Dedication – Kenny Drew, Jr.
An homage to Kenny Drew, Sr., by his son, this ballad goes on a harmonic journey as it develops the main theme.
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- Recording: Kenny Drew, Jr. - Passionata
- Recorded on: February 25-27, 1995
- Label: Arkadia Jazz (70561)
- Concert Key: C minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Ballad
- Piano - Kenny Drew, Jr.
- Bass - Peter Washington
- Drums - Lewis Nash
Ballad performances rely on the interpretation of the performer for their power, so we always try to start you out with the composer's correct melody (ours comes from Kenny's manuscript). In the Arkadia recording, Kenny plays the first A rubato, so we decided to start our sample audio excerpt with Kenny's second A. The excerpt also gives you a glimpse of how Kenny starts the bridge.
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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...