Track Selection:” A Message from the Messengers” >
Tubby Hayes (ts) Dickie Hawdon (t) Harry South (p) Pete Elderfield (b) Bill Eyden (d) recorded in London on July 17th, 1956
Tubby in super form. The track “Message to the Messengers” sounds like a tribute to the Art Blakey Jazz Messengers. Just a wild guess.The whole album gives an excellent helping of Tubby’s tenor in an excellent quintet.
Originally Tempo TAP 6 (forget it!) , this is re-issue JASM2015. The reissue label Jasmine, which was founded in 1982, released a number of Tempo recordings in the 1980’s and on CD since. Despite my well-founded scepticism about ’80s vinyl reissues, I was pleasantly surprised with the Jasmine: an acceptable pressing, despite all Jasmine Tempo issues being dubbed from LP (http://tubbs1935.webs.com/discoaddendumpart1.htm) The Tempo tapes were said to have been destroyed by Decca in the seventies, though that information may be inaccurate. The sound is bright, engaging and lively, though the top end is a little constricted with the upper register of the percussion very subdued. I have heard the Sawano pressing and it has exactly the same characteristics. Perhaps the original Tempo is not that hot, though it would cost £1,400 to find out.
28 August 2004 – “TAP 6 sold on e-Bay for £1,456.66 ($2,608) to a buyer from Japan, attracting the following comments on a Jazz Forum:
“I don’t know about anyone else, but it is the music I like not the packaging”
“I too cannot understand the desire to own the ” Original ” album. Never bothered me what address my Blue Notes came from”
“Pardon my ignorance, but apparently Tubby Hayes was a big-deal Brit tenor player? Never heard of him before this thread”
All good reasons why not to bother with large forums. This was another sale more recently of the original TAP 6:
“£1,352 for some rather crumpled fancy “packaging”.
These collectors, la la…Have you seen what people pay for a Picasso? Second-hand, too, not even a new one.”
“Picasso? I don’t know that band. Are they British too”?
So there you have it, the wisdom of crowds.
£10 for the excellent ’80s Jasmine release seems a good deal, and it sounds great. Not bad, a tenner for a British tenor, despite its’ “cheap packaging”.