Tubby Hayes

Live At The Flamingo 1958

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It's 1958 and Tubby Hayes is riding high. That year he'd dazzled American stars, recorded for the legendary Blue Note label and continued to dominate the parochial jazz popularity polls both as the nation's top tenor and co-leader of its best modern combo, the Jazz Couriers. Then at the close of the year he pulled a further rabbit from the hat; a brand new  eight piece line-up bringing the crew of the Couriers together with a clutch of new stars including saxophonist Alan Branscombe and trumpeter Stuart Hamer. Issued here for the first time, this PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED recording is taken from a tape reel found among the personal effects of Bix Curtis, resulting in a record – quite literally – of a Tubby Hayes band that existed for one night only.

Recorded live at Soho’s legendary Flamingo club, this session captures Hayes and his men in devastating form, playing repertoire the very height of hip. Includes 16 page booklet written by Simon Spillett.


1. Stompin’ At The Savoy
2. But Not For Me
3. Ow!
4. Autumn In New York
5. Treble Gold
6. Lifeline
7. Sonny Sounds
8. Tour De Force
9. Design for Drums