Royal Roost/Roost Album Discography
by David Edwards and Mike Callahan
Last update: September 10, 2005

The Roost label was founded in 1949 by Arthur Faden, Bill Faden, Monty Kay and Ralph Watkins in New York City. Shortly after founding the label, Jack Hooke and Sammy Kaye acquired the label from the founders. In 1950 Jack Hooke purchased Sammy Kaye's interest. From 1950 until 1958 the label was run by Jack Hooke and Teddy Reig. The output of the label was almost entirely jazz.

The label was called both Roost and Royal Roost. In August 1958, Morris Levy purchased the label and it was combined with Roulette. The Roost name continued to be used by Roulette for some period of time, but eventually the Roost artists were transferred to the Roulette label itself.

The Roost and Royal Roost label was first green, then blue, with silver print. "ROOST" (or 'ROYAL ROOST") was on the perimeter of the label above the center hole. Green labels were used for the first press runs (perhaps 250-400 copies) on the original 400 series at least up until RLP-421. Later runs used the blue labels.

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Number - Title - Artist [Release Date] Contents

10 Inch 400 Series:

RLP-401 - Bud Powell Trio - Bud Powell Trio [1951]

RLP-402 - Stan Getz, Volume 1 - Stan Getz [1/50]

RLP-403 - Georgie Auld Quintet - Georgie Auld Quintet

RLP-404 - Swedish All Stars - Stan Getz

RLP-405 - James Moody in France - James Moody

RLP-406 - Jazz at Storyville - Billy Taylor [1953]

RLP-407 - Jazz at Storyville - Stan Getz [1953]

RLP-408 - New Trends - Kai Winding

RLP-409 - Taylor Made Piano - Billy Taylor

RLP-410 - Johnny Smith Quintet - Johnny Smith Quintet [1953]

RLP-411 - Jazz at Storyville, Volume 2 - Stan Getz

RLP-412 - Bud Powell Trio, Volume 2 - Bud Powell Trio

RLP-413 - Johnny Smith Quintet, Volume 2 - Johnny Smith Quintet [10/54]

RLP-414 - Dizzy Over Paris - Dizzy Gillespie

RLP-415 - Arrangements by Richards - Sonny Stitt

RLP-416 - Originalee - Lee Konitz

RLP-417 - Chamber Music - Stan Getz

RLP-418 - Jazz at the Hi-Ha! - Sonny Stitt

RLP-419 - Piano Mambo - Eddie Bonnemere

RLP-420 - Jazz at Storyville, Volume 3 - Stan Getz

RLP-421 - In a Mellow Mood - Johnny Smith Quintet [1/55]

RLP-422 - Goodies - Eddie Davis

RLP-423 - Split Kick - Stan Getz

RLP-424 - In A Sentimental Mood - Johnny Smith [1954]

12 Inch 1200 Series:

RST-1201 - Roost 5th Anniversary Album - Various Artists [2/55]

RST-1202 -

RST-1203 - Battle of Birdland - Eddie Davis & Sonny Stitt [1955] Marchin'/S.O.S./Jaws/I Can't Get Started

12 Inch 2200 Series:

RST-2201 - Johnny Smith Quartet Plays Jimmy Van Heusen - Johnny Smith Quartet [8/55]

RST-2202 - Tony Aless and His Long Island Suite - Tony Aless [1955] Levittown/Corona/Aqueduct/Riverhead/Valley Stream/Greenport/Fire Island/Massapequa

RST-2203 - Johnny Smith Quartet - Johnny Smith Quartet [1955] Django/Wait 'Till You See Her/Little Girl Blue/More Bass/Un Poco Loco/Spring Is Here/Easy Living/0500 Blues/Old Girl/Tired Blood

RST-2204 - Sonny Stitt Plays Arrangements by Quincy Jones - Sonny Stitt [1955] My Funny Valentine/Sonny's Bunny/Come Rain Or Come Shine/Love Walked In/If You Could See Me Now/Quince/Star Dust/Lover

RST-2205 - Seldon Powell - Seldon Powell [1955] Go First Class/Why Was I Born/Love Is Just Around The Corner/Someone To Watch Over Me/Count Fleet/Autumn Nocturne/Swingsville Ohio/Summertime

