Drew, whose father brightened up the bop piano scene in this country in the ’50s before emigrating to Europe in 1961, hasn’t let much grass grow under his feet since winning the 1990 Great American Jazz Piano competition. He made his recording debut the following year and has since gone on to record nearly a score of albums for a variety of labels. Winter Flower is his first for Milestone and on it he weaves a tapestry that incorporates many musical threads. His early classical training is apparent on striking versions of Federico Mompou’s lovely “Cancion y Danza V1,” which gets the benefit of Drew’s arrangement, and Chopin’s “Waltz in A Minor.”
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