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Idle Moments [LP][Reissue]

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Idle Moments is a 1964 jazz album by guitarist Grant Green. Released on Blue Note, it features performances by Joe Henderson on tenor saxophone, Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Blue Note in-house producer Duke Pearson on piano, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Al Harewood on drums. The album is best known for the title piece, a slow composition in C minor which lasts for nearly 15 minutes. Pearson, who wrote the song, explains in his liner notes to the album that the tune was meant to be much shorter. Due to the musicians repeating the main melody twice, however, there was some confusion as to whether or not one chorus would consist of 16 or 32 measures. Producer Alfred Lion was satisfied with the take, although he suggested that they do a retake to fit the song into a seven minute limit. However, the song had a special feeling to it which no subsequent take could recapture, so it was decided to release the first take on the album. Two other songs, "Jean de Fleur" and "Django," were re-recorded in shorter renditions to compensate for the length of the title track; the extended renditions of both songs can be heard on the 1998 RVG remaster of the album

1. Idle Moments
2. Jean de Fleur
3. Django
4. Nomad

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  • Vinyl (May 27, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,657 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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89 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Tom Aiken on May 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
If you're never heard Grant Green's guitar work before, this is the place to start. Not only because Green is playing at his finest, but so his is his all-star supporting cast which includes Joe Henderson on tenor sax, Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, and Duke Pearson on piano. The Pearson penned title-cut may be my single favorite recorded cut in jazz history. Each of the aforementioned soloists does some incredible work. The piece is laid-back and languid, but with incredible soul. The rest of the tunes vary in tempo but most have the same lazy, smoky feel to them while sounding fiercely inspired.
Idle Moments also happens to sound incredible in its newly remastered edition by the legendary Rudy Van Gelder. Its one of the best sounding discs in the series even. Those of you who own the original Blue Note release should definitely consider the upgrade.
Highly recommened for anyone with an interest in jazz or those looking for a place to develop one.
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By nadav haber on November 11, 2002
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It is hard to tell how this CD would sound without the wonderful, 15 minutes long title track. Certainly the magic of this track is a big part of the CD's success.
Idle Moments is one of those rare moments in recorded music when the musicians and the music become one, uniting in spirit around the musical fire. This needs to be heard, to understand the potential of improvised music to express love and unity.
But the rest of the CD does contain elements that make it special as well.
As a saxophone player I love the way in which Joe Henderson follows the lead of Grant Green, demonstrating that a sax player does not have to be in front in order to play beautifully.
Bobby Hutcherson's part in every recording he has played on has been crucial - here his sound and tasteful playing is one of the main ingredients to the overall success. Duke Pearson contributed the title track as well the fast tempo Nomad. His playing is sensitive and group oriented throughout.
A lot has been written on Green's special playing and his leadership - he deserves all compliments. The drummer and bass players share in this celebration of ego-less group spirit that makes this music so special.
The lesson that this music taught me is that when talent and mutual love and understanding join forces, the result is outstanding. This should be the aim of every musician. And to think that most of the musicians here were in their twenties when they reached this high level of musicianship - it is a testimony to their greatness and to the power of the group to elevate its member.
Needless to say - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !!!
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Peter E. Johansen on March 28, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I've never really been more than of a casual fan of this style guitar playing. I love some of the Hendrix-influenced jazz guitar that came later, and I definitely have an appreciation for acoustic jazz guitar players of an earlier era, but I never really got into any be-bop/hard-bop/soul-jazz players. That is, not until I heard Grant Green's Idle Moments.

I'm sure that this is an album that I will come back to as long as I live. Everything comes together here. The wistful title cut is one of the most evocative jazz tunes I've ever heard. Both Joe Henderson and Bobby Hutcherson sound much more subdued than I've ever heard them - but still as intense as ever. Actually, every player seems to know exactly when to stop playing. This album reminds me of Somethin' Else by Cannonball Adderly in terms of the mood and also the way it affected me as these tunes came together for me.

Honestly, I've heard so much jazz from this era that I wondered if there was another similar "straight-ahead" album out there that could affect me the way that some of these great jazz albums have in the past. I suppose that this is one of the great things about music; no matter how much you've absorbed there is ALWAYS more out there. Oh, and perhaps in part to RVG remastering this album sounds as if it was recorded yesterday rather than 1963 (actually, the sound quality is better than most albums recorded yesterday). This is music that just makes me feel happy to be alive, and I would recommend this to anyone who loves music of any kind.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mark VINE VOICE on February 2, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I'm a jazz guitar player. Not great, not too bad either. My listening is tuned into Kenny Burrell, Jim Hall, Pat Martino, Pat Metheny, and Wes Montgomery (though I still don't "get" this guy). I ashamed to admit that until yesterday, I did not own ANY Grant Green music even though I'd seen him as part of a CTI musicians tour back in 1976. I seriously didn't know what I was missing!

Idle Moments is a wonderfully rich CD. All the guys show up and the chemistry is fantastic (just read the Duke Pearson liner notes as he describes how the title track at a whopping 14:50 ended up being selected as the "master" take despite its length). There are few releases that I can say I feel are perfect. Obviously Kind of Blue and A Love Supreme, perhaps Blues and the Abstract Truth come to mind. Well This session is on par with say that great Oliver Nelson release I just noted. I used the adjective wonderfully rich to describe this music, that's the only thing I can think of. I can tell you that as much as I know about jazz and jazz guitar (which after 30 years of serious listening and playing I think I know quite a bit) I'm now going to have to rethink everything as far as who the "mutha" players are. Everybody likes to talk about Wes and his soul but I have to tell you that after hearing Idle Moments, I prefer Grant to Wes. does that make me some sort of jazz guitar heretic?

If you like nice, laid back jazz with exceptional musicianship then you want Idle Moments. Green is fantastic but so are Pearson, Hutcherson, and Henderson... especially Henderson. I have to rethink that guy too. I always thought he was a 2nd tier player... WRONG!
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