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Little Giant [Import]

Tubby Hayes Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (February 5, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Proper Box UK
  • ASIN: B000LP5DO2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #662,797 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Walkin' Shoes
2. Sextet
3. Line For Lyons
4. Nights At The Turntable
5. Bweebida Bobbida
See all 24 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Treble Gold
2. Basshouse
3. I.P.A. Special
4. Final Selection
5. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Big Top
2. Introduction
3. Cabaletto
4. Maenya
5. He's A Tramp
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Message To The Messengers
2. Hall Hears The Blues
3. Nicole
4. Night In Tunisia
5. Laker's Day
See all 9 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

An overview of the early years of one of the most important jazz musicians the UK has ever produced. Compiled and annotated by Hayes' biographer Simon Spillett. This set will be the 'best available' covering this period in his career (1954-56). It also includes 5 previously unreleased tracks. 71 re-mastered tracks and a 44 page booklet with Tubby's story, session detail and rare photos.

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4.0 out of 5 stars TUBBY HAYES-THE LITTLE GIANT November 18, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Four discs-75,77,68,76 minutes each approximately. Digitally remastered-the sound is clean but lacks a bit of spacial qualities found in more modern recordings. These are the early recordings of one of Britain's finest tenor sax players,and it is a cornerstone of British jazz.

Hayes started off playing in small orchestras and went on to play in smaller groups until his early death. He was also an arranger of note,and put those skills to use throughout his short career. This set begins in the mid-fifties with Hayes playing in several larger orchestras,and even then his prowess on the tenor sax was out in front as a featured soloist. These tracks are straight ahead,hard tunes with little let up. These tracks represent hard-swinging big band music at it's finest.

The second disc begins with Hayes playing in an octet and then moves to a quartet/quintet setting. Besides Hayes,the other player/players get some time up front in order to set up Hayes for yet another swinging,flowing solo. These tracks really show what an ensemble player Hayes was-after soloing he would let the other players solo,and if need be,support them unobtrusively. Being personally partial to small group jazz,I thought the tracks with larger ensembles,where Hayes might get lost,would be of lesser interest. This is certainly not the case. The excitement factor is present all through these tracks,no matter what size group. When a ballad comes up Hayes sounds a bit like Ben Webster in tone. His "breathy" notes and the spaces between the notes really show his skills to the maximum. His playing on the faster tracks could be any one of a number of well-known sax players-but Hayes manages to forge his own sound.

Disc three is made up mostly of live tracks with a big band.
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