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“Idle Moments”

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Guitar: Grant Green
Tenor Saxophone: Joe Henderson
Vibraphone: Bobby Hutcherson
Piano: Duke Pearson
Bass (vocal): Bob Cranshaw

Producer: Alfred Lion
Recording Engineer, Mastering Engineer: Rudy Van Gelder [a genius sound engineer – LG]
Composer Lyricist: Duke Pearson

Paul Jobin commented on YouTube:

On the back cover of the original Blue Note LP, there was a long comment by Duke Pearson, the pianist who composed the tune. He explained the exceptional conditions that made these 15 minutes of their recording session an “ideal moment” for ever, as much as an “idle moment”. Here is an extract of that text:

“Idle Moments. What does a person usually think of during his idle moments? Does he sit in recollection of past pleasures or disappointment? Or does he seat and daydream of an accomplishment, desire, or goal he wishes someday to finally achieve?  

I wonder while listening to this recording, just what the people involved were thinking of while idling away (so to speak). The dreamlike mood that prevails gave me the idea of naming this tune Idle Moments.  

It was well past midnight when we came to this tune. Since this was the last number of the session, it was to run for no longer than seven minutes. It was my duty to assign the solo order, and designate the number of ad-lib choruses each of the musicians were to play. I figured that the melody should be played at once, then Green for two choruses, and each of the others for one apiece. This I calculated, should run from six-and-a-half, to seven minutes.  

The ‘take’ number was announced, and we started recording. The sixteen bar melody that was to be played once, was repeated for thirty-two bars. As Green was finishing his second sixteen-bar chorus, I was getting ready to make my entrance, but he kept playing. I waited for him again at the end of his third sixteen, and took up his pattern, but he repeated once again. Then it dawned on me that since the melody was played twice, thirty-two bars were being considered one full chorus. So when it came my turn to improvise, I too placed thirty-two bars, and gave the “high sign” to Joe Henderson.  

Henderson took two steps closer in the microphone, closed his eyes, and warm, beautifully passionate sounds began pouring from his horn.  

I was watching Alfred Lion thru the glass that separates the recording room from the control room, and he seemed to be thoroughly enjoying the proceedings. Then he looked at his stopwatch, frowned, looked at me, shrugged his shoulders, smiled, and continued listening to Joe. But Booby Hutcherson was yet to follow, and I knew that he was going to play at least thirty-two bars…”

It’s an amazing piece. Full album here, but the remastered track below sounds better than the audio at that link.

Written by Leisureguy

14 May 2022 at 10:20 pm

Posted in Jazz

The 147 That Broke The Record | Ronnie O’Sullivan’s 9th Maximum | 2008 World Snooker Championship

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14 May 2022 at 7:52 pm

Posted in Games, Snooker, Video

Good walk

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I’m not sure why that drop in heart rate, but I imagine it’s simply that the Amazfit Band 5 lost track of my pulse. As you can see from the chart at the right my walking speed did not drop. Average cadence was 109 steps per minute, and my stride was a little longer than usual to get that speed with that cadence: 34″ stride on average.

I got only 8 PAI this time, when my previous walk on this route, at 3.59 mph average speed, I earned 29 PAI. So it goes. The important thing is that I’m getting out and walking. 

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14 May 2022 at 4:29 pm

After 72 hours, my chickpea-black rice tempeh needs another day at least

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After 72 hours

Some progress has been made, but I want the mycelium to cover the slab fully, and that will clearly take at least another day. I updated the main post on this batch to note the lesson learned: in a bean/rice tempeh, use mostly beans. I do wonder whether long-grain brown rice would work better. Black rice is a short-grain rice, and such rices tend to be more sticky. Wild rice would be interesting. I would definitely use Minnesota wild rice, harvested traditionally. Cultivated wild rice (from California, for example) is tough.

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14 May 2022 at 11:52 am

An old-school shave

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The traditional standby of a boar brush is hard to beat. You know already how much I like my Omega Pro 48. If you haven’t tried it, get one and for the first week don’t use it to shave — just wet the knot well under the hot-water tap and leave the brush standing on its base while you shower. The rewet the knot, give it a good shake or two, and load the brush. Work up a good lather in your palm, then rinse the brush well — with hot water until the water runs clear, then with cold water — shake out the excess water, and stand the brush on its base to dry.

After a week, start using the brush in shaving, working up the lather on your face (or in a bowl or in your palm). The lather will improve over the next three weeks, by which time the brush will be well broken in (assuming you use it daily). The brush has a wonderful feel on the face and works up a fine lather.

This morning that lather was from Mike’s Natural Barber Shop shaving soap, a traditional fragrance in a great soap. My Fatip Testina Gentile did a remarkably fine job, and a splash of Fine Accoutrements American Blend finished a flawless shave.

The tea this morning Mark T. Wendell’s Huo Shan Yellow Sprouting Tea: “This rare yellow tea from China’s Anhui province consists of beautiful hand-crafted leaves and downy silver buds. This tea is notable for its rich, full, and smooth tasting floral infusion. When brewed our Yellow Sprouting produces a naturally sweet and refreshingly clean tasting cup of tea.”

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14 May 2022 at 11:19 am

Posted in Caffeine, Shaving

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