Bob Wilber, Dave McKenna & Pug Horton Quintet | Live from London

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Live from London

by Bob Wilber, Dave McKenna & Pug Horton Quintet

Featuring 26 tracks of classic standards and original compositions by Wilber, this live double album displays the talents of Bob Wilber, Dave McKenna, Pug Horton, Rob Rub and Derek Hogg. Based on five successive evenings at the Pizza Express in London.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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1. I'm Nobody's Baby (Live)
Bob Wilber, Pug Horton Quintet & Dave McKenna
2:43 $0.99
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2. Jonathan's Way (Live)
Bob Wilber, Dave McKenna & Pug Horton Quintet
9:11 $0.99
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3. Black and Blue (Live)
Bob Wilber, Dave McKenna & Pug Horton Quintet
5:27 $0.99
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4. Mean to Me (Live)
Bob Wilber, Dave McKenna & Pug Horton Quintet
3:26 $0.99
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5. Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight (Live)
Bob Wilber, Dave McKenna & Pug Horton Quintet
2:56 $0.99
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6. I'm Beginning to See the Light (Live)
Bob Wilber, Dave McKenna & Pug Horton Quintet
7:54 $0.99
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7. I Found a New Baby (Live)
Bob Wilber, Dave McKenna & Pug Horton Quintet
5:05 $0.99
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8. The Very Thought of You (Live)
Bob Wilber, Dave McKenna & Pug Horton Quintet
4:03 $0.99
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9. Exactly Like You (Live)
Bob Wilber, Dave McKenna & Pug Horton Quintet
6:29 $0.99
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10. Everywhere You Go (Live)
Bob Wilber, Dave McKenna & Pug Horton Quintet
2:04 $0.99
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11. Lotus Blossom (Live)
Bob Wilber, Dave McKenna & Pug Horton Quintet
4:58 $0.99
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12. Freeman's Way (Live)
Bob Wilber, Dave McKenna & Pug Horton Quintet
9:20 $0.99
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13. Puggles (Live)
Bob Wilber, Dave McKenna & Pug Horton Quintet
2:35 $0.99
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14. 144 West 54th St. (Live)
Bob Wilber, Dave McKenna & Pug Horton Quintet
10:15 $0.99
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15. Rocks in My Bed (Live)
Bob Wilber, Dave McKenna & Pug Horton Quintet
4:47 $0.99
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16. I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good (Live)
Bob Wilber, Dave McKenna & Pug Horton Quintet
4:30 $0.99
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17. Deed I Do (Live)
Bob Wilber, Dave McKenna & Pug Horton Quintet
7:39 $0.99
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18. Melancholy Baby (Live)
Bob Wilber, Pug Horton Quintet & Dave McKenna
4:57 $0.99
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19. Clarion Song (Live)
Bob Wilber, Dave McKenna & Pug Horton Quintet
7:31 $0.99
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20. Samantha (Live)
Bob Wilber, Dave McKenna & Pug Horton Quintet
8:55 $0.99
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21. Did I Remember (Live)
Bob Wilber, Dave McKenna & Pug Horton Quintet
3:12 $0.99
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22. All of Me (Live)
Bob Wilber, Dave McKenna & Pug Horton Quintet
7:51 $0.99
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23. Wequasset Wail (Live)
Bob Wilber, Dave McKenna & Pug Horton Quintet
6:54 $0.99
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24. Rose of the Rio Grande (Live)
Bob Wilber, Dave McKenna & Pug Horton Quintet
2:53 $0.99
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25. Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Live)
Bob Wilber, Dave McKenna & Pug Horton Quintet
7:11 $0.99
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26. Indiana (Live)
Bob Wilber, Dave McKenna & Pug Horton Quintet
7:11 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
BOB: Dave McKenna has been a part of Pug's and my musical life for many, many years. I worked with Dave and Bobby Hackett on Cape Cod and in New York. We were all so young! In addition to New York gigs we worked together, with the Bob Crosby band. I was fortunate to spend a great deal of time on Cape Cod at my family's summer home and during this time, I worked with Dave, with Bobby Hackett's Band, Dave and he both had homes on the Cape. Dave had a repertoire second to none, it consisted of a complete knowledge of jazz tunes including Dixieland, Swing and early Bebop and songs from the musical theater.

