Paul Quinichette – Whisper Not (2018)

Paul Quinichette - Whisper Not (2018)
Artist: Paul Quinichette
Album: Whisper Not
Label: nagel heyer records
Year Of Release: 2018
Quality: FLAC (tracks)

01. Green’s Blues
02. Pardon the Blues, Please
03. Cross Fire
04. Love Jumped Out
05. You Belong to Me
06. Bot Bot
07. Rock-A-Bye Basie
08. P.Q. Blues
09. Start Here
10. Sandstone
11. Roseland Shuffle
12. Galoshes and Rubbers
13. People Will Say We Are in Love
14. Baby, Don’t Tell on Me
15. Happy Feelings
16. The Blues I Like to Hear
17. Shad Roe


Paul Quinichette was known throughout his career as the “Vice Prez” because he sounded so similar to Lester Young. While most of Young’s other followers emulated his ’30s style, Quinichette sounded like Lester Young of the then-present day (the 1950s). After getting experience with Nat Towles, Lloyd Sherock, and Ernie Fields, Quinichette was featured with Jay McShann during 1942-1944. He played on the West Coast with Johnny Otis (1945-1947), traveled to New York with Louis Jordan, and performed with Lucky Millinder (1948-1949), Red Allen, and Hot Lips Page. Quinichette was with Count Basie during 1952-1953 (when Basie had re-formed his orchestra), worked with Benny Goodman in 1955, recorded with Billie Holiday, and held his own on a session with John Coltrane. Otherwise, Quinichette mostly led his own group in the 1950s, recording several excellent (if obviously derivative) records. He left music in the late ’50s to become an electrical engineer, returning to jazz briefly in the early to mid-’70s, playing with Sammy Price, Brooks Kerr, and Buddy Tate before being forced to retire due to bad health. ~ Scott Yanow

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