Collector’s Field Guide #1: Miles Davis – Ascenseur Pour L’échafaud (Fontana 660.213 MR)

Many 10-inch jazz LPs have an aura about them but Ascenseur Pour L’échafaud seems to possess an even greater degree of je ne sais quoi. This tiny jewel of a collector’s item combines the hipness of New York’s pre-eminent modern jazz personality with the chic of French New Wave cinema.

Tubby Hayes – Tubbs in N.Y. (Fontana STFL 595)

Discographical Details Artist: Tubby Hayes. Title: Tubbs in N.Y. Label and Catalogue Number: Fontana STFL 595. Personnel: Tubby Hayes (tenor sax); Clark Terry (trumpet); Eddie Costa (vibes); Horace Parlan (piano); George Duvivier (bass); Dave Bailey (drums). Side 1: You for Me; A Pint of Bitter; Airegin. Side 2: Opus Ocean; Soon; Doxy. Recording Date: 3-4Continue reading “Tubby Hayes – Tubbs in N.Y. (Fontana STFL 595)”

Tubbs Week!

This weekend would have seen the 81st birthday of Edward Brian “Tubby” Hayes, had he still been with us. Words like “under-appreciated”, neglected” or “overlooked” are perhaps applied to jazz musicians more than any other category of artist but in Hayes’ case they aren’t cliches. Such adjectives are perhaps more keenly felt by Hayes’ supportersContinue reading “Tubbs Week!”