This is the fabulous line up at The Red Lion, Isleworth Jazz club; it's Simon Spillet looking very cool on Saxophone and Roger Beaujolais sounding pretty cool on the Vibraphone.
I love Jazz Vibraphone and it's been a while since I've heard them; especially on Milt Jackson's ' Heartstrings'.....made for the vibes, obviously.
Simon Spillet is a very fine Sax player - I really enjoyed Wayne Shorter's 'Tom Thumb' at the end of the first set.
I also liked Joabim's 'Favela', a sound of Brazil on a cold night.
Trevor Tomkins was great on drums as usual, and Robin Aspland covered keyboards, Simon Thorpe on bass.
It was one of those evenings that just flew away, it was that good.
Simon Spillet also had with him his new book; The Long Shadow of the Little Giant';
It's his biography of the legendary Tubby Hayes, one of a handful of brilliant, British Bebop pioneers - he played with everybody - both sides of the Atlantic.
Simon Spillett is not only an accomplished saxophonist, he is also an expert exponent of the music of Tubby Hayes, so it's natural that he should write a biography of him.
It's a real labour of love, I think it took him 12 years to write it.
I haven't seen a copy yet but if you are interested, the reviews are good.
(a don't stop till you drop production)
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