RST-2206 - Beverly Kenney Sings for Johnny Smith - Johnny Smith Quartet & Beverly Kenney [2/56] Surrey With The Fringe On Top/'Tis Autumn/Looking For A Boy/I'll Know My Love/Destination Moon/Ball And Chain/Almost Like Being In Love/Stairway To The Stars/There Will Never Be Another You/This Little Town Is Paris/Moe's Blues/Snuggled On Your Shoulder

RST-2207 - The Sound - Stan Getz Quintet [1956] Thou Swell/Song Is You/Mosquito Knees/Pennies From Heaven/Movfe/Parker 51

RST-2208 - Sonny Stitt - Sonny Stitt [1956] There'll Never Be Another You/The Nearness Of You/Biscuit Mix/Yesterdays/Afterwards/If I Should Lose You/Blues For Bobby/My Melancholy Baby

RST-2209 - Stan Getz Quintet at Storyville - Stan Getz Quintet [1956] Reissue of RST-2207. Thou Swell/Song is You/Mosquito Knees/Pennies From Heaven/Move/Parker 51

RST-2210 - All Star Sextet - Charlie Parker [1956] Air Conditioning/Don't Blame Me/Bird Feathers/Embraceable You/Dewey Square/Scrapple From The Apple/Quasimodo/Out Of Nowhere/Crazeology/My Old Flame/Klactoveedsedtene/Bongo Bop

RST-2211 - Moonlight in Vermont - Johnny Smith with Stan Getz [1956] Moonlight In Vermont/Tabu/Tenderly/Cavu/Ghost Of A Chance/Jaguar/Stars Fell On Alabama/Where Or When/I'll Be Around/Cherokee/Yesterdays/Vilia

RST-2212 - Come Swing with Me - Beverly Kenney & Ralph Burns [1956] Give Me The Simple Life/I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry/The Trolley Song/Violets For My Furs/This Can't Be Love/Scarlet Ribbons//If I Were A Bell/Why Try To Change Me Know/Swinging On A Star/You Go To My Head/It Ain't Necessarily So/You Make Me Feel So Young

RST-2213 - Giants of the Piano - Art Tatum & Erroll Garner [1956] Flying Home - Art Tatum/On The Sunny Side Of The Street - Art Tatum/I Know That You Know - Art Tatum/Dark Eyes - Art Tatum/Body And Soul - Art Tatum/Pastel - Erroll Garner/Trio - Erroll Garner/Don't Worry About Me - Erroll Garner/Frankie And Johnny - Erroll Garner/Play Piano Play - Erroll Garner/Love For Sale - Erroll Garner

RST-2214 - Concert in Paris - Dizzy Gillespie [1956] Champ/They Can't Take That Away From Me/My Man/Birks Works/Good Bait/I Can't Get Started/I've Got The Bluest Blues/Paris Swing/Oh Lady Be Good

RST-2215 - Moods - Johnny Smith

RST-2216 - New Quartet - Johnny Smith [1956] It Never Entered My Mind/Samba/Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair/Pawn Ticket/S'Wonderful/You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To/Blue Lights/Montage/Bag's Groove/'Round About Midnight

RST-2217 - Ruth Price Sings - Ruth Price with Johnny Smith [1956] I'm Nobody's Baby/It Never Entered My Mind/Wonderful Guy/Until The Real Thing Comes Along/This Heart Of Mine/When You Wish Upon A Star//Time After Time/Goodbye/Back In Your Own Backyard/I'll Be Seeing You/Run, Little Rain Drop, Run/Sleeping Bee

RST-2218 - Beverly Kenney, Jimmy Jones and Basie-Ites - Beverly Kenney, Jimmy Jones & Basie-Ites [4/57] Nobody Else But Me/The More I See You/Old Buttermilk Sky/I Never Has Seen Snow/A Fine Romance/Who Cares What People Say//Makin' Whoopee/The Charm Of You/Isn't This A Lovely Day/Mairzy Doats/My Kind Of Love/Can't Get Out Of This Mood

RST-2219 - 37 Minutes and 48 Seconds - Sonny Stitt [1956]

