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Tubby Hayes: Without A Song - Rare Live Recordings 1954-73 (CD: Acrobat, 3 CDs)Tubby Hayes: Without A Song - Rare Live Recordings 1954-73 (CD: Acrobat, 3 CDs)
Featuring 22 previously unissued live tracks, this new 3-CD anthology is the ultimate celebration of the genius of the late, great Tubby Hayes, tracing his meteoric career from teenage wunderkind to youthful veteran. Heard on all four of his principal instruments – tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute and vibes - as well as leading a series of quartets, quintets and big bands, Hayes is also featured in ultra-rare collaborations with leading British jazz figures including Joe Harriott, Tommy Whittle, Stan Tracey, John Dankworth and Tony Lee, many of whom he worked with only rarely. The collection includes new versions of Hayes’ classic compositions like “100% Proof” and “Off The Wagon”, alongside items which don’t appear anywhere else in his studio-recorded discography. Recorded in clubs throughout the UK and at festivals, rehearsals and informal private jam sessions, this release also contains a comprehensive booklet essay by noted Hayes authority and award-winning saxophonist Simon Spillett, together with rare memorabilia and press cuttings from the period. This is Tubby Hayes as you’ve never heard him before! (Acrobat Music) 


Price:  £14.99 


Tubby Hayes: The Complete Tempo Recordings 1955-1959 (CD: Acrobat, 6 CDs)
Tubby Hayes may well have died close to forty years ago, but he remains a towering figure in the annals of British modern jazz. Newly discovered recordings still create something of a stir, whilst repackaging of his existing catalogue continues apace. However, until now, there has been one glaringly obvious oversight among the reissues; a complete and comprehensive coverage of the early sessions made by this legendary figure for Tempo records. This 6CD set puts that situation right, bringing together every recording made with the A&R guidance of Tempo’s Tony Hall during a hectic four year period which saw his technique evolve as he recorded these 86 tracks with hand-picked groups comprising the best British modern jazz musicians of the time.

It includes the recordings with the original ground-breaking Tubby Hayes Orchestra, and, of course, the startling performances of the Jazz Couriers, maybe the best British modern jazz combo of the all, along with Ronnie Scott. In addition, there are the experimental solo recordings, as he overdubbed all the instruments, and the London Jazz Quartet material, originally conceived as film and TV background music.

It’s a fascinating medium, also, through which to follow the development of the mercurial technique of an artist who was young enough to approach bebop free of the background that most of his fellow musicians had been obliged to live through during the dance band era. Already a huge talent when this set begins, his style and ability were constantly evolving through the Tempo era. It includes a 6000-word booklet by noted jazz writer and musician Simon Spillett, who also compiled the anthology. It is a must for every Tubby Hayes fan and indeed all aficionados of British modern jazz. (Discovery Records) 


Price:  £22.99 

Tubby Hayes: The Complete Tempo Recordings 1955-1959 (CD: Acrobat, 6 CDs)


Tubby Hayes: The Little Giant (CD: Proper, 4 CDs)Tubby Hayes: The Little Giant (CD: Proper, 4 CDs)
The death of Tubby Hayes in June 1973 brought to a close one of the most remarkable chapters in the history of British jazz. Tubby's multi-talented abilities as a saxophonist, vibraphonist, flautist, composer, arranger and bandleader had been central to the trajectory of jazz in the United Kingdom for close to twenty years. As more than one musician associated with Hayes noted at the time, his death left an almost improbably large gap within a jazz scene which, if robust enough to carry on without him by the early 1970s, was still nevertheless relatively contained.

Only a few years before, the very notion of British jazzmen holding their own at an international level would have been all but risible; yet by the close of the 1960s the news that guitarist John McLaughlin and bassist Dave Holland were being headhunted by Miles Davis was greeted not by surprise, but with a certain amount of jingoistic pride. No one musician had done more to raise the game of the local performers in the preceding decade than Tubby Hayes; his story was as much about the personal cost of his dedication to musical excellence as it was his overcoming the inertia of his surroundings; his story remains one of lasting impact. (Proper Records) 


Price:  £15.49 


Tubby Hayes: Little Giant Steps (CD: Proper, 4 CDs)
Following on from Tubby Hayes - The Little Giant (Properbox 117) this new volume moves the story forward to the dawn of the 1960s and covers the period when Tubby went from a strictly local phenomenon to an international jazz contender.

