Bob McHugh remains one of the topnotch jazz pianists composing and performing in contemporary jazz. His techniques and mastery of original piano stylings makes him one of the most enduring and enjoyable pianists around.
What makes this CD collection so unusual and enjoyable, and entertaining, is that Bob McHugh performs it in the creative styling of stride piano. These are great classic songs from the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. This was a golden age of jazz and the sounds Bob McHugh shares with the audience are perfect. This CD collection is as perfect as stride piano gets, and they don't come any finer than this memorable outing!
There are fourteen songs on the CD collection. Each one has its own special magic and charm, and the jazz listening audience is in for a great listening treat. Among the fourteen songs are found "You Took Advantage of Me," "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans," "Summer Stride," "I'm Through With Love," "Autumn Nocturne," "Honey Suckle Rose," "When It's Sleepy Time Down South," "Ain't Misbehavin'," "The Things We Did Last Summer," "Stars Fell on Alabama," "Hold My Hand," "Easy Living," "Jitterbug Waltz," and "Ballad For a Rainy Night."
The CD art work is of a chihuahua named Baily. Jane McHugh did the painting, and it is excellent and captures its subject in toto!
Those who have followed the career of Bob McHugh over the years have learned to appreciate the excellence of his work. This is another excellent CD collection from one of the top living jazz pianists, and definitely one of the great living masters of stride piano. The solo piano performances are solid, imaginative, and perfect.
Excellent. Highly recommended.