Steve Allen leads a big band in this tribute to the swing era, though this Coral LP is a bit of a disappointment. The 11 standards all sound as if they are borrowed charts written for Benny Goodman by Edgar Sampson, Fletcher Henderson, and others, which of course, most of them seem to be, with the exception of a few updated versions. So anyone who already owns the various Goodman recordings will find nothing particularly stimulating about this album, though the musicianship is fine and Allen is an adequate piano soloist. While the record might not have sold well at all without hewing to familiar arrangements, it would have made much more of a lasting impression.
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AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden