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||R&B Records||"Soho '62 Jazz goes Mod (2 CD set)" |
In 1962, the London jazz scene was thriving but divided into two very different playing styles. The trad jazz scene was holed up at the 100 Club whereas across the road at The Marquee, modernist aspirations were fulfilled on Sunday evenings. If you wanted all night action, then you would head to The Flamingo Club in Wardour Street, where on dark and moody Saturdays, Soho's underworld figures converged for sessions that ran from midnight to 6am. Dance crazes such as The Twist and The Madison were taking off at various sophisticated venues in the West End. Modernists wouldn't be seen here though; their clubs were unlicensed premises in dark smoky basements serving a wholesome menu of Coca-Cola and hamburgers. Collected on Disc 1 is the cream of British jazz from 1962, whereas disc two showcases influential American sounds from labels such as Impulse, Blue Note and Prestige. This album captures the period just before rhythm and blues began to emerge as the dominant club sound, forcing clubs like the Flamingo to change in order to survive. Disc 1 : 1. Manumission - Don Rendell Quintet 2. Sack O' Woe - Tony Coe Quintet 3. Lady E - Tubby Hayes & The All Stars 4. Desperation - Ronnie Scott/Jimmy Deuchar 5. Give Seven - Bill McGuffie Quintet 6. Shepherd s Serenade - Joe Harriott Quintet 7. Good Morning Judge - Ronnie Ross/Jazz Workshop 8. Charlie Is My Darling - The British Jazz Trio 9. Quarterin - Al Fairweather & His Band 10. Yeah! Tubby Hayes Quintet 11. Ritual - Victor Feldman All Stars 12. Home Brew - Eddie Thompson Trio 13. Cannon Ball - Johnny Dankworth Orchestra 14. Study for Jazz Quintet 1 - Johnny Scott Quintet 15. Bossa Negra - Shake Keane Quintet 16. Not So Blue - Tony Coe Quintet 17. Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting - Al Fairweather & His Band 18. Tonal - Joe Harriott Quintet 19. Back To The Barn - Galt MacDermot 20. Screwball - Alan Clare 21. Ruanda - Shake Keane Fivetet.
|Acrobat||"Tubby Hayes Quartet - Invitation, Live at The Top Alex" (Due for release January 13th, 2017)|
The United Kingdom, March 1973: Pink Floyd release ‘Dark Side of The Moon’: the provisional IRA detonate bombs at Whitehall and The Old Bailey; and saxophonist Tubby Hayes and his quartet perform one of their final engagements outside of London, taking to the stage of the Top Alex, Southend-on-Sea, as part of the pub's regular jazz presentations. To Hayes and his band, who'd been together as a unit for over three years, it was hardly a gig to raise eyebrows; a typical, jazz club blow in a suburban pub backroom, the very thing that the saxophonist had begun his career doing twenty-three years earlier. But now, Hayes was no longer a star ascendant, or operating like the jazz dynamo he'd been in his mid-1960s heyday. He was, quite literally, running out of time. Three months after the Top Alex appearance, he was dead, aged just 38, finally halted by the heart problems that had plagued his final years. While the press obituaries rightly accorded Hayes his deserved position as one of Britain's greatest ever jazz talents, they also noted the cruel irony that he and his band hadn't entered a recording studio since 1969. Indeed, how the Tubby Hayes Quartet - a group which one obituarist compared to the identical line-up led by John Coltrane – sounded in its final years became something of a mystery. The discovery of privately recorded tapes of the Top Alex performance, issued for the first time on this Acrobat release, provides not only a valedictory souvenir of the quartet in its final phase, but also a lesson in its leader’s still deepening musical maturity; close to the end, Hayes draws on everything he'd learned, experienced and pioneered to date, as well as revealing clues as to where his music might have headed next. Packaged with rare photographs and memorabilia from the night itself, featuring reminiscences by band member Spike Wells, and others who witnessed the gig, and including an in-depth booklet note by Hayes' biographer, saxophonist Simon Spillett, this album is a final, melancholy reminder of a truly gigantic musical legend. Track listing Tubby Hayes...