Complete Tempo Recordings 1955-59

The Complete Tempo Recordings 1955-59

by Tubby Hayes
This whopping six-disc set comprises the early bop and hard bop solo output of tenor saxophone giant and bandleader (as well as a pianist and vibraphonist) Tubby Hayes, one of a handful of players who put British jazz on the map in the 1950s. Admired by American and European players alike, he stands as one of the great masters of the horn, period. Some of the other


This whopping six-disc set comprises the early bop and hard bop solo output of tenor saxophone giant and bandleader (as well as a pianist and vibraphonist) Tubby Hayes, one of a handful of players who put British jazz on the map in the 1950s. Admired by American and European players alike, he stands as one of the great masters of the horn, period. Some of the other notable players that recorded with him during this historic period are trumpeters Jimmy Deuchar and Dickie Hawdon, bassist Pete Blannin, drummers Lennie Breslaw and Tony Crombie, and, of course, saxophonist Ronnie Scott, to name a few. The first two discs here are almost entirely devoted to the Tubby Hayes Orchestra (actually an octet), whose dates were released on 7" EPs as well as the LPs British Modern Jazz Scene 1956 and After Lights Out. The second also contains two tracks from the early Jazz Couriers, released on the historic Jazz at the Flamingo, recorded during in the summer of 1956. Disc three begins in 1957 with the album Tubby Hayes and the Jazz Couriers Featuring Ronnie Scott, recorded on August 8, as well as an alternate of "On a Misty Night" from a Tempo anthology. It is followed by four cuts -- including Hayes' killer "Plebus" from an August 15 session -- and capped off by a live date in February of 1958 that featured the band playing a spirited read of Scott's "Some of My Best Friends Are Blues" that carries over to the rest of the record, The Jazz Couriers in Concert, on disc four. The remainder contains the EP The Eighth Wonder -- Hayes also plays baritone, alto, vibes, and piano on the record -- with bassist Phil Bates and drummer Bill Eyden. It also includes six of the eight tracks from The Couriers of Jazz; the remaining two kick off disc five. The full-length London Jazz Quartet album is here, as well as the first half of the Jazz Couriers' The Last Word, from 1959. Disc six contains the final three jams from that album, which features a dynamite reading of George Gershwin's "Love Walked In." The last album in this set is Tubby's Groove, recorded in December 1959 with Jazz Couriers pianist Terry Shannon and drummer Phil Seaman, along with new bassist Jeff Clyne. The sound on this set is excellent; the music was remastered from original tapes, not vinyl. While it's worthy of complaint that the original albums are not presented wholly together, separated by discs, it's actually minor. Also included is a brilliant liner essay by British saxophonist Simon Spillett that's not only full of historical data, but cultural insight. This is a tremendous package from Acrobat and well recommended to Hayes fans and jazz enthusiasts.

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Disc 1

  1. Jordu
  2. Orient Line
  3. May Ray
  4. Monsoon
  5. I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart
  6. Sophisticated Lady
  7. Deuces Wild
  8. Fidelius
  9. Tootsie Roll
  10. Dance of the Aerophragytes
  11. There's No You
  12. Imagination
  13. Peace Pipe
  14. Evil Eyes
  15. There'll Never Be Another You
  16. Opus De Funk
  17. Straight Life
  18. Medley: The Little Giant/Orient Line
  19. Plymouth Rock
  20. Room 608
  21. Doggin' Around

Disc 2

  1. Sophisticated Lady
  2. Mambo Tittoro
  3. I'll Remember April
  4. Ode To Ernie
  5. Foolin' Myself
  6. No, I Woodyn't
  7. Message To the Messengers
  8. Hall Hears the Blues
  9. Nicole
  10. Introduction by Tony Hall/A Night in Tunisia
  11. Laker's Day

