Personnel: Dave McKenna (piano), Scott Hamilton (tenor saxophone), Jake Hanna (drums).
Most pianists are dependent on a bassist to keep the rhythm unless they are playing unaccompanied solos, but not Dave McKenna. McKenna, who has the ability to consistently set a fire under tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton, teams up with Hamilton and drummer Jake Hanna for this superlative trio set. The eight standards (which include "If Dreams Come True," "Drum Boogie," "I Love You, Samantha," and "Get Happy") consistently swing hard, and there is plenty of excitement. Highly recommended, particularly to lovers of mainstream jazz. ~ Scott Yanow