BD VOICES & GENTLEMEN
The biography of Louis Prima by Jean William Thoury , illustrated by San Millan and accompanied by 2 compact discs.
Alternately nicknamed The Wildest or The Chef , the explosive Louis Prima , singer , composer , conductor , showman , left his mark on the history of American music. His longevity and influence can only be compared to that of another New Orleans giant, Louis Armstrong .
By his rough and tight trumpet playing ; his incredible sense of tempo, he knew how to seduce jazz purists and bebop dancers alike. By its hoarse song; its leaf; his salty humor; his allusions to the old country, Italy ; he put the general public in his pocket. By his swing ; its energy ; his refusal of stylistic compartmentalization, he was an obvious and immense precursor of rock'n'roll .