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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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Eyeshutight: Resonance

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Eyeshutight is a piano trio, formed in 2010 in the UK city of Leeds. Resonance is the trio's third release, an album that impresses even in the crowded and competitive world of the jazz piano trio, with a mix of lyrical sweetness, hard grooves and catchy rhythms.Officially, the band name is pronounced Eyes Shut Tight--Isha Tite seems more appropriate, but apparently the band did originally call itself Eyes Shut Tight before conflating the words into something more concise, if more confusing. Bassist Paul Baxter leads the band, with pianist Johnny Tomlinson and drummer Kristoffer Wright (whose use of ...

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Yes at the NYCB Theatre At Westbury

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Yes NYCB Theatre At Westbury Westbury, NY July 12, 2014 When Yes announced that it would be touring in the summer of 2014, it also stated that it would be playing its classic albums Fragile (Atlantic Records, 1971) and Close To The Edge (Atlantic Records, 1972) in their entirety, as well as excerpts from Heaven And Earth (Frontier Records, 2014) and some greatest hits selections. Quite a daunting proposition, especially considering that original lead vocalist Jon Anderson hasn't been a part of the band since 2008. In May 2008, Anderson (who was not particularly interested ...

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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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Yes: The Yes Album (Definitive Edition CD/Blu-Ray)

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While later albums like Fragile (Atlantic, 1971) and the epic Close to the Edge (Atlantic, 1972) would establish Yes as superstars of the progressive rock world (and, to some extent, beyond), it was The Yes Album, also released by Atlantic but nine months earlier in February of 1971, that announced Yes a group with still-untapped potential but a group that had, nevertheless, finally arrived. It was a tumultuous time for a group whose career has subsequently been defined by conflict and revolving door personnel. First formed in 1968, by 1971 Yes already had two albums to its credit, ...

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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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Gabriel Reyes: Satori

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Chilean guitarist Gabriel Reyes' second release as a leader, Satori brims with the visceral effervescence of soul-jazz within the framework of sophisticated and stylish orchestration. The eight Reyes originals that comprise the album are intricately penned with ample room for the individual sextet members to express their spontaneous creativity.Reyes' emotive unaccompanied guitar serenade opens “El 5," the funk-infused workout that follows features the rhythm section's infectious vamps supporting a chorus of guitar and horns. Out of this basic sonic pattern emerges saxophonist Claudio Rubio's warm and clear tenor as he winds a tight, passionate and intelligent improvisation around ...



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