Tubby Hayes – A Man In a Hurry A film by Mark Bax­ter and Lee Cogswell [Mono Me­dia]

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Nar­rated by Martin Free­man, with con­tri­bu­tions from Si­mon Wells, Ed­die Piller, Robert Elms as well as bi­og­ra­pher Si­mon Spil­letti, Sir Peter Blake and drum­mer Spike Wells, this over­view of the short yet sig­nif­i­cant ca­reer of Tubby Hayes, is a must for any­one with in­ter­est in the early Mod scene. Open­ing with archive footage of Ron­nie Scott this film tracks the leg­endary tenor sax­o­phon­ist’s life. Old film of per­for­mances, snip­pets of film sound­tracks (in­clud­ing The Ital­ian Job), and im­ages and film of Soho in the late 50s & early 60s abound. From a young Tubby at school be­ing al­lowed to have a Bos­ton hair­cut, through him en­com­pass­ing the vi­bra­phone and flute, as well as his sax, to making front page news af­ter be­ing busted in 1966, and be­yond. At his peak in his early 20s, pi­o­neer­ing mod­ern jazz and pro­vid­ing the sound­track not only to Soho, but also for the grow­ing un­der­ground Bri­tish sub­cul­ture known ini­tially as Mod­ernists, later as Mods. While the film rightly fo­cuses on Tubby’s mu­si­cal out­put, there is a lot of con­tent that will ap­peal to those of a Mod lean­ing from any era, and 60s afi­ciona­dos alike.

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