One of the unsung heroes of bebop, tenor saxophonist Tubby Hayes was a major player who has always been underrated because he spent his life living and playing in his native England. Butt Hayes was a giant with a sound of his own who could outswing most players. This 1998 CD features Hayes with pianist Staffan Abeleen, bassist Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen and drummer Alex Riel at a concert in Sweden just a year before his premature death. Tubby Hayes made very few recordings after 1969, so the Storyville disc shows that, even so close to the end, he never did decline musically. All six of the selections are extended, and four exceed 11 minutes; the highlights include "Without a Song," "Vierd Blues" and "Rhythm-A-Ning." Recommended. ~ Scott Yanow
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