Pianist Lou Levy (born 1928) is a most inventive player but his immense talent is not well displayed here. Levy has worked with Sarah Vaughan, Ella, Sinatra and Peggy Lee but is especially known for his quartet sessions in the mid 1950s.
Lou plays 5 selections including Charlie Parker's "The Hymn", "I'm Old Fashioned", "My Old Flame", "As Long As There Is Music" and "Carnival". In my humble opinion, the lush orchestrations are very confining to the jazz pianist and inhibit Levy's swinging capability.
Vocalist, Pinky Winters, is new to my ears but appears to be from the June Christy school. She has a wonderful jazz style and opposed to Lou Levy, seems very much at ease with the large band. Pinky sings "All Through The Night", "Sure Thing", Flying Down To Rio", "The Dreamer" and Harry Warren/Mack Gordon's beautiful "I Wish I Knew". Pinky Winters is warm, swinging and probably the best part of this album.