Louis Prima, Vol. 1

Louis Prima

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Louis Prima, Vol. 1 Review

by arwulf arwulf

Trumpeter and vocalist Louis Prima originally patterned himself after Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller. Prima's first recordings, dating from 1934 and 1935, mostly consist of Tin Pan Alley pop tunes cheerfully (and recklessly) run through the wringers of hot novelty dance music, Dixieland and small band swing. Released by JSP in 1994, this parcel of primeval Prima is almost identical to the first volume of his complete recordings as issued five years later by the producers of the Classics Chronological Series. The only quantitative difference between the two albums is JSP's inclusion of an alternate take of "Sing It Way Down Low." Aside from Prima's signature traits of incendiary rowdiness and somewhat manic good humor, this is quite different from the R&B fueled Vegas lounge entertainment that Prima performed with Keely Smith and Sam Butera & the Witnesses during the '50s and early '60s. In 1934 and 1935, Louis Prima sounded more like Wingy Manone or Mezz Mezzrow. When he wasn't clowning or crooning, Prima was capable of blowing a solid bit of trumpet. His sidemen included pianist Claude Thornhill, saxophonist Eddie Miller, and clarinetist Pee Wee Russell, whose participation on "The Lady in Red" transformed a Xavier Cugat cover into one of the best small group jazz records of the 1930s.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band 03:28 Amazon
2 Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band 02:52 Amazon
3 Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band 02:44 Amazon
4 Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band 02:52 Amazon
5 Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band 02:47 Amazon
6 Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band 02:46 Amazon
7 Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band 03:13 Amazon
8 Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band 03:01 Amazon
9 Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band 03:18 Amazon
10 Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band 02:47 Amazon
11 Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band / George Brunies 03:08 Amazon
12 Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band 03:05 Amazon
13 Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band 03:03 Amazon
14 Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band / George Brunies 02:35 Amazon
15 Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band 02:46 Amazon
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Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band 02:58 Amazon
17 Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band 03:06 Amazon
18 Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band 03:07 Amazon
19 Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band 02:55 Amazon
20 Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band 03:03 Amazon
21 Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band 03:11 Amazon
22 Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band 03:04 Amazon
23 Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band 03:05 Amazon
24 Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band 02:55 Amazon
25 Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band 02:38 Amazon
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