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Louis Hayes: Return of the Jazz Communicators

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Much like what has happened with Smalls Records, the cottage industry that Smoke jazz club started when they debuted their own record label last fall has continued to grow into a viable commodity. So too, there is common ground to the look and feel of each release, even as the color scheme and the music itself changes. For the label's 5th full release, they have documented a November 2013 set led by the mighty Detroit drummer Louis Hayes and his quintet. As the story goes, the original Jazz Communicators were formed back in 1967 when Hayes put together ...

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Louis Hayes Quartet: San Diego CA, May 10, 2011

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Louis Hayes Quartet Saville Theatre, San Diego City College San Diego, CAMay 10, 2011 Jazz legend Louis Hayes, a significant progenitor of modern percussion since the early 1950s, visited San Diego's Saville Theatre on May 10, and, with an elite group of local musicians, delivered a blistering set of post-bop, mainstream classics to an enthusiastic, sold-out crowd. Hayes, 74, a native of Detroit, first gained national prominence as a sideman with John Coltrane, (four albums on the Prestige label), and the quintets of Cannonball Adderley and Horace Silver. He went on ...

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Louis Hayes: The Time Keeper

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If drummer Louis Hayes intended to recreate the classic sounds of, well, Louis Hayes recordings on The Time Keeper, he succeeded. In a set of tunes that includes two penned by Hayes, two by saxophonist Abraham Burton, and two by pianist Horace Silver for good measure, Hayes reminds why he's been a leader--and a leading sideman--for so many years.

As a time keeper, Hayes is impeccable. Never as boisterous as Art Blakey or as subtle as Philly Joe Jones, he's a recognizable voice on drums and, at 71, he's energetic; playing with passion, creativity, and still swinging.

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Louis Hayes: The Time Keeper & Off The Cuff

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Louis HayesThe Timekeeper18th & Vine2009 Rick GermansonOff the CuffOwl Studios2009 Louis Hayes still ranks among the few hard bop legends that emerged during the '50s and '60s who still contribute to the contemporary jazz scene. Perhaps his most famous association was with Horace Silver but his next major gig arrived as part of Cannonball Adderley's ensemble, resulting in a collaboration that would influence his career to present-day as leader of the Cannonball Legacy Band. ...

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Louis Hayes at Showplace Studios

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Housed in the rear of a nondescript building on a busy northern New Jersey thoroughfare, Showplace Studios is a no frills workspace nearly devoid of worldly distractions. The Showplace consists of an office, a small lounge, a control room, and studio. Regardless of where you are in the compact area, everything is just a few steps away. Before the musicians arrive to begin the day's recording, the place is silent except for the low drone of the recording machinery. The only sign of life is a small TV in the lounge turned to CNN with the sound off. ...

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Louis Hayes: Maximum Firepower and The Cannonball Adderley Quintet in San Francisco

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Louis Hayes spent six productive years as the drummer for Cannonball Adderley, appearing on around two dozen albums with the alto saxophonist between 1959 and 1965. Hayes' first record date with Adderley was The Cannonball Adderley Quintet in San Francisco and the drummer has since recorded extensively as a leader, particularly over the last decade. In recent years he founded the Cannonball Legacy Band to explore the repertoire of the late altoist. Louis Hayes and the Cannonball Legacy Band Maximum Firepower Savant 2007

It has been over four decades since Louis ...

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Louis Hayes and the Cannonball Legacy Band: Maximum Firepower

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A group setting itself up as a legacy band runs the risk of unfair comparison with the original, particularly when the bulk of the material happens to be widely known music from the justly famed Cannonball Adderley combo. Although drummer/leader Louis Hayes worked for the alto saxophonist for six years and helped create some of the best-loved music in the Adderley canon, he is not immune to such comparison.

It's not that Maximum Firepower is a bad recording, but comparing such tracks as “Jessica's Birthday," “This Here," “Little Boy With the Sad Eyes" and “Sack O' Woe" to ...

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John Hicks/Buster Williams/Louis Hayes: On The Wings Of An Eagle

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The passing of pianist John Hicks in 2006 marks the loss of one of the quintessential New York pianists. And this, perhaps his last recording, is a stunning example of a fully developed bebop piano trio in flight.

