Ike Quebec The Complete Blue Note 45 Sessions (2-CD)
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: October 4, 2005
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Blue Note Records
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.Light Reprieve
- 2.Buzzard Lope
- 3.Blue Monday
- 5.Later For The Rock
- 6.Sweet And Lovely
- 7.Dear John
- 8.Blue Friday
- 9.Everything Happens To Me [Short Version]
- 10.Mardi Gras
- 11.What A Diff'rence A Day Makes
- 12.For All We Know
- 13.Ill Wind
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.If I Could Be With You
- 2.I've Got The World On A String
- 3.Me 'N' Mabe
- 4.Everything Happens To Me [Long Version]
- 5.All Of Me
- 7.But Not For Me
- 8.All The Way
- 9.How Long Has This Been Going On
- 10.With A Song In My Heart
- 12.What Is There To Say
- 13.There Is No Greater Love
Personnel: Ike Quebec (tenor saxophone); Ike Quebec; Willie Jones , Willie Jones (guitar); Sonny Wellesley, Milt Hinton, Sam Jones (double bass); Skeeter Best (guitar); Edwin Swanston, Earl Van Dyke, Sir Charles Thompson (organ); J.C. Heard, Les Jenkins, Wilbert G.T. Hogan (drums).
Liner Note Author: Bob Porter.
Recording information: Englewood Cliffs, NJ (07/01/1959-02/13/1962); Van Gelder Studios, Hackensack, NJ (07/01/1959-02/13/1962).
Ike Quebec, a tenor saxophonist who bridged the swing, bop, and post-bop eras, is an often overlooked figure, which is a shame considering the range of his sound and the infallible charm of his execution. Quebec had a fruitful tenure at Blue Note between 1959 and 1963, and all of the sides he recorded for that label are featured on THE COMPLETE BLUE NOTE 45 SESSIONS spread out over two discs and arranged chronologically. Here Quebec tackles both standards and a host of surprisingly solid originals.
A traditionalist of sorts, Quebec has none of the mercurial, experimental style that was creeping into the vocabulary of many saxophonists of the era. Instead, Quebec's playing recalls the smooth, robust sound of Coleman Hawkins, and like his stylistic forebear he excels at both lush, lyrical balladry and up-tempo tunes with plenty of swing. With its fine packaging and even better sound, 45 SESSIONS is a definitive representation of this excellent sax man.
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