Leo Parker Discography

1947 (age 22)

Leo Parker's All Stars

Howard McGhee, trumpet; Gene Ammons, tenor sax; Leo Parker, baritone sax; Junior Mance, piano; Gene Wright, bass; Charles Williams, drums.

Detroit, MI, October 4, 1947

DET800El SinoSavoy 912, XP 8081, MG 9018, SJL 1103
DET801InetaSavoy 954, MG 9009, SJL 1103
DET802Wild LeoSavoy 912, XP 8081, MG 9018, SJL 1103
DET803Leapin' LeoSavoy 950, XP 8081, MG 9018, SJL 1103

* Savoy SJL 1103   Gene Ammons - Red Top: The Savoy Sessions
* Savoy MG 9018   Leo Parker - New Trends Of Jazz, Volume 5
* Savoy MG 9009   Leo Parker - New Sounds In Modern Music, Volume 1
* Savoy XP 8081   Leo Parker - New Sounds In Modern Music, Vol. 3
* Savoy 912   Leo Parker - El Sino / Wild Leo
* Savoy 954   Stan Getz - Running Water / Leo Parker - Ineta
* Savoy 950   Leo Parker - Wee Dot / Leapin' Leo

Leo Parker's All Stars

Joe Newman, trumpet; J.J. Johnson, trombone; Dexter Gordon, tenor, alto sax; Leo Parker, baritone sax; Hank Jones, piano; Curly Russell, bass; Shadow Wilson, drums.

NYC, December 19, 1947

S3495-1Wee DotSavoy SJL 2211
S3495-2-Savoy SJL 2225
S3495-3-Savoy 950, XP 8060, MG 9009, SJL 2211; Metronome (Swd) B 514
S3495-4-Savoy SJL 2225
S3496SolitudeSavoy 929, XP 8060, MG 9024, SJL 2225
S3497-1The Lion RoarsSavoy SJL 2211
S3497-2-Savoy SJL 2225
S3497-3The Lion Roars (as Lion's Roar)Savoy XP 8060, MG 9026, SJL 2211
S3497-4The Lion RoarsSavoy SJL 2225
S3498Mad Lad BoogieSavoy 929, XP 8060

* Savoy SJL 2211   Dexter Gordon - Long Tall Dexter: The Savoy Sessions
* Savoy SJL 2225   The Be Bop Boys
* Savoy MG 9009   Leo Parker - New Sounds In Modern Music, Volume 1
* Savoy MG 9024   Various Artists - The Birth Of Bop, Volume 3
* Savoy MG 9026   Various Artists - The Birth Of Bop, Volume 5
* Savoy XP 8060   Leo Parker - The Birth Of Bop, Vol. 1
* Savoy 950   Leo Parker - Wee Dot / Leapin' Leo
* Metronome (Swd) B 514   James Moody - Good Bait / Dexter Gordon, Leo Parker - Wee Dot
* Savoy 929   Leo Parker - Solitude / Mad Lad Boogie

1948

Leo Parker's All Stars

Joe Newman, trumpet; Charlie Rouse, tenor sax #5-8; Leo Parker, baritone sax; Sir Charles Thompson, piano; Al Lucas, bass; Jack "The Bear" Parker, drums.

Detroit, MI, March 23, 1948

1. D842On The HouseSavoy 957, XP 8081, MG 9018, SJL 2225
2. D843DinkySavoy 957, MG 9018, SJL 2225
3. D844Senor LeoSavoy 935, MG 9018
4. D845Chase 'N 'LionSavoy 935, MG 9022
5. D846Leo's BellsSavoy MG 9009, SJL 2225
6. D847Sweet Talkin' Leo-
7. D848Swinging For Love-
8. D849The New LookSavoy MG 9009

* Savoy SJL 2225   The Be Bop Boys
* Savoy MG 9018   Leo Parker - New Trends Of Jazz, Volume 5
* Savoy MG 9022   Various Artists - The Birth Of Bop, Volume 1
* Savoy MG 9009   Leo Parker - New Sounds In Modern Music, Volume 1
* Savoy XP 8081   Leo Parker - New Sounds In Modern Music, Vol. 3
* Savoy 957   Leo Parker - On The House / Dinky
* Savoy 935   Leo Parker - Senor Leo / Chase 'N 'Lion

1950

Leo Parker Quartet

Leo Parker, baritone, alto sax; Al Haig, piano; Oscar Pettiford, bass; Max Roach, drums #1,2,4-6; Jack Parker, drums #3,7-10.

