Bob McHugh: Jitterbug Waltz
Bob McHugh (piano)
Summer Stride (Lunge Music LM 16)
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