Ike Quebec - I’ve Got a Crush on You (1962)
From Michael Cuscuna’s liner notes:
As Rudy Van Gelder told me recently, “Ike always played beautifully, even at the end, when he was dying…I mean literally dying.“
The February 28, 1963 issue of Down Beat Magazine headlined its news section, "Two great losses within four days: Two Jazzmen Die in New York City.” on January 13, Sonny Clark died; the official reason given was a heart attack. On January 16, Ike Quebec died after five weeks in the hospital where he was being treated for lung cancer. Quebec was 44, Clark was 31, and the music on this album was a few days short of a year old.
Sonny Clark’s solo is simply this: one minute of piano-playing perfection. Don’t miss it.