NYC, July 20, 1950

1. JRC95AMona LisaMisterioso (E) MLP 1984
2. JRC95B-Prestige P-24081; Misterioso (E) MLP 1983; Prestige PCD-24114-2
3. JRC96AWho's Mad?-
4. JRC97ADarn That DreamMisterioso (E) MLP 1984
5. JRC97B-Prestige P-24081; Misterioso (E) MLP 1983; Prestige PCD-24114-2
6. JRC98BI Cross My FingersPrestige 720, P-24081; Misterioso (E) MLP 1983; Prestige PCD-24114-2
7. JRC99AMad Lad ReturnsPrestige 720, PR 24046; Misterioso (E) MLP 1983; Prestige PCD-24114-2
8. JRC99B-Misterioso (E) MLP 1984; Prestige PCD-24114-2
9. JRC99C-Misterioso (E) MLP 1984
10. JRC99D--

* Misterioso (E) MLP 1984   Leo Parker Quartet, Al Haig Trio, Zoot Sims Quartet - Mad Lad Returns
* Prestige P-24081   Various Artists - First Sessions 1949/50
* Misterioso (E) MLP 1983   Wardell Gray Quartet, Leo Parker Quartet - The Thin Man Meets Mad Lad
* Prestige PR 24046   Various Artists - 25 Years Of Prestige
* Prestige PCD-24114-2   Fats Navarro, Al Haig, Don Lanphere, Leo Parker - Prestige First Sessions, Volume One
* Prestige 720   Leo Parker - I Cross My Fingers / Mad Lad Returns

Leo Parker And His Mad Lads

James Robertson, trumpet; Henry Durant, tenor sax; Leo Parker, baritone sax; Kenny Drew, piano; Curly Russell, bass; Eddie Bourne, drums.

Philadelphia, PA, December 28, 1950

Leo Leaps In (take 1) (as On The House (take 1))Onyx ORI 201; Krazy Kat (E) KK 829
Leo Leaps In (take 2) (as On The House (take 2))-
Leo Leaps In (take 3) (as On The House (take 3))-
Solitude-
LP-2Rolling With Parker (as Rollin' With Leo)Gotham G-262; Onyx ORI 201; Krazy Kat (E) KK 829
LP-1Woody (as Symphony In Sid)-

James Robertson, trumpet; Henry Durant, tenor sax; Leo Parker, baritone sax; Kenny Drew, piano; Dillon "Curley" Russell, bass; Eddie Bourne, drums.

-Woody
LP-2Rolling With Parker
Leo Leaps In (take 2) (unreleased title)
Solitude (unreleased title)
Rolling With Parker (unreleased take)Krazy Kat (E) KK 829
Leo Leaps In (take 1) (unreleased title)
Leo Leaps In (take 3) (unreleased title)

* Onyx ORI 201   Teddy Edwards, Dexter Gordon, Leo Parker, Wardell Gray - The Foremost!
* Krazy Kat (E) KK 829; Collectables COL-CD-5329   Leo Parker And Sax Gill - Back To Back Baritones
* Gotham G-262   Leo Parker - Woody / Rolling With Parker

1951

Leo Parker And His Quintet

Eddie Johnson, tenor sax; Leo Parker, baritone sax; Claude Jones, piano; Johnny Pate, bass; Al Williams, drums.

Universal Recording, Chicago, IL, July 4, 1951

U-7353Candlelight SerenadeChess 1477, CHV 413
U-7354HornetChess CHV 413
U-7355Reed RockChess 1477
U-7356Leo's BluesChess CHV 413

* Chess CHV 413   Leo Parker - The Late Great King Of The Baritone Sax
* Chess 1477   Leo Parker - Candlelight Serenade / Reed Rock

1952

Leo Parker And His Mad Lads

Leo Parker, baritone sax; unknown, piano; unknown, guitar; Ira Pettiford, bass, trumpet; Jack Parker, drums.

