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Bossa Nova Soul Samba

Blue Note 0946 3 92783 2 9



1. Loie
2. Lloro Tu Despedida
3. Goin’ Home
4. Me ‘n’ You
5. Liebestraum
6. Shu Shu
7. Blue Samba
8. Favela
9. Linda Fior
10. Loie (alternate take)
11. Shu Shu (alternate take)
12. Favela (alternate take)
Ike Quebec – Tenor sax
Kenny Burrell – Guitar
Wendell Marshall – Bass
Willie Bobo – Drums
Garvin Masseaux – Chekere

The title of this album is a giveaway, suggesting that it must have been recorded in the early sixties. In fact it dates from 5 October 1962 – just over three months before Ike Quebec died of lung cancer. Yet you wouldn’t believe that the leader of this session was a dying man. His playing is calm and placid, full of melodic beauty.

The album title suggests that this is an attempt to cash in on the bossa nova craze, which was still in its early days. Perhaps that was the impetus for the album, but Ike Quebec chose a repertoire of obscure tunes and originals which were not quite in the Gilberto/Jobim mould, although the rhythm definitely has that bossa nova sway. The rhythm section keeps the pulse flowing smoothly, while Ike takes most of the solo opportunities – although Kenny Burrell also adds some effective solos. Ike even turns the famous Liebestraum into a yearning bossa, throwing in an unexpected quote from The Isle of Capri. And Goin’ Home transforms Dvorak’s "New World" melody into a Brazilian-flavoured piece.

Some people may find this album too much in the same style throughout, but its gentle understatement is part of its appeal. Ike Quebec’s smooth tone is very enticing – even comfortable – but his playing still contains surprises. And the word "soul" deservedly appears in the title, since Quebec’s playing is full of soulful feeling.

Tony Augarde





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