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Idle Moments [LP][Reissue]
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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, April 20, 1999
Audio, Cassette, July 27, 1988
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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.
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 !!!
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Among jazz greats, Grant Green may be somewhat overshadowed by Wes Montgomery and Kenny Burrell. But this record emphatically demonstrates that, while not necessarily as well-known... Read morePublished 24 days ago by W. Doyle
Beautiful and sophisticated. This NEVER gets old! So happy for this vinyl re-issue.Published 1 month ago by primetimeoflife
Very nice mellow guitar technique. I still prefer Wes Montgomery or George Benson, however.Published 3 months ago by Michael A. Cronin
WOW!! no other words to describe cd.. You must get it....Published 4 months ago by Charles J. Miller
My wife listens to this CD on her way home from work just about every day.Published 5 months ago by C. Langlois
I've owned a copy of this album in one form or another for literally decades. My inspiration to write this review is I pulled it out today (this particular CD release) and was... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mike Tarrani