John C. Graham | toronto, ontario Canada | 09/25/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Easily the best recording of Strayhorn tunes by anyone other than Strayhorn. Harry Allen's tenor playing is sumptuous! Keith Ingham is a wonderfully inventive pianist/arranger. The sound quality on both volumes is superb. The woody tone of the stand up bass is captured remarkably well.
Harry Allen's solo career has taken off in recent years. He's an in demand tenor, playing gigs and making records around the world. These recordings, from his early days, are excellent examples of his-even then-spectacular playing. Both volumes offer exquisite musical interpretations from the Strayhorn songbook and should not be missed."