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By the late 1970s, Kenny Drew had migrated to Europe, where he recorded extensively. This live trio date with the superb bassist Niels Pedersen and guitarist Phillip Catherine is worth looking for. "Django" opens with a lyrical Catherine acoustic solo before Drew and Pedersen take a bluesy detour. "Here's That Rainy Day" is given a lengthy workout, while the leader's "Sunset" opens with a meandering theme before evolving into a gentle ballad. The romping interplay within "Blues In the Closet" and "On Green Dolphin Street" close the performance with a flourish.

Biography

Born: 28 August 1928 in New York, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

A talented bop-based pianist (whose son has been one of the brightest pianists of the 1990s), Kenny Drew was somewhat underrated due to his decision to permanently move to Copenhagen in 1964. He made his recording debut in 1949 with Howard McGhee and in the 1950s was featured on sessions with a who's who of jazz, including Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Milt Jackson, Buddy DeFranco's quartet, Dinah Washington, and Buddy Rich (1958). Drew led sessions for Blue Note, Norgran, Pacific...
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