Steve Allen

Plays the Piano Greats

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Steve Allen was first and foremost an entertainer, who happened to be a man of many other talents. He never pretended to be a giant of jazz piano, but he was more than competent. This Dot LP is Allen's salute to a number of famous pianists, whether or not many jazz fans would consider the likes of Frankie Carle, Freddie Slack, Eddy Duchin, or Claude Thornhill as "piano greats." With an unidentified group of supporting musicians, Allen salutes Earl Hines with a boogie-woogie treatment of "St. Louis Blues," Erroll Garner with an upbeat "It Could Happen to You," and Jess Stacy with a swinging "You Can Depend on Me," showing the influence of each pianist without trying to copy their individual styles. He also contributes original works honoring Meade "Lux" Lewis ("Lotsa Lux") and Fats Waller ("Fats a Muggin'"). None of the music on this Milton DeLugg-arranged LP is very risky or innovative, but it is enjoyable music, nonetheless.