The Complete Jerome Kern / Rodgers & Hart Songbooks
Kenny Drew (p), Wilbur Ware, Curley Russell (b), Philly Joe Jones, Art Blakey (d)
This release compiles Kenny Drews complete Riverside 1957 duo & trio albums performing the LP songbooks of legendary composers Jerome Kern and Rodgers & Hart: The Jerome Kern Songbook - I Love Jerome Kern and Pal Joey - Jazz Impressions of the Rodgers And Hart. The former LP has never previously been released on CD. Full details inside in the 12-page comprehensive booklet.
01. The Way You Look Tonight
02. Ive Told Every Little Star
03. Cant Help Lovin That Man Of Mine
04. Make Believe
05. Im Old Fashioned
06. All The Things You Are
07. Long Ago And Far Away
08. All Through The Day
09. The Song Is You
10. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
11. Why Do I Love You?
13. Bewitched Bothered And Bewildered
14. Do It The Hard Way
15. I Didnt Know What Time It Was
16. Happy Hunting Horn
17. I Could Write A Book
18. What Is A Man
19. My Funny Valentine
20. The Lady Is A Tramp
21. Yesterdays (*) Bonus Track
Total time: 77:36 min.
Tracks #1-12 originally issued as "The Jerome Kern Songbook - I Love Jerome Kern" (Riverside RLP 12-811).
Tracks #13-20 originally issued as "Pal Joey - Jazz Impressions of the Rodgers And Hart" (Riverside RLP 12-249).
Personnel: Kenny Drew (p), Wilbur Ware (b) and Philly Joe Jones (tracks #13-20 only). Both albums recorded in New York City, 1957.
The bonus track has been taken from "Introducing The Kenny Drew Trio" (Blue Note BNJ 71002). Personnel: Kenny Drew (p), Curley Russell (b) and Art Blakey (d). Recorded in New York City, on April 16, 1953.
"It seems strange that (with the exception of a 1960 session for Blue Note) this would be pianist Kenny Drew's last session as a leader until 1973. With bassist Wilbur Ware and drummer Philly Joe Jones, Drew interprets eight Rodgers and Hart tunes, five written for the play Pal Joey and three of their earlier hits that were included in the film version. Drew contributes swing and subtle bop-based improvising to these superior melodies (which are highlighted by "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered," "I Could Write a Book," and "The Lady Is a Tramp"), and the results are quite memorable."
Scott Yanow -All Music guide
"Well, we were all young kids who had the same love of bebop and music, so we were going to all the clubs. As time went by, some of our idols, the stars, started to hire us because they were beginning to recognize that these young kids can play. I think Kenny Drew was the first guy to get jobs accompanying top notch peopleSo we just seamlessly came into the scene."