*** digitally remastered by Rudy van Gelder
+ Grant Green, Paul Chambers, Philly Joe Jones, Sonny
Clark, Sam Jones, Louis Hayes
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. Two additional tunes from the session are added to the CD.
IKE QUEBEC, tenor sax, piano; GRANT GREEN, guitar; PAUL CHAMBERS, bass; PHILLY JOE JONES, drums;
Track 6: IKE QUEBEC, tenor sax; GRANT GREEN, guitar; SONNY CLARK, piano; SAM JONES, bass; LOUIS HAYES, drums
"These recordings, along with the 1961 sessions formed the basis of what Alfred Lyon anticipated to be a significant comeback for the tenor man whose career had been sidetracked both by stylistic changes in jazz and drug abuse. In any event, Quebec’s solid tenor sound was perfectly amendable to the backing of an organ, and he stuck with the formula throughout the rest of his recordings as a leader." (jazzitude. com)
"Blue & Sentimental, recorded in late 1961, here in a resonant 2007 Rudy Van Gelder remastered edition, is probably Quebec's most perfectly realized album. It features an outstanding line-up and was recorded before the lung cancer that would lead to his death began to make itself felt." (allaboutjazz. com)