This massive 4CD set showcases his quartet, quintet and big band, together with two US-recorded albums made with Clark Terry, James Moody and Roland Kirk. Over 44 tracks, Hayes is heard both live and in the studio, playing a repertoire comprising his own compositions and those of his idols including Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £15.49 

Tubby Hayes: Little Giant Steps (CD: Proper, 4 CDs)


Tubby Hayes: Blue Hayes (CD: Jasmine, 2 CDs)Tubby Hayes: Blue Hayes (CD: Jasmine, 2 CDs)
A terrific overview of Hayes' classic Tempo recordings and includes a previously unissued big band session from 1969.  


Price:  £12.99 


Tubby Hayes: Three Classic Albums Plus (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz here presents three classic Tubby Hayes albums "The Jazz Couriers - In Concert", "The Couriers Of Jazz", "Tubby’s Groove" plus four tracks from "Pub Crawling with Jimmy Deuchar".

Hailed as "England’s greatest jazz combo", Ronnie Scott and Tubby Hayes formed the Couriers to bring their message to the world that British jazz was alive and kicking! Joined by Terry Shannon on piano, Phil Bates on bass and Bill Eyden on drums we find them on a double bill with Dave Brubeck live at the Dominion Theatre in early February 1958. Wearing their influences on their sleeves, Brubeck was heard to declare "They sound more like an American band than we do". Moving ahead to November 1958 and the Couriers had been joined by Jeff Clyne on bass for a recording in London which clearly shows how British jazz was beginning to take it to their American cousins! For "Tubby’s Groove", Tubs steps out from the Couriers for the first time but is in familiar company with Shannon and Clyne and joining them on drums, the legendary and phenomenal Phil Seamen! Completed by four classic sides featuring the hard hitting, searing sound of Tubby’s tenor alongside trumpeter Jimmy Deuchar from "Pub Crawling" where the band pay tribute to the fine art of beer drinking! All three albums plus, have been digitally re-mastered for probably the finest sound quality ever! (AVID Entertainment) 


Price:  £8.99 

Tubby Hayes: Three Classic Albums Plus (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)


Tubby Hayes: Jazz Genius- The Flamingo Era (CD: Fantastic Voyage, 3 CDs)Tubby Hayes: Jazz Genius- The Flamingo Era (CD: Fantastic Voyage, 3 CDs)
‘Jazz Genius’ compiles four albums recorded between 1957 and 1961, plus bonus tracks, and contains over three hours of world-class modern jazz from the best-known and best-loved British jazzman of his generation, Tubby Hayes. It includes two remastered LPs by the legendary Jazz Couriers (featuring the twin-tenor attack of Tubby Hayes and Ronnie Scott) : “The Jazz Couriers” (1957) and “In Concert” (1958) with restored introductions for the first time on CD.

Hayes’ mastery of vibes, flute and alto sax are showcased on the rare “London Jazz Quartet” LP (1959) - here in its entirety - plus “An Evening With Tony Kinsey” (1961) teaming four of the UK’s greatest jazz musicians – Hayes, Kinsey, Bill Le Sage and Jimmy Deuchar. The compilation also dips into the Jazz At The Flamingo album for the two tracks on which Hayes sits in with the Tony Crombie Quintet, and rounds up a couple of studio sides, again with Crombie.

With comprehensive and informative sleeve notes, this is an essential purchase for the many devotees of the exciting late-’50s / early-’60s era when the UK modern jazz scene (with Hayes at the helm) became world-renowned via Soho’s jazz hotspots, The Flamingo and Ronnie Scott’s. (Discovery Records) 


Price:  £12.99 


Ronnie Scott & Tubby Hayes: The Couriers Of Jazz (CD: Carlton/ Fresh Sound)
with Terry Shannon (piano), Jeff Clyne (bass) & Bill Eyden (drums). Recorded in London, 1958. 


Price:  £12.99 

Ronnie Scott & Tubby Hayes: The Couriers Of Jazz (CD: Carlton/ Fresh Sound)


Ronnie Scott & Tubby Hayes: The Couriers Of Jazz (Vinyl LP: Jazz Workshop)

Price:  £19.99 


Limited edition 180g pressing.

