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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.
 
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Discography
Out Of Sight
Smash Records MGS 27058
released 1965
recorded 1964 in New York City and Chicago, IL/USA
James Brown, organ, piano, vocals
Nat Jones, conductor, alto sax
Sammy Lowe, conductor
Al Brisco Clark, tenor sax
Eldee Williams, tenor sax
St. Clair Pinckney, tenor sax
Jerome Richardson, tenor sax
Sam 'The Man' Taylor, tenor sax
Seldon Powell, tenor sax
Maceo Parker, baritone sax
Haywood Henry, baritone sax
Richard Harris, trombone
Wilmer Milton, trombone
Joe Dupars, trumpet
McKinley Johnson, trumpet
Ron Tooley, trumpet
Teddy Washington, trumpet
Dud Bascomb, trumpet
Ernie Royal, trumpet
Johnny Grimes, trumpet
Les Buie, guitar
Billy Butler, guitar
Wallace Richardson, guitar
Bobby Byrd, organ
Lucas Fats Gonder, organ
Ernie Hayes, organ, piano
Bernard Odum, bass
Sam Thomas, bass
Al Lucas, bass
Melvin Parker, drums
David 'Panama' Francis, drums
Nat Kendrick, drums
Stardust
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
Foundations Of Funk - A Brand New Bag: 1964-1969
Polygram 531 165-2
recorded 1964 through 1969 in various locations of the USA
James Brown, vocals
Nat Jones, alto sax
Al "Brisco" Clark, tenor sax
Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis, tenor sax, organ
Maceo Parker, tenor sax
Eldee Williams, tenor sax
St. Clair Pinckney, tenor sax, baritone sax
Maceo Parker, tenor sax, baritone sax
Charles Carr, baritone sax
Haywood Henry, baritone sax
Richard Harris, trombone
Fred Wesley, trombone
Joseph Davis, trumpet
Joe Dupars, trumpet
Richard "Kush" Griffiths, trumpet
McKinley "Mack" Johnson, trumpet
Levi Rasbury, trumpet
Waymon Reed, trumpet
Ron Tooley, trumpet
Teddy Washington, trumpet
Les Bule, guitar
Alphonso "Country" Kellum, guitar
Jimmy Nolen, guitar
Wallace Richardson, guitar
Eddie Setser, guitar
Bobby Byrd, organ
Lucas "Fats" Gonder, organ
Ernie Hayes, organ
Tim Hedding, organ
Nat Jones, organ
Tim Drummond, bass
Bernard Odum, bass
Charles Sherrell, bass
Sam Thomas, bass
Jimmy Tyrrell, bass
David "Hooks" Williams, bass
"Beau Dollar" Bowman, drums
Nate Jones, drums
Melvin Parker, drums
John "Jabo" Starks, drums
David "Panama" Francis, drums
Clyde Stubblefield, drums
Ron Selico, bongos
Art Lopez, congas
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 Singles Vol. 2 - 1960-1963
Polydor B0008510-02
compilation
James Brown, organ, piano, drums, vocals
Sammy Lowe, conductor
Al Corley, alto sax, tenor sax
George Dorsey, alto sax
J.C. Davis, tenor sax
Al "Brisco" Clark, tenor sax, baritone sax
Cleveland Lowe, tenor sax
Clifford MacMillan, tenor sax
St. Clair Pinckney, tenor sax
Haywood Henry, baritone sax
Clarence Johnson, trombone
Lewis Hamlin, trumpet
Roscoe Patrick, trumpet
Teddy Washington, trumpet
Les Buie, guitar
Billy Butler, guitar
Eddie Freeman, guitar
Wallace Richardson, guitar
Bobby Roach, guitar
Bobby Byrd, organ, piano
Alvin "Fats" Gonder, organ, piano, vocals
Ernie Hayes, organ, piano
Louis Madison, piano, vocals
string section
Edwyn Conley, bass
Bernard Odum, bass
Sam Thomas, bass
Lloyd Trotman, bass
