A Handful of Stars

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
This Dave McKenna solo piano session focuses on songs with a "star" theme to their titles, many of which are standards, though there are a few less familiar pieces included, too. The Brazilian pop song "Estrela, Estrela" serves as an effective if brief opening and closing theme to the CD. McKenna's lyrical side is frequently on display, especially in "A Handful of Stars," "Stardust," the richly textured "Stella by Starlight," a shimmering "Lost in the Stars," and the little known ballad "A Song from the Stars." But this session is far more than just a collection of slow, dreamy performances. He rumbles through a driving rendition of "Star Eyes" and shows off his striding ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
This Dave McKenna solo piano session focuses on songs with a "star" theme to their titles, many of which are standards, though there are a few less familiar pieces included, too. The Brazilian pop song "Estrela, Estrela" serves as an effective if brief opening and closing theme to the CD. McKenna's lyrical side is frequently on display, especially in "A Handful of Stars," "Stardust," the richly textured "Stella by Starlight," a shimmering "Lost in the Stars," and the little known ballad "A Song from the Stars." But this session is far more than just a collection of slow, dreamy performances. He rumbles through a driving rendition of "Star Eyes" and shows off his striding left hand in the whimsical take of "When You Wish Upon a Star." McKenna even includes a rare original composition, "Star Kissed," penned just before the recording took place. This lively bop vehicle sounds like a perfect set closer for a club date. Sadly, this valuable Dave McKenna CD was deleted from Concord's catalog a few years after it was released, along with many of his recordings for the label.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/1993
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431458029
  • Catalog Number: 4580
  • Sales rank: 193,632

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dave McKenna Primary Artist, Piano
Technical Credits
Kurt Weill Composer
Dave McKenna Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
George Horn Mastering
Carl Jefferson Producer
David Luke Engineer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Don Raye Composer
Frank Signorelli Composer
Bud Spangler Engineer
Larry Kelp Liner Notes
Matty Malneck Composer
Kent Judkins Art Direction
Manuel Ponce Composer
Vitor Ramil Composer
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