 


Tubby Hayes: Night And Day (CD: Ronnie Scott's Jazz House)Tubby Hayes: Night And Day (CD: Ronnie Scott's Jazz House)
 


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Tubby Hayes: The Swinging Giant Vol.1 (CD: Jasmine)
Undoubtedly one of Britain’s internationally best known Jazz musicians, Edward ‘Tubby’ Hayes was born in 1935 and first learnt violin as a child before switching to tenor sax at the age of twelve. He began playing in Jazz clubs at fourteen and by sixteen was a ‘professional’ with Kenny Baker’s Sextet. Acquiring the nick-name ‘The Little Giant’, in 1955 he set out on a solo career with the start of his own band. The JASMINE CD presented here features all of his TEMPO recordings from four sessions in 1955, either fronting a quartet or an eight piece orchestra, and makes available for the first time in over 30 years some priceless gems of Modern Jazz. (Jasmine Records) 


Price:  £11.99 

Tubby Hayes: The Swinging Giant Vol.1 (CD: Jasmine)


Tubby Hayes: The Swinging Giant Vol.2 (CD: Jasmine)Tubby Hayes: The Swinging Giant Vol.2 (CD: Jasmine)
No surprise that this new JASMINE compilation carries on from where Volume One left off. Featuring one of Britain’s internationally best known Jazz musicians, Edward ‘Tubby’ Hayes, Volume Two includes two complete TEMPO sessions, one from July 1956, the other from August 1957. The second session finds Hayes teaming up with that other British Jazz giant, Ronnie Scott, in what was to be the first of several sessions. As with all these JASMINE issues, superbly re-mastered great Jazz which has not been available for many years, 65 plus minutes. (Jasmine Records) 


Price:  £11.99 


Tubby Hayes: The Eighth Wonder (CD: Jasmine)
 


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Tubby Hayes: The Eighth Wonder (CD: Jasmine)


Tubby Hayes, Jimmy Skidmore, Vic Ash etc: Modern Jazz In London 1957 (CD: Acrobat)Tubby Hayes, Jimmy Skidmore, Vic Ash etc: Modern Jazz In London 1957 (CD: Acrobat)
Rare and previously unreleased live recording from the creative hotbed that was the British post-war modern jazz scene, featuring a 1957 concert with a fluid line-up of some of the U.K.'s top jazzmen. This was one of several shows in London modelled on Norman Grantz’s "Jazz at the Philharmonic" series. Includes the first recorded performance of Tubby Hayes on vibes, a key moment in the evolution of British jazz in the ‘50s. (Discovery Records) 


Price:  £11.99 


Tubby Hayes: New Edition - Rare Radio Recordings 1958-62 (CD: Acrobat, 2 CDs)
Throughout his all-too-short career, radio broadcast appearances formed a major part of the workload of the legendary saxophonist Tubby Hayes. Barely a month went by without Hayes featuring on the airwaves and this unique collection – assembled to mark the 40th anniversary of his untimely death – contains highlights from his peak years, the late 1950s and early 1960s. Hayes is heard co-leading the famous Jazz Couriers with fellow saxophonist Ronnie Scott and heading his own quartets and quintets including the cream of British jazz. He also featured as a member of the one-off all-star Jimmy Deuchar big band and makes a rare guest appearance with the John Dankworth Orchestra. Featured players include Gordon Beck, Victor Feldman, Allan Ganley, Dizzy Reece, Ronnie Ross and Stan Tracey. Hayes is also heard during his 1962 visit to the America – in blistering form at the Washington Jazz Festival – the only existing live recording of him on US soil. With previously unreleased material – much of which Hayes never recorded elsewhere - and a comprehensive booklet essay by noted saxophonist and writer Simon Spillett, this new collection is the ultimate celebration of a much-missed genius. (Acrobat Music) 


Price:  £12.99 

Tubby Hayes: New Edition - Rare Radio Recordings 1958-62 (CD: Acrobat, 2 CDs)


Tubby Hayes & The Downbeat Big Band: Blues At The Manor 1959-1960 (CD: Acrobat)Tubby Hayes & The Downbeat Big Band: Blues At The Manor 1959-1960 (CD: Acrobat)
Two previously unreleased sessions from 1959/60 – a key document of British jazz history. The Downbeat Big Band, headed by Tubby Hayes, with among its personnel a host of top British modern jazz stars such as Ronnie Scott, Jimmy Deuchar and Phil Seamen, was the finest unit of its kind but thought to have left no recordings in its wake so this release marks a significant discovery. The first session was recorded under studio conditions at Ronnie Scott’s club and the second was the band’s sole broadcast appearance (Victor Feldman guests).

