“As a pianist, Steve Allee is world-class and definitely demands respect from all who hear him perform.” Rufus Reid - internationally renowned bassist and composer.
“Steve Allee is one of my favorite musicians and friends. He is who I think of calling FIRST when I'm asked to play anywhere near Indy. He always makes the gig HAPPEN!!! And a great guy to hang with as well.” Bobby Shew - Trumpeter, Educator, Recording Artist.
“He works beautifully within a wide range of styles and idioms; Traditional Swinging Big Band, Jazz - Fusion, and his very original and innovative composition - orchestration style.”
Gary Campbell - Saxophonist; Miroslav Vitous Group
“Add to the mix Steve Allee’s lush, Bill Evans-inspired pianism”
Howard Reich - Chicago Tribune
Allee, a veteran pianist hailing from Indiana, veers between latin vamps and the perkier side of Bill Evans' oeuvre on a set of mostly originals, with a clingingly supportive rhythm section of Bill Moring and Tim Horner.
JAZZWISE MAGAZINE (London)*
All About Jazz
By John Kelman
Steve Allee's biggest claim to fame is his collaborative big band album with reedman Chuck Carter and drummer John Von Ohlen, Downtown Blues (Sea Breeze, 1999), which garnered a Grammy Award nomination. Still, while he's far from a household name, the west coast-based pianist has been working in the trenches, scoring for film and television, and working with artists ranging from James Moody and Slide Hampton to Randy Brecker and Tim Hagans. Colors is his third release as a leader and the first to feature an all acoustic piano trio. It's an energetic and diverse set of largely original material, with a couple of standards thrown in for good measure. Read complete review.>>>
Very good CD ("Colors") with a nice set of colors spread throughout original compositions by Steve Allee. Highly recommandable to all jazz aficionados. Pascal Dorban 'Jazz.com' programme Radio ARA,Luxembourg
"This is a terrific recording, the compositions by Steve Allee are excellent, and the arrangements and production are similar. The playing is with verve, is lively and the Musicians compliment one another throughout the recording, there is an intensity to the playing which reflects the quality of the Musicinship and adds well to the melodies and tempos. Top quality all round and full marks to all concerned."
John Reid Keith Community Radio 102.8 FM Keith Banffshire SCOTLAND
"Fantastic Album. Great stuff for our Radio Station."
Alex Pijnen, BRTO Radio
"The musical COLORS on this TRI-O of a CD are just fine and musically set in Jazz Stone. Steve Allee learned his craft on the piano well. Bill Moring hits the bass strings with intensity and Tim Horner on drums brings it all together with some great rhythm. Sample BUBBLES and you'll hear just what I'm saying. Great job you guys, Great job!" Leon Reyes KVMR Radio 89.5 FM Nevada City/Sacramento Ca Host: Leon's Jazz In A Box
West Coast pianist Steve Allee has played with a number of jazz luminaries, including James Moody and Rufus Reid. As a leader he has recorded a big-band album, Downtown Blues (1999); a film soundtrack scored for jazz sextet, New York in the Fifties (2001); and two smooth-jazz albums, The Magic Hour (1995) and Mirage (2003). Allee returned to his home state of Indiana to record his newest, Colors, and this excellent trio set makes no concession to smooth jazz. Allee’s playing here is accessible, with a captivating sense of melody, but the pianist is an intelligent and, at times, slightly subversive improviser. Track 3, "Fishes," at first sounds like charming, middleweight jazz, but Allee quickly veers off into unusual, almost dissonant harmonic territory. The trio’s take on Johnny Mercer’s "Come Rain or Come Shine" is tasteful without being deferential, and even on tunes that are pleasing to the ear, such as "Tree Stories" and "Bubbles," they don't play it safe. Allee is aided here by two highly skilled and sympathetic accompanists, bassist Bill Moring and drummer Tim Horner. The three are extremely well attuned to each other; one of the beauties of Colors is the easy give and take among the musicians. The sound is clear, immediate, and dynamic. Joseph Taylor - www.goodsound.com