Blue and Sentimental [RVG]

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Ike Quebec's 1961-1962 comeback albums for Blue Note were all pretty rewarding, but Blue and Sentimental is his signature statement of the bunch, a superbly sensuous blend of lusty blues swagger and achingly romantic ballads. True, there's no shortage of that on Quebec's other Blue Note dates, but Blue and Sentimental is the most exquisitely perfected. Quebec was a master of mood and atmosphere, and the well-paced program here sustains his smoky, late-night magic with the greatest consistency of tone. Part of the reason is that Quebec's caressing tenor sound is given a sparer backing than usual, with no pianist among the quartet of guitarist Grant Green, bassist Paul ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Ike Quebec's 1961-1962 comeback albums for Blue Note were all pretty rewarding, but Blue and Sentimental is his signature statement of the bunch, a superbly sensuous blend of lusty blues swagger and achingly romantic ballads. True, there's no shortage of that on Quebec's other Blue Note dates, but Blue and Sentimental is the most exquisitely perfected. Quebec was a master of mood and atmosphere, and the well-paced program here sustains his smoky, late-night magic with the greatest consistency of tone. Part of the reason is that Quebec's caressing tenor sound is given a sparer backing than usual, with no pianist among the quartet of guitarist Grant Green, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Philly Joe Jones. It's no surprise that Green solos with tremendous taste and elegance (the two also teamed up on Green's similarly excellent Born to Be Blue), and there are plenty of open spaces in the ensemble for Quebec to shine through. His rendition of the Count Basie-associated title cut is a classic, and the other standard on the original LP, "Don't Take Your Love From Me," is in a similarly melancholy vein. Green contributes a classic-style blues in "Blues for Charlie," and Quebec's two originals, "Minor Impulse" and "Like," have more complex chord changes but swing low and easy. Through it all, Quebec remains the quintessential seducer, striking just the right balance between sophistication and earthiness, confidence and vulnerability, joy and longing. It's enough to make Blue and Sentimental a quiet, sorely underrated masterpiece. [The RVG reissue adds two bonus cuts which fit the program very nicely indeed.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2008
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 094639318421
  • Catalog Number: 93184
  • Sales rank: 92,889

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ike Quebec Primary Artist, Piano, Tenor Saxophone
Sonny Clark Piano
Grant Green Guitar
Louis Hayes Drums
Philly Joe Jones Drums
Sam "Stovepipe No. 1" Jones Bass
Technical Credits
Grant Green Composer
Ike Quebec Composer
Michael Cuscuna Reissue Producer
Rudy Van Gelder Remastering
Ira Gitler Original Liner Notes
Alfred Lion Producer
Cole Porter Composer
Francis Wolff Cover Photo, Session Photographer
Bob Blumenthal Liner Notes
Reid Miles Cover Design
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