The Best In British Jazz

Sienna Red



Recorded at Daneby Hall, Tunbridge Wells 24th / 25th September 2007

Sienna Red

Simon Spillett

  1. 1. Mini Minor (Hamer) listen
  2. 2. Lifeline (Hayes) listen
  3. 3. Souriya (Hayes) listen
  4. 4. Peace Pipe (Wilkins) listen
  5. 5. Rumpus (Hayes) listen
  6. 6. Ricardo (Hayes) listen
  7. 7. Pint Of Bitter (Terry) listen
  8. 8. The Right to Love (Schifrin) listen
  9. 9. Sienna Red (Hayes) listen
  10. 10.Oleo (Rollins) listen



Like the trumpeting of the last leader of the herd, there's something majestic about a hard bop tenor saxophonist in full cry. On his second album Simon Spillett allies a tough sound to a Tubby Hayes fixation of monstrous proportions. On 10 tracks either written by or associated with the wunderkind English multi-instrumentalist, and recorded with a quartet featuring Tubby's drummer Spike Wells, pianist John Critchinson and bassist/ producer Andrew Cleyndert, Spillett blows up a storm. You can question why someone in their early 30s wants to do this at all, but it's jazz, see? The tradition is an old geezer who needs to be honoured.

Phil Johnson

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