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For this well-rounded set, pianist Kenny Drew, Jr. is heard unaccompanied, in a trio, and in groups as large as a sextet. He performs five of his originals, two by his father (the major bop pianist Kenny Drew), the obscure "The First Love Letter," and a reharmonized "Sweet and Lovely." Drew Jr. is the main solo star, but also gives plenty of space for trumpeter Michael Mossman, Ravi Coltrane on tenor and soprano, and vibraphonist Steve Nelson, with bassist Lynn Seaton and drummer Tony Reedus offering stimulating support. Some of the music is quite complex, but it always swings while keeping one guessing.


Born: 14 June 1958 in New York, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Despite sharing his father's name, Kenny Drew, Jr. was raised by his aunt and grandparents and did not consider Kenny Drew, Sr. to be an influence. He was taught classical music by his mother and grandmother and gigged in clubs as a teenager. He made his recording debut with Charnett Moffett; worked with Stanley Jordan and OTB; and recorded with Eddie Gomez, Sadao Watanabe, and the Mingus Big Band. In 1990, Drew won the Great American Jazz Piano competition at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival. He first...
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Crystal River, Kenny Drew, Jr. Sextet
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  • 8,91 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop
  • Released: 01 January 1998

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