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Quality, relaxed session,
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This review is from: Idle Moments (Audio CD)
This is a pretty restrained session and all the better for it. The relaxed groove of the title track makes this the stand-out performance. I love Duke Pearson's piano fills on the theme. The combination of guitar, vibes and piano has always been a winner since the days of George Shearing's quintet and "Idle moments" opens up with this kind of sound before Joe Henderson enters of tenor. The CD is worth purchasing for this performance alone. Almost as good is the version of John Lewis' "Django" which is played in a meatier fashion than usual but with no loss of the pathos that underpins the tune. "Nomad" offers the set's most convoluted line but the whole session is extremely listenable yet substantial enough to more than please purists. Nice to hear Bobby Hutcherson lend his vibes to a more mainstream session and Pearson, Cranshaw and the under-rated Al Harewood provide great time. The results are as good as you would expect from this kind of all-star line up.
Guitarist Grant Green is one of those musician's who divide fans. There are plenty of those who admire his playing but his eventual development into funkier elements of jazz with decreasing yields of return has led some of his sternest critics to unfairly dismiss him. Listening to "Idle moment" offers the chance to hear Grant at his prime together with the (then) new tenor sensation, Joe Henderson who is somewhere stylistically between Sonny Rollins and Wayne Shorter. On the evidence of this disc, the recording can be rated at nothing less than five stars although Blue Notes' insistance at supplementing the CD with rejected takes adds nothing to the performance and are demonstrably inferior to Alfred Lion's ulitmate choice. Recommended.