A discography of Bob Gordon

 

1949

 

 

 

GEORGE GAINES SEPTET

   
 

George Gaines (arr)

   
 

Ralph Clark (tp) Stan Heaney (as) Harold Kuhn (ts) Bob Gordon (bs) George Gaines (p) Dave Bryan (b) Billy Schneider (dm) unknown

female ° (vcl)

   
 

Los Angeles (Hollywood?), early 1949

   
a  

Shaw’s Gordon

Unissued  private tape
b  

I Want To Be Happy

Unissued  private tape
c  

All The Things You Are

Unissued  private tape
d  

Don’t Blame Me °

Unissued  private tape
       
  Note

The above session details come from the revised Bob Gordon Discography “Two Can Play” (published by Names & Numbers).

 

 


 

 

 

ROY PORTER AND HIS ORCHESTRA

   
 

Joe Howard, Jimmy Knepper, Robert Ross (arr)

   
 

Kenny Bright, Art Farmer, Reuben McFall, Robert Ross (tp) Danny Horton, Jimmy Knepper, William Willington (tb) Eric Dolphy, Joe Maini (as) Hadley Caliman, Joe Howard (ts) Bob Gordon (bs) Russ Freeman (p) Harold Grant (g,vcl) Addison Farmer (b) Roy Porter (dm) Alvy Kidd (bgo,cga,perc)

   
 

Hollywood, ca. Spring 1949 (see note)

   
a  

Hunter’s Hunters

Knockout (unissued ?)

b  

Blues A La Carte

Knockout (unissued ?)
c K107

Moods At Dusk

Knockout 1007
d K108

Sampson’s Creep

Knockout 1007
       
  Note

Knockout was a label based and only distributed in Los Angeles area. The Knockout number (1007) for “Moods At Dusk” & “Sampson’s Creep” is definitely confirmed.

 

The discography in “There And Back” by Roy Porter and David Keller (Bayou Press, 1991) mentions Anthony Ortega instead of Bob Gordon and Mike Pacheco instead of Alvy Kidd. The presence of Ortega is highly unlikely, contrary to what Roy Porter states in this autobiography, because Ortega was in the U.S. Army from 1948 to 1951 (a recent interview of Mr. Ortega in the San Diego Union-Tribune (Nov. 26, 2016)

www.sandiegouniontribune.com/entertainment/music/sd-et-music-anthony-ortega-20161115-story.html)

in which he confirms : “I started on alto sax in ninth grade at Jordan High School in Watts, which is where I was born…

I started playing tenor sax when I was in the U.S. Army, from 1948 to 1951…”

 

The location and the recording date could be Glendale, CA, Spring 1950, according to Roy Porter.

In summary, the question of the exact personnel, the exact location and the exact date, remains unresolved!

 

Other sources spell William Wiginton instead of Willington.

       
  CD

c – Marshmallow (Jap) MMEX-153-CD (under Eric Dolphy’s name).

 

 


 

 

 

ROY PORTER AND HIS ORCHESTRA

   
 

? (arr)

   
 

Poss. personnel : Kenny Bright, Art Farmer, Reuben McFall, Robert Ross (tp) Danny Horton, Jimmy Knepper, William Willington (tb) Eric Dolphy, Joe Maini (as) Hadley Caliman, Joe Howard (ts) Bob Gordon (bs) Russ Freeman (p) Harold Grant (g,vcl) Addison Farmer (b) Roy Porter (dm) Alvy Kidd (bgo,cga,perc)

   
 

Hollywood, ca. Spring 1949

   
a  

Frantic Dream

Rex Hollywood 28001
b  

Everything’s Cool

Rex Hollywood 28001
c  

Don’t Blame Me

Rex Hollywood 28002
       
  Note

The other title on Rex Hollywood 28002 is “The Story Of Love” by Charles Mingus.