Dave McKenna: Dave "Fingers" McKenna
This album is a 1977, a year when McKenna made six LPs for Chiaroscuro. Then, like now, he was one of the most accomplished practitioners of solo piano extant. He is known for his very strong and dominating left hand bass style giving him enormous rhythmic drive. He also eschews the "normal" patterns established for a particular song to the point that when hearing McKenna play a familiar tune, you get the feeling that it is slightly off center. I found myself checking the play list to confirm what I thought I was listening to. You hear this unique approach on cuts like "Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home", :Someday Sweetheart" and "The Curse of an Aching Heart".
McKenna's strong rhythmic drive does not prevent him from becoming tender when delivering a ballad. There aren't that many of them, but on Casablanca's "As Time Goes By" (where he plays the verse) as much as any, reveals McKenna's tender treatment of a ballad.
At home in up beat Tin Pan Alley tunes or slow ballads, despite his modest disclaimer, McKenna is a living jazz legend and any album of his is worth having.
Track Listing: My Melancholy Baby; Bill Bailey Won't You Please Come Home; Lonesome Me; Chloe; Stumbling; Somebody Stole My Gal; As Time Goes By; Someday Sweetheart; All Alone; The Curse of an Aching Heart; Melancholy; San Antonio Rose; The Curse of an Aching Heart #2; Somebody Else Is Taking My Place; Willie the Weeper; Blues, Mainly Tin Roof
Personnel: Dave McKenna - Solo Piano
Record Label: Chiaroscuro Records