These pricey Gearboxes aren’t a Simply Vinyl style con. They painstakingly revive lost recordings, from original tapes, with valve equipment — here from a house-party somewhere in East England in 1956.
Two contrasting, early-1960s Lansdowne LPs: Movement (with Shake Keane) includes three JH free-forms, a Michael Garrick, and the haunting Morning Blue; High Spirits re-presents the Broadway musical.
In 1957 with Ronnie Scott, originally issued by Tempo. With a Hank Mobley (a big influence) and an Allan Ganley. One of three Hayes’ originals is dedicated to ‘lovely young actress’ Jackie Collins.
Previously unreleased live recordings from Ronnie Scott’s in 1965 — with Terry Shannon, Jeff Clyne and Benny Goodman.
Four original albums — The Jazz Couriers and In Concert (both with Ronnie Scott), the London Jazz Concert, and An Evening With Tony Kinsey — and various sides with the Tony Crombie group.
First release of live recordings from 1966. Essentially five extended bop excursions, a balance of ballads and tear-ups, originals and standards. Tubbs is just on fire. If you’re at all interested, don’t miss it.
With Paul Gonzalves, visiting London with the Duke in 1964; alongside baritone, trumpets, trombone, Stan Tracey, bass, drums. Coupled with the London Swings album by The Johnny Scott Orchestra.
The Jazz Couriers live in the Tivoli Restaurant in the seaside town of Morecambe, 1959. Tubbs is on fire, tearing in on a Horace Silver, out on a Stitt.
With Tubbs, Ronnie Ross, Tony Kinsey, Tony Crombie, Don Rendell and co.
Fine biography of the Jamaican alto player so vital to the British jazz scene from 1951 till his death in 1973. Hardback.
Half covers, half original homage — the landmark British jazz response to Moondog, from 1956. A baker’s dozen players, including Stan Tracey and Phil Seamen, engineered by Joe Meek, produced by Denis Preston.
The house drummer of the Flamingo jazz club throughout the fifties, presenting a 1961 date featuring Tubbs and Jimmy Deuchar. Vibes-player Bill Le Sage leads the gorgeous ballad World Of Blue.
Bumptious jazz grooves and robust, cheerful experimentalism to do with making music out of everyday speech. His last recordings, before his death in 2005.
‘superlative’, Mojo; ‘sensational’, The Observer; ‘hugely evocative and poignant’, Daily Telegraph; ‘*****’ The Times, Metro; ‘sheer joy from start to finish’, Sunday Telegraph.
‘*****’, The Times, Independent On Sunday, Daily Telegraph, What’s On, Evening Standard, The Independent. ‘Marvellous pop — catchy, fun, young, effortless’, The Times; ‘one of the delights of the age’, Songlines.
‘an exquisitely poignant, evocative record’, Daily Telegraph; ‘wonderful… album of the year’, Sunday Times; ‘simply a classic album. Music by the people, for the people,’ The Voice.