White Gardenia – Kenny Drew, Jr.
Not to be confused with the Johnny Griffin song of the same title, this composition is just as beautiful and melodic in its own way. It has a long form with a lot of colorful harmonic material.
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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: 3/4 swing (medium)
- Trumpet - Michael Mossman
- Tenor Sax - Ravi Coltrane
- Vibes - Steve Nelson
- Piano - Kenny Drew
- Bass - Lynn Seaton
- Drums - Tony Reedus
On the C lead sheet, Kenny's melody for the intro is notated; this intro vamps in a B♭ minor tonality. There is an interesting coda that extends each of the two four-measure pedal points at the end of the form to eight measures each. Rhythm section figures in the bridge are notated in the lead sheets. This recording has a 3-"horn" arrangement with trumpet and vibes trading off on the melody, several notable countermelody lines, and backgrounds for the solos (not indicated in the lead sheets).
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...