RST-2220 - The Seldon Powell Sextet - Seldon Powell Sextet [1956] The Sextet is: Seldon Powell - Tenor, Aaron Bell - Bass, Jimmy Cleveland - Trombone, "Hac" Hanna - Piano, Freddie Green - Guitar, Osie Johnson - Drums (*Gus Johnson - Drums). Woodyn' You/She's Funny That Way/*Lolly Gag/Missy's Melody/I'll Close My Eyes/11th Hour Blues//*Undecided/A Flower Is A Lonesome Thing/It's A Cryin' Shame/*Sleepy Time Down South/Button Nose/*Biscuit for Duncan

RST-2221 - Seldon Powell Featuring Jimmy Cleveland - Seldon Powell

RST-2222 - Taylor Made Piano - Billy Taylor

RST-2223 - Johnny Smith Foursome, Volume 1 - Johnny Smith [9/57] Hello Young Lovers/Love For Sale/Maid With The Flaxen Hair/Love Letters/Lover/Tickletoe/Good Bye/Body And Soul/Boy Next Door/Potter's Luck/Autumn Nocturne/Band Aid

RST-2224 - Bud Powell with Roach and Russell - Bud Powell, Max Roach & Curley Russell [1957]

RST-2225 - Stan Getz at Storyville, Volume 2 - Stan Getz [1957] Hershey Bar/Rubberneck/Signal Everything Happens to Me/Jumping With Symphony Sid/Yesterdays/Budo

RST-2226 - Sonny Stitt with the New Yorkers - Sonny Stitt [1957] Best Things In Life Are Free/Engos/Bloos/It Might As Well Be Spring/Body And Soul/Cherokee/I Didn't Know What Time It Was/People Will Say We're In Love/Bloosey/Birds' Eye

RST-2227 - Eddie Davis Trio - Eddie Davis [1957] Reissue of RST-422

RST-2228 - Johnny Smith Foursome, Volume 2 - Johnny Smith [1957] Angel Eyes/Deep Night/These Foolish Things/East Of The Sun/There's A Small Hotel/Laura/Tea For Two/I'm Getting Sentimental Over You/Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart

RST-2229 - Three Bones and a Quill - Gene Quill

RST-2230 - Saxophones of Sonny Stitt - Sonny Stitt [1958] Happy Faces/Am I Blue/I'll Be Seeing You/When You're Smiling/In A Little Spanish Town/Them There Eyes/Back In Your Own Back Yard/Foot Tapper/Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child/Shadow Waltz/Wind Up

RST-2231 - Selections from the Flower Drum Song - Johnny Smith [2/59] You Are Beautiful/I Enjoy Being A Girl/Sunday/Hundred Million Miracles/Grant Avenue/Love Look Away/Like A God/Finale

RST-2232 - And I Thought About You - Johnny Hartman [1959]

RST-2233 - Easy Listening - Johnny Smith [1959] When I Fall In Love/It Might As Well Be Spring/I Didn't Know What Time It Was/Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair/Like Someone In Love/You Don't Know What Love Is/Isn't It Romantic/Foggy Day/I Remember The Corn Fields/Scarlet Ribbons/People Will Say We're In Love/Nearness of You

RST-2234 - Diz 'N' Bird in Concert - Dizzy Gillespie & Charlie Parker [1959] Night In Tunisia, Parts 1 & 2/Dizzy Atmosphere/Groovin' High, Parts 1 & 2/Confirmation/Swing Low Sweet Cadillac/Tin Tin Deo/Ooh Shoobee Doobee/School Days

RST-2235 - Little Bit of Stitt - Sonny Stitt [1959] When The Red Red Robin/For All We Know/I'm Confessin' That I Love You/Cocktails For Two/Star Eyes/On A Slow Boat To China/Laura/J.B. Blues/Don't Take Your Love From Me/After The Late Late Show

RST-2236 - Piano Bon Bons - Eddie Bonnemere [1959]

RST-2237 - Johnny Smith Favorites - Johnny Smith [1959] Moonlight In Vermont/My Funny Valentine/Little Girl Blue/My One And Only Love/Jimmy Van Heusen Medley

