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This review is from: Tubby's New Groove (Audio CD)
Tubby Hayes' 1959 recording "Tubby's New Groove" is in no way over-shadowed by that particularly rich crop of outstanding tenor saxophone albums which bloomed in late-1950's America. The fascinating circumstances of how this recording came to be made,'lost' and re-discovered is explained in Simon Spillett's superb accompanying essay. We certainly owe a debt of gratitude to all concerned.
The performance captures Hayes at his fabulous best and is greatly enhanced by good,clear sound engineering. All the qualities which made Hayes such a great musician are all well evindence throughout this well-chosen programme; technical command,presence,warmth,grace,expressiveness,elan,power and swing,plenty of it. Hayes has the perfect partners of Terry Shannon (p),Jeff Clyne (b) and Phil Seaman (d) who never for so much as half a moment get in his way and at the same time provide him with a wonderful foundation on which he can take flight. There are so many good things which can be said about each piece but just listen to it all and give your ears a sumptuous feast.
It is nearly forty years since the unique Tubby Hayes left us and although the flames of his music still burn brightly,this record alone brings home the enormity of that loss.