182

Dave McKenna: Dave "Fingers" McKenna

By

Sign in to view read count
Dave McKenna: Dave "Fingers" McKenna 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 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.


Title: Dave "Fingers" McKenna | Year Released: 1977 | Record Label: Milestone Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Developing Story CD/LP/Track Review Developing Story
by Edward Blanco
Published: June 26, 2017
Read Lantern CD/LP/Track Review Lantern
by John Kelman
Published: June 26, 2017
Read Inspirations (featuring Matthew Halsall) CD/LP/Track Review Inspirations (featuring Matthew Halsall)
by Phil Barnes
Published: June 26, 2017
Read Unification CD/LP/Track Review Unification
by Troy Dostert
Published: June 26, 2017
Read Crossing CD/LP/Track Review Crossing
by Geno Thackara
Published: June 25, 2017
Read Unit[e] CD/LP/Track Review Unit[e]
by Karl Ackermann
Published: June 25, 2017
Read "Trane 90" CD/LP/Track Review Trane 90
by Jim Trageser
Published: December 1, 2016
Read "Graveyard Whistling" CD/LP/Track Review Graveyard Whistling
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: April 5, 2017
Read "Snowmelt" CD/LP/Track Review Snowmelt
by Ian Patterson
Published: March 6, 2017
Read "Green With Envy" CD/LP/Track Review Green With Envy
by James Nadal
Published: March 28, 2017
Read "Day and Night" CD/LP/Track Review Day and Night
by Jack Bowers
Published: May 18, 2017
Read "Times and Tides" CD/LP/Track Review Times and Tides
by Mark Sullivan
Published: October 28, 2016

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.