All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

146

The Lou Stein Trio: House Hop/The Lou Stein 3, 4, and 5

David Rickert By

Sign in to view read count
Before Dave Matthews was even born, guys like Lou Stein were all the rage on the college campuses. The equivalent of the modern day cover band, the Lou Stein Trio played lightly swinging music for dancing and recorded a few albums along the way, two of which are collected here. At first, Stein’s approach seems like little more than cocktail music, so much so that one expects to hear glasses clinking in the background. However, Stein is actually a gifted interpreter of standards, the equivalent of Tatum dressed up in tweed, and his piano stylings are quite enjoyable, echoing West Coast pianists like Pete Jolly and Jimmy Rowles. House Hop showcases Stein in a trio setting and displays Stein’s gift of breathing new life into standards that by this time were already a bit long in the tooth. 3, 4, and 5 is more varied, what with the three horns added in various combinations and a more obscure selection of tunes, but is no less entertaining; Stein even contributes a few originals that sit well with classics like “Gone With the Wind”. Those who are looking for great art or musicianship should undoubtedly turn their attention elsewhere, but Stein probably never had such aspirations in the first place. A welcome reissue of an obscure pianist’s work.

Track Listing: 1. Goody, Goody 2. Cherry 3. Why Do I Love You 4. All Of Me 5. Dinah 6. There'll Be Some Changes Made 7. This Can't Be Love 8. Truckin' 9. On the Sunny Side of the Street 10. Mean To Me 11. Rose Room 12. Indiana 13. Lullaby in Rhythm 14. Love Walked In 15. Jeepers Creepers 16. Jim and Andy's 17. Gone With the Wind 18. Prelude to a Kiss 19. There's A Small Hotel 20. I Concentrate on You 21. Ming Tree 22. East of the Suez 23. My Baby Just Cares For Me 24. Jobolou.

Personnel: Lou Stein-piano; Joe Morella-drums; Bob Carter-bass; Peanuts Hucko-saxophone; Johnny Barrows, Jimmy Buffington-French horn.

Title: House Hop/The Lou Stein 3, 4, and 5 | Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: Collectables

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Related Articles

Read Oscar Peterson Plays CD/LP/Track Review
Oscar Peterson Plays
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: April 23, 2018
Read State Of The Baritone Volume 2 CD/LP/Track Review
State Of The Baritone Volume 2
by Mark Corroto
Published: April 23, 2018
Read Listening To Pictures (Pentimento Volume one) CD/LP/Track Review
Listening To Pictures (Pentimento Volume one)
by Chris May
Published: April 23, 2018
Read Friends & Family CD/LP/Track Review
Friends & Family
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: April 23, 2018
Read Northern Migrations CD/LP/Track Review
Northern Migrations
by Ian Patterson
Published: April 22, 2018
Read Egregore CD/LP/Track Review
Egregore
by John Eyles
Published: April 22, 2018
Read "In This Together" CD/LP/Track Review In This Together
by Nicholas F. Mondello
Published: February 28, 2018
Read "Music IS" CD/LP/Track Review Music IS
by John Kelman
Published: March 9, 2018
Read "Destinations" CD/LP/Track Review Destinations
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 18, 2017
Read "Two in a Box" CD/LP/Track Review Two in a Box
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 20, 2017
Read "Tilt" CD/LP/Track Review Tilt
by Karl Ackermann
Published: May 18, 2017
Read "Fountain Of Youth" CD/LP/Track Review Fountain Of Youth
by David A. Orthmann
Published: July 15, 2017