Steve Allen

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Steve Allen's love of great melodies and jazz were never in doubt throughout his career. This LP recorded for Dot features the veteran pianist with an unidentified rhythm section in a session that borders on easy listening. Many of these compositions have remained popular decades after Allen recorded them, though none of these renditions are particularly distinctive. "Always in My Heart" borders on corny, though the lush "For All We Know" isn't bad at all. The brief arrangements of this all-ballad set seem geared toward undemanding late-night listeners. Long out of print, fans nostalgic for Steve Allen records from the early '60s may still track down a copy, though it may take some time.

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