Disc 3

  1. The Theme/Through the Night Roared the Overland Express
  2. Royal Ascot
  3. On a Misty Night
  4. On a Misty Night
  5. Cheek To Cheek/the Theme
  6. Oh, My!
  7. Plebus
  8. Reunion
  9. A Foggy Day
  10. Introduction By Tony Hall/What is This Thing Called Love?
  11. Some of My Best Friends Are Blues

Disc 4

  1. The Serpent
  2. Guys and Dolls
  3. Time Was
  4. Speak Low
  5. Cheek To Cheek
  6. Time Was
  7. Blues For Those Who Thus Desire
  8. The Eighth Wonder
  9. Mirage
  10. After Tea
  11. Stop the World, I Want To Get Off!
  12. In Salah
  13. Star Eyes
  14. The Monk

Disc 5

  1. My Funny Valentine
  2. Day In, Day Out
  3. Wait and See
  4. The Toff
  5. Lakeland
  6. Sadie's Song
  7. Copper On the Beat
  8. Let Nature Take Its Course
  9. Slick Riff
  10. Big Ben Bounce
  11. Mirage
  12. Autumn In Cuba
  13. Fishin' the Blues
  14. Cheekie Chappie
  15. London Lament
  16. The Baron
  17. If This Isn't Love
  18. Easy To Love
  19. Whisper Not
  20. Autumn Leaves

Disc 6

  1. Too Close For Comfort
  2. Yesterdays
  3. Love Walked In
  4. Tin Tin Deo
  5. Embers
  6. Like Someone In Love
  7. The Surrey With the Fringe On Top
  8. Sunny Monday
  9. Blue Hayes

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tubby Hayes   Primary Artist,Flute,Piano,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vibes
Tony Crombie   Piano,Drums
Jimmy Deuchar   Trumpet
Ronnie Scott   Tenor Saxophone
Pete Blannin   Bass
Alan Branscombe   Piano,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vibes
Lennie Bush   Bass
Jeff Clyne   Bass
Bill Eyden   Drums,Timpani
Jack Fallon   Bass
Ian Hamer   Trumpet
Dickie Hawdon   Trumpet
Harry Klein   Baritone Saxophone
Kenny Napper   Bass
Terry Shannon   Piano,Celeste
Bobby Breen   Percussion,Vocals
Harry South   Piano
Pete Elderfield   Bass
Lenny Breslaw   Drums
Phil Seamen   Drums
Phil Bates   Bass
Michael Senn   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Dave Usden   Trumpet
Jackie Sharpe   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Mose Allison   Composer
Tadd Dameron   Composer
Victor Feldman   Composer
Stan Getz   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Tubby Hayes   Composer
Hank Mobley   Composer
Horace Silver   Composer
Sonny Stitt   Composer
Tony Crombie   Composer
Jimmy Deuchar   Composer
Neal Hefti   Composer
Tony Kinsey   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Ronnie Scott   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Ogden Nash   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Jerry Bock   Composer
Rube Bloom   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Alan Clare   Composer
Gene DePaul   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Ernie Wilkins   Composer
Herschel Evans   Composer
Walter Fuller   Composer
Allan Ganley   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Benny Golson   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Burton Lane   Composer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Johnny Mandel   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Frank Paparelli   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Jacques Prévert   Composer
Don Raye   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Edgar Battle   Composer
Harry South   Composer
Joseph Kosma   Composer
Henry Nemo   Composer
Patricia Johnston   Composer
Peter Tinturin   Composer
Gabriel Luna   Composer
Harold Smart   Composer
Simon Spillett   Liner Notes
Sydney Jordan   Composer
John Hines   Composer
Harold Hopper   Composer
Tony Hall   Original Session Supervision
Lawrence Holofcener   Composer
Thomas Adair   Composer
Sidney Russell   Composer
Larry Coleman   Composer
Howard Robert   Composer
Bill Sage   Composer
Miguel Prada   Composer
Mannie Greenfield   Original Session Supervision
Luciano Gonzalez   Composer

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