Track Selection 1: Johnny One Note
London 2012 bonus! Track Selection 2. First Eleven
Freddy Logan (b) Allan Ganley (d) Gordon Beck (p) Tubby Hayes (ts,ss,vib) Jimmy Deuchar (t) recorded live at The Ronnie Scott Club, London on 17-18th May, 1962.
One of Tubby’s finest live recordings, recorded at Ronnie Scotts, and includes – in the best British Jazz tradition – droll compere-ing by Tubby. Triple threat, with Tubby on tenor, soprano and vibes. 1962 would have found me not long out of short trousers, on a couple shillings pocket money a week, and not likely to be found lounging around Soho in Ronnie Scotts of an evening, so there is no nostalgia in this for me, but I would still love to have seen Tubby live. The competition is from guys five years older than me, who were then then in their late teens/early twenties, for whom “going up the West End” was their past. We are all on borrowed time, but for these guys, it’s more pressing. Nostalgia doesn’t last forever.
Cover: Another sign of it’s time, some evil Sellotape residue, but otherwise, not bad, and a welcome addition to the LJC shelf.
Vinyl: Fontana 680 998 TL mono UK original,
Fontana UK first pressing (420) by Phillips
Cover: Dirty on back / Repair on top edge; Record EX
It has been a long wait for the Village, Second time lucky., though luck never came into it. After the last trauma with a copy of Tubby Hayes Down in the Village damaged in transit, it was a case of “get back on the horse”. Nineteen bids, phew! It looked like this at the final showdown. A lot of people wanted this record, which is a regular occurrence with Tubby Hayes originals in top vinyl condition.What they did not understand was that it was mine. Put down a big figure snipe and pray no-one else has.
In line with my blog policy all actual sums of money are redacted. It’s not about money, it’s about taking part (snigger) though on this occasion it was all about the money. Who wants it most takes it home, last man standing, Gunfight at the UK Coral.
1962 found Tubby cutting two notable live recordings, this one – ”Down in the Village”- and “Late Spot at Scotts” , the latter for some reason invariably fetches twice the price, and eluded me yet again on Ebay this week, second placed price setter.
For some inexplicable reason the cost of Tubby on the evil silver disc, from new - obviously some used cheaper – can be astronomic. Amazon here – I can only imagine it is ”out of print”. How a country can be celebrating “the best of British” this year, yet it’s finest jazz musician is “out of print” defeats me, all down the Memory Hole.