Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Kenny Drew - New Faces, New Sounds (1953)

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

Kenny Drew (p) Curly Russell (b) Art Blakey (d)

Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, April 16, 1953

Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Gadd Gang

Turn every stone in jazz, soul, pop, rock and whatnot since the 70s and chances are that you'll bump into drum wunderkind Steve Gadd. Steve's talent has graced albums of Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Al Jarreau, Joe Cocker, Stuff, Bob James, Chick Corea, Eric Clapton, James Taylor, Jim Croce, Eddie Gomez, The Manhattan Transfer, Michal Urbaniak, Steps Ahead, Al Di Meola, Manhattan Jazz Quintet, Richard Tee, Jon Bon Jovi, Bee Gees to name but a few. As Chick Corea said ""Every drummer wants to play like Gadd because he plays perfect ... He has brought orchestral and compositional thinking to the drum kit while at the same time having a great imagination and a great ability to swing" (Duke's Lullaby from this LP proves that in spades). Gadd has collaborated since the 70s with ace session men Cornell Dupree, Richard Tee and Eddie Gomez with the group Staff. Bari sax legend Ronnie Cuber was added to the roster during the 80s and the Gadd Gang was born. This is feel-good music, these seasoned veterans sound like having a heck of a time playing it scoring high marks in the trouser flapping department, great, groovy stuff.


1 Watching The River Flow 6:36
Composed By - Bob Dylan

2 Strength 4:28
Composed By - R. McDonald* , S. Gadd* , W. Salter*

3 Way Back Home 6:57
Composed By - Wilton Felder

4 Morning Love 4:20
Arranged By - Richard Tee
Composed By - Eddie Gomez

5 Duke's Lullaby 3:59
Composed By - Steve Gadd

6 Everything You Do 3:47
Composed By - Richard Tee

7 Honky Tonk / I Can't Stop Loving You 6:53
Arranged By [Horns] - David Matthews*
Composed By - B. Doggett* , B. Butler* , C. Scott* , D. Gibson* , E. Grover* , S. Shepard*
Saxophone [Tenor] - George Young (2) , Michael Brecker
Trombone - Barry Rogers , David Taylor
Trumpet - Jon Faddis , Lew Soloff

The gang
Richard Tee keyboards
Cornell Dupree guitar
Eddie Gomez bass
Steve Gadd drums
Ronnie Cuber baritone sax (on #1,3,& 7)

Recorded and mixed at Record Plant Studios, NYC in June and August, 1986 by using SONY 3324 Digital Recorder.