Louie Louie Louie

Louie Louie Louie

by Big Bad Voodoo DaddyBig Bad Voodoo Daddy


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Although still largely associated with the '90s neo-swing movement, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy have long outrun that moment's MTV zeitgeist and spent the 2010s deepening their jazz roots. The past decade-and-a-half have found them branching out, exploring New Orleans blues, Cajun, and second-line traditions on 2003's Save My Soul, and paying tribute to legendary Harlem bandleader Cab Calloway on 2009's How Big Can You Get? In this spirit of reinvestigating their influences, the band's 11th studio album, 2017's urbane and upbeat Louie Louie Louie, finds them celebrating three of their biggest musical heroes: Louis Armstrong, Louis Prima. and Louis Jordan. Here, the band round up a nicely curated set of tunes popularized by the three "Louies" and inject them with their own zesty brand of jump blues. Some of the song choices are deliciously on the nose with cuts like Jordan's "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens," Prima's "Five Months, Two Weeks, Two Days," and Jordan's "Jack, You're Dead!," feeling like well-loved road covers the band have played hundreds of times. Others, especially Armstrong's Herculean "Struttin' with Some Barbecue" and the suavely refined "Basin Street Blues," with their nuanced harmonies and tricky horn lines, vibrate with a sense of danger and ambition as if the band had dared themselves to make them their own. Thankfully, they do. Elsewhere, we get equally compelling takes on "Dinah," "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie," "Knock Me a Kiss," and more. It's also fun to hear the band put their own stamp on one of the biggest anthems of the neo-swing movement, Prima's "Jump, Jive an' Wail," popularized in 1998 by the Brian Seltzer Orchestra. Still centered on lead singer/guitarist Scotty Morris, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy have settled into a warm, crisply delivered style of swing that's studio savvy and precise while also full of in-the-moment improvisation and an overall live-sounding aesthetic. Helping to achieve this aesthetic is longtime pianist Joshua Levy, who supplied all the arrangements on Louie Louie Louie. Also impressive are bandmembers trumpeter Glen "The Kid" Marhevka, alto and tenor saxophonist Karl Hunter, and baritone saxophonist Andy Rowley, who all get plenty of room to solo. The result is an album that strikes a balance between Jazz at Lincoln Center-style adherence to tradition and dynamic, pop-informed bravura showmanship.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/16/2017
Label: Savoy Jazz
UPC: 0795041613325
catalogNumber: 16133
Rank: 22125

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy   Primary Artist
Karl Hunter   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Andy Rowley   Baritone Saxophone,Vocals,Group Member
Scotty Morris   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Joshua Levy   Piano,Group Member
Dirk Shumaker   Vocals,Acoustic Bass,Group Member
Kurt Sodergren   Drums,Group Member
Glen "The Kid" Marhevka   Trumpet,Group Member

Technical Credits

Louis Jordan   Composer
Louis Armstrong   Composer
Dominic Camardella   Engineer
Andy Engel   Artwork,Art Direction
Andy Rowley   Whistle
Scotty Morris   Producer,Engineer
Joshua Levy   Arranger,Producer,Adaptation
Louie Prima   Composer
Kevin Majorino   Engineer
Jeremy Miller   Engineer

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