31 October 2009

TUBBT HAYES - TUBBS IN N.Y.



















Tubby Hayes for Fontana from 1961.
Saxophone [Tenor] - Tubby Hayes; Bass - George Duvivier; Drums - Dave Bailey ;Piano - Horace Parlan ;
Trumpet - Clark Terry;Vibraphone - Eddie Costa
Another first in blogland for this British vinyl rarity at OIR with Tubbs keeping heavy company in NYC . Apparently there was legal wrangling about who owns the masters so don't hold your breath waiting for a cd issue.The last one got pulled pronto upon release in 1990.
The swaggering "A Pint Of Bitter" was my very first exposure to Hayes back in the early 80s - I just love that tune - but the rest is just as good with flat out romps through "Opus Ocean" and "Airegin" plus a wonderfuly swinging "Soon" . Nice!

30 October 2009

TUBBY HAYES QUARTET - TUBBY'S GROOVE

















Tubby Hayes for Tempo from 1960.
Tubby Hayes (ts), Terry Shannon (p), Phil Bates (b), Phil Seamen (d).
"Tin Tin Deo" killin' it every time for me on this rare piece of British wax from 50 years ago.
Simon Spillet has written a fascinating piece on Tubby at Jazzscript and here's his take on this album:
I think it's one of Tubby's best ever studio recordings and catches him very much in his prime. I suppose that the stand-out track for me has to be Sunny Monday with its unaccompanied tenor choruses. The tone is big, the rhythmic delivery is full of confidence and the sheer enthusiasm shines through half a century on.

15 October 2009

STAFFAN ABELEEN QUINTET -PERSEPOLIS




















Staffan Abeleen for Philips Sweden from 1964.
Staffan Abeleen-Piano ; Lasse Farnlof - Trumpet ; Bjorn Netz - Tenor ; Bjorn Alke - Bass ; Bosse Skoglund - Drums

More top draw business from Sweden making a first appearance in blogland.Modal to bossa to ballads this one's got the lot:
ALL KILLER NO FILLER

1 October 2009

BERNT ROSENGREN BIG BAND - FIRST MOVES





















Bernt Rosengren for EMI Sweden from 1977.

Bassoon, Horn - Lars Bagge/Clarinet, Clarinet [Bass], Saxophone [Soprano, Alto, Baritone] - Lennart Jansson /Congas - Johnny Martinez , René Martinez , Sabu Martinez
Cornet , Flugelhorn - Lars Färnlöf /Drums - Leif Wennerström/Flute, Saxophone -Bernt Rosengren /Horn [English], Saxophone - Tommy Koverhult / Percussion - Okay Temiz / Piano - Claes-Göran Fagerstedt / Piano, Piano [Electric] - Bobo Stenson / Saxophone [Baritone] - Gunnar Bergsten / Saxophone [Tenor] - Anders Lindskog / Trombone - Jan Jansson , Janus Miezek , Lars Olofsson , Lennart Löfgren / Trombone [Bass] - Sven Larsson /Trumpet - Björn Borg /Trumpet , Flugelhorn - Bertil Lövgren , Maffy Falay / Bass - Torbjörn Hultcrantz

Back over to Sweden for this killer big band session led by Bernt Rosengren and featuring some big names such as a pre-ECM Bobo Stenson,the wonderful Lars Farnlof and none other than the mighty Sabu Martinez.
Check out the percussion destruction of "Felicidade" with Sabu plus sons Johnny and Rene Martinez beating the crap out of the Jobim bossa standard... Murdah!!!