Liner Notes by Stanley Crouch

(A footnote to my NPR obit/remembrance.)

This hardly a complete list, nor is it particularly accurate, as it is simply sourced from Discogs, and I noticed a few errors along the way. Still, looking over these 70+ titles gives an idea of Stanley Crouch’s evolution and the scope of his output.

Stanley was at his best with liner notes for they are short, to the point, and mostly positive…although he also had a bad habit of beginning with general grouchy throat-clearing before tackling the music at hand. His analyses for historical reissues rank with any other jazz conventional jazz critic, while the records made by his close associates have unique insights from the players.

Another 30 albums by his friends David Murray, Wynton Marsalis, and Marcus Roberts are not present below. This list was compiled specifically to casually document less likely and notably worthy places for Crouch’s byline. For fun, I starred (***) the notes that made a notably positive impact on my own development. (I’d give Marsalis’s Black Codes and J Mood the *** as well.)


Horace Tapscott, The Giant is Awakened (1969)

Rashied Ali/ Leroy Jenkins, Swift Are The Winds Of Life (1975)

Chick Corea, Circling In (1975 issue of 1970 music)

Chico Hamilton, Peregrinations (1975)

Andrew Cyrille, Junction (1976)

Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Other Folks’ Music (1976)

Dave Burrell, High Won – High Two (1976)

***Old and New Dreams (1977)

Michael Gregory Jackson, Clarity (1977)

Don Cherry, Brown Rice (1977)

***Thelonious Monk, At The Five Spot (1977 reissue of 1958 music)

Fats Navarro, Featured With The Tadd Dameron Band (1977 reissue of late 40’s music)

James Newton, Paseo Del Mar (1978)

Arthur Blythe, Lenox Avenue Breakdown (1979)

Billie Holiday, All Or Nothing At All (1979 reissue of mid-’50s music)

***Booker Ervin, The Freedom and Space Sessions (1979 reissue of early 60s music)

Cecil Taylor/Max Roach, Historic Concerts (1980) (Crouch’s notes are actually a newspaper review of 1979 concert)

World Sax Quartet, Revue (1980)

World Saxophone Quartet, W.S.Q. (1980)

Lester Young , Mean To Me (1980 reissue of trio w. Nat King Cole and Buddy Rich)

Max Roach, Conversations (1981 reissue of sessions from 1958 and 1962)

Clarinet Summit, In Concert At The Public Theater (1981)

James Newton, Portraits (1982)

Art Farmer, A Work Of Art (1982)

***Miles Davis, Live at the Plugged Nickel (1982 issue of 1965 music)

Big Nick Nicholas, Big And Warm (1983)

Jimmy Lyons Quintet, Wee Sneezawee (1983)

***Clifford Jordan, Repetition (1984)

Terence Blanchard/Donald Harrison, New York Second Line (1984)

Don Pullen, Evidence Of Things Unseen (1984)

Bobby Bradford And The Mo’tet, Lost In L.A. (1984)

Paquito D’Rivera , Why Not! (1984)

***Introducing Kenny Garrett (1985)

George Coleman, Manhattan Panorama (1985)

Bobby Bradford , Love’s Dream (1985)

Out Of The Blue (1985)

Jimmy Heath, New Picture (1985)

The Art Farmer/Benny Golson Jazztet featuring Curtis Fuller, Back To The City (1986)

James Newton, The African Flower: The Music Of Duke Ellington And Billy Strayhorn (1986)

***Steve Kuhn, Life’s Magic (1986)

***Joe Henderson, The State of The Tenor (1986)

John Stubblefield, Bushman Song (1986)

Tommy Flanagan, Nights at the Vanguard (1987)

Pharoah Sanders , Oh Lord, Let Me Do No Wrong (1987)

Curtis Lundy, Just Be Yourself (1987)

Max Roach Double Quartet, Bright Moments (1987)

Bobby Hutcherson, Cruisin’ The ‘Bird (1988)

Benny Green, Prelude (1988)

David S. Ware Trio , Passage To Music (1988)

Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Save Your Love For Me (1988)

Michael Carvin, First Time (1988)

Earl Hines Plays Duke Ellington (1988 reissue of early ’70s music)

***Don Pullen, New Beginnings (1989)

***Ahmad Jamal, Poinciana (1989 issue of early 50’s music)

Illinois Jacquet, Banned In Boston (1989 reissue of 1962 music)

Louis Armstrong, The Sullivan Years (1990 reissue of mid-50s music)

Joe Henderson, Lush Life: The Music Of Billy Strayhorn (1991)

J.J. Johnson, Quintergy (1991)

J.J. Johnson, Standards (1991)

Shirley Horn, You Won’t Forget Me (1991)

Andrew Hill, A Beautiful Day (1992)

Duke Ellington’s My People (1992 reissue of 1963 music)

Charles McPherson, First Flight Out (1994)

Gary Bartz, The Red And Orange Poems (1994)

Gary Smulyan with Strings (1996)

Stephen Scott, The Beautiful Thing (1997)

Jelly Roll Morton, realized By Artis Wodehouse, The Piano Rolls (1997)

J.J. Johnson, The Brass Orchestra (1997)

Jimmy Cobb’s Mob, Only For The Pure Of Heart (1998)

Steve Kuhn, Dedication (1998)

Harold Land, Promised Land (2001)

Charles Lloyd, Jumping The Creek (2005)

Bill Charlap, Stardust (2003)

Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane, At Carnegie Hall (2005 issue of 1957 music)

Gregg August, Four by Six (2012)

Charles Lloyd, Manhattan Stories (2014 issue of 1965 music)