Complete with detailed booklet, rare photographs, press clippings etc this is an un-missable treat for enthusiasts of British modern jazz. (Discovery Records) 


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Tubby Hayes: The Long Shadow Of The Little Giant (CD: Acrobat)
A retrospective CD compilation celebrating the greatest British jazz musician of them all – tenor saxophonist Tubby Hayes.  


Price:  £11.99 

Tubby Hayes: The Long Shadow Of The Little Giant (CD: Acrobat)


Tubby Hayes: Tubby's New Groove (CD: Candid)Tubby Hayes: Tubby's New Groove (CD: Candid)
The music contained on this CD is among the most significant pieces of British Jazz history to have been discovered in a long long time. This first time ever release unearths a studio session which has lain forgotten since 1959 and which significantly is an addendum to what has been long seen as Tubby's first masterpiece Tubby's Groove. Tubbs is aided and abetted by the same musicians with Terry Shannon playing piano, Jeff Clyne on bass and the long lamented Phil Seamen adding his very special prodding and pushing percussion skills. Half a century later Tubby's immense talent still stuns listeners who can continue to marvel at his immense musicianship and creative charisma. (Proper Music)

Tracks: Tin Tin Deo / Visa / Supper At Phil's / Hook's Way / The Trolley Song  


Price:  £10.99 


Tubby Hayes: Boppin' And Hoppin' (CD: Jasmine)
Released alongside the fantastic 'London Pride' - JASCD 689, here we have another tremendous Tubby Hayes CD. This time we focus on his mythically rare session from 1960.

The thirteen tracks on offer here were composed by and feature British jazz and rock and roll legend Tony Crombie and includes an extra track that was not included on the original album.

Wonderfully remastered and with extensive notes by Simon Spillett this is a great and entertaining sidebar to the main development of Britain's Legendary modern jazz icon. (Jasmine Records) 


Price:  £11.99 

Tubby Hayes: Boppin' And Hoppin' (CD: Jasmine)


Tubby Hayes: London Pride (CD: Jasmine)Tubby Hayes: London Pride (CD: Jasmine)
Tubby Hayes is Britain's now legendary modern jazz icon and here we offer 23 rare tracks covering the period from 1957 to 1960, 12 of which making their first appearance on CD. Features British jazz giants, Ronnie Scott, Tony Crombie, Eddie Thompson and more! Over 78 minutes playing time with extensive booklet notes by leading Hayes expert Simon Spillet. (Jasmine Records) 


Price:  £11.99 


Tubby Hayes: Tubby the Tenor + Tubby's Back in Town + Boston '64 (CD: Fresh Sound, 2 CDs)
The arrival of English tenor saxophonist Tubby Hayes in New York during the autumn of 1961 caused a sensation in American jazz circles. The first British jazz soloist to ever make a guest appearance in a US club, his opening night at the Half Note was attended by figures including Miles Davis, Al Cohn and Zoot Sims, with Metronome describing Hayes as a “swinging ambassador from Britain who definitely can hold his own in fast company”. At the end of his visit Hayes recorded the album “Tubby The Tenor” for Epic Records, leading an all-star unit including trumpeter Clark Terry and vibraphonist Eddie Costa.

When he returned to even greater acclaim in June 1962, to play a further season at New York’s Half Note club, Mercury Records producer Quincy Jones took the opportunity to record Hayes in the company of the Walter Bishop Jr. trio and guest saxophonists Roland Kirk and James Moody, resulting in the Smash album “Tubby’s Back In Town.” The record received a 4 and a half star review in DownBeat, with journalist Harvey Pekar declaring Hayes’ performance proof that he was “capable of giving many well-regarded US tenor players a run for their money.”

