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Blue And Sentimental
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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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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.
It is not a discovery or a special album but the mellow sound is very nice indeed. Worth the space in your shelf if you are not looking for strong groovin'.
Run through the sound samples to get a hint of the music. It's definitely flavored with a heavy dose of R&B. I love the song selection, but even more I love the interplay between Quebec's tenor sax and Grant Green's guitar. It's like a glue that holds each track together. Quebec composed tracks 2 and 5, and Green composed track 4 - the remainder of the tracks are standards and some lesser known compositions. The arrangements, though, are excellent on every track.
This album features Quebec and Green backed by Paul Chambers on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums on all tracks except Count Every Star, which features Sonny Clark on piano, Sam Jones on bass and Louis Hayes on drums. Note that the piano on all tracks except Count Every Star is Quebec, who was an excellent pianist as well as a saxophonist.
The album was recorded for Blue Note at Rudy van Gelder's Englewood Cliffs, NJ studio on December 16 (all tracks except Count Every Star) and December 23, 1961. Of the eight albums Quebec recorded as a leader I like this one the most.
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