Passionata – Kenny Drew, Jr.
An evocative, masterful bossa derived from an unfinished sketch by his late father, Kenny Drew, Sr.
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- Recording: Kenny Drew, Jr. - Passionata
- Recorded on: February 25-27, 1995
- Label: Arkadia Jazz (70561)
- Concert Key: A minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Latin (Bossa)
- Piano - Kenny Drew, Jr.
- Bass - Peter Washington
- Drums - Lewis Nash
Our main audio excerpt comes from the track Kenny used to end the album, played by the trio accompanied by strings. It starts with the introduction which features piano fills over the two-measure bass line figure that plays a prominent role in the composition. The melody constantly evolves over 74 measures; the form is clearly indicated in our lead sheet editions.
The album starts with another take of the same composition, by the trio only. After a beautiful rubato treatment of the first two and last sections of the melody (which sets up the tempo), Kenny plays one chorus of the melody with the trio. Here's an excerpt from the beginning of this gorgeous trio version trio.
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...