Compositions & Recordings


Extended Works

The Ring Thing (1993)
Song of the Seasons (1987)
The Gift of Song (1986)
Escenas Afro-Cubanas (1985)
Duke Ellington Choral Medley (1984)
Psalm 150 (1980)
Sojourner (1980)
In Praise of Freedom (1976)
Sing About Love (1974)

Songs

Ah Ha
Always You
The Birthday Song
Blue Monday
Bronx Song
Brotherhood Begins with You and Me (from In Praise of Freedom)
Chili Beans
Christmas Is Love
El Toro
He’s There
Hey Stuff!
Kenne’s Soul
La Gitana
Little David Swing
Odyssey
Oh So Wonderful (from Psalm 150)
Organum
Out of All (He’s Chosen Me) (from Sing About Love)
Sabrosa
Sarai
Stepping Stones
Together
Wagner Takes the ‘A’ Train (Richard Wagner/Billy Strayhorn, arr. Capers)
Waltz Pierrot
West Fourth Street
Wild Cattin’
Winter’s Love (based on two themes from Wagner’s opera Die Walküre)

Recordings

Limited Edition (Valcap Music, 2001)

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Capers, piano/vocals – John Robinson, bass – Earl Williams, drums – Al Harewood, drums – Alan Givens, tenor and soprano saxophones, flute – Mark Marino, guitar

Produced by Valerie Capers and Andrew Rowan

Arrival (Horace Parlan)
Sister Sadie (Horace Silver)
I’ve Never Been in Love Before (Frank Loesser)
It’s All Right with Me (Cole Porter)
Lush Life (Billy Strayhorn)
Nature Boy (Eden Ahbez)
Organum (Capers)
Rhythm-a-ning (Thelonious Monk)
Blue Monk (Monk)
Blood Count (Strayhorn)
Perdido (Juan Tizol/Ervin M. Drake/Hans Lengsfelder)

Wagner Takes the ‘A’ Train (Elysium, 1999)

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Capers, piano/vocals – John Robinson, bass – Earl Williams, drums – Alan Givens, tenor and soprano saxophones, flute – Mark Marino, guitar

Produced by Elysium Recordings, Inc.

Wagner Takes the ‘A’ Train (Richard Wagner/Billy Strayhorn, arr. Capers)
‘Round Midnight (Thelonious Monk)
Nature Boy (Eden Ahbez)
Moanin’ (Bobby Timmons)
Always You (Capers)
They Can’t Take That Away from Me (George & Ira Gershwin)
Mood Indigo (Edward Kennedy Ellington)
My One and Only Love (Guy Wood/Robert Mellin)
Organum (Capers)
Winter’s Love (Richard Wagner, arr. Capers)
Confirmation (Charlie Parker)

Come on Home (Columbia/Sony, 1995)

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Capers, piano/vocals – John Robinson, bass – Bob Cranshaw, bass – Terry Clarke, drums – Wynton Marsalis, trumpet – Paquito D’Rivera, alto saxophone – Mongo Santamaria, conga drums

Produced by Frank Zuback

A Night in Tunisia (John Birks Gillespie/Frank Paparrelli)
Out of All (He’s Chosen Me) (Capers)
Odyssey (Capers)
I’ve Never Been in Love Before (Frank Loesser)
One Note Samba (Antonio Carlos Jobim/Newton Mendonca)
Come on Home (Horace Silver)
In a Mellotone (Edward Kennedy Ellington/Milt Gabler)
Tell Him Thanks (Richie Iacona)
It’s All Right with Me (Cole Porter)

Affirmation (KMArts, 1992)

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Capers, piano – John Robinson, bass – Al Harewood, drums

Produced by Valerie Capers

Arrival (Horace Parlan)
Jitterbug Waltz (Thomas “Fats” Waller)
Everything Must Change (Bernard Ighner)
Rhythm-a-ning (Thelonious Monk)
Organum (Capers)
All in Love is Fair (Stevie Wonder)
Blue Bossa (Kenny Dorham)

Portrait in Soul (Atlantic, 1966)

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Capers, piano – John Daley, bass – Charley Hawkins, drums – Vincent McEwen, trumpet – Robin Kenyatta, alto saxophone – Frank Perowsky, tenor saxophone – Richy Landrum, conga drums

Produced by Joel Dorn

Little David Swing (Capers)
Subrosa (Capers)
Hey Stuff! (Capers)
Kenne’s Soul (Capers)
Odyssey (Capers)
The Heather on the Hill (Alan Jay Lerner/Frederick Lowe)