(1998) Introducing The Kenny Drew Trio

Howard Mcghee & Kenny Drew

... read moreThis 1998 CD has all of the music from two formerly scarce 10" LPs. Trumpeter Howard McGhee heads an all-star group that includes trombonist J.J. Johnson, tenor saxophonist Brew Moore, pianist Kenny Drew, bassist Curly Russell, and drummer Max Roach on "I'll Remember April," an original by the...

54′:37″ 17 Songs

1
Meciendo (1998 Digital Remaster)
Howard Mcghee & Kenny Drew
2:33
2
Lo-Flame (1998 Digital Remaster)
Howard Mcghee & Kenny Drew
2:46
3
Fluid Drive (1998 Digital Remaster)
Howard Mcghee & Kenny Drew
2:49
4
I'll Remember April (1998 Digital Remaster)
Howard Mcghee & Kenny Drew
2:50
5
Fuguetta (1998 Digital Remaster)
Howard Mcghee & Kenny Drew
3:07
6
Donnellon Square (1998 Digital Remaster)
Howard Mcghee & Kenny Drew
2:47
7
Lo-Flame (Alternate Take;1998 Digital Remaster)
Howard Mcghee & Kenny Drew
2:50
8
Yesterdays
Howard Mcghee & Kenny Drew
5:18
9
Stella By Starlight (1998 Digital Remaster; 20 Bit Mastering)
Howard Mcghee & Kenny Drew
2:25
10
Gloria (1998 Digital Remaster)
Howard Mcghee & Kenny Drew
3:21
11
Be My Love
Howard Mcghee & Kenny Drew
2:42
12
Lover Come Back To Me!
Howard Mcghee & Kenny Drew
3:30
13
Everything Happens To Me
Howard Mcghee & Kenny Drew
4:40
14
It Might As Well Be Spring
Howard Mcghee & Kenny Drew
2:47
15
Drew's Blues
Howard Mcghee & Kenny Drew
2:24
16
Yesterdays (Alternate Take; 1998 Digital Remaster)
Howard Mcghee & Kenny Drew
4:20
17
Everything Happens To Me (Alternate Take; 1998 Digital Remaster)
Howard Mcghee & Kenny Drew
3:28
Released 01 January 1998, This Compilation ℗ 1998 Blue Note Records

Review

This 1998 CD has all of the music from two formerly scarce 10" LPs. Trumpeter Howard McGhee heads an all-star group that includes trombonist J.J. Johnson, tenor saxophonist Brew Moore, pianist Kenny Drew, bassist Curly Russell, and drummer Max Roach on "I'll Remember April," an original by the leader and four songs (plus an alternate take) by Drew, who was making his recording debut. Because it was the tail-end of the 78 era, all of the performances are between 2:34 and 3:07 in length but the concise solos are generally quite strong. Although McGhee gets the top billing on this CD, the second half of this disc is actually by the Kenny Drew Trio (with Russell and drummer Art Blakey) from three years later, Drew's debut as a leader. Other than his "Gloria" and the basic "Drew's Blues," all of the music (which is augmented by two alternate takes) is standards including "Be My Love," "Yesterdays," and a surprisingly heated rendition of "It Might As Well Be Spring." Easily recommended to bebop collectors. ~ Scott Yanow