Clayton Fillyua, drums
Panama Francis, drums, timpani
Reginald Hall, drums
Nat Kendrick, drums
The Singles Vol. 3 - 1964-1965
Polydor B0008804-02
compilation
James Brown, organ, piano, vocals
Nat Jones, conductor, alto sax
Sammy Lowe, conductor
Al Corley, alto sax
George Dorsey, alto sax
Al "Brisco" Clark, tenor sax, baritone sax, vocals
J.C. Davis, tenor sax
Ray Felder, tenor sax
Cleveland Lowe, tenor sax
St. Clair Pinckney, tenor sax
Seldon Powell, tenor sax
Eldee Williams, tenor sax
Charles Carr, baritone sax
Haywood Henry, baritone sax
Wilmer Milton, trombone
Dicky Wells, trombone
Dud Bascomb, trumpet
Joe Dupars, trumpet
Roosevelt Paul Brown, trumpet
Johnny Grimes, trumpet
Lewis Hamlin, trumpet
Mack Johnson, trumpet
Robert Knight, trumpet
Roscoe Patrick, trumpet
Levi Rasbury, trumpet
Ron Tooley, trumpet
Teddy Washington, trumpet
Les Buie, guitar
Kenny Burrell, guitar
Eddie Freeman, guitar
Alphonso "Country" Kellum, guitar
Jimmy Nolen, guitar
Wallace Richardson, guitar
Nafloyd Scott, guitar
Bobby Byrd, organ, piano, vocals
Alvin "Fats" Gonder, organ, piano
Ernie Hayes, organ, piano
Louis Madison, piano
Sonny Thompson, piano
string section
Edwyn Conley, bass
Al Lucas, bass
Clarence Mack, bass
Bernard Odum, bass
Carl Pruitt, bass
Clayton Fillyau, drums
Panama Francis, drums, timpani
Edison Gore, drums
Reginald Hall, drums
Nat Kendrick, drums
Melvin Parker, drums
The Singles Vol. 4 - 1966-1967
Polydor B0009472-02
compilation
James Brown, organ, piano, vocals
Nat Jones, conductor, alto sax, organ
George Dorsey, alto sax
James McGary, alto sax
Alfred Corley, tenor sax
J.C. Davis, tenor sax
Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis, tenor sax
Clifford Jordan, tenor sax
Maceo Parker, tenor sax
St. Clair Pinckney, tenor sax
Seldon Powell, tenor sax
Sam "The Man" Taylor, tenor sax
Kiane Zawadi, tenor sax
Eldee Williams, tenor sax, vocals
Charles Carr, baritone sax
Haywood Henry, baritone sax
Garnett Brown, trombone
Jimmy Cleveland, trombone
Richard Harris, trombone
Levi Rasbury, trombone, trumpet
Dud Bascomb, trumpet
Frank Brown, trumpet
Denny Bayliss, trumpet
Dick Coghill, trumpet
Joe Dupars, trumpet
Fielder Floyd, trumpet
Johnny Grimes, trumpet
Ron Harper, trumpet
Reunald Jones, trumpet
Waymon Reed, trumpet
Ernie Royal, trumpet
Lammar Wright sr., trumpet
Billy Butler, guitar
Bobby Roach, guitar
Alfonzo Kellum, guitar, bass
Carl Lynch, guitar
Lonnie Mack, guitar
Jimmy Nolen, guitar
Wallace Richardson, guitar
Troy Seals, guitar
Albert Dailey jr., piano
Ernie Hayes, organ, piano
Sonny Thompson, piano
string section
Al Lucas, bass
Michael Moore, bass
Bernard Odum, bass
James Tyrell, bass
David "Hooks" Williams, bass
Panama Francis, drums
Nat Kendrick, drums
Clyde Stubblefield, drums
Jimmie Robinson, drums
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, drums
John Starks, drums
Ron Selico, bongos
Vicki Anderson, vocals
Sandra Bears, vocals
Martha High, vocals
Grace Ruffin, vocals
The Henry Glover Story
Rhythm and Blues Records RANDB0200
compilation
Henry Glover, trumpet
Doc Bagby, organ
Bill Doggett, organ
Ernie Hayes, organ
various artists

 
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