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Album Review

Tubby Hayes: Free Flight

Read "Free Flight" reviewed by Chris May


Tenor saxophonist, flautist, vibraphonist and composer Tubby Hayes, who died at the unconscionably young age of thirty-eight in 1973, was that rare thing among the first generation of British jazz musicians in the 1960s—a player who was taken seriously by the hippest American musicians and audiences. He visited New York in 1961 and 1964 for well-received seasons at the Half Note, and went to Los Angeles in 1965 for a run at Shelley's Manne-Hole. An uplifting player, a gifted composer ...

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Album Review

Tubby Hayes: Split Kick - Live In Sweden 1972

Read "Split Kick - Live In Sweden 1972" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


The hits, as various unimaginative DJs keep reminding us, just keep on coming. So, too--or so it appears--do new albums of material from the late Tubby Hayes. Some of these Hayes albums are re-releases, some are “special editions" and some present us with previously unreleased tracks. Split Kick -Live In Sweden, 1972 is an example of the latter: six tunes which Hayes recorded for broadcast by Sveriges Radio. No hits in a “pop music" sense, but the tunes and Hayes' ...

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Film Review

Tubby Hayes: A Man In A Hurry

Read "Tubby Hayes: A Man In A Hurry" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


Tubby Hayes A Man In A Hurry Mono Media Films 2015 Tubby Hayes -the finest jazz musician Britain ever produced and one of the unheralded greats of the genre. Powerful claims, but there are plenty of jazz fans (not only in the UK) who're in favor of both of them: A Man In A Hurry is a lovingly-crafted documentary that offers plenty of evidence in their support. Hayes was primarily a tenor ...

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Book Review

The Long Shadow of the Little Giant: The Life, Work and Legacy of Tubby Hayes

Read "The Long Shadow of the Little Giant: The Life, Work and Legacy of Tubby Hayes" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


The Long Shadow of the Little Giant: The Life, Work and Legacy of Tubby Hayes Simon Spillett 376 Pages ISBN: #13 978 1 78179 1738 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2015 Tenor saxophonist, author, and discographer Simon Spillett spent a decade writing The Long Shadow of the Little Giant: The Life, Work and Legacy of Tubby Hayes. Employing a wealth of interviews from Hayes' colleagues (some of whom he has performed with) and fans, ...

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Album Review

Tubby Hayes: The Syndicate - Live At The Hopbine 1968 Vol. 1

Read "The Syndicate - Live At The Hopbine 1968 Vol. 1" reviewed by Roger Farbey


Out of all the Tubby Hayes archival releases over the past few years, this one should by rights generate more than passing interest for several reasons. Expertly mastered by Gearbox from the original tapes and released on vinyl and digital download, it contains four gems, but one of the chief reasons for getting hold of it is the opportunity to hear the masterly playing of guitarist Louis Stewart who Hayes employed in place of a pianist from 1968, the year ...

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Album Review

Tubby Hayes: Symphony – The Lost Session

Read "Symphony – The Lost Session" reviewed by Roger Farbey


This newly unearthed archival recording took place on February 8th 1972 at The Hopbine, a public house and popular jazz venue in Wembley, on the northern outskirts of London and as with all Tubby Hayes' music, is of great historic importance. The gig happened just a few months after Hayes' comeback following heart valve surgery in the previous year. The title track, a tune Hayes had recorded 13 years previously for a Blue Note “audition" session, provides a ...

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Album Review

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

Read "Without a Song – Rare Live Recordings 1954-73" reviewed by Roger Farbey


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 ...


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