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Live at Maybeck Recital Hall, Vol. 2 [Live]

Dave McKennaAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 26, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Concord Records
  • ASIN: B0000006IF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,433 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Spoken Introduction
2. Dream Dancing
3. Detour Ahead
4. Exactly Like You
5. I'm Glad There Is You/I'm Glad I Waited For You
6. Knowledge Medley: Teach Me Tonight/School Days/An Apple For The Teacher/I Didn't Know About You
7. Knowledge Medley (Part 2): I Didn't Know What Time It Was/I Wish I Knew/I Don't Know Enough About...
8. I Don't Know Why (I Just Do)/You'll Never Know
9. I Never Knew
10. 'C' Jam Blues
11. Limehouse Blues

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Pianist's Pianist: At His Untouchable Best April 29, 2002
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Since the evolution of the acoustic bass and improved recording technology, most jazz pianists have neglected left-hand technique, using the appendage less for rhythmic purposes than to fill out the harmony a bit and to "position" themselves in the chord sequence that the right hand is improvising upon. As a result, solo piano represents a formidable challenge for most players--virtually all of whom either allow the rhythm to be implied or overcompensate by playing with lots of additional notes in the right hand. Dave McKenna is the most notable exception in jazz.

And unlike the remaining "two-handed, two-beat" players who risk sounding dated by imitating the "stride piano" style of Fats Waller or James P. Johnson, McKenna reproduces the 4/4 rhythmic foundation of post-swing era musicians. He walks bass lines with the harmonic independence and rock steady time of the best bass players and drummers--while improvising independent, no-frills melodies in the right hand. Perhaps Dave's artistry is best captured on the performance of Cole Porter's "Dream Dancing," which is as sublime as it is technically accomplished (if not amazing). Upon hearing this recording, listeners who did not know better would assume, shortly into the piece, that they were hearing either two pianists or just more of the usual "creative engineering," or multi-tracking. Dave begins with the piano touch and harmonic sophistication of vintage George Shearing, moving from a place of meditative recollection to hard-swinging, fully "orchestral" piano that brings that distant moment vividly to life in the present, engaging us as fully as audiences must have responded to Fred and Ginger upon first hearing the song.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fabulous August 31, 2004
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Every time I listen to this CD, I melt. Dave McKenna's mastery of the languid style is non pareil. Eschewing the frenzied style of too many notes all blurred together, Dave instead makes every single note count. There's just enough lay-back to create a subtle sense of tension that is relieved with each succulent phrase. Don't let this mislead you into thinking this performance is slow. It's not, by any means. Dave manages to create extraordinary energy from simplicity.

My only regret in this recording is the microphone technique. It is clear that the microphones were placed inside the piano, far too close to the hammers and strings, giving the instrument a false stereo separation, and a sound that is almost electronic. The instrument is tuned nearly perfectly, at least. I wish these Maybeck recordings were done with better microphone technique, because the performances are all superb.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Impeccable solo piano April 15, 2002
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Dave McKenna is one of the few pianists who actually has a sense of swing & time that is better than most drummers & bassists. Concord usually records him in a solo setting & that's actually his best format, showing off his unique combination of delicacy & barrelhouse power. He has a formidable amount of pop songs in his head, & likes to medley them in themed groupings: the medley here is about "Knowledge", & includes a wonderfully hard-hitting "I Didn't Know What Time It Was", a gentle "I Didn't Know about You" & a rousing "I Never Knew". The encore is a "Limehouse Blues" that nicely shows off in succession his dreamy & swinging sides. McKenna is never less than excellent on any of his recordings--he's a pro's pro--& this is as solid as any of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A special piano CD. August 16, 1999
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The opening song, Dream Dancing, is a textbook example of solo piano at its best. First, a dreamy introduction, showing rich chords and a delicate touch...then he shifts into a mid tempo, the left hand providing a walking bass line, then a guitar like strumming sound before a graceful ending. This is a special performance by a unique artist who actually excels in a solo setting.
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