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The Strong Tenor of Mister Quebec: 1943-1946
Swing Jazz Reviews
The Tenor of Ike Quebec was always strong, but on these
recordings it is really fierce. For those who know Quebec from
his Bossa Nova CD "Soul Samba", from 1962, these early recordings
may come as a shock. His sound is big, full, and completely in
the "Coleman Hawkins" tradition. The tracks are all strong, from
the bluesy opener "Blue Harlem" to the jumping closer "that's the
The recordings here paralleled the bebop revolution, but the
style is still mostly un-influenced by Parker's innovations. The
musicians - Tiny Grimes, Jonah Jones, Tyree Glenn, Buck Clayton,
Shad Collins, Roy Eldridge, Bill Coleman, Sammy Price, Trummy
young and such - are the cream of the small band swing style that
was still popular and influential in the 40's.
Pres and Sweets ~ Lester Young & Billie
Lester Young sounds so tired here, still he is the reason most
people would buy this CD, and they would be right.
Like Billie Holiday, Young's personality was transparent -
everything he felt showed up in his sound. Here he is tired,
introspective, disillusioned. When he plays the beautiful solo on
"Its the talk of the town" he tells a story as no other musician
I know. Technical skill becomes irrelevant, it is just a story
being told. It is a sad story, told by a beautiful person.
There are many musicians who could swing, play fast or slow,
and do it sounding good. But there is only one Lester Young, and
to hear him in a relaxed studio atmosphere with a good sound
quality is a rare experience. This CD also offers Harry Edison in
top form, Buddy Rich in a setting he thrives at (unlike the
session with Parker and Gillespie, where he was clearly unfit),
and Oscar Peterson who ALWAYS sounds good.
Kansas City Sessions ~ Lester Young
These are superb recordings by the master musician Lester Young
and his Kansas City friends. When Young plays the blues on
clarinet he reminds me so much of Billy Holliday - the transition
from each note to the next is so full of musical emotion that it
gets right inside my soul. The 1938 recordings with the clarinet
are a high point in all Jazz - along with the Hot Fives and
Sevens, Johnny Hodges small groups from 1939-40 etc.
Young's beautiful sensitivity is displayed, along with the
members of the group who afford Young the best support one could
ask for. The 1944 sessions with Young on Tenor are great and
complement the earlier sessions perfectly.
Passion Flower [Bluebird] ~ Johnny Hodges
A CD so full of beautiful music does not come often. Johnny
Hodges was always a magnificent alto player, but this CD displays
what to me is Hodges' very best. The original versions of Good
Queen Bess, Things Aren't The Way... Day Dream, Passion Flower -
all were recorded later numerous times - but these are the best
!!! (the Duke's Orchestra provides stunning support for him on
this cd). Hodges is the most unique alto I know, and was admired
by Parker and any other alto player who came after him. His sound
is so great and passionate and his phrasing is filled with blues
Jazz Reviews - Three eras of jazz reviews: swing, bop and hard bop and avant-garde by Israeli jazz musician Nadav Haber.
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