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In 1986, filmmaker Robert Mugge produced SAXOPHONE COLOSSUS, a feature-length portrait of Rollins, named after one of his most celebrated albums. The project began in May of that year when Mugge and a small crew accompanied Sonny and Lucille Rollins to Tokyo, Japan where the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra premiered his Concerto for Tenor Saxophone and Orchestra with Heikki Sarmanto of Finland conducting and Rollins himself soloing throughout.
The next big shoot was in August, when Mugge and a larger crew filmed Rollins and his ensemble performing at sculpted rock quarry Opus 40 in Saugerties, New York. The most surprising part of the latter concert was that, midway through his performance, Rollins leaped from a 6-foot cliff, fell to his back on the ground and, in spite of suffering a broken heel, continued to play his saxophone.
Rounding out the production were interviews with Rollins in Japan, with Heikki Sarmanto in Japan, with Rollins and his wife Lucille in New York City, and with jazz critics Ira Gitler, Gary Giddins, and Francis Davis, also in New York City.
The film has been given 4K remastering, and an updated commentary by Mugge is included as a bonus feature. (Wienerworld)
NTSC format, 101 mins. Price: £15.99
Featuring exclusive interviews with people who knew, worked and gigged with Tubby, as well as his many and varied fans. Among those interviewed are Sir Peter Blake, jazz poet Michael Horovitz, DJs Eddie Piller and Patrick Forge, broadcaster Robert Elms, legendary drummer Spike Wells and Tubby Hayes' biographer Simon Spillett. (Proper Music)
Run time 55 mins (features) + 20 mins extras (approx.).
Pal Format, DVD Region 0. Price: £15.99
All regions, PAL. Price: £19.99
PAL format. Colour/ B&W. Price: £79.99
PAL/ NTSC format. Price: £16.99
PAL format; documentary 89 mins, extras 55 mins. Price: £16.99
PAL format, 125 mins. Colour/ B&W. Price: £13.99
70 mins. PAL format. Price: £13.99
Benny Golson leads the British Orchestra in London, October 1966: including Tubby Hayes (ts), Roy Burns, Jimmy Deuchar, Ian Hammer (tp), Keith Christie, Ken Wright, Johnny Marshall (tb), Roy Willox (as), Ronnie Ross (bar) and Dave Goldberg (g).
Tubby Hayes conducts his own arrangements with the British Orchestra on three tunes, with similar personnel as above in London, November 1966. Plus three bonus tracks by Stan Kenton & His Orchestra, New York, 1971 - taken from a TV show. (Discovery Records)
78 mins. PAL format. Price: £13.99
PAL Format, 59 mins. Price: £14.99