IKE QUEBEC — With A Song In My Heart

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Album · 1980

Filed under Swing
By IKE QUEBEC

Tracklist

A1 How Long Has This Been Going On
A2 With A Song In My Heart
A3 Imagination
A4 What Is There To Say
B1 There Is No Greater Love
B2 All Of Me
B3 Intermezzo
B4 But Not For Me
B5 All The Way

Line-up/Musicians

Bass – Sam Jones (tracks: A1 to B1)
Drums – Wilbert Hogan
Guitar – Willie Jones
Organ – Earl Van Dyke
Tenor Saxophone – Ike Quebec

About this release

Blue Note ‎– LT-1052 (US)

Side one and the first tune of side two recorded on February 13, 1962.The remaining four selections on side two recorded on February 5, 1962

"All Of Me" and "Intermezzo" were previously released on Blue Note

Thanks to snobb for the addition

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Steve Wyzard
BALLADS'N'BLUES

In this album's effusive sleeve notes by Bob Porter, Ike Quebec is called "one of the very best tenor players who ever lived." That might be stretching it just a bit, but it's nice to have With A Song In My Heart to hear what the fuss was all about. Both Jimmy Smith and Grant Green thought highly enough of Ike to have him sit in on two different albums each.

Part of Blue Note's infamous "LT" series, this album was recorded in two sessions less than a year before Ike's untimely death from cancer (age: 44) in 1963. Often compared to Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster, Ike's late night boudoir tone is on full display throughout these recordings. If the listener should notice a lack of cohesiveness, it's because these songs were not meant to be compiled to make an album, but to be released as 45s for the jukeboxes of bars and restaurants. Lightly backed by organ, guitar, bass, and drums, Ike wails his way through six standard ballads. The tempos pick up for "With a Heart in My Song", "All of Me", and "But Not For Me" before returning to the blues phrases he plays so well.

Due to "personal problems", Ike Quebec's recording career can be considered "spotty" at best. In the interest of full disclosure, all nine of the songs on With A Song In My Heart have been compiled with others into a 2-CD set with all of his "jukebox" work. Consider this album to be an effective sampler, despite the darkly lit theatre curtain that serves as its cover.

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