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This collection of piano interpretations of Christmas favorites is a fine addition to the collections of fans of Dave McKenna. Highlights include a fun version of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "Snowbells," and "Adeste Fideles." Not satisfied to merely plunk out familiar melodies, McKenna actually infuses these songs with creative flair and interesting flourishes that distinguish this album from the flood of other Christmas releases.

Biography

Born: 30 May 1930 in Woonsocket, RI

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

One of the top swing-based pianists of the past 25 years, Dave McKenna's hard-driving basslines give momentum to uptempo pieces, and his vast knowledge of superior songs from the 1930s has resulted in many rewarding albums of traditional but fresh music. Although talented from the start, McKenna did not achieve that much recognition until he was already in his forties. He joined the Musicians' Union when he was 15 and picked up early experience playing with Boots Mussulli (1947), Charlie Ventura...
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