Bob McHugh: Jitterbug Waltz


Jitterbug Waltz


Bob McHugh (piano)


Summer Stride (Lunge Music LM 16)

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Bob McHugh (piano).

Composed by Thomas “Fats” Waller


Recorded: Pompton Plains, NJ, August 2008


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

There's just something about that lovely series of descending notes in "Jitterbug Waltz" that gets to me. Though I'm known to be a kind of nostalgia freak, I have no history with this particular tune, so what gives? The song has not provided backup to any of my so-called "romantic moments," nor has it painted the mood along with any of my favorite film scenes. So why the attraction? Like many things musical, it seems that I must be content to allow the emotions to remain coated in my own mystery glaze. Bob McHugh's approach celebrates the spirit of Fats Waller while avoiding cloying sentiment though I admit that such sentiment probably wouldn't bother me in the least.

Reviewer: Mark Saleski

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  • 1 Lee Prosser // Dec 13, 2008 at 04:46 AM
    Bob McHugh is one of the finest jazz pianists on the contemporary jazz scene! All of McHugh's performances have style, and each is a listening enjoyment!