picture of Earnest Hayes
Ernest Hayes
Ernest (*1929) was already well established as a session player by the early '40s, backing up singers and vocal groups in styles that would eventually become established with almighty genre terms such as R&B, funk, and soul. Performer and songwriter Otis Blackwell is considered an innovator in all of these styles as well as straight and simple rock & roll; Ernie Hayes, sometimes credited more formally as Ernest Hayes, played piano and organ on 1942 Blackwell sides as part of the regular albeit stupendous rhythm section that also includes guitarist Mickey Baker, bassist Milt Hinton, and drummer Specs Powell.
To account in detail about every session Hayes participated in over nearly the next four decades would most likely force a library shelf to sag. There had been, according to trusty discographical sources, nearly 200 recording sessions involving Ernie Hayes by the late '80s. He shows up on records by James Brown, Nina Simone, Mickey & Sylvia, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Jackie Wilson, Aretha Franklin, Ian & Sylvia, and Sam Cooke. He was also known to have a hand in arrangements, sometimes formally and sometimes informally in well-worn rhythm section relationships that relied more on spontaneous setups. As a composer, Hayes had a Latin touch and seemed to enjoy Spanish titles, including the dark, scenty "Flores de Noche" and the moving "Vaya," both of which were recorded by bandleader Ray Barretto.
by Eugene Chadbourne @ allmusic.com


Roulette SR 5002
released 1966
Sonny Stitt, sax
George Berg, baritone sax
Illinois Jacquet, tenor sax
J.J. Johnson, trombone
Eddie Preston, trumpet
Joe Wilder, trumpet
Mike Mainieri, vibes
Les Span, guitar
Ernie Hayes, organ
Ellis Larkins, piano
George Duvivier, bass
Jan Arnet, bass
Walter Perkins, drums
Tuff Pickin'
Decca DL 74716
released 1966
Sonny Forriest, guitar
Charles Davis, baritone sax
Frank Haynes, tenor sax
Bernard McKinney, trombone
Grachan Moncur III, trombone
Martin Banks, trumpet
Ernie Hayes, organ
Al Dailey, piano
Albert Winston, bass
Bernard Purdie, drums
Leo Morris, drums
Willie Rodriguez, congas
The Dealer
Impulse! AS-9130
recorded September 1966
Chico Hamilton, drums, percussion
Larry Coryell, guitar
Arnie Lawrence, alto sax
Ernest Hayes, organ
Richard Davis, bass
This Is Billy Butler
Prestige PR 7622
recorded December 1968 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Billy Butler, guitar
Houston Person, tenor sax
Ernie Hayes, organ, piano
Bob Bushnell, bass
Rudy Collins, drums
The Other Side of Abbey Road
A&M Records SP-3028
released 1970
recorded October/November 1969 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
George Benson, guitar
Sonny Fortune, alto sax
Jerome Richardson, tenor sax
Don Ashworth, baritone sax
Wayne Andre, trombone, euphonium
Mel Davis, trumpet, flugelhorn
Bernie Glow, trumpet, flugelhorn
Marvin Stamm, trumpet, flugelhorn
Freddie Hubbard, trumpet
Phil Bochner, flute, oboe
Hubert Laws, flute
Jerome Richardson, flute
Herbie Hancock, piano, organ, harpsichord
Ernie Hayes, piano, organ, harpsichord
Bob James, piano, organ, harpsichord
Raoul Poliakin, violin
Max Pollikoff, violin
Emmanuel Vardi, viola
George Ricci, cello
Ron Carter, bass
Gary Jemmott, bass
Idris Muhammed, drums
Ed Shaugnessy, drums
Ray Barretto, percussion
Andy Gonzalez, percussion
Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow
Prestige PR 7797
recorded June 1970 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Billy Butler, guitar
Houston Person, tenor sax
Ernie Hayes, organ, piano
Jimmy Lewis, bass
Jimmy Johnson, drums
Broken Windows, Empty Hallways
Prestige PRST 10044
recorded May 1972 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Houston Person, tenor sax
Ronnie Jannelli, baritone sax, clarinet, flute
Buzz Brauner, baritone sax, tenro sax, English horn, oboe, flute, clarinet
Hubert Laws, flute, tenor sax
Joe Wilder, trumpet
Victor Paz, trumpet
Jim Buffington, French horn
Ernest Hayes, organ
Jimmy Watson, organ
Cedar Walton, piano
Grady Tate, drums
Big Bad Jug
Prestige PRST 10070
recorded October-November 1972 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Gene Ammons, tenor sax
Hank Jones, piano
Sonny Phillips, piano, organ
Ernest Hayes, organ
Joe Beck, guitar
Maynard Parker, guitar
Ron Carter, bass
Billy Cobham, drums
Idris Muhammad, drums
Mickey Roker, drums
7th Ave Stompers - Fidgety Feet
Savoy Jazz Sjl1139
released 1984
Seldon Powell, tenor sax
Vic Dickenson, trombone
Joe Wilder, trumpet
Bucky Pizzarelli, guitar
Ernie Hayes, organ
Al Lucas, bass
Bobby Donaldson, drums
The Best Of King Curtis
Capitol Jazz D 115560
recorded August 1962 through March 1965
King Curtis, tenor sax
Billy Butler, guitar
Cornell Dupree, guitar
Paul Griffin, organ, piano
Ernie Hayes, organ
George Stubbs, piano
Chuck Rainey, bass
Jimmy Lewis, bass
James Tyrell, bass
Ray Lucas, drums
Fine And Mellow
Prestige PRCD-24281-2
originally released as
track 01,02,03,06,07,08,09,10: 'Got My Own' (Prestge 10058)
track 04,05,11,12,13,14: 'Big Bad Jug' (Prestige 10070)
Gene Ammons, sax Joe Beck, guitar
Maynard Parker, guitar
Hank Jones, piano
Sonny Phillips, organ, piano
Ernie Hayes, organ
Ron Carter, bass
Billy Cobham, drums
Idris Muhammad, drums
Mickey Roker, drums
The Henry Glover Story
Rhythm and Blues Records RANDB0200
Henry Glover, trumpet
Doc Bagby, organ
Bill Doggett, organ
Ernie Hayes, organ
various artists

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