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Blue And Sentimental
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Audio CD, Import, Original recording remastered, March 11, 2008
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Right in time for Jazz Appreciation Month the Blue Note LP series continues on with five new titles. During the Blue Note 75th anniversary celebration the label released 100 essential Blue Note LPs and asked New York Times readers what titles they'd like to see make the list. These five new reissues were hand-selected by Blue Note President, Don Was, based on New York Times reader recommendations.
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As usual Ike's selection of material is wonderful. There are two ballads, the title track and "Don't Take Your Love From Me" that Ike handles with such swinging ease and rich sound. It's easy to understand why Lorraine Gordon, the owner of The Village Vanguard still plays and is moved by Ike's music (and this woman, married to both Alfred Lion and Max Gordon has seen her share of greats). "Blues For Charlie" is mostly a Green vehicle and a tribute to Charlie Christian." Minor Impulse" and "Like" are up-tempo Quebec originals that highlight his command of the Blues. "That Old Black Magic" and "It's Alright With Me" are numbers that were left off the original album but sound just fine to my ears.
Finally " Count Every Star" is actually a number recorded and included on Green's " Born To Be Blue" album. I have always loved this number but used to grow impatient listening to Green's guitar work before Ike's solo. Now however I enjoy the intricate playing and Green's exquisite sound but with still a little impatience while anticipating the as near perfect and beautiful a solo as you will ever hear from any tenorman. So there you have it: a great new edition of a wonderful album by one of the best players to pick up a sax.
Blue and Sentimental isn't just one of Quebec's finest albums (alongside Heavy Soul); it's one of Grant Greens finest also. The sparse instrumentation coupled with such strong soloing makes them both stand out like three dimensional sound sculptures. The remastering has only emphasised this wonderful clarity.
Much has been mentioned about the ability of rock musicians to fashion songs out of riffs but none do it better than a Jazzman. Minor Impulse, written by Quebec, is `just a riff' that tumbles into a quintessential swinger; Ike's solo is flawless, displaying all the famous hallmarks of his style and is picked up beautifully by Green who contributes with his own high standard of rhythmic lyricism.
The drummer Philly Joe has also benefited from the remastering. The timbre from his snare and cymbals is more audible and Paul Chambers bass lines are typically firm and reassuring. No small wonder that these two musicians contributed so positively in making the Miles Davis band of the mid to late fifties such a success.
Another interesting feature about this line up is the exposed duet interaction between Paul Chambers (bass) and Grant Green (guitar). After Ike's solo on the title track for example, Green solos to the accompaniment of Chambers while Philly Joe almost lays out completely. The result is one of utmost compatibility between Green and Chambers.
As always, Blue Note has adorned the packaging with some great photos-Ike Quebec's Blue & Sentimental has never looked or sounded so good!
One of the jazz album that everyone must have in own collection.
Lay down in your sofa, with a glass of cognac and inspire note by note the music from this album.
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It's a special feeling one get almost from the start, how Chambers and Philly Joe are...Read more