Chicago, IL, November 15, 1952

1159-6Leo's BoogieUnited U-142
1160-1Cool Leo-
1161-1Jam Leounissued
1162-8Hey Good Lookin'-

* United U-142   Leo Parker - Leo's Boogie / Cool Leo

1953

Leo Parker Quartet

Leo Parker, baritone sax; unknown, piano; unknown, bass; unknown, drums.

Chicago, IL, August 10, 1953

P-53107Smoke Gets In Your EyesChess CHV 413
-Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (Dub In)-
P-53108Anything Can Happen-
P-53109Tippin' Lightly-
P-53110Blue Sails-

* Chess CHV 413   Leo Parker - The Late Great King Of The Baritone Sax

1961 (age 36)

Leo Parker Sextet

John Burks, trumpet #1-8; Bill Swindell, tenor sax #1-8; Leo Parker, baritone sax; Yusef Salim, piano; Stan Conover, bass; Purnell Rice, drums.

Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, September 9, 1961

1. tk.4Gland LadBlue Note BLP 4087
2. tk.5Low Brown (alternate take)Blue Note CDP 7 84087 2
3. tk.6Low BrownBlue Note 45-1823, BLP 4087
4. tk.9Parker's Pals-
5. tk.11TCTBBlue Note BLP 4087
6. tk.18The Lion RoarBlue Note CDP 7 84087 2, (J) TOCJ-5941/44
7. tk.25ViBlue Note BLP 4087
8. tk.28Let Me Tell You 'Bout ItBlue Note 45-1822, BLP 4087
9. tk.31Blue Leo-

* Blue Note BLP 4087, BST 84087, (J) DY-5801-02, CDP 7 84087 2   Leo Parker - Let Me Tell You 'Bout It
* Blue Note (J) TOCJ-5941/44   Various Artists - Rare Tracks: The Other Side Of Blue Note 4000 Series
* Blue Note 45-1823   Leo Parker - Parker's Pals / Low Brown
* Blue Note 45-1822   Leo Parker - Blue Leo / Let Me Tell You 'Bout It

Leo Parker Sextet

Dave Burns, trumpet; Bill Swindell, tenor sax; Leo Parker, baritone sax; John Acea, piano; Stan Conover, bass; Purnell Rice, drums.

Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, October 12, 1961

tk.1Rollin' With LeoBlue Note 45-1834, LT-1076
tk.8Music Hall BeatBlue Note LT-1076
Bad Girlrejected
Jumpin' Leo-
Stuffy-
Mad Lad Returns-

* Blue Note LT-1076, CDP 7 84095 2   Leo Parker - Rollin' With Leo
= Blue Note BST 84095   Leo Parker - Rollin' With Leo (also released)
* Blue Note 45-1834   Leo Parker - Rollin' With Leo / Talkin' The Blues (not released)

Leo Parker Sextet

Dave Burns, trumpet; Bill Swindell, tenor sax; Leo Parker, baritone sax; John Acea, piano; Al Lucas, bass; Wilbert Hogan, drums.

Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, October 20, 1961

Rollin' With Leorejected
Music Hall Beat-
tk.22Bad GirlBlue Note 45-1833, LT-1076
tk.27Mad Lad ReturnsBlue Note LT-1076
tk.30Stuffy-
tk.32Jumpin' Leo-
tk.37Talkin' The BluesBlue Note 45-1834, LT-1076
tk.38The Lion's RoarBlue Note 45-1833, LT-1076

* Blue Note LT-1076, CDP 7 84095 2   Leo Parker - Rollin' With Leo
= Blue Note BST 84095   Leo Parker - Rollin' With Leo (also released)
* Blue Note 45-1833   Leo Parker - The Lion's Roar / Bad Girl (not released)
* Blue Note 45-1834   Leo Parker - Rollin' With Leo / Talkin' The Blues (not released)

1962 (aged 36)

Leo Parker & Dizzy Gillespie and others

Dizzy Gillespie, trumpet; Leo Parker, baritone sax; and others.

scheduled circa 1962?

IM-5032InstrumentalAladdin unissued
IM-5033Cool Me Off-