Track Selection: “Idle Moments”
Caution, long (14:40), one early needle stick at 45 seconds requiring manual intervention, gives a repeat of two turns, some early clicks and a little surface noise early which quickly settles down and the remaining 13 minutes are thankfully uneventful, except musically, which are exceptional.
Joe Henderson (ts) Bobby Hutcherson (vib) Duke Pearson (p) Grant Green (g) Bob Cranshaw (b) Al Harewood (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, November 4th and 15th, 1963
Personally, my one desert island disk, fourteen minutes suspended in time. An extraordinary shared musical experience captured on disc as each musician in turn takes inspiration from the others and is swept to greater heights..Green’s simple linear tune is but the gateway to what is to unfold. Henderson enters unexpectedly at around the eighth minute with his chocolate-rich tone, the right speaker bursts into life, an emotional probing solo. Hutcherson will take you floating in space among twinkling stars. Pearson holds down the melody until his solo opens up a huge landscape of rolling hills and valleys with rippling streams of notes. Eventually it all returns gently to earth. Space travel, 1963.
Other tracks include the almost equally magical MJQ composition “Django”, which has been covered countless times but is sprinkled with the same fairy dust as others in this remarkable recording session.
Vinyl: Blue Note BNST 84154 stereo
I have tried everything from a Scorpio to an 2x45rpm Analogue Productions/ Music Matters audiophile remastered from original tapes, CDs, but nothing matches the original Blue Note, faults and all. So I persevere with it, get up and move on the needle stick, and tolerate the early clicks and pops. Hopefully you will be able to handle it.
Liner Notes Updated November 8, 2015 to LJC Supersharp Text™
Cruelly rare, and viciously fought over on US eBay. Expensive, considering its imperfections.
It is often the case that the most damage is done in the first minute of side one, which as you might expect experiences the most needle drops and jogs. Bless the Japanese and their lightweight record arms! Hopefully you will have been able to tolerate the brief faults. It’s vinyl! And one very difficult to find – you can’t take it back to exchange for another one, so sadly it is a compromise, one day to be replaced by an EX copy. Until then, I have this one. I hesitated whether to post this record because of the skip, but I don’t see why you shouldn’t suffer once like us collectors.