I'm extremely proud of all of the CDs I've produced or co-produced and played on over the years. All of them have received great critical response, with the last three having been honored in Downbeat (the world's top jazz magazine) as among the "Best Albums Of The Year." In a sense, my various CD projects represent my life's work. To read excerpts from CD reviews, visit the "CD REVIEWS" page at this website. Below, you can preview the first minute of tracks before purchasing the individual tracks or the entire CD (via PayPal).
--Louis "King Louie" Pain
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This all-star live album, featuring my dream band, captured all the excitement of a truly memorable gig. The CD was honored by Downbeat Magazine as one of the "Best Albums Of 2018!" DB reviewer Frank-John Hadley wrote, "The set takes a provocative turn with ultra-sensual songs by James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Willie Dixon and B.B. King.”
The vocalists: Andy Stokes, Lisa Mann, and LaRhonda Steele. Instrumentalists: Renato Caranto, sax; Danny Armstrong, trombone; Edwin Coleman III, drums; Peter Dammann, guitar; Lisa Mann, bass; myself, Hammond B-3.
The first "King Louie & Baby James" CD had been recorded live at just our 3rd gig. This second CD came three years later, when we had many gigs under our belt. Recorded live at Jimmy Mak's in front of an enthusiastic audience, the CD captures the band in an intimate atmosphere, with Sweet Baby James at his soulful, humorous best! As The Oregonian's Marty Hughley wrote in the liner notes, "Travel around the world and you won't find many musical experiences that can make you feel like this!"
Personnel: Sweet Baby James, vocals; Renato Caranto, sax; Eddie Martinez, guitar; Micah Kassell, drums; myself, Hammond B-3
The late, great Sweet Baby James was dubbed, "a living landmark of Portland jazz" by Willamette Week. We musicians called him, "Portland's Ray Charles." This CD captured our third gig together--playing in front of an enthusiastic blues festival crowd. Cascade Blues Association president Greg Johnson was blown away, writing that our performance, "definitely falls in with the best of the festival's celebrated history."
Personnel: Sweet Baby James, vocals; Peter Dammann, guitar; Anthony Jones, drums; Janice Scroggins, piano; and myself, Hammond B-3.
This recording was truly a rare find: the groundbreaking Paul deLay Band at the height of its powers, performing at one of Europe's top blues festivals in 1997. Blues Matters [UK] called it, "A gem!" The CD was a 2018 Blues Music Awards nominee for "Best Historical Album" (the other nominees: John Lee Hooker, Luther Allison, and Jimmy Reed).
Personnel: Paul deLay, harmonica & vocals; Peter Dammann, guitar; Dan Fincher, sax; Mike Klobas, drums; John Mazzocco, bass; myself, Hammond B-3
This soulful, spontaneous CD features the King Louie Organ Trio and special guests backing dynamic soul singer LaRhonda Steele. Downbeat magazine honored it as one of the "Best Albums Of 2016." Veteran UK reviewer Bill Buckley wrote, “The whole thing really swings in the way that the very best soul- jazz always did...wonderfully authentic”
I'm particularly proud of this CD--the debut recording of the late, great Linda Hornbuckle. The band had only been together a short while--formed to back Linda after Paul deLay was incarcerated. The consensus was that we needed some original material before going into the studio, but I believed that what we were already doing with cover tunes on our gigs was special and should be documented.
The resultant CD received nothing but critical raves. Many years and many Linda Hornbuckle CDs later, Linda told me that this was her personal favorite among the CDs that she'd recorded.