Blue & Sentimental

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Blue & Sentimental
Blue & Sentimental (Ike Quebec album).jpg
Studio album by Ike Quebec
Released June 1963[1]
Recorded December 16 and 23, 1961
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz
Length 39:31 original LP
50:27 CD reissue
Label Blue Note
BST 84098
Producer Alfred Lion
Ike Quebec chronology
It Might as Well Be Spring
(1961)It Might as Well Be Spring1961
Blue & Sentimental
Easy Living
(1962)Easy Living1962

Blue & Sentimental is an album by American saxophonist Ike Quebec recorded in 1961 and released on the Blue Note label.[2]

The album features a quartet made up of Quebec (occasionally doubling on piano), guitarist Grant Green, and a rhythm section of Paul Chambers on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums. The album features rare rhythm guitar accompaniment by Green, who was more typically a soloist.[3][4]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[5]

The Allmusic review by Steve Huey awarded the album 5 stars and calling it "a superbly sensuous blend of lusty blues swagger and achingly romantic ballads... a quiet, sorely underrated masterpiece".[5]

In 2004, critic Richard Cook wrote that the album "might be Quebec's masterpiece".[6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Blue and Sentimental" (Count Basie, Mack David, Jerry Livingston) - 7:28
  2. "Minor Impulse" (Quebec) - 6:34
  3. "Don't Take Your Love from Me" (Henry Nemo) - 7:04
  4. "Blues for Charlie" (Green) - 6:48
  5. "Like" (Quebec) - 5:21
  6. "That Old Black Magic" (Arlen, Mercer) - 4:52 Bonus track on CD reissue
  7. "It's All Right With Me" (Porter) - 6:05 Bonus track on CD reissue
  8. "Count Every Star" (Bruno Coquatrix, Sammy Gallop) - 6:16

Recorded on December 16 (tracks 1-7) and December 23 (track 8), 1961.



  1. ^ Billboard June 22, 1963
  2. ^ Blue Note Records discography accessed October 29, 2010
  3. ^ "To hear [Grant] comp [i.e., play rhythm guitar] behind a soloist you have to check his sideman dates, like Blue and Sentimental by Ike Quebec..." Sharony Andrews Green (1999) Grant Green: Rediscovering the Forgotten Genius of Jazz Guitar, Backbeat Books/Hal Leonard, p. 224
  4. ^ "In place of a keyboard, Grant, quietly comping or soloing in fluid single note style, creates acres of space in which Quebec's rapturous playing can shine." Chris May (2008). "Ike Quebec: Blue & Sentimental", Review for, April 12, 2008; accessed 01 Jan 2018
  5. ^ a b Huey, S. Allmusic Review accessed October 29, 2010
  6. ^ Richard Cook (2004). Blue Note Records: The Biography. Justin, Charles & Company, p. 143