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Tubby Hayes: Without a Song – Rare Live Recordings 1954-73

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This comprehensive 3-CD box set comprises 22 previously unissued live tracks constituting a veritable cornucopia for Tubby Hayes fans. It also benefits from 31 pages of extensive, informed and intelligent sleeve notes from the redoubtable Hayes biographer Simon Spillett, plus some previously unseen photographs. CD-1 opens with a rousing “Bark for Barksdale" by the Vic Lewis Orchestra from 1954 and a confident tenor solo from Hayes aged just nineteen. On the 1959 recording of “Swinging the Blues," compere Brian Mathew gives a running commentary of the solos, reminiscent of (and surely an inspiration for) The Bonzo Dog Band's ...

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Tubby Hayes: Seven Steps to Heaven - Live at the Hopbine 1972

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This set from the late saxophonist and flautist Tubby Hayes was extraordinary for several reasons. It featured along with his regular pianist of the time, Mike Pyne, two other virtuoso musicians, drummer Tony Oxley who repeatedly topped the Melody Maker British section jazz polls and the relatively less well known Daryl Runswick--primarily a classically trained musician bassist, composer, educator, author and producer who also played jazz bass superlatively. Runswick has featured on several albums by guitarist Ray Russell. Oxley's playing in this set was “straight" but he is most well-known for his free work alongside such renowned exponents as Derek ...

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Tubby Hayes: Intensity: The 1965 Tapes

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The late '50s and early '60s were a great time for jazz at clubs in downtown Manhattan. It was a heyday for tenor saxophonists; such giants as Sonny Rollins, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Sonny Stitt, John Coltrane, Johnny Griffin, Gene Ammons, Wayne Shorter, Booker Ervin and Tubby Hayes could be heard at cozy spots like New York's Village Vanguard, Five Spot, Half Note and Bohemia. Hayes was the only foreigner, an Englishman who was an occasional musical import before The Beatles. Hayes subbed for Paul Gonsalves with Duke Ellington in London and recorded with such top American jazz players as ...

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Tubby Hayes: The Little Giant

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This is the kind of niche market compilation which gives reissue companies operating outside the fifty-year copyright rule a good name. This lovingly put together, decently remastered, comprehensively annotated, four-disc set focuses on the breakthrough years of one of the most fecund and formidable tenor saxophonists Britain has ever produced.

Tubby Hayes--a child prodigy who took up the saxophone at the age of twelve and was a full-time professional at fifteen--came to national prominence in the late 1950s as a co-leader, with fellow tenor player Ronnie Scott, of the Jazz Couriers. From this relatively straight-ahead hard bop beginning, Hayes developed ...

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Tubby Hayes: Commonwealth Blues and Addictive Tendencies

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Tubby Hayes Commonwealth Blues Art of Life 2005 Tubby Hayes Addictive Tendencies Rare Music Recordings 2005 Tubby Hayes essentially put British jazz players on the map. In his short life and career he actively pursued excellence on his instruments (tenor sax, flute and vibes) and as a composer. Aficionados are finally discovering or re-discovering this icon.

Commonwealth Blues consists of BBC radio transcriptions that were originally intended for broadcast overseas. They contain ...

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Tubby Hayes: 100% Proof

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Tubby Hayes 100% Proof Fontana 1966/2005 “But being as this is 100% Proof, the most powerful big band album in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya punk? As a jazz fan himself, I'm sure Clint 'Dirty Harry' Eastwood wouldn't object too much to the plagiarising and adaptation of one of his most famous lines, but it does seem strangely appropriate to apply it to one of the best big band albums ever made. ...

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Tubby Hayes: Mexican Green

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Tubby Hayes Mexican Green Fontana 1968/2005 Recorded in February and March 1967 and released in the following year when in the USA the tectonic plates of jazz had already started to shift, Mexican Green was a tour de force recording for Edward Brian 'Tubby' Hayes. Actually it was a remarkable album for anyone to have made. Tubby Hayes was at that time the premier tenor player in the UK as was signalled by the polls he regularly topped in the (now sadly defunct) weekly Melody Maker. He had also gained something of ...



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