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A triple CD set packaging together assorted sets by British jazz legend Tubby Hayes, recorded between 1956 and 1961. Hayes was a prodigious talent on the UK jazz scene, and came to be regarded as one of the country's greatest ever jazz virtuosos. Here he performs alongside fellow musicians such as British sax hero Ronnie Scott, drummers/bandleaders Tony Crombie and Tony Kinsey. "Following his apprenticeship with the UK big bands of Ambrose, Jack Parnell, and Vic Lewis, tenor saxophonist Tubby Hayes (who'd turned pro aged 15) began leading his own groups from 1956 onwards, putting together varying combos including quartets, quintets and even sextets. Hayes' astonishing and seemingly endless virtuosity quickly established him as Britain's leading jazz player, and he recorded for a multitude of labels in the UK and USA (where he was similarly feted). His work with the Jazz Couriers is still considered the epitome of British modern jazz. The esteem in which he was held can perhaps be gauged by the fact that when the Duke Ellington Orchestra played the Royal Festival Hall in 1964, Tubby Hayes was chosen to deputise for the absent Paul Gonsalves. Tubby Hayes' personal problems are well-documented elsewhere, but his career as a British jazz player was unique. He died aged 38 in 1973 during heart surgery and is still greatly missed.
Jazz Genius compiles four albums recorded between 1957 and 1961. Celebrated studio and live sets by the Jazz Couriers feature the twin-tenor saxophone attack of Tubby Hayes and Ronnie Scott. The London Jazz Quartet album allows Hayes to display his mastery of vibes, flute and alto saxophone, while he is teamed with jazz greats Bill Le Sage and Jimmy Deuchar in the Tony Kinsey Quintet. The compilation also dips into the Jazz At The Flamingo album for the two tracks on which Hayes sits in with the Tony Crombie Quintet, and rounds up a couple of studio sides, again with Crombie."