An amazing look at the early career of British tenor saxophonist Tubby Hayes – easily one of the greatest players on his instrument on the other side of the Atlantic – and a player we'd rank right up there with Sonny Rollins or Coleman Hawkins at their best! On these early sides from the 50s, Hayes has a wonderfully deep, round tone – a near-perfect quality that few of his countrymen, and a good deal of ours, could never hope to match! But even more than that is his strong sense of creativity, even in a short solo space – an ability to blow out brilliance with each new note, and hardly ever cover the same ground again. The 4CD package features most key bits from Hayes' work on the Vogue label – plus a few bits for Decca as well – all recorded under his own leadership in small groups, and in other bands under the direction of Jimmy Deuchar, Vic Lewis, Jack Parnell, Victor Feldman, and Dizzy Reece. Titles include "Orient Line", "Monsoon", "May Ray", "Peace Pipe", "Treble Gold", "Basshouse
", "IPA Special", "Big Top", "Cabaletto", "Almost Like Being In Love", "Message To The Messengers", "Laker's Day", "Short Circuit", "Karen", "Blues In Two Modes", "Walkin Shoes
", "Sextet", and "He's A Tramp". 71 tracks in all – including some unreleased numbers – plus a 44 page booklet as well!