Coming from an era of big band, playing with giants such as Cab Calloway and Thelonious Monk, the career of tenor saxophonist Ike Quebec (pronounced KYOO-bec) was a bit different than others from the Blue Note era.
Most artists who were featured on the Blue Note label were in the prime of their careers, and in some cases, young and up and coming stars, but Ike Quebec was in the twilight of his career, and life when recorded this 1962 release entitled Blue & Sentimental. As an veteran, this style of free form jazz could have been seen as a change for Ike, and he adapted very well with his soulful soloing and bluesy sound. Although he is not as well known as some of the other tenor saxophonists, Quebec’s sound on this particular is warm and rich, and his traditional jazz sound can rival that of any other saxophonist during that time. Listen to this early Blue Note recording of the late, great Ike Quebec, and you will see why he was an immense talent. This album features heavyweights throughout, including Grant Green on Guitar, Paul Chambers and Sam Jones on Bass, Louis Hayes and Philly Joe Jones on drums, and Sonny Clark on piano. This album was recorded only a few years before Ike Quebec’s passing in 1963, and although Sonny Clark and Paul Chambers were young talents, they too saw their untimely death shortly after this recording, Sonny Clark who passed at the age of 31 in 1963, and Paul Chambers who died in 1969 at the age of 33.