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! Louis 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 20-year run on Thursdays at Jimmy Mak’s in 1997.
“B-3 specialist Louis Pain, tenor saxophonist Renato Caranto and drummer Edwin Coleman III appear bent on fulfilling some kind of mission. They’re out to prove that their blues grooves are the result of authentic feeling and a matured discipline in improvisational spontaneity. These exceptional Northwest musicians, performing mostly Pain compositions, enjoy a special rapport. (4-star review) Frank John-Hadley, Downbeat
"King Louie strokes his keys like a lover one moment, then attacks that B3 like a barracuda the next. His trio is second to none and the new album is an amazing trip through the musical minds of inspirational musicians doing what they do best...exposing their soul with each and every note." Steve Pringle / Sunday Night Blues Room, KGON-FM
“A hefty slice of the blues, soul-jazz and groove best describes the King Louie Organ Trio. It's a contemporary jazz sound while clearly harking back to the golden era of soul-jazz ...If you're into the B-3 sound, this is a pretty greasy place to start!...Whole eras being re-explored, tributes galore, and just some mighty fine playing. It’s the magic of a great trio at work.” Emrys Baird, Blues & Soul (UK)