Label: Sowing Records
Format: LP, Clear
*Limited edition of 300 copies.* Recorded in 1961 and released on Blue Note in 1964, "It May As Well Be Spring" is often considered as an ideal companion to Quebec's famous "Heavy Soul" . Here the saxophone player displays a relaxed set of standards, including classic songs from the American repertoire such as "Willow Weep For Me", "Lover Man" and "Ol Man River". Perfect material to express his warm, lyrical tenor sax voice while Freddie Roach on organ, Milt Hinton on bass, and Al Harewood on drums perform with their usual high sense of interaction.
"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." - Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Allmusic