This release includes both the Epic and Smash albums and adds a previously unreleased recording of Hayes made with pianist Ray Santisi’s trio in Boston in 1964. It also comes complete with an overview essay by Hayes’ biographer and fellow saxophonist Simon Spillett. (Fresh Sound Records) 


Price:  £19.99 

Tubby Hayes: Tubby the Tenor + Tubby's Back in Town + Boston '64 (CD: Fresh Sound, 2 CDs)


Tubby Hayes: England's Late Jazz Great (CD: IAJRC- US Import)Tubby Hayes: England's Late Jazz Great (CD: IAJRC- US Import)
This is a fantastic CD culled from broadcasts between 1957 and 1972, with Tubby's Quartet, Quintet, Jazz Couriers, Big Band plus Tony Kinsey Trio and Harry South's band. If you are a fan of Hayes' this is a must. 


Price:  £13.99 


Tubby Hayes Quintet: Tubbs- A Tribute (CD: Spotlite)
"He scared me to death" (Ronnie Scott). Reissue of tenor saxophonist Hayes at 1963 dance hall gig. This predates Hayes' fullest flowering, but his prodigious, virtuoso talent (nickname: "The Little Giant") is already evident. The most fluent, technically adroit and knowledgeable of early British modernists, Hayes is joined by Jimmy Deuchar (mellophonium), Terry Shannon (piano), Freddy Logan (bass) and Allen Ganley (drums) on "All of You" and three Hayes originals. A charismatic player-leader and champion of British jazz, Hayes' untimely death at 38 was---still is---a severe loss. (Andrew Clark, Editor, Riffs & Choruses: A New Jazz Anthology. Continuum Publishing.)

Newly discovered live recordings by Tubby Hayes and his Quintet recorded at the Dancing Slipper, Nottingham, December 1963. With Jimmy Deuchar, Terry Shannon, Freddy Logan and Allan Ganley. 


Price:  £8.99 

Tubby Hayes Quintet: Tubbs- A Tribute (CD: Spotlite)


Paul Gonsalves, Tubby Hayes & The Johnny Scott Orchestra: Just Friends + London Swings (CD: Vocalion)Paul Gonsalves, Tubby Hayes & The Johnny Scott Orchestra: Just Friends + London Swings (CD: Vocalion)
wo tenor sax colossuses – Paul Gonsalves and Tubby Hayes – join forces on ‘Just Friends’, a rare EMI album recorded in 1965, which here makes its first appearance on CD. Gonsalves, best-known as a member of Duke Ellington’s orchestra, and Tubby Hayes, long since regarded as one of the UK’s greatest tenor saxophonists, finally made time in their hectic schedules to record this album, decamping to the Lansdowne Studios in Holland Park to lay down seven superb examples of modern jazz. Apart from one standard number (the title track), the music comes from the pens of several premier British jazzers including Ian Hamer, Stan Tracey, Jimmy Deuchar and Hayes himself. In the band are such luminaries as Jackie Sharpe (baritone sax), Les Condon (trumpet), Stan Tracey (piano), Lennie Bush (bass) and Ronnie Stephenson (drums).

In contrast is ‘London Swings’, the second album compiled on this release, a swinging, jazzy, big band affair conducted and arranged by Johnny Scott, erstwhile leader of British jazz group The Johnny Scott Quintet. Recorded in Abbey Road Studio No.2, the music is centred on the city of London, and Johnny Scott comes up with inspired arrangements of famous numbers including Chelsea Bridge, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square and London By Night as well as a light sprinkling of original compositions. (Dutton Vocalion) 


Price:  £10.99 


Tubby Hayes: Commonwealth Blues (CD: Art Of Life)
The complete unedited and previously unreleased 1965 BBC transcription recordings. With Gordon Beck, Johnny Butts & Jeff Clyne. A must-have for Tubbs' fans. 


Price:  £13.99 

Tubby Hayes: Commonwealth Blues (CD: Art Of Life)


Tubby Hayes: Inventivity (CD: Candid, 2 CDs)Tubby Hayes: Inventivity (CD: Candid, 2 CDs)
The release of this new double CD volume is a timely reminder of the days when Ronnie Scott's Club - then in its infancy - was functioning as the crucible in which British modern jazzmen met their American opposite numbers, often for the very first time.

Fortunately for the generations of listeners who weren't lucky enough to have been around when Stan Tracey and his resident trio held forth with the likes of Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins, Johnny Griffin, Roland Kirk, Ben Webster and Sonny Stitt, journalist Les Tomkins ensured that at least some of this mythic and exciting music found its way on to tape.

