I Ain't Looking at You

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Drummer Alvin Queen is better known for his work as a sideman, though this is hardly his first record date as a leader. But this session is among his very best, leading a powerful quintet including trumpeter Terell Stafford, alto saxophonist Jesse Davis, organist Mike LeDonne, and guitarist Peter Bernstein. They open with a strutting, brassy take of Shirley Scott's "There's Blues Everywhere," while Queen sets up the well-known "Seven Steps to Heaven" with a tension-building solo introduction. The substitution of organ for piano in McCoy Tyner's "Contemplation" dramatically changes the character of the piece, bringing the drums to the forefront and showcasing Bernstein's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Drummer Alvin Queen is better known for his work as a sideman, though this is hardly his first record date as a leader. But this session is among his very best, leading a powerful quintet including trumpeter Terell Stafford, alto saxophonist Jesse Davis, organist Mike LeDonne, and guitarist Peter Bernstein. They open with a strutting, brassy take of Shirley Scott's "There's Blues Everywhere," while Queen sets up the well-known "Seven Steps to Heaven" with a tension-building solo introduction. The substitution of organ for piano in McCoy Tyner's "Contemplation" dramatically changes the character of the piece, bringing the drums to the forefront and showcasing Bernstein's superb solo. Jesse Davis contributed the funky "I Ain't Looking at You," a sassy piece that is full of humor even without lyrics. The one standard is a heartfelt treatment of the ballad "Old Folks," featuring Davis' conversation-like alto sax. All in all, this is an excellent date and a clear sign that Alvin Queen should be leading record dates more frequently.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/3/2007
  • Label: Enja Justin Time
  • UPC: 068944332922
  • Catalog Number: 3329
  • Sales rank: 236,875

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 There's Blues Everywhere (5:48)
  2. 2 Seven Steps to Heaven (6:40)
  3. 3 Contemplation (7:32)
  4. 4 Queen's Beat (6:35)
  5. 5 I Ain't Looking at You (7:35)
  6. 6 Shirley's Song (6:48)
  7. 7 Old Folks (7:40)
  8. 8 Nutville (7:44)
  9. 9 Mellow Soul (7:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alvin Queen Primary Artist, Drums
Mike LeDonne Hammond Organ
Peter Bernstein Guitar
Terell Stafford Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Technical Credits
Miles Davis Composer
Oscar Peterson Liner Notes
Shirley Scott Composer
Horace Silver Composer
Mike LeDonne Composer
McCoy Tyner Composer
Victor Fledman Composer
Wolfgang Meyscheider Mastering
Willard Robison Composer
Dedette Lee Hill Composer
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