Random Jazz: Grant Green – “Idle Moments,” title track (1963/1965)

Idle Moments is a 1963 jazz album, actually released in 1965, by guitarist Grant Green. It’s on the Blue Note label and features Joe Henderson (tenor saxophone); Bobby Hutcherson (vibes); Duke Pearson (piano); Bob Cranshaw (bass); and Al Harewood (drums).

Track Listing
1. “Idle Moments” (Pearson) – 14:56
2. “Jean De Fleur” (Green) – 6:49
3. “Django” (John Lewis) – 8:44
4. “Nomad” (Pearson) – 12:16

Grant Green (1935-1979) was an American jazz guitarist and composer mostly on the Blue Note Label. Performance styles include hard bop, soul jazz, bebop and “Latin-tinged idioms.”

Michael Erlewine at AllMusic writes that he was, “A severely underrated player during his lifetime and one of the great unsung heroes of jazz guitar …”

And his Blue Note biography says this:

Green’s playing is immediately recognizable — perhaps more than any other guitarist. Green has been almost systematically ignored by jazz buffs with a bent to the cool side, and he has only recently begun to be appreciated for his incredible musicality. Perhaps no guitarist has ever handled standards and ballads with the brilliance of Grant Green. Mosaic, the nation’s premier jazz reissue label, issued a wonderful collection The Complete Blue Note Recordings with Sonny Clark, featuring prime early ’60s Green albums plus unissued tracks. Some of the finest examples of Green’s work can be found there.

You can find his discography here.

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