Lena Prima

00:00 April 28, 2014
By: 2Fik
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[Courtesy of Lena Prima Productions]

With her fourth album, Lena Prima proves that she is a tribute to her father, Louis Prima's, legacy. So, naturally, the heiress to the King of Swingers' throne opens up this project with New Orleans style instrumentation that blares at the listener from the first note. While at times, the lyrical content doesn't complement the instrumentation, Lena's big voice blends nicely with the horns to distract you. The liner notes feature famous quotations and the overall album theme appears to be based on T.S. Eliot's 1942 poem "Little Gidding." It reads,"What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from." That quote leads the listener to interpret the album title to have a much deeper meaning. The song "Out of the Shadows" has a folksy vibe with country music lyrics and features a softer vocal pitch. It talks about traveling and seems a perfect fit to play on a therapeutic route around town. The album quickly bounces back to funk before it goes jazz on "Full Moon in New Orleans." This song features eerie trombone notes and a rasp in Lena's voice that could only hail from the Crescent City. The instrumentation immensely wins here and the trombone solo by Rick Trolsen is easily a show stealer. The album shifts around from big band to funk, jazz, country, folk to Caribbean and ends on a honky-tonk, gospel note with "Jump for Joy." This album is an eclectic blend of all things southern layered into one rollercoaster ride of emotions and classic instrumentation.

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