Personnel: Ike Quebec (tenor saxophone); Kenny Burrell (guitar); Wendell Marshall (bass); Willie Bobo (drums); Garvin Masseaux (chekere).
Producer: Alfred Lion.
Reissue producer: Michael Cuscuna.
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on October 5, 1962. Originally released on Blue Note (84114). Includes liner notes by Nat Hentoff.
Digitally remastered by Ron McMaster.
This is part of Blue Note's Limited Edition Connoisseur series.
Audio Remasterer: Rudy Van Gelder.
Though not as well known as giants Ben Webster and Don Byas, the late Ike Quebec was a major stylist whose specialty was the big-toned, cozy, breathy, romantic tenor saxophone. Quebec made a series of soul-jazz sessions for Blue Note, as well as this 1962 rarity on which he had a go at the au courant bossa nova sound. Accompanied by the burnished guitar of Kenny Burrell and the Latin spice of Willie Bobo, Quebec brings his emotive approach to the sly, cool expression that is bossa nova. The contrast is exhilarating, making for a pleasant surprise for fans of the Brazilian style as well as for Quebec fans accustomed to his usual bluesy groove. This 2007 remastered edition includes three alternate takes.