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The Wildest Returns -- Louis Prima Jr. and His Powerhouse Eight-Piece Band 'The Witnesses' Bring a Rock Edge and Explosive Energy to Ten Prima Sr. Classics on His Debut Album 'Return of the Wildest!'(May 17, 2012)
LAS VEGAS, NV -- (Marketwire) -- 05/17/12 -- For five decades, Louis Prima Sr. stayed at the forefront of the entertainment world. With his inimitable style and musical prowess, he has remained an influential figure to artists and fans alike. Prima tunes are constantly used in movies and on TV, as well as in chart topping covers by David Lee Roth, Brian Setzer and Reba McEntire, just to name a few.
Now, Louis Prima Jr. (www.louisprimajr.com) is stretching the boundaries between the swing and rock eras, turning up the fire and adding blistering energy to a batch of Prima classics on Return of the Wildest!, his debut album on Warrior Records/Universal Music Distribution.
Prima Jr.'s debut album draws from his legendary father's catalog, while revving up and dynamically re-imagining the songs for the current generation with eclectic, ever-evolving tastes. The set list on Return of the Wildest!, as in his live shows, includes familiar classics ("Jump, Jive, An' Wail," "Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody") and award-winning gems not immediately associated with Prima ("Oh Babe," "Sunday Kind Of Love").
These past few years, working with a powerhouse eight-piece, brass infused band called The Witnesses -- the same name Louis Sr. called his trusty backing cats -- 46-year-old Prima Jr. has been touring the world, celebrating his dad's legacy with what he calls "an updated sound; what my father would be doing now if he were still with us."
Joining Prima Jr.'s band of seasoned musicians is renowned singer, actress and musical theater performer Sarah Spiegel.
Prima Jr. infuses a rock and roll feel into the ten tracks on Return of the Wildest! -- whose title is a sly wink back at Prima Sr.'s 1956 Grammy Hall of Fame album The Wildest!, which captured that generation of listeners with its innovative mix of rock and roll, jump blues, jazz and eccentric humor.
34 years after Prima Sr. passed away, and 76 years after the iconic bandleader penned the defining Big Band classic "Sing Sing Sing," one thing is clear: the world still has a voracious appetite to laugh, be happy, dance and "Jump Jive An' Wail."
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