Tenor saxophone player Simon Spillett is probably the best known "keeper of the flame" although in his case it is the Tubby Hayes "flame".|
His unstinting efforts have brought Tubby's music back into the jazz spotlight with a wealth of previously unheard music from Tubby's own archive now available on CD.
It should not be overlooked that Simon himself is a very fine exponent of the tenor saxophone and the music from Tubby's era. His quartet, often with John Critchinson, has been a popular attraction on the club scene for some years.
One of Simon's achievements is as author of The Long Shadow of The Little Giant, on the life, work and legacy of Tubby Hayes. The book has a wealth of detail about the British jazz scene of the 1950's and 1960's and is essential reading for anybody interested in this period of our jazz history.
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Simon Spillett discography:
Simon Spillett Quartet - August 31st, 2006 (Introducing Simon Spillett - Woodville Records)
Simon Spillett (ts), John Critchinson (p), Andrew Cleyndert (b), Martin Drew (d).
Make Someone Happy*/Off The Wagon*/Spring Can Really Hang You Up The most*/Gee Gross*/Another Setting*/Nobody Else But Me*/But Beautiful*/New Beginning*/Howdy Doody*/Cherokee*/Tin Tin Deo (unissued).
(*Woodville CD - Introducing Simon Spillett)
Simon Spillett Quartet - September 24th and 25th, 2007 (Sienna Red - Woodville Records)
Simon Spillett (ts), John Critchinson (p), Andrew Cleyndert (b), Spike Wells (d).
Mini Minor*/Lifeline*/Souriya*/Peace Pipe*/Rumpus*/Ricardo*/Pint Of Bitter*/The Right To Love*/Sienna Red*/Oleo*/Grits, Beans And Greens (unissued)/Song For A Sad Lady (unissued).
(*Woodville CD - Sienna Red)
Simon Spillett adds "I have recorded two unissued albums with Danny Moss, also featuring Mike Carr, John Pearce, Danny Moss Junior and Martin Drew. These were made for Dave Bennett, with a view to releasing them on the Avid label. They were recorded over several days in the autumn of 2007"...
Simon Spillett Quartet - October 15th, 2012 (Square One - Gearbox (Vinyl release)
Simon Spillett (ts), John Critchinson (p), Alec Dankworth (b), Clark Tracey (d).
Shepherd's Serenade*/Square One*/Yesterday I Heard The Rain*/A Night In Tunisia*/Bass House*/In the Still Of The Night*/Wonderful, Wonderful! (unissued)/I Never Know When To Say When (unissued).
(*Gearbox vinyl LP - Square One)