Crystal River – Kenny Drew, Jr.
In 5/4 and the key of A, this is a challenging song—but its strong melody and modal changes hold it together. There are two separate solo sections which can be explored in a few different ways.
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- Recording: Kenny Drew, Jr. - Crystal River
- Recorded on: May 22 & 24, 1995
- Label: TCB (98202)
- Concert Key: A
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Even 8ths (medium)
- Trumpet, Flugelhorn - Michael Mossman
- Soprano Sax - Ravi Coltrane
- Vibes - Steve Nelson
- Piano - Kenny Drew
- Bass - Lynn Seaton
- Drums - Tony Reedus
There are two solo sections, one based on A, the other on B. On the recording, the piano and vibes solo on the A-based form (D), followed by soprano sax and flugelhorn solos on E, based on the B section. There are other possibilities for these solo sections, such as alternating between the two sections in the same form as the head.
Note that the second half of the B section is written in sharps rather than flats in the C lead sheet; in this section the key center moves to F♯ major, resulting in spellings such as A♯m7 to D♯7 instead of B♭m7 and E♭7. This is how Kenny wrote it in his original manuscript; this new key center is within the context of the tonic key, A major. In the B♭ and E♭ lead sheets this section is written in flats to avoid double sharps. We also have a combined piano and bass part showing the ostinato and bass line. Drummers should get the C treble clef part.
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...