Conrad Gozzo (1922-1964), was a superb lead trumpet of rare force and vigor. On this album, his only one as leader, The Goz, as he was often called, was given more than adequate representation and freedom for all his talents, appearing in front of sixteen piece band, a group with strings, and a small band. Featured throughout, he plays with engrossing strength and fire, and his full sound epitomises the trumpet generation of the Forties. The big band sides as well as the others are reflective of the idiom in which this legendary trumpeter had his roots.
01. Blue Lou (Sampson-Mills)2:24
02. La Rosita (D.R.) 2:18
03. Squeeze Me (Williams-Waller) 3:24
04. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart (Ellington-Mills-Nemo) 3:14
05. In A Mellotone (Gozzo-May) 3:27
06. Deibotch (Gozzo-May) 2:52
07. Remember (Berlin) 2:35
08. Black Sapphire (Hagen-Spencer) 2:22
09. Smooth Talker (Gozzo-Spencer) 2:48
10. How Do You Do Miss Josephine (McCree-Von Tilzer) 2:50
11. Come Back To Sorrento (P.D.) 2:43
12. Do That Again Daddy (Gozzo-May) 2:43
All tracks originally issued as RCA Victor LPM-1124
Tracks #1,4,7 & 10:
Conrad Gozzo, James Salko, John Best, Vito Mangano (tp), Jerry Ross, Herbie Harper, Si Zentner (tb), Harry Klee, Willie Schwartz, Jules Jacob, Ted Nash, Dale Issenhuth (saxes), Paul Smith (p), Tony Rizzi (g), Sam Cheifetz (b), Irv Cottler (d).
Recorded in Los Angeles, March 5, 1955
Tracks #3,6,9 & 12:
Conrad Gozzo (tp), Murray McEachern (tb), Paul Smith (p), Tony Rizzi (g), Sam Cheifetz (b), Alvin Stolller (d).
Recorded in Los Angeles, March 7, 1955
Tracks #2,5,8 & 11:
Conrad Gozzo (tp), Paul Smith (p), Al Hendrickson (g), Sam Cheifetz (b), Irv Cottler (d). Plus 6 violins, 2 violas & cello.
Recorded in Los Angeles, March 9, 1955
Liner notes by Bill Zeitung
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol