Paul Quinichette: Paul's Bunion


Paul's Bunion


Paul Quinichette (tenor sax)


The Vice Pres (Emarcy 26022)

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Paul Quinichette (tenor sax), Count Basie (piano), Freddie Green (guitar), Gus Johnson (drums), Buck Clayton (trumpet), Dicky Wells (trombone), Walter Page (bass).

Recorded: New York, January 30, 1952


Rating: 86/100 (learn more)

His style was so strongly reminiscent of Lester "Prez" Young's, that Paul Quinichette was inevitably dubbed the "Vice Pres." And certainly in a state of national disaster, Mr. Q. could step in and handle tenor solos in some secured and secluded bunker. But don't wait for a succession crisis before checking out this polished and fluid soloist, who deserves a better place in jazz history than his current situation as an acolyte to a brighter star. Here he borrows some Basie cohorts, and improvises with panache over the chord changes to "Too Marvelous for Words." He uses less chromatic color than most saxophonists of the period, but his tone is appealing and his willingness to float over the rhythm section, rather than try to drive it, provided an effective contrast to the de facto approach of the decade. And check out Basie's intro, which seemed to anticipate extreme minimalism long before Reich and Glass arrived on the scene.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia


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