Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Idle Moments with Grant Green

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. Even more than the two-disc set The Complete Quartets With Sonny Clark, Idle Moments is the essential first Green purchase, and some of the finest guitar jazz of the hard bop era.
Steve Huey

Source :http://www.allmusic.com/album/idle-moments-mw0000667324

Grant Green
Idle Moments


1 Idle Moments (Pearson)  14:58
2 Jean de Fleur (Green)  6:49
3 Django (Lewis)  8:45 
4 Nomad (Pearson)  12:18
5 Jean de Fleur [alt. version] (Green)  8:09
6 Django [alt. version] (Lewis)  13:13


Grant Green - g
Joe Henderson - ts
Bobby Hutcherson - vb
Duke Pearson - p
Bob Cranshaw - b
Hal Harewood - dr

Recorded at the Van Gelder Stusio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey ; November 4 & 15 [# 2 & 3], 1963


Radenko said...

Oh man. This is one of my all time favorites. What an album.

I highly recomend this one to anyone who does not have it yet.

This is a master piece.

Pippo said...

Great share Melanchthon, thank you

Telecaster Road said...

Grant Green, Blue Notes Number One Guitarist.
Underated, but loved by many.

lcbriza said...

Thanks for the sharing.

OldHippieRick said...

Way cool Grant Thanks a bunch ~ rick

duck said...

Hi Mel, Yet another upgrade, thanks as always.

Melanchthon said...


Billy said...

Thank you.

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ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks Mel

david said...

thank you very much !

Geoviki said...

Thank you!

SW said...

Great but link is broken C2 2 and 3

May you reup



Anonymous said...

One of Grant Green's finest records.
Please re-upload this one, Mel!
The links no longer work!