Idle Moments (180gm analogue)
Format: LP, Vinyl
‘Idle Moments’ is generally considered as one of Grant Green’s finest works. And it is a masterpiece, recorded over two sessions on 4th November 1963 and 15th November 1963. The line-up is an interesting one with the Al Harewood on drums and Bob Cranshaw on bass with Duke Pearson on piano completing the rhythm section. Joe Henderson is featured in an early Blue Note outing on tenor and the young vibes player Bobby Hutcherson completes the front line. Duke Pearson contributes the magnificent fifteen-minute title piece. Originally intended to be an eight-minute cut, Green and subsequent soloists doubled the length of their contributions. This slow thoughtful tune has a cinematic quality. Grant Green’s phrasing is unbelievably beautiful and reflective. Pearson’s piano work especially in the intro is delicate, whilst Henderson’s tenor is moody and soulful. Subsequent takes aimed at reducing ‘Idle Moments’ length failed to capture the magic of the longer version. As a result, two of the tracks ‘Jean de Flours’ and ‘Django’ had to be redone on 15th November as their original versions were now too long to fit the album. ‘Jean De Fleurs’ is a breezy swinger with Green’s guitar as eloquent as usual. ‘Django’ written by John Lewis for the Milt Jackson Quintet has a march like beat. Green and Henderson solo brilliantly again. The last track ‘Nomad’, another Duke Pearson tune, is another elongated groove – just over 12 minutes – that flies along.