Kenny Drew Jr. Trio with guests: Wallace Roney & Stefon Harris: Remembrance
Essentially, Drew is a musician who can successfully equalize his vast repertoire and altogether enviable technique with subtle elegance and fiery dynamics amid interludes of various tempos and sentiment. On Milt Jackson’s classic “Bags Groove”, Drew Jr. and Harris accentuate the familiar melody with a series of subtle inflections and silky smooth grooves, whereas the band also tackles works by Manfredo Fest, Bill Evans, Fred Hersch, Jobim, Monk, and others. However, it all boils down to a bunch of extremely talented cats conveying richly thematic lyricism with flair and grace! - Whether perpetuating a hard driving swing vamp or executing a tender ballad, this ensemble delivers the goods in prominent fashion, thanks in part to Kenny Drew Jr’s shrewd comping, blazing single note runs and strong melodic gifts. Overall, Rememberance spawns additional credence to the pianist’s tasteful and resourceful approach to jazz music. Recommended!
Track Listing: Bags Groove, Song for Manfredo Fest, Epistrophy, Children
Personnel: Kenny Drew Jr.; piano: Santi deBriano; bass: Tany Jefferson; drums: Wallace Roney; trumpet (selected tracks): Stefon Harris; vibes (selected tracks)
Record Label: TCB Music