Monday, November 14, 2011

Ike Quebec – It Might as Well Be Spring (2010)

Ike Quebec – It Might as Well Be Spring (2010)
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Genre ~ Hard-Bop/Soul | Label ~ Blue Note/Analogue Productions

Working with the same quartet that cut Heavy Soul — organist Freddie Roach, bassist Milt Hinton and drummer Al Harewood — Ike Quebec recorded another winning hard bop album with It Might As Well Be Spring. In many ways, the record is a companion piece to Heavy Soul. Since the two albums were recorded so close together, it’s not surprising that there a number of stylistic similarities, but there are subtle differences to savor. The main distinction between the two dates is that It Might As Well Be Spring is a relaxed, romantic date comprised of standards. It provides Quebec with ample opportunity to showcase his rich, lyrical ballad style, and he shines throughout the album. Similarly, Roach has a tasteful, understated technique, whether he’s soloing or providing support for Quebec. The pair have a terrific, sympathetic interplay that makes It Might As Well Be Spring a joyous listen. ~Allmusic

01. It Might as Well Be Spring (6:21)
02. A Light Reprieve (5:23)
03. Easy – Don’t Hurt (6:09)
04. Lover Man (5:58)
05. Ol’ Man River (6:36)
06. Willow Weep for Me (5:27)

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

Recorded December 9, 1961; by Rudy Van Gelder
Mastered for SACD by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman
Originally released in 1964 by Blue Note Records as BST-84105
Cover photo by Francis Wolff
Cover designed by Reid Miles
Liner notes by Nat Hentoff