Hayes pauses before breaking into a wide grin. Blues Etude is a pretty good listen, though, especially for getting to hear two wonderful bassists, Ray Brown and Sam Jones, back to back on different tracks.
But he was also terrible. Hayes plays with a crisp but elusive quality, like a hummingbird. He plays pretty good when he plays in an Art Tatum form of ballad approach.
He was Mr. By that standard, the legendary Oscar Peterson—with his great time and feel—is not kitsch. When Peterson was a teenager, his father introduced him to the music of Art Tatum.