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Blue and Sentimental

Blue Note 93184 



1. Blue and Sentimental
2. Minor Impulse
3. Don’t Take your Love from Me
4. Blues for Charlie
5. Like
6. Count Every Star
7. That Old Black Magic
8. It’s Alright with Me
Ike Quebec – Tenor sax
Grant Green – Guitar
Paul Chambers – Bass
Philly Joe Jones – Drums 

Ike Quebec recorded for Blue Note from 1944 to a few weeks before his death in January 1963. He also introduced the owners of the label to many musicians and acted as studio co-ordinator for many of their recording sessions. 

Quebec’s style is melodic, big-toned tenor saxophone; his improvisations melodically-based and easy to enjoy and understand. There was a fluent warmth about his playing that was guaranteed to be an audience-pleaser on a broad basis. He was not a "flashy show-off", but a man who knew what the tenor sax should sound like and had the "ear" to provide interesting melodic variations on the original chord sequence. In other words he knew what jazz should be about. Obviously heavily influenced by Coleman Hawkins, Ike Quebec listed Ben Webster and Stan Getz as two of his other favourites. (The man obviously had excellent taste!) 

The rhythm section here is absolutely ideal for this style of tenor playing, Grant Green’s guitar is sparse when comping behind Quebec, but melodic in his solos. Paul Chambers on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums, were two of the very best around in 1961 when this recording was made. 

The programme selection is a nice mixture of the blues, original compositions from both Green and Quebec, and some very well-played standards. 

This is my kind of music, highly recommended! 

Don Mather






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