Sunday, February 28, 2010
Tubby HAYES - Return Visit 1962
Recorded in New York, June 23, 1962
A Saturday morning in June 1962 and Tubby Hayes arrives at the recording studio on West 48th Street in New York City. A session has been slated for later that day with a pick-up group. None of the group has been aware of the date until the night before. One by one they wander in. All have been playing spots in various clubs until the early hours. Introductions are made. One member wonders who Tubby Hayes is, asks if he's a rock `n' roll singer. This is Jimmy Gloomy, not his real name, as he probably shouldn't be there at all - contractual reasons. Memories of Louis Armstrong: "It wasn't me, sir. I won't do it again". Midday arrives and producer Quincy Jones suggests maybe they get started. But what to play? They don't have a play list, have never rehearsed. Apart from pianist Walter Bishop Jnr, Tubbs has never met any of them. Quincy suggests they warm up with a blues, and they choose `Stitt's Tune`, the theme of Tubb's old band The Jazz Couriers - Tubbs and Gloomy on tenor sax, Roland Kirk providing counter melody on manzello and stritch, his customary hybrid horns. Next it's a minor blues - a Kirk original `I See With My Third "I"', then a ballad medley, including `Alone Together', one of Tubbs' favourites. Next Tubbs switches to vibes for `Afternoon In Paris', with solos from Kirk and Gloomy on tenors and Bishop on piano, and an unrehearsed coda from one-man brass section Kirk on tenor, manzello and stritch. They round off the session with another Kirk original `Lady "E"', with Tubbs still on vibes and Kirk on flute. And then they're through. Just time for bassist and drummer Sam Jones and Louis Hayes to get to Birdland and Kirk to the Five Spot for their first sets, and for Tubbs to return to the UK. In the space of just a few short hours they've recorded an exciting and memorable jazz album. That's how it was and them were the days.
By David Baxter.
Bass- Sam Jones
Drums- Louis Hayes
Piano- Walter Bishop, Jr.
Sax [Tenor, Manzello], Flute [Standard, Nose Flute]- Roland Kirk
Sax [Tenor], Flute- Jimmy Gloomy
Sax [Tenor], Vibraphone- Tubby Hayes
A1. Afternoon In Paris 5:46
A2. I See My Third "I" 9:27
A3. Lady "E" 3:15
B1. Stitt's Tune 9:51
B2. Medley: If I Had You; Alone Together; For Heaven's Sake 7:24