Chris Daniels & The Kings: Louie Louie
Chris Daniels has a smooth, relaxed, breathy vocal style unlike that of the three Louies. Along with pianist Dean Ledoux and guest singers, Daniels re-creates each arrangement accurately. The Kings capture Louis Jordan’s ensemble sound on "Ain’t Nobody Here but us Chickens" and Louis Prima’s swing rhythm on "Five Months, Two Weeks, Two Days." Forrest Means emulates Satchmo’s trumpet style accurately on "Shine" and offers an outstanding interlude on "Is You Is or Is You Ain’t my Baby." Sam Bush’s spirited violin interludes grace "Sure Had a Wonderful Time Last Night," "Penthouse in the Basement" and "Choo-Choo-Ch’ Boogie." Although the arrangements stand out as re-creations of the originals, Daniels has a unique vocal quality and spreads the fun among his many guests. Recommended.
Track Listing: If You
Personnel: Chris Daniels- vocals, guitar; Randy Amen- drums, vocals; Dean Ledoux- keyboards, vocals; Kevin Lege- acoustic and electric bass, vocals; Bones Jones- lead and rhythm guitars; Carlos Chavez- alto and tenor saxophones, vocals; Forrest Means- trumpet, vocals.
Guest Fly McClard- baritone saxophone, tenor saxophone; Jim Downey- trombone; Tony Klatka- trumpet on "I
Record Label: Moon Voyage Records