Grant Green – Idle Moments (1963/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 42:44 minutes | 1,78 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital booklet | © Blue Note Records
Originally released as Blue Note BLP 4154 (mono) and BST 84154 (stereo)
“In preparing these hi def remasters, we were very conscientious about maintaining the feel of the original releases while adding a previously unattainable transparency and depth. It now sounds like you’ve set up your chaise lounge right in the middle of Rudy Van Gelder’s studio!” – Blue Note President, Don Was.
Idle Moments contains some of Grant Green’s most sublime playing, and the title track is full of elegant expressiveness that is thoroughly enjoyable.
This languid, seductive gem may well be Grant Green’s greatest moment on record. Right from the opening bars of the classic title cut, Idle Moments is immediately ingratiating and accessible, featuring some of Green’s most stylish straight jazz playing. Whether he’s running warm (pianist Duke Pearson’s “Idle Moments”), cool (the Modern Jazz Quartet’s “Django”), or a bit more up-tempo (Pearson’s “Nomad,” his own “Jean de Fleur”), Green treats the material with the graceful elegance that was the hallmark of his best hard bop sessions, and that quality achieves its fullest expression here. He’s helped by an ensemble that, as a sextet, is slightly larger and fuller-sounding than usual, and there’s plenty of room for solo explorations on the four extended pieces. Pearson’s touch on the piano is typically warm, while two players best known on Blue Note for their modernist dates mellow out a bit — the cool shimmer of Bobby Hutcherson’s vibes is a marvelously effective addition to the atmosphere, while Joe Henderson plays with a husky, almost Ike Quebec-like breathiness. That cushion of support helps spur Green to some of the loveliest, most intimate performances of his career — no matter what the tempo, it’s as if his guitar is whispering secrets in your ear. It’s especially true on the dreamy title track, though: a gorgeous, caressing, near-15-minute excursion that drifts softly along like a warm, starry summer night. Idle Moments is the essential first Green purchase, and some of the finest guitar jazz of the hard bop era.
01 – Idle Moments
02 – Jean De Fleur
03 – Django
04 – Nomad
Recorded November 4 & 15, 1963 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ.
Grant Green – guitar
Joe Henderson – tenor saxophone
Duke Pearson – piano
Bobby Hutcherson – vibraphone
Bob Cranshaw – double bass
Al Harewood – drums