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by Dave Nathan
Dave McKenna fills more than five pages in Tom Lord's Jazz Discography and those are just his albums as a leader excluding the scores of albums he has been on as a sideman. Although dubbed by many as one of jazz piano's legends, McKenna dismisses it all by saying that he is just a saloon player. That falls into the same category as Frank Sinatra's deprecating self characterization that he was nothing more than a saloon singer.
This album is ...read more
by C. Michael Bailey
Sing, Sing, Sing. Dave McKenna and Buddy DeFranco have been active musicians over approximately that same period. Both are recognized as expert in their respective musical areas. Dave McKenna is an acknowledged master of the swing piano school, specializing in songs of the 1930s. Buddy DeFranco is reputed to be the evolutionary link between Benny Goodman and Eddie Daniels. These two performers make for a splendid and interesting duo. The clarinet, because of Benny Goodman, will forever be heard in ...read more
by Jim Santella
Widely respected for his clean, animated bass lines and fluid, swinging right hand melodies, Dave McKenna has put together an hour of solo piano work for the Christmas season. All alone, with the microphones adjusted to further define right and left hands, McKenna provides the listener with a pleasant respite from days of weary holiday shopping.
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 ...read more
by Robert Spencer
Dave McKenna is 67 years old, virtually the same age as Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor and Sonny Rollins. For pianists that lands his formative years in the days of Duke, Basie, even Earl Hines. His piano playing bears a trace of the stride, edging over into Monk territory now and again. Not that Monk is an influence; McKenna and Monk may have had the same influences, but took them in different (and not-so-different directions.)
McKenna is fluid, agile, and cheerful. ...read more