|Born||November 20, 1959|
Trenton, New Jersey
|Associated acts||The Claudia Quintet|
In 1998, he released his first album as leader, Heyday, with his band Jagged Sky (featuring David Binney, Ben Monder, and Kenny Wollesen). Gress wrote all except two of the compositions. Two years later, he recorded Spin & Drift, on which he also played steel guitar. He recorded material for two further albums – 7 Black Butterflies and The Irrational Numbers – in 2004.
Gress has taught at Peabody Conservatory and Western Connecticut State University. He has also served tenures as artist in residence at University of Colorado-Boulder and at Russia's St. Petersburg Conservatory.
Critic John Fordham described a performance by Gress's group as "one of the great jazz performances in Britain in 2002". In 2004, the UK's BBC Radio and London's Guardian selected his quartet's live radio broadcast as Jazz Concert of the Year.
Playing and composing style
The DownBeat reviewer of Vesper, a collaboration between Gress and the trio expEAR, wrote that the bassist "has exquisite time and a composer's sense of line, a combination that allows him an insightful level of counterpoint in his playing". The DownBeat reviewer of Gress's The Sky inside wrote that he "favors a focused restraint, a sort of concentrated tension that wrings the maximum inspiration from minimal elements, and which maintains a taut severity even when spare free passages burst into angular swing".
- Heyday (as Drew Gress's Jagged Sky) (Soul Note, 1998)
- Spin & Drift (Premonition, 2001)
- 7 Black Butterflies (Premonition, 2005)
- The Irrational Numbers (Premonition, 2008)
- And Again with Shims Trio (Deepdig, 2012)
- The Sky Inside (Pirouet, 2013)
With John Abercrombie
With Tim Berne
- Visitation Rites (Screwgun, 1997)
- Please Advise (Screwgun, 1999)
- Pre-Emptive Denial (Screwgun, 2005)
With Uri Caine
- Wagner e Venezia (Winter & Winter, 1997)
- The Goldberg Variations (Winter & Winter, 2000)
- Uri Caine Ensemble Plays Mozart (Winter & Winter, 2006)
With Joint Venture
- Joint Venture (Enja, 1987)
- Ways (Enja, 1989)
- Mirrors (Enja, 1994)
- Ralph Alessi, Baida (ECM, 2013)
- Ray Anderson, Big Band Record (Gramavision, 1994)
- Lynne Arriale, With Words Unspoken (DMP, 1996)
- Jon Ballantyne, The Loose (Justin Time, 1994)
- Don Byron, Romance with the Unseen (Blue Note, 1999)
- Marc Copland, Night Whispers (Pirouet, 2009)
- Marc Copland, Better by Far (InnerVoice, 2017)
- Dave Douglas, Five (Soul Note, 1996)
- Dave Douglas, Convergence (Soul Note, 1999)
- Yelena Eckemoff, In the Shadow of a Cloud (L&H, 2017)
- Yelena Eckemoff, Better Than Gold and Silver (L&H, 2018)
- Ellery Eskelin, Setting the Standard (Cadence, 1989)
- Erik Friedlander, Chimera (Avant, 1995
- Erik Friedlander, The Watchman (Tzadik, 1996)
- David Kane, Machinery of the Night (Magellan, 2006)
- Tony Malaby, Apparations (Songlines, 2003)
- Liam Noble, Romance Among the Fishes (Basho, 2005)
- Jason Robinson, Tiresian Symmetry (Cuneiform, 2012)
- John Surman, Brewster's Rooster (ECM, 2007)
- Tom Varner, Martian Heartache (Soul Note, 1996)
- Kennedy, Gary W (2002). Gress, Drew. Grove Music Online. Retrieved 12 October 2020.
- "Drew Gress | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2020-10-11.
- Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 605. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
- Fordham, John (29 November 2002). "Drew Gress/ Tim Berne: Vortex, London". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 October 2020.
- Fordham, John (17 October 2003). "Tim Berne's Science Friction, The Sublime And". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 October 2020.
- Considine, J. D. (March 2018). "expEAR & Drew Gress: Vesper". DownBeat. Vol. 85 no. 3. p. 58.
- Brady, Shaun (October 2013). "Drew Gress: The Sky inside". DownBeat. Vol. 80 no. 10. p. 54.