Kenny Drew's debut as a leader in the more than able company of Messrs. Curly Russel on bass and Ard Blakey on drums, where we get to hear what a great pianist Drew was from the very beginning and the influence Bud Powell had on him. Other than his "Gloria" and the basic "Drew's Blues," all of the music is standards including "Be My Love," "Yesterdays" and a surprisingly heated rendition of "It Might As Well Be Spring. Sparkling mono sound from this mint 1999 reissue limited edition lovingly pressed by Toshiba EMI Japan in 1999.
Track listing A1 Yesterdays A2 Stella By Starlight A3 Gloria A4 Be My Love B1 Lover, Come Back To Me B2 Everything Happens To Me B3 Spring Will Be A Little Late B4 Drew's Blues
Personnel Kenny Drew (p) Curly Russell (b) Art Blakey (d)
Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, April 16, 1953
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Advance to Barbarism
(Mitre Press, 1968).
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