Ike Quebec – Blue & Sentimental (1962/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 50:41 minutes | 887 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © RevOla
Ike Quebec’s timeless, big-toned tenor was a frequent visitor to Rudy Van Gelder’s studio in the early sixties. But this album from December 1961 with spare, soulful backing from Grant Green, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones is his masterpiece. The leaner setting works perfectly, evoking an aura of relaxation and monumentality, with the deepest blue of accents.
Ike Quebec’s 1961-1962 comeback albums for Blue Note were all pretty rewarding, but Blue and Sentimental is his signature statement of the bunch, a superbly sensuous blend of lusty blues swagger and achingly romantic ballads. True, there’s no shortage of that on Quebec’s other Blue Note dates, but Blue and Sentimental is the most exquisitely perfected. Quebec was a master of mood and atmosphere, and the well-paced program here sustains his smoky, late-night magic with the greatest consistency of tone. Part of the reason is that Quebec’s caressing tenor sound is given a sparer backing than usual, with no pianist among the quartet of guitarist Grant Green, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Philly Joe Jones. It’s no surprise that Green solos with tremendous taste and elegance (the two also teamed up on Green’s similarly excellent Born to Be Blue), and there are plenty of open spaces in the ensemble for Quebec to shine through. His rendition of the Count Basie-associated title cut is a classic, and the other standard on the original LP, “Don’t Take Your Love from Me,” is in a similarly melancholy vein. Green contributes a classic-style blues in “Blues for Charlie,” and Quebec’s two originals, “Minor Impulse” and “Like,” have more complex chord changes but swing low and easy. Through it all, Quebec remains the quintessential seducer, striking just the right balance between sophistication and earthiness, confidence and vulnerability, joy and longing. It’s enough to make Blue and Sentimental a quiet, sorely underrated masterpiece.
1. Ike Quebec – Blue And Sentimental (Remastered)
2. Ike Quebec – Minor Impulse (Remastered)
3. Ike Quebec – Don’t Take Your Love from Me (Remastered)
4. Ike Quebec – Blues For Charlie (Remastered)
5. Ike Quebec – Like (Remastered)
6. Ike Quebec – Count Every Star (Remastered)
7. Ike Quebec – That Old Black Magic (Remastered)
8. Ike Quebec – It’s All Right With Me (Remastered)