Louis Prima

Buona Sera

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Louis Prima, a trumpeting, band-leading apostle of King Oliver and Louis Armstrong, comes across as the entertaining extrovert in the wildly expressive tradition of Al Jolson. This collection is from Prima's post-WW II nightclub period, when he had fully developed a Louis Armstrong presentation of novelty playing with a solid swing and jazz backing band. Wife Keely Smith figures prominently as a backing vocalist, and that on-it band is Sam Butera and the Witnesses. This places these songs in the late '50s, after tenor saxophonist and bandleader Butera joined and before Prima's divorce from Smith. These are the Las Vegas days and the arrangements are calculated to give the audience the expected Italian dialect and swing band tricks.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:57 Amazon
2 4:41
3 2:25
4 6:08
5 3:11
6 2:15
7 2:51
8 4:08
9 2:24
10 2:19
11 2:39
12 4:44
13 3:11
14 4:15
15 2:35
16 5:33
17 4:11
18 3:27
19 2:28
20 4:24
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