Marian McPartland, in the insert notes to this CD, says that Dave McKenna loved Sousa marches. That goes a long way to explaining the ever steady, rolling, single-note, on-the-beat left hand of Dave McKenna, certainly his signature trait. It often starts barely noticeable, then like a long wave gradually cresting it builds . . . and builds, until it's the driving force of the performance, pushing everything before it. It's a very infectious way of playing, and Dave does it magnificently on BY MYSELF, YOU AND THE NIGHT AND THE MUSIC, A GAL IN CALICO, and the title track, which is the best track on the CD. Sometimes you can literally feel yourself being sucked into the performance, it's that captivating. But McKenna can also tuck that left hand away, hardly use it at all, and play just as effectively. Sometimes, especially on slower ballads, he can be a mere mortal, but turn up the heat slightly and Dave McKenna is right up there with the immortals.