Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Digitally remastered from the original tapes. Deluxe packaging with a 16-page booklet with original liner notes and new essay by jazz journalist Ted Panken plus restored artwork, photos and session notes. Supervised by original producer and Xanadu label head Don Schlitten. First CD reissue in over 20 years.
Personnel: Kenny Drew (piano); Frank Butler (drums).
Audio Mixer: Paul Goodman.
Liner Note Authors: Don Schlitten; Zev Feldman.
Recording information: Spectrum Studios, Venice, California (10/15/1978).
Director: Don Schlitten.
The fine bop-based pianist Kenny Drew permanently left the United States in 1961 to live in Europe and eventually Copenhagen. He only recorded back in his homeland during a 1978 visit that resulted in a pair of Xanadu LPs. For this date Drew teamed up with bassist Leroy Vinnegar and drummer Frank Butler for three familiar standards, an obscurity, and three of his straight-ahead originals. The years overseas had not hurt the pianist in the least and he had clearly grown as an improviser. ~ Scott Yanow
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