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Album Review

Tubby Hayes was one of the greatest jazz musicians to emerge from England. A hard bopper who in later years kept his mind open toward freer sounds, Hayes is best known for his tenor saxophone playing but was also quite skilled on vibes and flute. This set of previously unreleased recordings is very valuable. The four sets of radio transcriptions for the BBC feature Hayes on all three of his instruments (a set apiece focusing on each of his axes and all three employed on the final songs) and also give listeners an early sampling of pianist Gordon Beck. The many versions of "Tubby's Blues" were used as opening and closing themes for the shows. Tubby Hayes was in prime form in 1965, making this CD a must for hard bop collectors.

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