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Radio & Podcasts

Tubby Hayes At The Hopbine And More

Read "Tubby Hayes At The Hopbine And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne


The featured album is a classic recording of Tubby Hayes, in blistering form, live at the Hopbine in London in 1969. Alongside this there are new releases from across the jazz world from Samuel Mosching, Chris Morrisey, Mario Laginha, Martin Freiberg, Jazz Station Big Band, John Hébert, Roddy Elias, Julieta Eugenio, and Bernie Senensky. Stunning improvisation comes from Paul Pignon, Camila Nebbia, Axel Filip, and Carmel Kleykens, and similarly, there are new explorations from Cooper-Moore and Stephen Gauci, plus an ...

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Album Review

Tubby Hayes Quartet: The Complete Hopbine '69

Read "The Complete Hopbine '69" reviewed by Chris May


Of all the many talented jazz musicians who blazed trails in Britain in the late 1950s and 1960s, tenor saxophonist Tubby Hayes in 2022 stands among the tallest. Hayes, too, is one of a handful of British musicians of his generation who have been practically deified by some of the emergent young players who are currently invigorating the British scene. Hayes died tragically young, aged thirty-eight, in 1973, from heart disease exacerbated by heroin use. So his ...

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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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