Sam Butera

On Stage

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Louis Prima's longtime bandleader keeps the torch burning brightly on this live outing, blowing the roof off of some unnamed lounge with a vengeance. The band is a strong match for any of the classic versions of the Witnesses (the band who Butera led on all the Prima recordings) and Butera does a nice stand-in for Prima on "Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody," "I'm Confessin'," and the closer, a medley of "Cella Luna/When the Saints Go Marching In." This is the kind of album that if you saw the show live, you'd buy one at the merchandising tent that night. One for the Prima completists.