PUG: There are a myriad of stories about Dave, for he was a great character and from time to time, like us all, slipped from grace!! He was as Bobby Hackett frequently said when introducing him..’Ladies and Gentlemen let me introduce you to Dave McKenna the world's greatest pianist,’ note I did not say jazz pianist!!! Dave himself always said he was 'a saloon pianist' (see Whitney Balliet's profile on him in The New Yorker 1979). He had a style that no one knew from whence it came, a strong rolling left hand, it’s like a ten ton truck, roaring down Rte 9. There are so many aspects to his playing …his attempts at 'stride' piano' in the style of James P. or Ralph Sutton, was so unusual, best described as quirky, good but quirky!!!!! Especially on one of his favorite tunes 'The Kerry Dancers' he liked to (hearken) back to his Irish roots. His other wonderful trait on his solos was to start playing a tune with a girl's name, this would continue with varying tempos as he surprised the audience with zillions of different women's names. The whole solo bound together with different moods. Truly a genius!

My first encounter with Dave was from my years living in Albany NY, where me and my doctor husband John, a fine trombone player comfortable in classical music and jazz, often sat in with him on his regular sojourns to the Tri-State area. He was a particular friend of Mike Flanigan, owner of the Petit Paris restaurant and jazz venue. Mike was a hugely talented bass player who managed to divide his time between his culinary duties, performing with the Albany Symphony Orchestra and first call bass fiddle on all jazz gigs in the area. In fact Albany and Schenectady became a home away from home for Dave, except of course when The Red Sox were playing in Boston.

I will never forget calling Dave to say we could line up a possible tour of England, (Dave, an Anglophile-loved Ray Noble tunes, he was a prolific reader and obsessed with all things English, including home-made apple pie???) He quickly replied "Well I'm not sure, Pug the Red-Sox may win the pennant'!!!” He worked for several years at the Copley Plaza in Boston with this in mind, I am sure!

BOB: from a musical point of view, Dave was one of the most exciting and original pianists in the history of jazz. He always denied being able to read yet he would romp through my originals, giving them his unique treatment. I have been privileged to play with all time great pianists, Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Willie 'The Lion’, Dick Hyman, Dick Wellstood, Ralph Sutton, Teddy Wilson and many others, but playing with Dave was something very special. He had an almost childlike innocence with his huge frame hunched over the keyboard, his quiet demeanor and set features as myriad musical passages came through his swinging fingers, amazingly! He understood perfectly every nuance of every tune.

I have admired Pug since meeting she and her husband at Eddie Condon's in the early '60's. They were good friends of pianist Dill Jones. Going back those many years to the night that I met her-she was sitting demurely at a table and I found myself looking at the most beautiful woman I had ever met. We engaged in mutual conversation. As the band re-assembled I reluctantly returned to the stage. After the first number the band leader, Max Kaminsky announced we have a great friend of the band in the audience, a lovely English lady who happens to be a great singer. I was utterly astounded to see this same lady I had been seated with throw off her mink coat and come striding down through the tables and up on to the stage. Maxie asked her, 'what do you want to sing baby'? she replied 'St Louis Blues in C -1 2 3 4 - I was flabbergasted to hear the words “I hate to see” etc. in the style of Bessie Smith!!! I was truly hooked!!! .

Years went by and in 1976 I was doing a concert at Carnegie Hall presenting the 1930's music of Duke Ellington for the New York Jazz Repertory, I was a charter member of the board. The band was set but we needed a singer to re-create the songs of the great Ivie Anderson. At the first rehearsal we mulled over a number of singers but none seemed to fit the bill! I suggested a gal I knew who would be perfect, beautiful, elegant and a marvelous singer. I called and offered her the gig. Imagine my shock when she told me 'she knew little about Ivie, but thanked me for thinking of her? I did however succeed in persuading her. She subsequently received brilliant reviews from the N Y Times jazz critic, John Wilson and others.

Shortly after that we became a team both musically and as a couple. Bob, Dave and Pug was born! and along with some very special bass players and drummers my dream team came true! Performing with this group has been a highlight of my '70' years in jazz! Special thanks to Doug and Steve McKenna for their permission to release these recordings. Dave Bennet for his dedication and time spent recording and bringing order to this project. To Irv Kratka who deserves kudos for his love and pursuit in preserving'classic jazz'. And to the many fans worldwide who loved Dave McKenna!!!

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