Dave McKenna


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The companion compilation to the earlier Oil & Vinegar, this LP combines a solo session by Dave McKenna with the flip side by the Wilbur Little Quartet, with the identical sound problems of the first LP. The wretchedly tuned piano wreaks havoc with Frank Foster's ballad "With Love" and Little's funky "Soul Mama," while Little's arco bass introduction to the timeless ballad "Goodbye" is a recording disaster, though the sound seems to improve somewhat as the piece is suddenly transformed into an up-tempo hard bop chart. The half dozen piano solos by McKenna focus primarily on standards, excepting the overlooked gem "You're Devastating," written by Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach, and his pretty original ballad "After Today" (which possibly might have been subtitled "I Won't Be Making Any More Recordings for This @#$%&! Label"). Like its predecessor, this record has a rather ugly cover photo that would have caused would-be purchasers to skip over it. This long unavailable LP from the short-lived Honey Dew label may still be relatively easy to locate, if anyone cares enough to look.

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