It's these historical recordings by Les Tomkins that compile Candid's Collectors series that encompass performances by many of the leading American visitors to Scott's club on those halcyon nights in the mid-sixties. It is perhaps inevitable that the first issue documents the work of indisputably the great British jazz virtuoso of his generation, the late great saxophonist Tubby Hayes, a performer who has latterly achieved almost iconic status among a new generation of jazz listeners. (Candid Records) 


Price:  £10.99 


Tubby Hayes: Intensity- The 1965 Tapes (CD: Tentoten)
This newly discovered session, which has lain hidden for over 40 years, features multi-instrumentalist Tubby Hayes, one of Britain’s greatest jazz musicians. Recorded at Ronnie Scott’s club in Gerrard Street in 1965, Hayes fronts a quartet featuring Terry Shannon on piano, bassist Jeff Clyne and drummer Benny Goodman. The three lengthy performances represent a typical mid-Sixties Hayes set, featuring Hayes’s typical extended soloing on tenor saxophone and flute. (New Note) 


Price:  £13.99 

Tubby Hayes: Intensity- The 1965 Tapes (CD: Tentoten)


Tubby Hayes Quartet: Addictive Tendencies (CD: Rare Music, 2 CDs)Tubby Hayes Quartet: Addictive Tendencies (CD: Rare Music, 2 CDs)
First time release of the 1966 live recording from Tony Levin's orginal analogue tapes. 


Price:  £18.99 


Tubby Hayes: Live At The Hopbine (CD: Harkit)
A session recorded at The Hopbine in north London in 1966 featuring Tubby Hayes on tenor saxophone, with the guesting of Tommy Whittle on tenor saxophone, Kenny Powell at the piano, Ron Mathewson on bass and Dick Brennan on drums. This stellar combination give their all on six stupendous numbers packing in a whopping 77 minutes. Brilliant sleeve notes by Simon Spillett explain events in detail. (Harkit Records) 


Price:  £13.99 

Tubby Hayes: Live At The Hopbine (CD: Harkit)


Tubby Hayes: Live In London, Vol.2 (CD: Harkit)Tubby Hayes: Live In London, Vol.2 (CD: Harkit)
Companion to our Volume 1, this is even hotter than before! As well as stunning performances, the interview continues, this time with no holds barred. The interview puts the whole Tubby "thing" into a new light. He talks about his recent visit to the U.S. and how it affected him. But the music's the thing! Recorded 'live' at Ronnie Scott's Club, Gerrard Street, London. (Harkit Records)  


Price:  £13.99 


Tubby Hayes: Portrait (CD: Ember)
featuring Tubby with The Jazz Couriers, in August 1957, with Tony Crombie in May, 1959, & with Tony Kinsey in September, 1961. 


Price:  £11.99 

Tubby Hayes: Portrait (CD: Ember)


Tubby Hayes Quartet: For Members Only (CD: Miles Music)Tubby Hayes Quartet: For Members Only (CD: Miles Music)
Live in London, 1967 with Mick Pyne (piano), Ron Mathewson (bass) & Tony Levin (drums). Includes an interview with Humphrey Lyttleton and sleeve notes by Peter King. 


Price:  £13.99 


Tubby Hayes & Tony Coe: Jazz Tete A Tete (CD: Progressive)
Featuring the Tubby Hayes with the Les Condon Quartet, the Tony Coe Quintet, and the Frank Evans Trio. Recorded at Bristol University, November 1966. 


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Tubby Hayes & Tony Coe: Jazz Tete A Tete (CD: Progressive)


Tubby Hayes: Mexican Green (CD: Fontana/ Universal)Tubby Hayes: Mexican Green (CD: Fontana/ Universal)
 


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Tubby Hayes Big Band: Rumpus (CD: Savage Solweig)
The 1969 star-packed edition of Tubby's big band featuring Peter King, Kenny Wheeler and Spike Wells lifting the roof off The Torrington Arms and appearing on CD for the first time. The leader grants his sidemen plenty of solo space in a programme that ranges from the tightest of ensembles to uninhibited Tubby Hayes free-form. (Proper Note) 


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Tubby Hayes Big Band: Rumpus (CD: Savage Solweig)


Tubby Hayes: Split Kick - Live In Sweden 1972 (CD: Savage Solweig)Tubby Hayes: Split Kick - Live In Sweden 1972 (CD: Savage Solweig)
Two radio sessions recorded during Tubby Hayes' 1972 visits to Sweden, featuring a mix of standards and original material, including newly discovered versions of his classic compositions "Off the Wagon" and "Trenton Place".

