Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Tubby HAYES & Ronnie SCOTT - The Couriers of Jazz! 1958
Recorded for the US Carlton label in November 1958 this was the first release for the Jazz Couriers in America and their third album. For some reason they were re-titled as the 'Couriers of Jazz' for this release rather than the usual 'Jazz Couriers'.
The Couriers lasted until August 1959 and broke up after a concert in Cork, Eire claiming staleness and a need for change. The musicians went their various ways and formed other equally successful groups. This fine album finds them at the top of their form.
There were also new instrumental and bandleading departures. In 1957, Tubby had taken up the vibes after Vic Feldman had bequeathed his instrument to him before his return to the United States. With typical precocity, less than six months later Tubby was recording on them and sounding for all the world like Milt Jackson (on Reunion from the Jazz Couriers first LP). The vibraphone increasingly became Tubby's ballad instrument of choice. My Funny Valentine and Time Was from the Couriers' book and Young and Foolish and Embers from the quartet's repertoire were telling examples of his early skill with the mallets. With the quintet Tubby extended his virtuosity to exquisitely chorded four part harmony renditions of songs such as But Beautiful and Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most, but while many observers found Tubby to be far more limited (and often more lyrical) upon this second instrument, there are plenty of on-record examples of a far harder hitting approach to the vibes. The title track of Down In the Village contains a technically impeccable solo, with many of Hayes' familiar tenor phrases woven into its fabric. However, although Tubby could have easily secured his reputation on vibes alone, he eventually abandoned the instrument in 1966.
Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Scott- Tenor Sax
Terry Shannon- Piano
Jeff Clyne- Bass
Bill Eyden- Drums
01. Mirage 5:30
02. After Tea 7:55
03. Stop The World I Want To Get Off 3:49
04. In Salah 4:04
05. Star Eyes 4:11
06. The Monk 4:40
07. My Funny Valentine 6:21
08. Day In Day Out 6:04