Confrontation – Kenny Drew, Jr.
A medium-up challenge that combines bebop-ish and more modern vocabulary, with no key center. The head has several stop-time rhythm section figures. A Concert Condensed Score is available for the original sextet arrangement.
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- Recording: Kenny Drew, Jr. - Crystal River
- Recorded on: May 22 & 24, 1995
- Label: TCB (98202)
- Concert Key: No key center
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Trumpet - Michael Mossman
- Tenor Sax - Ravi Coltrane
- Vibes - Steve Nelson
- Piano - Kenny Drew
- Bass - Lynn Seaton
- Drums - Tony Reedus
The bridge switches to a more bebop-ish feel, with descending melodies and harmonies that resolve to G♭ major and then F major. Both the first A section and the bridge end on E♭6(♯11); this chord is vamped for a four-measure "tag" at the end of the C section. There is an interlude before the first solo, with sus chords again but ascending this time; the rhythm section plays a four-measure figure twice, and then a third time with an angular melody added that leads to a break for the first soloist. This interlude is also vamped for the drum solo; the break at the end of the last time is here left empty until the pickup to the top of the out head.
The song ends with a vamp and fade on E♭maj6(♯11) at the end of the C section; note that there is nothing in the melody to indicate that this is the "tonic."
A Concert Condensed Score is available for the sextet arrangement on this recording. The horns begin the A section melody in octaves, then harmonize in thirds on the fourth through seventh measures. The vibes have the melody on the bridge, with the horns playing a simple background harmonized in thirds which can also be used as a background for the solos. The interlude melody is also harmonized mostly in thirds.
Kenny Drew, Jr.
June 14, 1958 – August 3, 2014
Kenny Drew, Jr., son of pianist/composer Kenny Drew, Sr., started music lessons at the age of four. He studied classical piano with his aunt Marjorie, but soon found he enjoyed playing jazz as well. He performed worldwide with a comprehensive variety of musicians, including Stanley Jordan, OTB, Stanley Turrentine, Slide Hampton, the Mingus Big Band, Steve Grossman, Yoshiaki Masuo, Sadao Watanabe, Smokey Robinson, Frank Morgan, Daniel Schnyder, Jack Walrath, Ronnie Cuber and many others. Read more...