Packaged with rare photographs and an extensive booklet note by saxophonist Simon Spillett, the album has been taken from professionally recorded live tapes and is released in co-operation with Swedish Radio.

"Of the recent Tubby releases, this one is among the best musically and sonically," says Spillett. "It gives us an up-close opportunity to hear how he worked away from his regular line-ups, as well as showcasing some of his finest flute work, something previous albums haven't focused on too much." (Proper Music) 


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Tubby Hayes: Symphony- The Lost Session (CD: Acrobat)
January 30th 2105 marks the anniversary of what would have been Tubby Hayes’ 80th birthday. Undoubtedly THE ultimate British jazz legend, Hayes’ untimely death, aged 38, in 1973 ended what had been a truly remarkable 23 year career, and, although long gone, his musical example still continues to inspire and amaze today.

Released to mark this special anniversary, this new Acrobat album presents a PREVIOUSLY UNISSUED session recorded in early 1972, which has only recently been rediscovered. On what was one of his first post-surgery gigs, Hayes is heard alongside the Tony Lee Trio, then one of the busiest accompanying units on the London jazz scene, playing with the drive, taste and maturity that came from a lifetime’s dedication to the art of jazz improvisation. Indeed, those who remember the impact of hearing Hayes in-person will find more than a hint of nostalgia in this performance. The recording also calls into question some of the critical wisdom that has surrounded the music Hayes made during his final years. Far from being a spent force, ravaged by ill-health and forced to make debilitating compromises, as some jazz histories would have him during this “comeback” period, he sounds in imperious form throughout, whether barrelling through a blues or caressing a ballad.

This atmospheric release has been newly remastered from the original tape source to gain the best possible sound and comes complete with rare photographs, press cuttings and a detailed booklet essay by award-winning saxophonist and Hayes’ biographer Simon Spillett. (Acrobat Music) 


Price:  £11.99 

Tubby Hayes: Symphony- The Lost Session (CD: Acrobat)


Tubby Hayes Quartet: Invitation - Live at The Top Alex 1973 (CD: Acrobat)Tubby Hayes Quartet: Invitation - Live at The Top Alex 1973 (CD: Acrobat)
The United Kingdom, March 1973: Pink Floyd release ‘Dark Side of The Moon’: the provisional IRA detonate bombs at Whitehall and The Old Bailey; and saxophonist Tubby Hayes and his quartet perform one of their final engagements outside of London, taking to the stage of the Top Alex, Southend-on-Sea, as part of the pub's regular jazz presentations.

To Hayes and his band, who'd been together as a unit for over three years, it was hardly a gig to raise eyebrows; a typical, jazz club blow in a suburban pub backroom, the very thing that the saxophonist had begun his career doing twenty-three years earlier. But now, Hayes was no longer a star ascendant, or operating like the jazz dynamo he'd been in his mid-1960s heyday. He was, quite literally, running out of time. Three months after the Top Alex appearance, he was dead, aged just 38, finally halted by the heart problems that had plagued his final years.

While the press obituaries rightly accorded Hayes his deserved position as one of Britain's greatest ever jazz talents, they also noted the cruel irony that he and his band hadn't entered a recording studio since 1969. Indeed, how the Tubby Hayes Quartet - a group which one obituarist compared to the identical line-up led by John Coltrane – sounded in its final years became something of a mystery.

The discovery of privately recorded tapes of the Top Alex performance, issued for the first time on this Acrobat release, provides not only a valedictory souvenir of the quartet in its final phase, but also a lesson in its leader’s still deepening musical maturity; close to the end, Hayes draws on everything he'd learned, experienced and pioneered to date, as well as revealing clues as to where his music might have headed next.