Hicks gained the spotlight working with Art Blakey, Betty Carter and Woody Herman in the 1960s and '70s. He then migrated to avant-garde saxophonists Pharoah Sanders and David Murray before returning to the hard bop sounds of his Keystone Trio (with George Mraz and Idris Muhammad) and Power Trio (with Elvin Jones and Cecil McBee). In the 1990s he could ...

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Louis Hayes

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Influenced by Philly Joe Jones and mentored by Papa Jo Jones, drummer Louis Hayes is a jazz survivor and a swinging one at that. The one-time Detroit musician grew up listening to and eventually playing with such legendary performers as Yusef Lateef, Sam Jones, Kenny Burrell, Tommy Flanagan and so many others from that prosperous golden age of jazz in the Motor City. His longtime associations with many a jazz legend--including Horace Silver, Cannonball Adderley and Oscar Peterson--have solidified Hayes' living legend status at age 68, though he keeps as busy a playing schedule as he always has had.

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Louis Hayes Smokes!

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Louis Hayes' Cannonball Legacy Band Smoke New York, NY November 1, 2003

New York City's got a hot jazz nightclub called “SMOKE", located at 105th & Broadway. www.smokejazz.com. SMOKE Jazz Club and Lounge has been around since 1999 and today presents perhaps the swinging-est jazz jam in the City every Monday night. “We are proud to announce that SMOKE is now smoke-free, so if you're gonna have a cigarette, please step outside," the MC announced.

It was an unusually warm November night in Manhattan, in the 70s. We took a subway uptown to check ...

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Louis Hayes

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Best known for extended stays in the bands of Horace Silver, Cannonball Adderley, and Oscar Peterson during the 50s and 60s, Louis Hayes’ recent recordings serve as a reminder that he’s still one of the hardest swinging drummers in modern jazz. Throughout compact discs released between 1996 and 2002 for the Sharp Nine, TCB, Criss Cross, and Venus labels, Hayes displays an impressive range of expression inside the exacting requirements of the bop and hard bop idioms. Although he often plays gracefully, there’s a ruthless efficiency to most of his work, which demands attention and drives bands in a manner ...

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Louis Hayes Quintet: The Candy Man

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Because the fundamental elements of jazz performance are now routinely altered (sometimes beyond recognition) or abandoned altogether, its tough to direct criticism at musicians who play in conventional styles but don’t always toe the line. In the case of drummer Louis Hayes, it may not be fair to point out his occasional rushing of the beat, sporadic inclination to overpower the rest of the band, and infrequent extended solos that are long on technique and short on musical sense. After all, given the current state of jazz drumming, which doesn’t necessarily place a premium on keeping precise time or the ...

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Louis Hayes Quintet: Quintessential Lou

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Drummer Louis Hayes might not have received an over abundance of press over the years yet most jazz aficionados should be cognizant of his past accomplishments which commenced in the 50’s while supporting saxophonist Yuseff Lateef. A true stylist and dynamic leader within the hard-bop scheme of things, Hayes has also performed with Horace Silver, Dexter Gordon, Freddie Hubbard, Gary Bartz and other jazz luminaries as the list goes on and on. However, Hayes is often cited for his ferocious, sweeping and hard driving attack behind the kit while leading his various quartets or quintets which leads us to his ...

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Louis Hayes: The Real Thing

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Hard bop drummer Louis Hayes has often been heard in memorable encounters with Horace Silver, Cannonball Adderley, Oscar Peterson and McCoy Tyner (among many others). But he has an exceptional knack for assembling some of the tightest, most cohesive straight-ahead units under his own name.Among Hayes's best group was this hard-bop unit he co-led with trumpeter Woody Shaw in 1976-77. For this edition, Jackie McLean's son, Rene, replaced the departed Junior Cook (another co-leader) with a rhythm section featuring pianist Ronnie Matthews, bassist Stafford James and, on two tracks, special guest trombonist Slide Hampton.The program duplicates ...



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