Ike Quebec – Ballads {Blue Note}

Ike Quebec – Ballads {Blue Note}

Hard Bop, Soul Jazz, Ballads, Tenor Saxophone

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272 MB.

AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

Tenor saxophonist Ike Quebec always had a big, warm sound, and he was particularly expert on ballads. This 1997 sampler CD surprisingly does not have any examples of his early work on Blue Note in the mid- to late 1940s, instead concentrating on selections from four of Quebec’s seven late-period Blue Note albums, a few songs originally issued as 45s, and “Born to Be Blue,” which is taken from an album by guitarist Grant Green.

The eight ballads are all standards and put the focus very much on Quebec, making for a fine mood album even if acquiring the full sessions (all but “It Might As Well Be Spring” are currently available on CD) is preferable.

01. Nancy (With the Laughing Face) (7:24)
02. Born to Be Blue (4:54)
03. The Man I Love (6:30)
04. Lover Man (5:58)
05. Willow Weep for Me (5:21)
06. If I could Be with You (One Hour Tonight) (6:04)
07. Everything Happens to Me (long version) (6:40)
08. Imagination (5:11)
09. There is No Greater Love (4:43)

Ike Quebec – tenor saxophone
(others, unknown)

Original sessions produced by Alfred Lion
Compilation produced by Michael Cuscuna
Recording Engineer: Rudy Van Gelder
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Mastering: Ron McMaster
Photography by Lyn Gaza
Art direction and design by Patrick Roques

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