The King Louie Organ Trio, featuring Renato Caranto, sax; Edwin Coleman III, drums; and Louis Pain on organ, has been playing together for years, both as an instrumental group and as a backing unit for vocalists. But they only got around to recording a CD of their own, featuring their original instrumentals, after Louis’ wife & manager Tracy Turner-Pain got tired of fans asking where they could purchase those catchy songs! Their 2019 debut CD, “It’s About Time,” is a revelation, clearly demonstrating that these three career sidemen have plenty of their own to say!
Oregon Music Hall of Fame inductee Louis “King Louie” Pain and soulful saxophonist Renato Caranto (Merle Haggard, Esperanza Spalding) have been musical partners for over two decades now. The two first teamed up as seminal members of the Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group when that band, dubbed “Jimmy Mak’s signature group” by The Oregonian, began its storied 20-year run on Thursday evenings at JM’s in 1997. (That Mel Brown unit, still featuring Louis & Renato, now holds forth at the Jack London Revue).
Along the way, Louis and Renato have played countless other gigs together: at Jimmy Mak’s, the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, Seattle’s Triple Door, and elsewhere throughout the Northwest. Whether working in big venues or small, in large groups or as a duo, the chemistry between these two world-class musicians is remarkable. They simply love playing together, and audiences love watching and listening to them! The same goes for their partner in crime: the ultra-creative and entertaining drummer Edwin Coleman III. Together, the spirit & spontaneity of these three is unmatched.
In 2016, Louis, Renato and Edwin played on the critically acclaimed “Rock Me Baby” CD with vocalist LaRhonda Steele. A year later, the three teamed up again on “King Louie’s Blues Revue: Live at Riverhouse Jazz.” Both CDs, produced by Louis and released on his own Shoug Records label, received 4-star rave reviews in Downbeat and were honored among the “Best Albums of the Year” by that prestigious magazine (for 2016 & 2017 respectively). Now ”It’s About Time” is receiving the same honors for 2019!