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Tenor-saxophonist Ike Quebec recorded six albums for Blue Note during his last period before passing away in Jan. 1963. This single CD has at least one selection from each of the records (11 in all) that, when taken as a whole, gives one a good idea as to how strong Quebec was still sounding. Although his fans will want to get the individual records (four of the six are currently available on CD's), this is an excellent sampler. Among the other players are organist Freddie Roach, guitarists Grant Green and Kenny Burrell, pianist Sonny Clark, drummer Art Blakey and Billy Higgins, trombonist Bennie Green and tenor great Stanley Turrentine.


Born: 17 August 1918 in Newark, NJ

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s

Influenced by Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster but definitely his own person, Ike Quebec was one of the finest swing-oriented tenor saxman of the 1940s and '50s. Though he was never an innovator, Quebec had a big, breathy sound that was distinctive and easily recognizable, and he was quite consistent when it came to came to down-home blues, sexy ballads, and up-tempo aggression. Originally a pianist, Quebec switched to tenor in the early '40s and showed that he had made the right decision on excellent...
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