A fixture at the Concord label for over two decades, pianist Dave McKenna
has recorded countless exciting sessions, both as a leader and as a sideman. This single-disc sampler from 1998 therefore only hints at the many McKenna
recordings. There are five unaccompanied piano solos (including "If Dreams Come True"), duets with guitarist Gray Sargent
("'Deed I Do"), baritonist Joe Temperley
and clarinetist Buddy DeFranco
, a quartet number ("No More Ouzo for Puzo"), and a trio piece with tenorman Scott Hamilton
really came into his own during his Concord years, and this brief retrospective does him justice.