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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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, ...read more
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 ...read more