Alvin Hayes put out several albums of mainstream jazz in the '70s and '80s, usually fronting a medium-sized combo combining his own saxophone and flute solos with drums, guitars, and keyboards, the obligatory synthesizer invited of course. Star Gaze touched the 21st position in Billboard magazine's list of the top contemporary jazz albums, while next year's follow-up, entitled Passion Flower, bloomed even farther up the path, all the way to the apparently not always unlucky number of 13. There is some interest in these recordings among the acid jazz and smooth jazz camps in the new millennium, nonetheless the discography of Hayes gives the appearance of having undergone one of mad genius Dr. Mabuse's secret plots of elimination. Used record piles have been scrubbed free of these sides, as if someone with hip taste was scouring away the fusion residue of the '80s. Online auction houses boast of having copies, yet refuse to post pictures of the covers. Discographers seem to have agreed in a summit meeting to ignore the name completely, probably so they won't spend hours correcting typos for trombonist Alvin Hayse. Hayes' bands, associated with both the Palo Alto and TBA labels, included guitarist Scott Carter.
Share this page