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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tubby Hayes: Split Kick - Live In Sweden 1972

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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' ...

DVD/FILM REVIEWS

Tubby Hayes: A Man In A Hurry

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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 ...

BOOK REVIEWS

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

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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, ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

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

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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 ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tubby Hayes: Symphony – The Lost Session

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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 ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

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 ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

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 ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

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 ...


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