Personnel: Steve Allen (piano); Mundell Lowe (guitar); Gus Bivona (clarinet, saxophone, alto saxophone); Doc Severinsen (trumpet); Terry Gibbs (vibraphone); Gary Peacock (bass instrument); Gary Frommer, Gary Frommer (drums).
Liner Note Authors: Douglas Watt; Doug Watts.
Photographer: Melvin Sokolsky.
Surrounded by a strong supporting cast during this live engagement at the Roundtable, the comedian and pianist Steve Allen doesn't hog the spotlight but keeps his solos rather brief and gives his sidemen plenty of solo space themselves. His opener "Roundtable Boogie" features guitarist Mundell Lowe, vibraphonist Terry Gibbs, and clarinetist Gus Bivona; while Allen isn't in the league of Meade Lux Lewis and Pete Johnson, he is a more than competent boogie-woogie player. Gibbs swings like mad in a fun-filled take of "I Got Rhythm." "Even Stephen" is actually a wild reworking of "Jeepers Creepers." Doc Severinson adds his swinging trumpet to Allen's rousing closer, "Baby, But You Did." Although this won't be an essential recording for the average jazz fan, anyone who enjoys Steve Allen will be delighted to acquire this long-unavailable record.