RST-2238 - Designed for You - Johnny Smith [12/59] Fools Rush In/I'll Remember Clifford/The Lady Is A Tramp/There Will Never Be Another You/Autumn Leaves/Mood Indigo/Sentimental Journey/Three Little Words/My Romance/Sometimes I'm Happy/I'll Take Romance

RST-2239 - Dear Little Sweetheart - Johnny Smith [1960] My Dear Little Sweetheart/Indian Summer/Softly As In A Morning Sunrise/All The Things You Are/It's So Peaceful In The Country/Once In A While/Flamingo/Spring Is Here/Violets For Her Furs/It Never Entered My Mind

RST-2240 - Sonny Side of Stitt - Sonny Stitt [1960] Skylark/Don't Worry 'Bout Me/I'll Remember April/Day By Day/Red Top/Moonray/Old Fashioned Blues/I Never Knew/Hitsburg

RST-2241 - The Sound of Memory - Eddie Bonnemere [1960]

RST-2242 - Guitar and Strings - Johnny Smith [1960] Things We Did Last Summer/Inch Worm/Yesterdays/What Is There To Say/Stormy Weather/Where Or When/Have You Forgotten So Soon/Golden Earrings/Deep Purple

RST-2243 - Johnny Smith Plus The Trio - Johnny Smith [1960] I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)/Let's Fall In Love/I Can't Get Started/You Took Advantage Of Me/Some Of These Days/Over The Rainbow/Out Of Nowhere/Prelude To A Kiss/Un Poco Loco/Hippo The Sentimental Hippy/It's You Or No One

RST-2244 - Stittsville - Sonny Stitt [1960] Angel Eyes/It Depends on You/Stormy Thursday/Embraceable You/It Could Happen to You//But Not for Me/Memories of You/I Cried for You (Now It's Your Turn to Cry Over me)/Bright as Snow/Spinning

RST-2245 - Sonny Side Up - Sonny Stitt [1961]

RST-2246 - The Sound of the Guitar Smith - Johnny Smith [1961] Come Rain Or Come Shine/Gypsy In My Soul/Embraceable You/Misty/As Long As There's Music/'Round Midnight/This Can't Be Love/Blues Chorale/Prelude

RST-2247 - Feelin's - Sonny Stitt [1962] Sole Mio/Feelin's/Nightmare/S'Posin'/Look Up/Goodnight Ladies/If I Should Lose You/Hollerin' The Blues/Stretch Pants

RST-2248 - Man with the Blue Guitar - Johnny Smith [1962] My Romance/Little Girl Blue/Pavanne/Wait 'Til You See Her/Prelude/Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair/Maid With The Flaxen Hair/Shenandoah/Green Leaves Of Summer/My Funny Valentine/Dancing In The Dark/Old Folks/I Love You Porgy

RST-2249 - The Greatest of Stan Getz - Stan Getz [1963]

RST-2250 - Johnny Smith Plays Jimmy Van Heusen - Johnny Smith [1963]

RST-2251 - Moonlight in Vermont - Stan Getz & Johnny Smith [1963]

RST-2252 - Sonny Stitt in Orbit - Sonny Stitt [1963] No Cal/Six-O-Seven Blues/Beware, Rocks Comin' Down//Corn Flakes/Eye Ball/Saganaw

RST-2253 - Sonny Stitt Goes Latin - Sonny Stitt [1964]

RST-2254 - Guitar World of Johnny Smith - Johnny Smith [1964]

RST-2255 - Modern World - Stan Getz [1964]

RST-2256 - Jazz World - Art Tatum, Billy Taylor, & Erroll Garner [1964]

RST-2257 - The World of Charlie Parker - Charlie Parker [1964]

RST-2258 - Getz Age - Stan Getz [1964]

RST-2259 - Reminiscing - Johnny Smith [1965]

RST-2260 - El Latino - Terry Gibbs [1964]

RST-2261 - Primitivo - Arsenio Rodriguez [1965]

RST-2262 - Sax Expressions - Sonny Stitt

RST-2263 - Are You Ready for This? - Rich, Bellson & Kawaguchi

Miscellaneous Issue:

OJ1 - Operation Jazz - Various Artists

Thanks to Henry Schmidt, Marcel Michels, Chris Sheridan, Samuel Clarke, Piotr Michalowski, and Jonathan Kutler.

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