3/4 For God & Co.
Naima
Little Girl Blue
No Blues
Ascending Truth
Pannonica
Anamaria
A Little 3/4 For God & Co. (alternate take)
Goodbye
Naima (alternate take)

2002

Henry Franklin, Steve Katsuyama, Tony Austin - Sakura  (WJ3 Records WJ31002)

Steve Katsuyama, piano; Henry Franklin, bass; Tony Austin, drums.
Toluca Lake, CA, January 4, 2002
Ringo Oiwake
It Could Happen To You
Good Morning Heartache
Some Other Time
Melody For Micah
Lazy Bird
No Ribs For Khalid
Sakura
Ruby My Dear

Three More Sounds - A Musical Tribute To Gene Harris  (BP Records BPR0002)

Bobby Pierce, piano; Henry Franklin, bass; Carl Burnett, drums.
No-Sound Studio, Pasadena, CA, July 6-8, 2002
John Brown's Body
Delilah
Little Darlin'
Love For Sale
When I Fall In Love
Green Dolphin Street
Blues For Gene

2003

Franklin Clover Seales - Colemanology  (Beezwax Records BW3273A)

Marc Seales, piano; Henry Franklin, double bass; Steve Clover, drums.
Private Island Studio, Hollywood, CA, November 14, 2003
Monterey
Question And Answer
A Remark You Made
You Are Too Beautiful
Basin Street Blues
Colemanology

2004

A Henry Franklin Collaboration - Three Card Molly  (Resurgent Music RM135)

Steve Katsuyama, piano; Mark Waggoner, guitar; Henry Franklin, upright bass; Tony Austin, drums; + Zane Musa, alto sax; Michael Session, tenor sax; Big Black, African drums; Talita Long, vocals.
No Sound Studio, Pasadena, CA, November 1, 2004
One For Leroy
Three Card Molly
Paris Eyes
Sister Cheryl
Chaiki
3 Four CB
Pensativa
Search For Peace
Kamau

2005

Henry "The Skipper" Franklin And Crew - All God's Children  (Skipper Productions SP1001)

Zane Musa, alto sax; Michael Session, tenor sax; Theo Saunders, piano; Mark Waggoner, guitar; Henry Franklin, bass; Carl Burnett, drums; Big Black, African drums; Talita Long, vocals.
Pasadena, CA, February 28, 2005
Reverence
The Illusion
Follow Your Bliss
Unattachment
Mambo Bado
Tongues Untied

Franklin-Clover-Seales - Summer Serenade  (Beezwax Records BW3274A)

Marc Seales, piano; Henry Franklin, double bass; Steve Clover, drums.
Compound, Long Beach, CA, May 15, 2005
Don't Give Up
Summer Serenade
Change In The Wind
I Loves You, Porgy
Dave
Little Miss Laurie
Week In Review
Iris

2006

Henry Franklin "The Skipper" And Crew - Music To The 5th Power  (Skipper Productions SP1003)

George Harper, sax; Gary Matsumoto, piano; Mark Waggoner, guitar; Henry Franklin, bass; Donald Dean, drums; + Felice Dean, Michiko Smith, percussion #6.
Multimedia Studios, Toluca Lake, CA, September 17, 2006
1.Bright Road Ahead
2.Music To The 5th Power
3.Tyrone
4.Once In A While
5.Old Devil Moon
6.Michiko
7.Little B's Poem
8.You Are So Beautiful

2007

Henry "The Skipper" Franklin And Very Special Friends - If We Should Meet Again  (Skipper Productions SP1005)

Azar Lawrence, tenor sax; Theo Saunders, piano; Henry Franklin, bass; Carl Burnett, drums; Ramadan Mu Min, percussion.
Los Angeles, CA, March, 2007
Molongo
Mantra
For Koko
A Weaver Of Dreams
If We Should Meet Again
Ballad For Dad
Elements
Truth
My One And Only Love

2008

Henry "The Skipper" Franklin And Crew - O, What A Beautiful Morning!  (Skipper Productions SP1011)

