Harry Allen

A Celebration of Sammy Fain

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Tenor saxophonist Harry Allen, 24 at the time, teams up with pianist Keith Ingham, guitarist John Pizzarelli, bassist Dennis Irwin, and drummer Oliver Jackson to perform 17 compositions by the largely forgotten but brilliant composer Sammy Fain. This 1991 CD mostly features the full group but also has Allen duets with Pizzarelli and Ingham, an Ingham unaccompanied solo on "A Very Precious Love," a trio, and a quartet piece without Allen. Although somewhat obscure in the history books, quite a few of Sammy Fain's pieces became standards, including such songs on this set as "When I Take My Sugar to Tea," "You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me," "That Old Feeling," "Secret Love," and "I'll Be Seeing You." Allen and Ingham swing these pieces, showing respect for the melodies while coming up with subtle variations that would have pleased the composer.