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Musician, Arranger & Composer Peter Drew Releases New CD Where & When!
(Published: December 27, 2016)

"This CD is my great leap forward while paying homage to the great jazz and pop music charts of the jazz and swing era"!-Peter Drew

New York City, December 27th, 2016 - Where & When is the debut release from New York City raised clarinetist, composer and arranger Peter Drew.

It was drawing from his early influences of listening to the music of Louis Armstrong, Art Hodes, Benny Goodman and Sidney Bechet that ignited the flame and music has forever been etched into Peter Drew's DNA!

It was while in high school that Peter took up the bassoon and later switched to clarinet "an essential instrument for Dixieland, the blues and swing" Peter laments. Those early musical experiences never faded as Peter delved into other career interest and received a masters's degree.

Later Peter studied jazz composition with such notables as Sid Cooper (formerly with the Dorsey Band), Danny Bank (sideman with Charlie Barnet), Charles Pillow (pit musician), Joe Solomon (jazz musician) and Philip Rothman (composer/arranger).

These experiences led to Peter's decision to document his idea's as a composer and arranger and after several month's of compiling tunes and writing arrangements it was in early 2016 that he entered the studio with Grammy nominated conductor/music director Darcy James Argue and producer Philip Rothman to record what has become a big band recording that is setting new standards!

Regarding his involvement in the project Philip shared these words "Peter Drew's vibrant take on the standard jazz repertoire made me rediscover these great songs anew with delight, and upon hearing his original compositions I was humming their melodies immediately. It was a pleasure to be part of this project"!

From the very opening tune of the 17 tune set, Jimmy Giuffre's Four Brothers, it immediately establishes Peter Drew right at the top of the great arrangers list with his fresh but true to the tradition version of this standard!

That gem is followed by the great mambo Cumana so wonderfully reinvented for big band while retaining its mambo feeling! Certain to be pleasing to those who love jazz, big band and of course mambo! After the break neck tempo's of the first two tunes Peter calms it down with the Benny Golson classic I Remember Clifford, so tender and such a true arrangement with Seneca Black's trumpet solo as soulful and as rich as Art Framer's, Lee Morgan's or Freddie Hubbard led versions!

While there are 5 vocal songs here the Rogers & Hart penned Where Or When fits snugly into this package both lyrically and with Sarah Tolar's vocalese. And as with all these tunes the featured soloist receive high marks, here clarinetist Sam Sadigursky adds to the vintage emotion. Another vocal marvel is Get Up further displaying Peter's overall concept here and his writing ability!

There are stand out tracks galore in Where & When including the Irving Berlin classic Cheek To Cheek again with Sarah Tolar on vocals, a superb arrangement and soloing on Coltrane's Impressions, a swinging version of Basie's Back In Town and both Antonio Carlos Jobim's Wave and Manteca with their crisp arrangements are both performed with flawless supreme execution!

Perhaps the most compelling tune on When & Where is the final track, Blues For Troy. With lyrics and music written by human rights proponent Peter Drew, Blues For Troy was inspired by the execution of the incarcerated Troy Davis. This song and video (click here http://www.peterdrewmusic...) tells the all to familiar story of the sometime seemingly unjust American legal system and "it makes a powerful statement" adds Peter!

Actually the complete CD makes a powerful statement with a superb selection of great tunes and the same can be said for the musicians assembled for this stellar recording!

Preview and purchase Where & When here:http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/...

More Information: http://www.peterdrewmusic.com

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