28 October 2007


Tubby Hayes for Mercury from 1963.
Tubby Hayes (ten sax) with
Jimmy Deuchar (trumpet); Gordon Beck (piano); Freddie Logan (bass); Allan Ganley (drums).
Recorded live at Ronnie Scott's Club, Gerrard Street, London, on 17th-18th May 1962.

A review from ian17577 at amazon.co.uk:
I had read about Tubby Hayes years before I first heard him on record and there are few other British Jazz musicians that have enjoyed his postumous reputation. Since I was too young to be around to hear him in person, records such as this live session from Ronnie Scott's club must serve as the only opportunity to hear what all the fuss was about.Anyone brought up to think that British jazz in the 1950's and 60's was inferior to their American counterparts and that the imbalance was only addressed during the 1980's revival should check out this recording which illustrates Tubby Hayes playing at full steam. Certainly this was a musician who was, atleast, of comparable ability to American saxophonists such as Hank Mobley. Like the latter's recordings, this is very much in the hard bop idiom and evokes the spirit of contemporary groups such as those led by Horace Silver and Cannonball Adderley. Clearly, Hayes' trips to the States where he made recordings with the likes of Clark Terry and Roland Kirk gave him ample opportunities to absorb the latest developments in the music. That he could do this and still retain his own personal sound, shows the mettle of the man.Whilst Hayes clearly dominates the set, Scottish trumpeter Jimmy Deucher is given ample opportunity to prove what a great player he was. It is hard to see fom this performance why he hasn't enjoyed a greater reputation. Allan Ganley also proves that he was no slouch behind the drums. A young Gordon Beck is featured on a somewhat out of tune piano.All in all, if Hayes was to go on to produce even more stupendous recordings such as the fantastic "Mexican Green", this is a hugely enjoyable record that is recommended to both those lucky enough to remember the great man and those eager to know why he has such a legendary reputation. The highlights of the recording are "The Sausage Scraper" and "Yeah", the latter played with almost unbelievable bravado. A British Jazz Classic.

Ripped @320 from the now deleted Redial cd issue.


katonah said...

big hayes fan here, this is mighty fine . . . many thanks

fslmy said...

I have to give props for anything Tubby related int he blog world. His vinyl is so damn hard to find and bloody expensive and as a result no one seems to know him well?


Nick said...

thank you for this! Down in the Village (from the same gig) is my favorite TH disc, and I've always kicked myself for not grabbing this reissue when it was in print. can't wait to finally hear it!

worldbflat said...

Can't wait, thank you very much for posting this

Kate Harrell said...

Have to say my parents brought this to my attention: apparently they used to go to the Flamingo frequently (before it became Ronnie Scott's) to listen to Tubby Hayes. Must have been a most excellent scene!

Daver88 said...

Tubby Hayes

Thanks bacoso - First time i've heard any albums by this guy - Fantastic player.