Tubby Hayes is definitely a genius – we've been saying that for years, and it's nice to have a CD set that finally states it as proof! The UK tenorist was easily one of the best players going in the late 50s and early 60s – on either side of the Atlantic – and although Tubbs recorded a bit in the US, most of his work never hit these shores, as it was recorded for the Tempo label in England. This package nicely corrects that fact, and presents a sublime assortment of classic Tubby Hayes grooves from his best years – a period when he was often working in the company of co-tenorist Ronnie Scott, and also getting great accompaniment from the cream of the UK scene – including Jimmy Deuchar on trumpet, Terry Shannon and Bill LeSage on piano, Lenny Bush and Phil Bates on bass, and Tony Crombie and Bill Eyden on drums. The 3CD set brings together 6 albums from the Tempo label – Tubby Hayes & The Jazz Couriers, An Evening With Tony Kinsey, The Jazz Couriers In Concert, Jazz At The Flamingo, Tony Crombie & His Men, and London Jazz Quartet – some of which weren't under Hayes' name as a leader, but which still feature some very strong contributions on tenor, plus a bit of vibes and flute as well! 41 tracks in all – with titles that include "Runnymede Groove", "What A Gas", "Through The Night Roared The Overland Express", "Royal Ascot", "Cheek To Cheek", "Laker's Day", "Odd Man Out", "London Lament", and "Mirage".