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5.0 out of 5 stars An institution, 2 Nov 2009
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This review is from: Dancing in the Dark (Audio CD)
Fans of Robert B Parker's 'Spenser' novels may come across occasional references to Dave McKenna, who was a fixture in one Boston hotel for many years. Spenser makes mental lists of the top people in various disciplines when he's stuck on a boring stake-out. Dave McKenna is regularly the top pianist. This album of Dietz and Schwartz songs will show you why. McKenna is one of those musicians who has sufficient confidence and melodic ideas to be able to take almost any tune from the Great American Songbook and make you hear it as though for the first time. His style can come across as gruff on occasions - you can almost hear the scowl in 'You and the Night and the Music' but that's part of the charm. The opening track, 'By Myself' has the sense of starting something new, as implied by the lyric, and begins hesitantly and delicately, but then suddenly grabs you and whirls you away before settling down again in the last verse. 'Gal in Calico' is even better and is a textbook example of McKenna's unique style. Not a duff track on the album.
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