Kenny Drew recorded fairly frequently in the 1950s, but after this Blue Note album, he moved to Europe and did not appear as a leader on records until 1973. Still just 32 in 1960, Drew was teamed with the young trumpeter Freddie Hubbard (who already showed great potential), tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley, bassist Sam Jones, and drummer Louis Hayes on six of his originals (including "Undercurrent," "The Pot's On," and "Groovin' the Blues"). A fine hard bop set. [In 2007 Blue Note reissued Undercurrent in a remastered Rudy Van Gelder edition.]
Personnel: Kenny Drew (piano); Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone); Freddie Hubbard (trumpet); Sam Jones (acoustic bass); Louis Hayes (drums).
03 Lion's Den
04 The Pot's On
05 Groovin' the Blues