The death of Tubby Hayes in June 1973 brought to a close one of the most remarkable chapters in the history of British jazz. Tubby's multi-talented abilities as a saxophonist, vibraphonist, flautist, composer, arranger and bandleader had been central to the trajectory of jazz in the United Kingdom for close to twenty years. As more than one musician associated with Hayes noted at the time, his death left an almost improbably large gap within a jazz scene which, if robust enough to carry on without him by the early 1970s, was still nevertheless relatively contained. Only a few years before, the very notion of British jazzmen holding their own at an international level would have been all but risible; yet by the close of the 1960s the news that guitarist John McLaughlin and bassist Dave Holland were being headhunted by Miles Davis was greeted not by surprise, but with a certain amount of jingoistic pride. No one musician had done more to raise the game of the local performers in the preceding decade than Tubby Hayes; his story was as much about the personal cost of his dedication to musical excellence as it was his overcoming the inertia of his surroundings; his story remains one of lasting impact.
The Little Giant - Hayes, Tubby
1. Walkin' Shoes 2. Sextet 3. Line For Lyons 4. Nights At The Turntable 5. Bweebida Bobbida 6. Limelight 7. Bark For Barksdale 8. Westwood Walk 9. To Marvellous For Words 10. The Greep 11. Walkin' Shoes 12. Bweebida Bobbida 13. Bark For Barksdale 14. Peanut Vendor 15. Bill's Blues 16. Sextet 17. Limelight 18. Intermission Riff 19. Sure Thing 20. Trip To Mars 21. Jordu 22. Orient Line 23. May Ray 24. Monsoon
1. Treble Gold 2. Basshouse 3. I.P.A Special 4. Final Selection 5. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart 6. Sophisticated Lady 7. Deuces Wild 8. Fidelius 9. Tootsie Roll 10. Now's The Time 11. Please Call 12. Dance Of The Aerophragytes 13. There's No You 14. Imagination 15. Peace Pipe 16. Evil Eyes 17. There'll Never Be Another You 18. Opus De Funk 19. Straight Life
1. Big Top 2. Introduction 3. Cabaletto 4. Maenya 5. He's A Tramp 6. Sophisticated Lady 7. The Yellow Rose Of Texas 8. Almost Like Being In Love 9. Ain't It The Truth 10. The Little Giant/Orient Line 11. Plymouth Rock 12. Room 608 13. Doggin' Around 14. Sophisticated Lady 15. Mambo Tittoro 16. I'll Remember April 17. Ode To Ernie 18. Foolin Myself 19. No I Woodn't
1. Message To The Messengers 2. Hall Hears The Blues 3. Nicole 4. Night In Tunisia 5. Laker's Day 6. Short Circuit 7. Wood Work 8. Blues In Two Modes 9. Karen