Dave McKenna: Christmas Ivory
In the spirit of Christmas, some lyrics are provided with the liner notes, and McKenna's comfortable consonant methods could provide suitable sing-along music for festive family gatherings if that were desired. But there is so much happening with the pianist's stride left hand and rollicking right hand that most of us would prefer to simply enjoy the performance, bypassing any intrusive participation of our own making. McKenna's compositions "Don't Want No Blues This Christmas," "An Eggnog, Some Mistletoe, and You," and "Snowbound" offer more insight into the creative spirit that has driven the pianist through fifty years of professional experience, including work with Woody Herman, Charlie Ventura, Gene Krupa and Stan Getz. This is McKenna's first Christmas album, and although it is far from being his best work, it is nevertheless a sensitive and worthwhile venture filled with enjoyable piano jazz.
Santa Claus is Coming to Town; Jingle Bells; Silent Night, Holy Night; Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow; Don't Want no Blues This Christmas; It Came Upon a Midnight Clear; Christmas Waltz; O Little Town of Bethlehem/Mary's Little Boy-Child; O Holy Night; Silver Bells; I'll be Home for Christmas; Snowbound; An Eggnog, Some Mistletoe, and You; Sleigh Ride; O Come All Ye Faithful; O Christmas Tree.
Record Label: Concord Music Group