Some days back, after I blipped Grant Green’s classic “Idle Moments,” Jason Parker (@1WorkinMusician) let me know his Seattle-based quartet had recorded its own version of this timeless masterpiece on their second full-length CD No More, No Less.
Parker is a busy player on Seattle’s thriving jazz scene, and his blog posts and tweets about making a living as a full-time musician and bandleader have a healthy following. I was definitely curious: would The Jason Parker Quartet’s version of “Idle Moments” stand up to a comparison of the original?
Oh, yeah. The quartet — Parker on trumpet, Josh Rawlings on piano, Evan Flory-Barnes on bass, D’Vonne Lewis on drums, and special guest Cynthia Mullis on tenor sax — keeps the original’s languidly slow,
no- need-to-be-in-a-hurry pace, and Parker, Mullis, and Rawlings solo beautifully over those classic changes. Everyone’s ears are open and I especially enjoyed listening to Mullis jump off the riffs Rawlings served up during her solo. Nice, very nice. The Jason Parker Quartet gives a respectful nod to the past while making “Idle Moments” its very own.
Check out The Jason Parker Quartet’s “Idle Moments”:
And here’s Grant Green’s original, full-length version:
The Jason Parker Quartet as recorded on No More, No Less: