Jose Reyes

Jose Reyes

Grant Green’s “Idle Moments” is featured

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Here’s an exquisite album from Grant Green that will fill the Jazz Con Class Radio listener’s minds with soothing positivity. Considered one of the best Jazz album ever recorded (1965), “Idle Moments” can be used as a perfect example of the mid 60’s cool movement. Grant Green opens a brand new creative avenue for future Jazz guitarists to adventure on. Its the perfectness in timing by Green and his co-musicians Joe Henderson (tenor saxophone), Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone), Duke Pearson (piano), Bob Cranshaw (bass), Al Harewood (drums) that allow them to pull off the perfect caper. Outstanding album and one that you will immediately purchase after hearing, it’s a no-brainer, WOW! I will feature it as usual, for a week and then drop it into the rotation. Check the schedule link for play times.

About the album:

The Rudy Van Gelder Edition of IDLE MOMENTS includes an essay by Bob Blumenthal. Digitally remastered using 24-bit technology by Rudy Van Gelder (Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey). This is part of the Blue Note Rudy Van Gelder Editions series. It was always a part of Blue Note’s development and marketing to introduce new artists as sidemen on more well-known leaders’ projects before giving them dates of their own. The system worked pretty well, and the irony is that a release like 1963’s IDLE MOMENTS looks likes more of an all-star session in retrospect. Sure, we get to hear Grant Green stretching out. But we also get Bobby Hutcherson and Joe Henderson, who were just winning their first Downbeat polls at the time. Green himself had come through this system, appearing with organ combos and on other hard bop sessions, before graduating to his own Blue Note dates. IDLE MOMENTS may be one of his finest…..Read More

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