IKE QUEBEC

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Ike Abrams Quebec (born August 17, 1918 in Newark, New Jersey, died on January 16, 1963) was a jazz tenor saxophonist. His surname is pronounced KYOO-bek.

Critic Alex Henderson writes, "Though he was never an innovator, Quebec had a big, breathy sound that was distinctive and easily recognizable, and he was quite consistent when it came to came to down-home blues, sexy ballads, and up-tempo aggression."

An accomplished dancer and pianist, he switched to tenor sax as his primary instrument in his early 20s, and quickly earned a reputation as a promising player. His recording career started in 1940, with the Barons of Rhythm.

Later on, he recorded or performed with Frankie Newton, Hot Lips Page, Roy Eldridge, Trummy Young, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Carter and Coleman Hawkins. Between 1944 and 1951, he worked intermittently with Cab Calloway. He recorded for Blue Note records in this era, and also served as
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IKE QUEBEC Ike Quebec Tenor Sax album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ike Quebec Tenor Sax
Bop 1945
IKE QUEBEC Heavy Soul album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Heavy Soul
Hard Bop 1962
IKE QUEBEC Blue and Sentimental album cover 4.52 | 2 ratings
Blue and Sentimental
Swing 1962
IKE QUEBEC It Might as Well Be Spring album cover 4.55 | 2 ratings
It Might as Well Be Spring
Swing 1962
IKE QUEBEC Bossa Nova Soul Samba album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Bossa Nova Soul Samba
Latin Jazz 1962
IKE QUEBEC With A Song In My Heart album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
With A Song In My Heart
Swing 1980
IKE QUEBEC Congo Lament album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Congo Lament
Hard Bop 1981
IKE QUEBEC Easy Living album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Easy Living
Swing 1987

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IKE QUEBEC Swing Lo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Swing Lo
Swing 1969
IKE QUEBEC The Complete Blue Note Forties Recordings Of Ike Quebec And John Hardee album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Blue Note Forties Recordings Of Ike Quebec And John Hardee
Swing 1984
IKE QUEBEC The Complete Blue Note 45 Sessions of Ike Quebec album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Blue Note 45 Sessions of Ike Quebec
Swing 1987
IKE QUEBEC The Art Of Ike Quebec album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Art Of Ike Quebec
Swing 1992
IKE QUEBEC Ballads album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ballads
Swing 1997
IKE QUEBEC The Chronological Classics: Ike Quebec 1944-1946 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Chronological Classics: Ike Quebec 1944-1946
Swing 1997
IKE QUEBEC Swing Hi Swing Lo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Swing Hi Swing Lo
Swing 1999
IKE QUEBEC In Chronology - 1944-1964 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Chronology - 1944-1964
Swing 2009

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IKE QUEBEC Blue and Sentimental

Album · 1962 · Swing
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Ike Quebec was known as a great player on Tenor Saxophone but started originally playing piano and dancing. Ike was also known as Blue Note's talent scout, artist liason and even arranging at the label. He had been fairly quiet throughout the fifties after playing with some big names in the Jazz world throughout the 1940's with the likes of "Hot Lips Page", Roy Eldridge"","Trummy Young", "Ella Fitzgerald", "Benny Carter" and even with fellow tenor "Coleman Hawkins" but renewed his career with Blue Note records with a series of albums from 1959 to 1962. Ike was afflicted with lung cancer and passed away in January 1963 which upset Alfred Lion to say the least as both men had become very good friends over the years. Ike would only cut seven more sessions before his death after "Blue and Sentimental" which was recorded in December 1961. Ike, himself is on tenor saxophone and piano, Grant Green, guitar; Paul Chambers, bass and the ever reliable Philly Joe Jones on drums."Blue and Sentimental would be regarded as Ike's top album for Blue Note with some superb playing by Ike on tenor but another reason also is the addition of Grant Green with his guitar replacing organ which was used on the previous release 'It might as Well be Spring" giving the album a much more late night blues ingredient.

The title track "Blue and Sentimental" is led in with Grant Green's guitar and Ike's big tenor sound comes in on this beautifully played ballad. Like Dextor Gordon ballads were Ike's bread and butter and could he play them. Grant Green provides a great laid back solo when his turn arrives. It is not often one hears Philly Joe play with such great restraint on his kit which he does in this opener but that changes when the next is on,"Minor Impulse" an Ike composition and more up tempo with swing just emnating from Ike in his solo and his authoritive tone is superb. Grant Green at the time of this recording was still new with this being his best period and his solo here starts great but I always felt it went a bit quiet towards the end. Another gob smacking ballad by Ike comes along " Don't Take Your Love From Me". Space and beautiful blowing by Ike on his tenor is the structure with Grant laying one great slow picked guitar when his turn comes along." Blues For Charlie" written by Grant Green is one slow groover with Grant opening and Ike lays one great one down as well.'Like" would be the most up tempo tune and kept the album from becoming to dowdy with too many ballads as this can be a fine line between a great laid back album and a not so great one but to Ike's credit he kept this one from that fate. The last track on the original issue was recorded a week later at a Grant Green session and is "Count Every Star" with a different line up used. What seems a little out of norm with this is Ike cut another two tunes on the session for this album, " That Old Black Magic" and "It's All Right With Me" but Alfred Lion did use them on the album and decided instead to use the later from Grant's session. "That Old Black Magic is the pick of the two for me and both are here as bonus tracks. Although he never went into new ground with his jazz, Ike could hold his own as a great player and if you are after a ballad Ike is your man. Late at Night with your latest love curled up next to you might be the best time as long as she does not talk all the way through it.

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