This compilation begins with the pianist's 1953 Blue Note album "New Faces, New Sounds", on which he was accompanied by Curly Russell on bass & Art Blakey on drums. A quartet including Joe Maini on alto & tenor, Leroy Vinnegar on bass & Lawrence Marable on drums recorded the late 1955 Capitol LP "Talkin' & Walkin'". Two 1957 Riverside albums complete the selection. "This is New" included Hank Mobley on tenor (first three numbers only) Donald Byrd on trumpet, Wilbur Ware on bass & G.T. Hogan on drums, and "Jazz Impressions of Pal Joey" retained Wilbur Ware on bass and imported Philly Joe Jones on drums. Drew was seen at the time as a modernist, but its clear that his approach was influenced as much by Teddy Wilson and Art Tatum as Mel Powell, and that he was very much his own man. His style ranged between single-note melodic lines and complex chordal patterns, and my own preference is for the two trio-based albums, where his approach was unfettered by the role of accompanist. Sound quality is excellent throughout.