Check out the write up from DownBeat Magazine’s January 2016 issues below:
King Louie & LaRhonda Steele, Rock Me Baby (Self Release; 48:21 HHHH) The jazz and blues merger by B-3 player Louis “King Louie” Pain and singer LaRhonda Steele is neither predictable nor routine. Pain’s tight, expert activity on the console comes out of Jimmy Smith, yet sounds fresh through the expressive qualities of his dapper swing. Steele has shaped a style that relies on an ex- pansive, creative range sparked with a brazen sultriness. The program doesn’t settle for com- placency, with B.B. King’s “Rock Me Baby,” the Isley Brothers’ “It’s Your Thing,” the 1949 Larry Darnell r&b hit “For You My Love,” the stan- dard “Blue Moon” and other surprising covers.