Packaged with rare photographs and memorabilia from the night itself, featuring reminiscences by band member Spike Wells, and others who witnessed the gig, and including an in-depth booklet note by Hayes' biographer, saxophonist Simon Spillett, this album is a final, melancholy reminder of a truly gigantic musical legend. (Discovery Records) 


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Ronnie Scott: Soho Blues - The Ronnie Scott Anthology 1956-62 (CD: Acrobat, 2 CDs)
Before he opened his famous club Ronnie Scott had already carved a formidable reputation as one of the U.K.'s finest jazz musicians but his natural diffidence meant that recorded appearances were few and far between. This two CD set redresses the balance and includes all the albums that were recorded in his own name between 1956 and ‘61 together with a selection of featured recordings under the leadership of others. The majority of these tracks have never appeared on CD before. (Discovery Records) 


Price:  £12.99 

Ronnie Scott: Soho Blues - The Ronnie Scott Anthology 1956-62 (CD: Acrobat, 2 CDs)


Ronnie Scott: Fast & Loose- Live In 1954 (CD: Acrobat)Ronnie Scott: Fast & Loose- Live In 1954 (CD: Acrobat)
By 1954, the famous Ronnie Scott nine-piece was not only approximately half-way through its two and a half year lifespan, but it was arguably at its peak. Formed early the previous year, and led by indisputably the most charismatic figure in British modern jazz, the band’s stock-in-trade was controversy – daring to include as much modern jazz as it could on the dance hall circuit. Its co-operative policy was described by one of its members, the saxophonist Benny Green, as “syncopated Marxism”, whilst its on-the-road antics prompted the group’s drummer Tony Crombie to remember the unit’s band bus as “a madhouse on wheels”. Nevertheless, packed full of the brightest parochial talent, including trumpeter Jimmy Deuchar and alto saxophonist Derek Humble, the band was among the most consistently musical of its generation and could sunder any opposition. The addition of multi-instrumental wunderkind Victor Feldman during 1954 only added to the groups varied talents. The band’ s BBC Overseas Service broadcast of March 17th 1954 followed the pattern of two previous appearances on the airwaves by being pressed and released by Esquire Records under the prophetic title of The Ronnie Scott Jazz Club Vol.3 and yet despite its excellent and diverse content it was soon deleted, quickly becoming a highly prized collector’s item. This Acrobat release includes not only all of the original LP but adds a further session recorded a month later by Scott and the band’s rhythm section, which features three performances that are previously unissued. Complete with rare photos, press clippings and an extensive booklet essay by saxophonist Simon Spillett, this release is an absolute must for fans of British modern jazz. (Acrobat Music) 


Price:  £11.99 


Ronnie Scott: Boppin' With Scott (CD: Proper, 4 CDs)
Ronnie Scott will long be remembered as the co-owner of the club that carries his name, a jazz venue that became renowned throughout the world for the excellence of its setting and the artists on display. Scott was a club proprietor extraordinaire, distinguished for his entrepreneurial courage and artistic vision. He also was a stand-up comedian who could rival anyone on his best nights, of which there were plenty. Ronnie’s prominence as a club owner tended to obscure the fact that he was a world-class tenor saxophonist, whose tone and affinity for the blues recall that other superb white tenorist Zoot Sims, although Ronnie’s phrasing and attack were closer to Sonny Rollins, one of Scott's idols with whom he played on many occasions. Ronnie Scott was also a tireless promoter of fine British musicians, utterly committed to jazz all his life. This 81 track box set focuses on Ronnie's first ten years as a professional musician when he was accompanied by the cream of British jazz at the time. Contains six tracks not available since the days of the 78. (Proper Records) 


Price:  £15.49 

Ronnie Scott: Boppin' With Scott (CD: Proper, 4 CDs)


Ronnie Scott: Boppin' At The Esquire (CD: Indigo)Ronnie Scott: Boppin' At The Esquire (CD: Indigo)
 


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Ronnie Scott: Legacy (CD: Ember)
 


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Ronnie Scott: Legacy (CD: Ember)


The Jazz Couriers: Some Of My Best Friends (CD: Ember)The Jazz Couriers: Some Of My Best Friends (CD: Ember)
 


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The Jazz Couriers (featuring Tubby Hayes & Ronnie Scott): The First And Last Words (CD: Jasmine)
As the title suggests, this reissue combines The Jazz Couriers' first recordings from August 1957 with their very last sessions in June / July 1959, a real feast for Tubby Hayes and Ronnie Scott fans. Also included are the two incredibly rare titles, "Monk Was Here" and "Last Minute Blues", which were issued on a promotional "give-away" disc in 1958. Almost 66 minutes of Jazz heaven. (Jasmine Records) 


Price:  £11.99 

The Jazz Couriers (featuring Tubby Hayes & Ronnie Scott): The First And Last Words (CD: Jasmine)

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