Reviews that mention Tubby Hayes

June 1, 2016

On Screen

Tubby Hayes-A Man in a Hurry
A film by Mark Baxter and Lee Cogswell (Mono Media)

By Ken Waxman

Like a dwarf star shooting across the jazz scene, tenor saxophonist Tubby Hayes (1935-1973) is acknowledged as the pre-free music British player who could hold his own with any American innovator; and we have the LPs he made with Clark Terry and Roland Kirk as proof. This documentary is a classic look at the musician, including performance footage plus interviews with 21 observers who outline the circumstances that made him the musician he was, yet contributed to his early death. Hayes got his first saxophone at 12 and was playing professionally at 15. Hayes, who stood five foot five and weighted close to 200 pounds, looked very young. Yet, as tenor saxophonist Ronnie Scott, his partner in The Jazz Couriers says, the first time he played with the Haynes, he was nearly blown nearly off the stand. MORE

November 27, 2006

Tubby Hayes Quartet

Addictive Tendencies
Rare Music RM028

Nearly universally acknowledged in Europe as the United Kingdom’s most accomplished pre-Free Music saxophonist – if not improvising musician – the reputation of tenor saxophonist Tubby Hayes (1935-1973) never really made it across the Atlantic.

However, this never-before-released club date from 1966 with his working quartet makes it abundantly clear that the acclaim was well deserved. Yet listening to the four working variations on the combination of standards and originals here posits another question. Would or could Hayes – who was after all younger than John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and Ornette Coleman – have made the transition to freer playing or would he have remained a superior Bopper like Johnny Griffin or Cannonball Adderley? MORE