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Nature Beauty by Kenny Drew Trio
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Artist/Band:Kenny Drew Trio
Name:Nature Beauty
Cat No.:PCCY-30212
Performed by:Kenny Drew (piano)
Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (bass)
Ed Thigpen (drums)
Release Date:10/16/2013
Description:Kenny Drew 20th Memorial Series
Paper Sleeve Limited Edition - Only 1,000 copies pressed!

A collection of previously unreleased materials by the Kenny Drew Trio, originally recorded for Japanese labels Baystate and Alpha beween 1972 and 1992, now released to commemmorate the 20th anniversary of his passing. A rich trove of superb piano trio performances!


American pianist Kenny Drew (1928-1993) moved to Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1964. Although he may have somewhat faded from the radar of American jazz fans, he had a fantastic career in Denmark and was beloved by European and Japanese jazz fans. In the late 1970s and 1980s, Drew's popularity in Japan grew to incredible heights when he began recording for Japanese labels such as Baystate and Alpha under a partnership with Japanese producer Makoto Kimata.

To commemmorate the 20th anniversary of Drew's passing, a very special series was launched in Japan in 2013, with a release of previously unpublished materials recorded for the two labels between 1972 and 1992. Most of them are alternate takes and takes that did not make onto the original albums released in this period. Danish super-bassist Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen held the bass chair throughout, and the drummer is either Ed Thigpen, a fellow American expat who had settled in Copenhagen, or Alvin Queen.

It is quite amazing to hear the consistently high quality of these "outtakes" and to realize that there is enough material to fill 15 CDs in this series. Actually, many these "outtakes" tend to be more exciting than those takes that made the original albums. They may have been "cut" because they were slightly rough around the edges, but perhaps they were played with more freedom, abandon, and adventurous spirit. This particular CD is a collection of unreleased materials recorded between 1978 and 1980, with Ed Thigpen on drums. This was the early period of Kenny Drew's productive association with the Japanese label Baystate.

Very highly recommended to fans of Kenny Drew and piano trio jazz!

Release produced by Makoto Kimata. Recorded at Easy Sound Recording, Copenhagen, between 1978 and 1980.
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Album Tracks:
1. Dear Old StockholmMP3 Sample
2. Nature BeautyMP3 Sample
3. Django
4. Autumn Leaves
5. Water Stream
6. Dream
7. When You Wish Upon A Star
8. Dream Land
9. Willow Weep For Me
10. Hush-A-Bye
11. Finale
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