Azar Lawrence, tenor sax; Theo Saunders, piano; Henry Franklin, bass; Tony Austin, drums.
No Sound Studio, Pasadena, CA, January 27 & February 2, 2008
O, What A Beautiful Morning!
McCoy
I Feel Good/Stolen Moments
From The Point Of Love
I Fall In Love Too Easily
Skipper's Waltz
Soultrane
I Can't Help Falling In Love With You

2009

Henry Franklin - Home Cookin'  (Skipper Productions SP1016)

Azar Lawrence, soprano, tenor sax; Theo Saunders, piano; Henry Franklin, bass; Ramon Banda, drums, percussion; + special guests: Nolan Shaheed, cornet #2,7,8; Barbara Morrison, vocals.
No Sound Studio, Pasadena, CA, March 19, 2009
1.Soko
2.Yama
3.Under Tanzanian Skies
4.Harlem Nocturne
5.Blues For Lunch
6.Peresina
7.Philanthropy
8.Miles, A Round

2010 (age 70)

Henry Franklin And Bob Mocarsky Featuring Chris Trzcinski - Shanghai  (Skipper Productions SP1019)

Bob Mocarsky, piano; Henry Franklin, bass; Chris Trzcinski, drums.
Shanghai Broadcast Building, Studio Number One, Shanghai, China, September 4 & 30, 2010
Shanghai
Orchids
Where Does Time Go?
Lotus Land "A Song For Kaori"
Well Alrighty Then!
The Monsoons
Take The MTR-O
Eve's Night

Henry "The Skipper" Franklin - The Soul Of The World  (Skipper Productions SP1020)

Gilbert Castellanos, Nolan Shaheed, trumpet; Chuck Manning, sax; Theo Saunders, piano; Henry Franklin, bass; Ramon Banda, drums; Mon David, vocals #3; Karen Wilson, vocals #9.
No Sound Studio, Pasadena, CA, November 22, 2010
1.Swala
2.Open Spaces
3.Mahjong
4.A Love Song For Midori
5.Drifting
6.Shamal
7.Hi Lilly Lilly Hi Lo
8.Mama Lela
9.Sea Line Woman

2012

Henry 'Skipper' Franklin And Crew - June Night  (Skipper Productions SP1022)

Gilbert Castellanos, trumpet, flugelhorn; Ryan Porter, trombone #2-5,7,8; Chuck Manning, tenor sax; Theo Saunders, piano; Henry Franklin, bass; Ramon Banda, drums; Dwight Trible, vocals #4; Mon David, vocals #9.
released 2012
1.June Night
2.Neko
3.Four By Five
4.Queen Of Tangents
5.Thump
6.The Purple Gazelle
7.Once In A While
8.My Daddy's Jazz
9.A Love Song For Midori

2014

Henry Franklin - Two Views  (Skipper Productions SP1025)

Henry Franklin, bass; featuring Benn Clatworthy, tenor sax, flute; Cecilia Coleman, piano; featuring Benn Clatworthy, tenor sax, flute; Kirk Lightsey, piano; Calvin Keys, guitar; Carl Burnett, drums; Lee Jimenez, percussion; C. Infinite, spoken word.
released 2014
Brother Rudolph
Punjab
Limehouse Blues
Pensitiva
Frank's Tune
PeeWee
Heaven's Dence
Kandahar
Blues For Drayce
Jazz Was Born

2015

3 More Sounds - The Happiness Of Pursuit  (Skipper Productions SP1026)

Bill Heid, piano; Henry Franklin, bass; Carl Burnett, drums.
released 2015
Searchin
Autumn Serenade
Limehouse Blues
Boomph
It Don't Mean A Thing
When Your Lover Has Gone
Too Much Jelly Roll
Little Miss Laurie
Blue Daniel

Three More Sounds - High Voltage - A Tribute To McCoy Tyner  (Skipper Productions SP1027)

Bill Heid, piano; Henry Franklin, bass; Carl Burnett, drums; + guest artist: Chuck Manning, sax.
released 2015
Brother George
Unit 8
The Greeting
Under Tanzanian Skies
Off The Wall
Mr. Wu
Mellow Minor
Bu Yao