When Duke Ellington's band played the Royal Festival Hall in 1964, star saxophonist Paul Gonsalves was suddenly taken stoned, leaving a massive gap in the Ducal front line. A dep was needed urgently, and Tubby Hayes was the natural choice. He overcame the small obstacle of Gonsalves having no band parts (he'd memorised the lot) by transposing Jimmy Hamilton's clarinet scores, and aced it when Mrs Clinkscales' best known pupil called him forward for Gonsalves' feature on 'Diminuendo in Blue' and 'Crescendo in Blue'. When he'd recovered, Mex, as Gonsalves was known, vowed to make a record with his stand-in, and Just Friends was the result. Back in the days when I had more money than sense, I spent £75 on this bugger, but I don't regret a single penny of it. Apart from the principals, it's got four of my all-time favourites in the personnel: Jimmy Deuchar on trumpet and mellophonium, Keith Christie on trombone, Stan Tracey on piano and Ronnie Stephenson on drums. It also has some fine interpretations of numbers like 'Pedro's Walk' from Tubbs' Tours and the Stan Tracey original 'Baby Blue'.
If anyone has a clean copy of the follow-up Change of Setting and the means to make a good transfer, please get in touch.
Personnel: Jimmy Deuchar (tp,mell), Les Condon (tp), Keith Christie (tb), Tubby Hayes (ts,vib,as), Paul Gonsalves (ts), Jackie Sharpe (bs), Stan Tracey (p), Lennie Bush (b), Ronnie Stephenson (d).
2. Amber Mood
3. Just Friends
4. Pedro's Walk
5. Baby Blue
7. Mini Minor
Multi-part RAR download links - FLAC - 211MB
Part 1: http://www.sendspace.com/file/k9x7y8
Part 2: http://www.sendspace.com/file/xbajuk
Part 3: http://www.sendspace.com/file/74upec