Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Ike Quebec - Heavy Soul (1995)

Ike Quebec - Heavy Soul (1995)
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Genre ~ Hard-Bop, Soul | Label ~ Blue Note

Thick-toned tenor Ike Quebec is in excellent form on this CD reissue of a 1961 Blue Note date. His ballad statements are quite warm, and he swings nicely on a variety of medium-tempo material. Unfortunately, organist Freddie Roach has a rather dated sound, which weakens this session a bit; bassist Milt Hinton and drummer Al Harewood are typically fine in support. Originals alternate with standards, with "Just One More Chance," "The Man I Love," and "Nature Boy" (the latter an emotional tenor-bass duet) being among the highlights. ~Allmusic

01. Acquitted (5:41)
02. Just One More Chance (5:52)
03. Que's Dilemma (4:33)
04. Brother Can You Spare a Dime (5:27)
05. The Man I Love (6:33)
06. Heavy Soul (6:54)
07. I Want a Little Girl (5:22)
08. Nature Boy (2:42)
09. Blues for Ike (5:53)

Ike Quebec - tenor sax
Freddie Roach - organ
Milt Hinton - bass
Al Harewood - drums

Produced by Alfred Lion
Recorded by Rudy Van Gelder
Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on November 26, 1961.
Originally issued as Blue Note BST-84093
Produced for release by Michael Cuscuna
Photos by Francis Wolff / Mosaic Images
Reissue design by Patrick Roques
Mastering by Larry Walsh